Final Checklist before Submitting

By Allison Carroll Congratulations on surviving—and thriving—for another fantastic week of So You Think You Can Write. It’s time to cross that finish line and submit your manuscript! But first, let’s make sure you’ve covered all your bases. You’ve revised and polished your manuscript. You’ve done your research and targeted the perfect line for your…

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Writing an Effective Query Letter

By Giselle Regus and Emily Brown So you think you can write? That’s great! But before an editor even lays eyes on your manuscript, she (or he!) needs to see your query letter. As assistants on the Love Inspired lines, we’ve seen query letters run the gamut from perfectly professional to downright disastrous. Below, we’ve…

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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 write books, then submit…

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5 Questions About Wattpad and the New Adult Bonus Contest

by Malle Vallik, Director, Editorial Digital Initiatives I am very excited to be hosting a “bonus” contest with Wattpad looking for writers who are penning new adult romance. I will be publishing four winners, so this is a great opportunity to have your new adult romance read by an editor and if it is awesome,…

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Conference and Pitch Dos and Don’ts

We’ll give you best practices when attending conferences, interacting with editors and delivering that all-important pitch. Join our live chat at 11am EST where you’ll get to talk with Susan Litman, Karen Reid, and Linda Fildew! Click HERE to join the chat: http://community.harlequin.com/123flashchat/client/  Please note:  Click on Guest access, NO password required.  Chat rooms will open…

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Results of the First Page Challenge

You’ll find here our random editor critiques of your first pages. We enjoyed reading these openings and hope you’ll keep going on your writing journeys. If you entry wasn’t critiqued here (we are only so many editors), stay tuned for other opportunities with our SYTYCW contest. Thank you for submitting all your fabulous first pages!…

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Focus on Harlequin Kimani

The Harlequin Kimani line is more than six years old–amazing! Sr. Executive Editor Tara Gavin oversees the line, and she wanted to share some insights with us…. Harlequin Kimani is an exciting, growing and innovative imprint in Harlequin Books array of titles offered to readers. It is our imprint dedicated to readers who enjoy African-American…

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How to Network Like a Rock Star

by Emily Rodmell Writing can often be a lonely profession, just you and your computer. That’s why a support system is vital. Sometimes knowing the right people and having them know you can be helpful in your writing journey. How do you build that system? By networking. Here are some tips on whom you should…

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Top 5 Reasons Why Revising Benefits You

By Carly Silver What’s the point of going over your novel again? After all, you worked so hard on it that it’s got to be perfect, right? Wrong! In fact, revising a manuscript absolutely essential to its success. Editors often ask their authors to retool their books many times. I asked some of the Harlequin…

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Backstory 101

Allison Carroll, Rachel Burkot and Annie Stone offer tips for weaving in backstory and avoiding the dreaded “information dump.” [podcast]http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/HARLEQUIN-interview-BACKSTORY.mp3[/podcast]

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