Writing Challenge: Create an Intriguing Heroine

“Consider what makes a person so fascinating. Who captures your interest in a powerful way?” – Senior Editor Patience Bloom, How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story When we think about the people who fascinate us, it’s their unique qualities that make them alluring. But sometimes we create cliched characters even as we try…

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Interview with Brenda Harlen!

We are delighted to welcome author Brenda Harlen to the SYTYCW blog and congratulate her on writing 50 books for Harlequin! Read on for some enlightening Q&A… Sixteen years ago, your first book was published by Harlequin. This month, you’ve just hit your 50-book milestone with Double Duty for the Cowboy! Can you tell us…

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

By Patience Bloom (from her blog) It happens to every romance writer. 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…

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What happens after you submit to Harlequin?

Today, we bring you an updated post from our archives! Read on as Elizabeth Mazer reveals what happens to your story after you hit submit! So, you’ve finished your manuscript—congratulations! And you’ve rallied your courage and actually clicked submit—congratulations! Now, as your reward, you get to…wait. And wonder. And fret. It’s nerve wracking, waiting to…

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Editor Confessions: Dispatches from the Inbox

By An Editor At submissions@harlequin.com, we receive several hundred emails a year. That’s a lot of mail! In that giant virtual stack of mail, there are some things that crop up frequently, including letters and requests that can needlessly take an editor’s time (because the information is readily available on our submissions page, for example),…

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Writing Challenge: Create a Cliffhanger!

We posted some great advice on creating suspense from Harlequin authors this week, including this tip from New York Times Bestselling Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Elle James:  “I like to keep my readers guessing at the end of a chapter. Will the hero save the day? Will the heroine fight her way…

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Romantic suspense authors confess: tips to maintaining suspense!

It can be hard to keep the pacing tight in any novel, but imagine the pressure when writing suspense! This week, we interviewed Love Inspired Suspense author Kathleen Tailer. Today, we bring you a post from our archives on writing high-stakes, suspenseful romance. We asked some of our wonderful Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Intrigue…

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Interview with… Kathleen Tailer!

We are thrilled to have Kathleen Tailer with us today. She’s here to tell us about her new Love Inspired Suspense book and her writing process. Can you describe your writing process? When I first started writing, I wrote straight through the book from start to finish. Now that I’ve been doing this a bit…

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Spot the Conflict in Romance Movies

We pulled a post from our archives to review the ins and outs of internal and external conflicts, along with the top three pitfalls we see in romance submissions. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out this post! But don’t stop there, why not study these concepts in action? We’ve taken a…

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5 Reasons to Love Romantic Conflict!

We editors strive to relay the importance of romantic conflict. After reading umpteenthousand books, we just know that the key to long-lasting romance novel love is the delicious brewing of angst between your hero and heroine. I mean, things are never perfect in romance, are they? To make this point more clearly, here are some…

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