Top Ten Reasons to Love Babies in Romance

By Megan Broderick, Editorial Assistant to Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Special Edition   Put a baby in a romance and I am so into it. Secret, unexpected, adopted, orphaned—I’m not picky!  Which has baffled me forever because, confession, I’m not a huge fan of babies in real life.  They’re very cute but being able…

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Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities?

Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities? — Laura Dear Laura, Our simplest answer is that your characters can be in whatever profession they choose. We can’t control what you want to write. The crucial aspect for a publisher to consider is how this kind of setting – the celebrity world –…

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Advice from the Archives: Critique Partners

Working a Two-Way Street by Patience Bloom We editors often hear about writers getting feedback from their critique partners. Generally, we love that this relationship exists because writing needs critiquing. The “just finished” manuscript isn’t at the stage where we step in (unless it’s pure genius—and then, even we would be jealous). Sure, some people…

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#WritingChallenge! Secret Babies

by Deirdre Did everyone get a chance to read our interview with Harlequin Nocturne Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle? If not, go ahead and read it now – I’ll wait. Ann Leslie has some great advice on romance writing, and the importance of marketable hooks: “First and foremost, I’m seeking a romance with an engaging…

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Interview with…Ann Leslie Tuttle!

This week, Harlequin Nocturne’s Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle discusses what she looks for in acquiring a new author… Does the excitement of finding a new author ever get old? No.   And that comes from someone who has been looking for great new writers to bring into the Harlequin franchise for almost 20 years.   But sad to…

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Getting the Call: Meet Kathy Douglass!

This week we welcome author Kathy Douglass to Harlequin Special Edition! I love reading. For as long as I can remember I was reading something.  That changed when I married and gave birth to two sons nineteen months apart. Then my reading became limited to children’s books and the ingredients on food labels. When my…

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Series Spotlight: Harlequin Romantic Suspense!

Today, we have Harlequin Romantic Suspense in the spotlight! Romantic Suspense is all about big, sweeping romances amid dangerous and suspenseful settings with the romance and emotional story driving the plot. Now, here are the editors with a list of the tropes, hooks, and other story elements they’d love to see in their submission box!…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

It happens to everyone. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if your book has great potential to sell? That’s…

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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several chapters before realizing that the story really begins on p. 23. This is what crafting and rewriting is all about! The more you write, the more…

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