Make a Date with Desire: Meet August Desire debut author Kimberley Troutte

SYTYCW caught up with the New York Times bestselling author as her first Desire, Forbidden Lovers, hits the bookshelves… SYTYCW: You’ve written for other publishers besides Desire. What was the road to getting your first book published? Kimberley Troutte: I’m not an overnight success. I worked on my first novel for twenty years because I was…

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How to Write a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…” “New Year’s Resolutions           I Will Not…” There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and catch an…

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First Chapter Needs from Harlequin Editors

A few years ago Harlequin editors created  a little checklist about effective first chapters. We don’t literally fill them out these days, but most of us keep them in mind. Here are some of the points we raised… Is the characterization strong and vivid? Do the characters make decisions? Are the characters appealing? Is the motivation established…

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Make a Date with Desire: Desire editor roundtable

Turns out, you can judge a book by its cover. In August, Harlequin Desire has a new cover look, and the stories are getting bolder, too. SYTYCW will be checking in with Desire all month, starting today with a Desire editor roundtable. Watch our video introduction, and read the full transcript of the discussion that…

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Finding Your Tribe

by Harlequin Heartwarming author Anna J. Stewart Today we’re happy to host Harlequin Heartwarming author Anna J. Stewart on the blog! I’m thrilled to be here with you all on the So You Think You Can Write blog! This is one of my favorite places to visit so thank you for having me back. I’ve…

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Getting the Call: Meet Traci Douglass!

We are so delighted to introduce Traci Douglass, new author for Harlequin Medical Romance. Join me in welcoming her to the Harlequin family! Here is her Call story, in her own words… I’m so thrilled and excited to join the wonderful team of authors for the Medicals line. My Call Story has been a while…

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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). From our Advice from the Archives… Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several…

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Romance Writing 101: Planning Your Story

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time…

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Romance Writing 101: Where do you start?

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. Hello! Before we embark on this adventure of romantic writing advice, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Grace Thiele (pronounced Tea-Luh, thank you kindly), and I am the new Editorial…

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Writing Challenge: What’s at stake?

In our blog post on Crafting Strong Openings, one of our tips was to establish the stakes for one of your characters in a provocative opening line with the “tell-all” method. Our example was: “He needed a pregnant woman – and fast.” This example is succinct, amusing, and intriguing! It establishes the hero’s goal, but…

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