Are You Making a Conference Checklist?

Good because neither am I. The truth is, I don’t make one list; I make at least three before going out my front door. Along with many, I’m attending a special conference this week in one of my favorite parts of the country. You can bet I’m making all kinds of preparations, the first of…

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Advice from the Archives: Good Pacing, Better than a Solid Pair of Spanx

Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble something, the steps…

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#MakeADateWithHarlequin at this year’s RWA Series Spotlight

Nic Caws, Associate Editor  Everyone remembers their first date with Harlequin. It might have been hiding under the covers reading your first Harlequin book by flashlight, being offered your first job by the amazing Harlequin family, or even getting ‘The Call’ to say Harlequin wants to buy your book! Whatever size, shape and significance of…

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Pitching for Newbies

by JC Harroway So you’ve finished your manuscript, you’ve bought your ticket to conference and now…. the dreaded pitching looms. Of course, it sounds daunting. It involves selling yourself and your story—something that doesn’t come naturally to many of us introverted writers—and it often leads to a dead end. Rejection Alley. The above scenario certainly…

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#Writing Challenge: Give us your best opening sentence!

We’re a couple of weeks into the 150 Day Challenge and many of you are plotting out your romance novel and thinking about how to hook your reader with a captivating opening. So we decided to revisit a popular challenge from last year: Give us your best opening sentence! For tips on getting started and…

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Getting the Call: Meet Kim Findlay!

This week we welcome debut Harlequin Heartwarming author Kim Findlay, with her story on Getting the Call! I was sitting at my desk, doing my regular job, when I got an email from Victoria Curran asking for my phone number.  I’d submitted a revised manuscript from the Harlequin Heartwarming Submission Blitz about two months previously,…

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Top Five Reasons to Join an Online Writing Community

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue In the spirit of our announcement of this year’s contest here on the SYTYCW Blog, here are our top five reasons why you should join in the fun here–or anywhere on the great wide web! 1. Online comment sections and forums are full of fellow writers who…

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Romance 101: Secondary Characters

Harlequin insider Grace Thiele talks you through bringing those wonderful secondary characters to life! Bonjour, aspiring authors! It’s my pleasure to be returning to Romance 101 – and I’m so excited to be writing about the use of secondary characters! In short, this is any character aside from your hero and heroine. These feats of the imagination…

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Write a Book in 150 Days: Where to Start?

by Patience Bloom As you’ve read in Birgit Davis Todd’s motivating post, we want to encourage you to get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. And if it’s for Harlequin, so much the better! We hope that you’ll check out this site for inspiration, guidance, and interaction with our editors. Where to…

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Write Your Romance in 150 Days!

By Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd I’ve always been a numbers person.  For me breaking down a task by the number of hours or days needed to complete it helps me achieve my goal successfully.  You can take the same approach when writing a book.  Most authors need around five months—or 150 days!—to write a…

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