Harlequin Editor Paints a Picture of the AFS…

As debut author Amy Woods gets ready for HIS TEXAS FOREVER FAMILY to come out in Harlequin Special Edition in September 2014, her editor, Carly Silver, is also going through this process for the first time with an author. Yesterday Amy told us about titling, here Carly will give an editor’s perspective… What’s in a…

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Author Amy Woods Goes Through Next Steps as Harlequin Author

Once the sale has been made, there are myriad other steps in taking a book from manuscript to finished book! Each publisher has their own process, but here’s a glimpse at what Amy Woods is going through as her manuscript becomes a Harlequin Special Edition…. Confirming a title and a cover… I’m so glad to…

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Milinda Jay Recommends Writing a Book in a Month!

New Love Inspired Historical author Milinda Jay’s first book–Her Roman Protector–is just out! She’s taking a very interesting time period for historicals–and particularly for Inspirational titles–and written a compelling story. And just look at that fantastic cover! Here’s some advice she gives on how to write quickly and well! Why  Writing a Novel in a…

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What’s the Scoop on Harlequin Shivers?

Though Senior Editor Denise Zaza keeps busy with heading up Harlequin Intrigue and her impressive authors, when the opportunity came to take a leading role in the HarlequinE program Shivers, she stepped right up!  As always with a new line, there are lots of opportunities to set the tone, explore new directions and be discovered!…

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Digging Out an Old Q&A from a Harlequin Editor

Mary-Theresa Hussey participated in  a Q&A in 2005–almost ten years ago!–and now offers up three of the Q&As as still being very relevant. Not a word was changed (though she wanted to tinker a bit, of course!), because the essential truths are still there. (though for accuracy’s sake, the website name was updated–times do change!)…

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Sheryl Lister Talks About her Writing Journey to Harlequin Kimani!

Just To Be With You, Sheryl Lister‘s debut Kimani, isn’t out until August, but we’re already thrilled with the enthusiasm, energy and sheer excitement she brings to the line! It’s been a long journey to publication, but we’re delighted to have her  A Daughter’s Journey… Many people ask if I just woke up one morning…

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What Harlequin Lines are Looking for Your Story this Spring?

As we’ve said before, Harlequin series editors need to buy 4 books a day to make next year’s commitment—and while we’ve got a group of talented and prolific authors, and dedicated senior editors who keep a close eye on inventory, sometimes some lines have more openings. We thought we’d spotlight a few for this month……

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First Chapter Needs from Harlequin Editors

A few years ago Harlequin editors created  a little checklist about effective first chapters. We don’t literally fill them out these days, but most of us keep them in mind. Here are some of the points we raised…   Is the Characterization strong and vivid? Do the characters make decisions? Are the characters appealing? Is the Motivation…

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December 2013 Acquisition Roundup

With the announcements from So You Think You Can Write and Wattpad contests, December was a great time to welcome some new authors into the Harlequin family! And some authors also came to us in more traditional ways by submitting to the editors from our site or from conferences or earlier pitches!  Here are some…

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What Desire Wants with Harlequin Senior Editor Stacy Boyd

Harlequin Desire novels are short–about 50,000 words–and addictive! Readers love the strong heroes and feisty heroines, and Senior Editor Stacy Boyd is always listening to reader’s comments to tweak the direction of the line. Although the overall promise remain the same, there are a few things you can do to make your story stand out..…

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