A Quick Review on Writing a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening lines of these great novels? “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…

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Getting the Call: Meet Tanya Agler!

The week we’re pleased to introduce Harlequin Heartwarming‘s newest author, Tanya Agler. Read her call story below! Before I received the call, someone asked me if my dream publisher were to call and offer me a book contract, who would that dream publisher be? Without even taking a breath, I answered Harlequin Heartwarming. I’ve always…

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Writing Challenge: Create a scene with tension!

We love secret babies in romance! But what if the hero isn’t the father? Welcome to this week’s writing challenge! In a youthful misstep, Arianna gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Charlie, a sexy and charming college classmate. She knows Charlie can’t be the father her baby needs, so she quietly leaves town to…

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Reject a Project

By Patience Bloom Do you live in fear of the rejection letter? Maybe you’ve received a few and spend days trying to decipher the strange editor language. Just between us, we don’t really like writing these letters. In fact, we’d rather be buying new authors and showing off your amazing stories! But to be helpful,…

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The Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz opens TODAY!

Submit your contemporary Harlequin Medical Romance submission between NOW and March 29th. Get a response, including editorial feedback, by April 12th! A cover letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, first chapter and complete synopsis only – no need to have the full manuscript written! If we love the voice, we’ll…

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Submitting to the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz: What we’re looking for…

What is the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz? Harlequin Medical Romance is always seeking new author to write for our line. We’re committed to finding and growing talent…and the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz is your chance to become one of our authors! Send us your contemporary Harlequin Medical Romance submission between March 15th and March 29th,…

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Getting the Call: Meet Joanna Johnson!

This week we’re excited to introduce our new author for Harlequin Historical, Joanna Johnson! Read below to learn about her path to “Getting the Call” from Harlequin… When I saw Julia Williams’ name ping into my inbox last September, I immediately thought it must be the final rejection I’d been waiting for. We’d been talking…

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Harlequin’s Creator Fund Deadline for Submissions Two Weeks Away!

The submission deadline for the Harlequin Creator Fund closes on March 23, 2019! Since the Creator Fund launch on January 23, more than 130 entries have been submitted across film/television and fiction. The panel of judges for tv/film includes Entertainment One’s Isabel Gomez-Moriana, Director, Scripted Development, Television, Canada and Chris Bell, Vice President, Scripted Development,…

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Writing Challenge: A Medical Conflict

Are you thinking of submitting to the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz? Has our Monday post from the Love Inspired team got you thinking about romantic conflict in your plot? This week’s writing challenge combines both! Dr. Hallie Bloom is new to Elizabeth Blackwell Medical Center. The pressure’s on to prove her worth and pay off…

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