First Page Feedback – The Silver Cord

Here’s our first feedback!  Everyone please keep in mind that this is one editor’s feedback on the first page–and it’s what happens in the overall manuscript that makes the sale.  @JeanAMead is writing a light paranormal women’s fiction story that does have an engrossing opening… INTRODUCTION Against the corner of the house, veiled by shade…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This was another memo sent in Jan 93 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey (sometimes it’s handy to have old files!).  Harlequin is always interested in developing editors, and so there are frequent workshops throughout the year on various topics. But considering yesterday’s blog requesting opening pages here, this could be useful!   Beyond the…

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Harlequin First Page Feedback!

Thanks to the feedback we’ve gotten for here and for SoYouThinkYouCanWrite, we’re going to do a series of “First Page” critiques/feedback on this site. We’re accepting submissions until Friday, June 13th, then closing until we’re able to work through the projects sent in. Please go to SOLD! Blog Feedback to submit your 500 word opening! Depending…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Sara K. Parker!

  Today we’re highlighting Sara K. Parker who has recently joined the Harlequin family! She’s gotten some great insight from her sister, but it’s her own hard work and conviction and belief that brought her to the Love Inspired Suspense line! Here’s how she arrived…   Seven Things Writers Want to Know!   What got…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Avril Tremayne

Last year’s So You Think You Can Write contest brought forth a lot of wonderful stories and great writers. One particular favorite was Avril Tremayne who entered in the Harlequin Kiss and the Wattpad contests–and sold both titles! So how did this come about?  Some Things Writers Want to Know:  What got you interested in writing? The…

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Cristal Ryder Talks About Writing with Heat!

  Cristal Ryder’s written for Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press. So she knows about stories that are steamy, compelling, physical and just plain exciting! Happily, she’s volunteered to share her insights about how to write “hot”!   “your writing is on fire” Really? Awesome sauce! That’s what I’m hoping for. It can be…

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7 Questions for Cristal Ryder

  Cristal Ryder has written numerous compelling, emotional and sexy stories for Ellora’s Cave and Sybarite Seductions among others and this fall she’s publishing her first book with Harlequin E. We’ve asked her how she’s reached this point, and she’s shared some of her experiences with us….   7 questions for Cristal Ryder What got…

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Line edits with Harlequin Editor Carly Silver

  Although edits are definitely hard for an author, they can also be difficult for an editor as well. Most editors will have read the manuscript through twice already, so when editing they hopefully won’t get too lost in the story and be able to focus on individual elements. Most authors consider it a great…

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Line Edit stage with Harlequin Special Edition author Amy Woods…

Publishing is definitely a business of ebbs and flows, with periods of intense activity and emails and tension followed by a lull when it’s just business as usual. The latest burst of intensity Amy Woods has been going through is the line edit stage… Reviewing the line edit–or what did you do to my baby????…

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7 Questions for Harlequin Historical author Elisabeth Hobbes

  A few weeks ago Harlequin editor Sarah Stubbs talked about acquiring debut Harlequin Historical Author Elisabeth Hobbes. Here’s some insight on how Elisabeth got to that point!  Seven Things Writers Want to Know   What got you interested in writing? Simply, I love reading and wished I could tell stories as well as the…

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