A Year in Publishing Life – Author & Editor – Amy Woods

Amy Woods recently sold to Special Edition, and Carly Silver, editorial assistant for Special Edition, is her editor. Since both are first timers in the acquisition process, we thought we’d ask them to blog about their year, things they’ve learned each month about the publishing process and the ins and outs of the author/editor relationship. Here’s the first…

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Making Your Resolutions

Although we shouldn’t wait till New Year’s to make improvements in our lives, it does give us a handy point to set out some goals. Here are some nuggets to think about…. Write every day: Set daily, reachable goals. Use tools from SYTYCW or  NANOWRIMO or other areas to keep moving forward on your manuscripts.…

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Off On Holidays!

The SOLD! Blog is taking a vacation for a bit, but will return in January. Thanks for all your support and enthusiasm and we’re looking forward to highlighting more authors and exciting news throughout 2014. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, surrounded by family, friends, lots of good books, and plenty…

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Jennifer Snow Debuts her Harlequin Heartwarming Title!

Isn’t THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE the perfect debut for an author named Jennifer Snow? But don’t worry–her next book is What A Girl Wants–no Christmas required! Jennifer sold her first book to Harlequin Heartwarming just this March, so it’s wonderful to see her first book out in the same year! Growing up, I was very…

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Shannon Barr Tells Authors to be Their Own Biggest Fan

Though sometimes it seems we hire for how a name sounds (Shannon, Sarah, Shara, Shana, Dana, Dana and more), it’s really about the experience, enthusiasm and energy that person brings to the job! Shannon Barr has only been here a few months, but she’s had some good teachers and so has learned a lot. Here…

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Patience’s Pet Peeves…. (But No Dealbreakers!)

Yes, we’re repurposing another blog from Senior Editor Patience Bloom’s own blog – Romance Is My Day Job. But they are just too good not to keep repeating! Here’s the latest scoop… In my romance reading, I encounter things that prompt a secret eye-rolling event, which I try to suppress because of karma. I know how hard writers work, pouring…

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Stirring up a Harlequin Intrigue by Lena Diaz…

  Lena Diaz sold her first Harlequin Intrigue in 2011–and she’s just contracted her ninth title! She writes emotional, exciting, juicy stories and we’ve asked her how she creates her magic… How do I write a Harlequin Intrigue? Today I’m sharing my process, from beginning to end. Let’s dive right in!   The Story Idea…

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Insight into Harlequin Kimani Romance from Rachel Burkot!

The Harlequin Kimani Romance group has bought six new authors so far this year! Check out their Writing Guidelines for the scoop on these vibrant, sensual stories. And read on to see what Associate Editor Rachel Burkot wants you to know! Kimani Romance – always looking forward! As the year wraps up, the Harlequin Kimani…

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Dozens of New Authors–and the Year Isn’t Over Yet!

As of November 2013 (that’s pre-SYTYCW news!) the Harlequin series editors acquired 70 new authors! Naturally the newer lines–Harlequin Heartsong Presents and Heartwarming–lead with 11 authors each. And the expanding Love Inspired Suspense brought on 7 new authors. Still, that means Harlequin Blaze, Undone, Kimani Romance, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Historical, Harlequin Romance, Intrigue, Kiss,…

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Harlequin Editors know conflicts!

Not the in-the-office stuff, of course, but how to spot a great one for a novel. Here are three tips… The Lowdown on Emotional Conflicts By Rebecca Dicks During my time as temporary Editorial Assistant on the Harlequin UK team, there’s one term I might have heard more than any other when we’ve assessed manuscripts,…

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