Advice from the Archives: Pitch & Synopsis

Pitch & Synopsis: How Can You Nail Them All? by Susan Litman Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript.  Now you’re getting ready to submit to an editor and you’re asked to include a query letter and synopsis. But how do you nail a pitch in order to leave the editor wanting more? What’s the most effective…

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Top 5 Tips for Fairy Tale Retellings

By Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Nocturne I’ve always loved fairy tales, but it’s no secret that some of them haven’t exactly aged well. And while there are a lot of fairy tale retellings out there, some of them make the mistake of just running over the same old ground.  Here are my top…

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Share your inspiration! Why do you write?

This year Harlequin’s parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, celebrates their 200th anniversary. As a part of this celebration, they are encouraging book lovers everywhere to share what reading means to them, using the hashtag #WhyIRead.  Many of our Harlequin authors have also shared their thoughts on why they read, why they write, and books that have…

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Dear Editor: Should I Attend a Romance Writers Conference?

Dear Editor, I am almost done writing my first romance. At this point, I don’t know what to do next. I go online to see how I should publish my book, but this doesn’t seem to be enough. Is it worth the time and money for me to attend a conference? –Solo Samantha Dear Samantha,…

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Advice from the Archives: A Family Romance

Babies, children and family. What have they got to do with romance? Well, quite a lot actually! Although you should always, always keep in mind that the main focus of your story is the romance between your hero and heroine, having children and babies as part of the mix can actually help your characters get to…

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#WritingChallenge: Alpha Heroines!

by Deirdre A while back we asked you to show us your Alpha Hero. You gave us some fabulous scenes and character sketches that truly balanced the hero’s alpha traits with believable flaws. This week, following up on Monday’s post from Kayla King on the Top 5 Reasons to Write a Smart and Savvy Heroine,…

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My Celebrity Crush: Chris Evans

by Megan Broderick I know I’m not alone in this one but I have to say I am completely in love with Chris Evans. Don’t tell him that, though, it would be awkward. But, I bet he would still be super nice about it! Honestly, it all started a few years ago when I read…

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Top 5 Reasons to Write a Smart and Savvy Heroine

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue There are a lot of strong heroines in the romance game these days, and in fact, romance as a genre has become known for subverting dated ideas of how ladies are meant to think and feel. But that doesn’t mean we’re ever done paving the way! 1.…

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Getting the Call: Meet M. K. Stelmack!

Nothing turns out the way I think it will. Considering how my mind tracks, that is probably a good thing. Take, for example, the story that prompted “The Call”. A man stands on the roof of his latest shingling project and surveys the small, growing town he has lived in all his born days. A…

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