Getting the Call: Meet Reese Ryan!

This week we welcome Reese Ryan to Harlequin Kimani Romance! When I moved to North Carolina nearly eight years ago, I quickly discovered that the roads are full of bends and twists, hills and valleys. Characteristics I didn’t much appreciate when I first took to those roads on my bicycle. The road to publication for…

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Pancakes and Writer’s Block

Harlequin Historical author Nicole Locke admits writer’s block is like taming wild animals and making pancakes. My family loves fluffy pancakes. Not me. The sheer amount of patience it takes to make them, and the mere seconds it takes for my family to devour them is not the kind of cooking:love ratio I relish. So…

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Why I hate La La Land

by Victoria Curran Senior Editor Victoria Curran’s pre-Oscars rant…with lots and lots of spoilers! Yeah, yeah, yeah: It swept the Golden Globes. It’s stylish, entertaining and romantic. Emma Stone is adorable. It’s an “homage” to the classic age of the Hollywood musical. I get it. How could anyone not love the romantic musical “La La…

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Advice from the Archives: 8 Tips to Stand Out from the Slush Pile

Every year here at Romance HQ we’re lucky enough to receive hundreds of submissions from aspiring writers, but we only buy a fraction of these new authors every year. Editors often work with aspiring authors for months, sometimes even years, to help them reach publication standard. But in order for them to invest that time,…

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#WritingChallenge: Pitch your big city romance!

Last Monday Editorial Assistant Megan Broderick wrote a great post on Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance. Small-town romances are something we see a lot, especially in our Home and Family categories such as Special Edition, Western Romance, and Heartwarming. But as much as editors love to see tried and true hooks,…

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Getting the Call: Meet Nadine Seide!

This week we welcome Nadine Seide to Kimani Romance! I’ve been writing fiction, without success, since the early 2000s. One Sunday morning in October 2015, I had what one may call an epiphany: Write romance, you big dummy! And isn’t that what we’re told in workshops? To write what we know? Well, I know that when…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance

By Megan Broderick, editorial assistant to Harlequin Special Edition and Harlequin Romantic Suspense As the editorial assistant for Special Edition, I see a lot of amazing small town romances chock full of quirky characters, cute bakeries and, of course, eligible bachelors. But every once in a while, a girl gets a hankering for something a…

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Getting the Call: Meet Victoria Austin!

This week we welcome Victoria W. Austin to Love Inspired Historical! I’ve always loved stories and the words that make them. My mother spent most of my childhood telling me to put down whatever book I was reading and to go interact with actual people. I spent most of my childhood trying to hide from…

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Advice from the Archives: Second Book-itis: 5 Tips for Writing Your Second Book

Second book-itis: a painful and demoralizing syndrome common among authors who wish to produce a second book after their first success. Here’s how it works: After three years of writing, polishing and shopping around your prize manuscript, you finally get “the call” from an editor wanting to publish your book. Break out the Champagne, baby! …

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Dear Editor, Is it bad that my characters love to fight?

Dear Editor, My characters love to fight. From the first page, they just have this witty repartee that turns into romance. My critique partner thinks this bickering is a little unbelievable and I don’t agree. Some people just fight, right? –Vera Vera, I agree with both you and your critique partner. There’s nothing wrong with a little bickering in…

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