Top 5 Reasons to Feature Food in Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Maybe the most straightforward list we’ve done to date. 1. Writing an international setting?  Make sure food is part of the focus.  Pasta making in Italy sounds like a true love story to me! 2.  Or maybe you’re writing something a little closer to home.  Tell us…

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#WritingChallenge: Here Comes the Bride!

It’s June, and wedding season is upon us! Few things are more romantic and heartfelt than the perfect wedding day. But what happens when it’s not so perfect? Harlequin editor Karen Reid knows all about that:   “In the car on the way to the wedding, my dad and I (and my friend behind us…

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Interview with…Kerri Carpenter!

Let’s give a big welcome to Kerri Carpenter, our newest visitor to the SYTYCW blog! We’re delighted to have her and chat about her writing. Don’t miss her new book from Harlequin Special Edition, Falling for the Right Brother, available now. Without further do, here’s Kerri! How did you get into writing? Looking back now, I think…

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Editor Recommendations for Writing–Updated!

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent longer list of craft related books for you to peruse. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg…

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Getting the Call: Meet Allison B. Collins

We’re thrilled to welcome Allison B. Collins to Harlequin Western Romance! Read her inspiring story below! It all started with a dream I had a couple of years ago about five ranching brothers who lived in Montana.  They were all there: the wounded soldier returning to the family’s dude ranch, the veterinarian, the bad boy cowboy,…

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Advice from the Archives: Why Networking Is Important

It is so easy to sit in front of your computer and create stories, isn’t it? For some of you, it might be just as easy to network. You could be the type that thrives in crowds, loves to meet people and gets the word out that you are a brilliant writer with a great…

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#WritingChallenge: An Elevator Encounter

by Deirdre Happy Friday, Authors! It’s the end of the work week for many, including your hero and heroine in this week’s #WritingChallenge: These condo neighbours have always hated each other. She plays her music too loud and he lets his Chihuahua run up and down the halls. She’s on her way home with a…

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Advice from the Archives: Pitch & Synopsis

Pitch & Synopsis: How Can You Nail Them All? by Susan Litman Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript.  Now you’re getting ready to submit to an editor and you’re asked to include a query letter and synopsis. But how do you nail a pitch in order to leave the editor wanting more? What’s the most effective…

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Top 5 Tips for Fairy Tale Retellings

By Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Nocturne I’ve always loved fairy tales, but it’s no secret that some of them haven’t exactly aged well. And while there are a lot of fairy tale retellings out there, some of them make the mistake of just running over the same old ground.  Here are my top…

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