Interview with…Allison Lyons!

We have a visitor to the SYTYCW blog! Please give a warm welcome to Editor Extraordinaire Allison Lyons, who works primarily on Harlequin Intrigue but dabbles in several other lines. She has been with Harlequin for 19 years and has a lot of wisdom and inspiration to impart to writers. In addition to being a favorite…

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Top Ten Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the season for but spreading…

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Getting the Call: Meet Clare Connelly!

This week, we welcome new author Clare Connelly to Harlequin Presents! I grew up in a small, rainforest community on the east coast of Australia. It was before the endless parade of children’s shows on TV, and definitely before parents felt it was their duty to ferry children here there and everywhere. My sisters and…

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Advice from the Archives: The Unpredictable Route to Happy Ever After

By Flo Nicoll, Senior Editor, Harlequin Presents In Romance HQ, unpredictability has become \\the\\ buzzword – we’re constantly discussing and promoting ways to ensure our authors are producing the most exciting stories possible. Our long-term emphasis on innovative emotional conflict means this has been on our editorial radar for a while. So, here’s the lowdown… First up,…

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Romance Writing 101: Location, location, location!

Harlequin insider Grace talks you through finding the perfect setting for your story – and bringing it to life! Hello, dear writers! On this very atmospheric London evening, with grey clouds hovering over a murky blue sky and buildings glittering out the window in the descending night sky, I’m going to write about… settings! Location,…

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Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission?

Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission? I sent in my manuscript ten months ago and haven’t heard back. My critique partner received a response within a month. Just curious how this all works. –Vicki Dear Vicki, First of all, I’m sorry that you’ve been waiting ten months for a…

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Interview with…Eleanor Webster!

We’re delighted to introduce this talented Harlequin Historical author as she prepares for the launch of her latest Regency romance Married for His Convenience in December. Meet…Eleanor Webster! How did you get into writing? It started with Barbies…moved on to a grade 5 epic and evolved into a series of dramatic tales with rather too…

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Top Ten Reasons We Love Military Romances

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Military romances have long been a popular category romance subgenre. From Harlequin Intrigue to Harlequin Superromance, you can find the brave and bold men and women of the armed forces.  So what is it that makes us fall for every Navy SEAL we meet?…

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#WritingChallenge! Update the Meet-Cute

by Deirdre How do your hero and heroine meet? We see a lot of “literally bumped into each other” in Harlequin submissions. The hero rounds a corner and bumps into the heroine on the sidewalk. Or the heroine spins on her heel in the office and slams into her new boss – the hero. There’s…

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Advice from the Archives: I Can Relate to That!

by Birgit Davis-Todd, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin I can relate to that….  It’s a familiar phrase to many of us and something critical for authors to keep in mind when writing a book and hoping to land a contract.  Consider your audience—the reader.  Sure, you want her to read and enjoy your story but more importantly…

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