Writing challenge: Let’s use the five senses!

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series Many of you are preparing your submission for the Harlequin Dare Blitz which opens next Monday. Harlequin Dare is our sexiest series, featuring stories that focus on how the romance develops through the couple’s physical relationship. As we said in our post, “The Key to Writing Red-Hot Romance”,…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Write a Daring Heroine

We didn’t have to go back too far to bring you this one—but for all you submitting to the Dare Blitz, this is recommended reading! By Katie Gowrie Welcome to Dare Week on SYTYCW! If you’ve been following, you know that this week we’re talking all things Harlequin Dare to introduce you to our newest…

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Advice from the Archives: The Key to Writing Red-Hot Romance

We’ve reached into our archives to bring you SYTYCW’s top tips on writing sensual scenes. Thinking of submitting to the Dare blitz? Read on for a refresher on turning up the heat in your romance! Is opening the bedroom door on your hero and heroine the biggest challenge of writing a romance novel? Quite possibly.…

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Write for Harlequin Dare!

Submit to Dare — Harlequin’s sexiest series yet! Harlequin Dare launched in February 2018, and if you’ve been reading, you probably know what these books are all about. Now, our newest line is seeking new authors! We’re hosting a Harlequin Dare Blitz – a great chance to get your steamy submission fast-tracked to the top of the…

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#WritingChallenge: Critique this cover letter!

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Assistant, Editorial You’ve written a book? Congrats! That’s quite an accomplishment. Now comes the challenge of selling it to an editor. You need a synopsis, your manuscript, and . . . a cover letter. (Gulp!) No editor would reject a fantastic manuscript because of a weak cover letter, but why not…

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Reject a Project

By Patience Bloom Do you live in fear of the rejection letter? Maybe you’ve received a few and spend days trying to decipher the strange editor language. Just between us, we don’t really like writing these letters. In fact, we’d rather be buying new authors and showing off your amazing stories! But to be helpful,…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating submitting to us. Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a lot of tropes found in romance and explains why she…

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Five Tips for Writing an Office Romance

By Katie Gowrie Harlequin headquarters is moving! That’s right, we’ve packed our bags and closed the door on one legendary office building (we’ve been there since the ’80s!). We’ve left our cozy spot in the northern end of Toronto for a trendy new space in the heart of downtown—the land of expensive coffees, bankers, pumps…

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Let’s Talk About Black Panther and Characterization

By Katie Gowrie (WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead!) Like many people, I got swept up in the excitement of the Black Panther movie release last month. I love a good superhero flick (and Michael B. Jordan, obvs), so I eagerly anticipated visiting Wakanda. I didn’t go on opening weekend, which in Canada was February 16; I…

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#Writing Challenge: What’s your take on the Fake Relationship?

This week we had a great Top Ten list on reasons to love the fake relationship romance from Editorial Assistant Megan Broderick. Number ten on her list is “Unique Spin”. It can be tough coming up with new ways to spin favourite tropes. And that’s your challenge this week! Show your heroine proposing a fake…

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