Maisey Yates talks about Bumps in the Road

Last week we announced our top 50 finalists in our SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE 2013 contest, and while there was a lot of joy, there was also some sadness for the 600+ chapters that didn’t advance. USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates, who writes for Harlequin Presents, HQN, Cosmo and more, shared her…

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Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts

During the SYTYCW conference, Senior Editor Linda Fildew (Harlequin Historicals), Editor Susan Litman (Special Edition) and Associate Editor Karen Reid (Harlequin Superromance) got together for a Q&A with authors about Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts. The full transcript can be found on the Harlequin Community Forum, but here are some select points. Q: What are…

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More Twitter Tips from Harlequin Editors….

Writing tips fly fast and furious on Twitter these days. Here’s a selection from the past few weeks…   Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmell Follow guidelines, but don’t worry so much about “rules” that you commit the worst violation: writing a boring book. Susan Litman @Susan_Litman Never, ever submit anything to an editor or agent without a…

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Focus on Flo Fitzpatrick — Switching from Mysteries to Harlequin Heartwarming!

  Up until now, Flo Fitzpatrick‘s been more known for her quirky, fun mysteries than her romances! But after growing interested in Harlequin Heartwarming, she thought she’d give pure, wholesome romance a shot, and we’re delighted! Flo volunteered to talk about switching genres and keeping focused…   When I first received a call from a…

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Malle Vallik Tells Us Why to Write for Harlequin!

Malle Vallik, Director for Editorial Digital Initiatives, recently spoke at an RWA conference in Florida about why you should write for Harlequin. She gave a lively presentation with lots of images, asides, stories and information. Malle’s in-person presentation would be a lot more vivid, but here are a few points from her speech… The Five…

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IF THE SHOE FITS: Harlequin Contest Winner Announced!

A few weeks ago we featured a Story Starter contest based on the cover below. We had some great entries with lots of variety. It’s always amazing to see how many directions–sweet, sassy, confrontational, modern and spunky are but a few–the authors can create in just a few words! Here is the winning entry and…

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Commercial Fiction and Other Profanities

Denise Zaza, Senior Editor for Harlequin Intrigue, originally wrote this post on Patience Bloom’s RomanceIsMyDayJob blog. But they’ve agreed to share it here as well! The oldest cliché around has to be about writing the great novel that will stand the test of time.  But really how many authors have done that?  If you can…

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Other Harlequin Blogs – I HEART Presents!

Are you a fan of intense, dramatic stories? Alpha heroes, international settings, high-stakes emotion and passionate lovers? Then our Harlequin Presents line (over 3000 titles published in the past forty years!) is exactly right for you. Check out some highlights in our I Heart Presents blog! I Heart Presents posts a couple of times a…

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Harlequin’s Acquisition Roundup for September!

Each month we’re doing a brief recap of some recent acquisitions. As a reminder, on average Harlequin editors need to acquire four books every business day to meet next year’s schedule. In 2012 there were 65 new to Harlequin authors acquired, and as of August there are 53 for 2013…. September was a bit of…

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What Harlequin Editor Sarah Stubbs Learned from Reading SYTYCW Chapters

We expect a couple of people have noted our excitement for the SoYouThinkYouCanWrite.com contest we’re having! This year, over 650 authors uploaded their first chapters and our editors went hunting for the top 50 finalists (while keeping eyes out for others with long-term potential as well). Harlequin Historical editor Sarah Stubbs volunteered to give some…

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