Finding Your Tribe

by Harlequin Heartwarming author Anna J. Stewart Today we’re happy to host Harlequin Heartwarming author Anna J. Stewart on the blog! I’m thrilled to be here with you all on the So You Think You Can Write blog! This is one of my favorite places to visit so thank you for having me back. I’ve…

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Getting the Call: Meet Traci Douglass!

We are so delighted to introduce Traci Douglass, new author for Harlequin Medical Romance. Join me in welcoming her to the Harlequin family! Here is her Call story, in her own words… I’m so thrilled and excited to join the wonderful team of authors for the Medicals line. My Call Story has been a while…

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

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). From our Advice from the Archives… 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…

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Romance Writing 101: Planning Your Story

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time…

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Romance Writing 101: Where do you start?

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. Hello! Before we embark on this adventure of romantic writing advice, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Grace Thiele (pronounced Tea-Luh, thank you kindly), and I am the new Editorial…

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Writing Challenge: What’s at stake?

In our blog post on Crafting Strong Openings, one of our tips was to establish the stakes for one of your characters in a provocative opening line with the “tell-all” method. Our example was: “He needed a pregnant woman – and fast.” This example is succinct, amusing, and intriguing! It establishes the hero’s goal, but…

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Romance 101: Starting with a bang!

From our Advice from the Archives and in tune with crafting exciting beginnings to your romances, our former SYTYCW team-mate Grace Thiele shares her top tips for grabbing a reader with your first line! One of my absolute favourite books, the incredibly romantic I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, begins with the immortal line:…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in January 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit to our #RomanceIncludesYou Blitz, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide…

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Are You Making a Conference Checklist?

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 next week in Denver. You can bet I’m making all kinds of preparations, the first of which is reminding myself what the conference experience usually involves. A few truths…

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#RomanceIncludesYou Reminder

Just as a reminder, we are holding a Twitter event on Wednesday 11th July, 2pm-5pm BST/ 9am-12pm EST. This will be a chance to speak directly with Harlequin editors from across all the romance series we publish around the world, and to pitch us your story ideas! All you need to do is include the…

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