Writing Challenge: Welcome to our town!

  by Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series     One of the most appealing settings for Harlequin romance readers is the small town. Whether it’s a western ranching community, a New England hamlet or a coastal resort town, there’s plenty of opportunity for evocative descriptions and quirky characters. And showing your hero and heroine…

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Spot the Conflict in Romance Movies

Last week on the blog we talked about conflict. We pulled a post from our archives to review the ins and outs of internal and external conflicts, along with the top three pitfalls we see in romance submissions. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out this post! But don’t stop there, why…

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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 During our combined time at Harlequin, there’s one term we might have heard more than any other when we’ve assessed manuscripts, and that is “Emotional Conflict.” Besides searching for those fresh…

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The Revision Letter: Why and How to Follow it to a T

Hey authors, we have a secret for you! The magical way to firmly entrench yourself in the coveted position of an editor’s good graces. Ready to hear it? It’s simple—just follow a revision letter to a T, and we will love you forever! Now we know what you’re thinking: I always try to follow revision…

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7 Royal Romance Films to Get You Pumped for the Royal Wedding

By Katie Gowrie Are you tuning in to Harry and Meghan’s wedding this weekend? This week on SYTYCW we’ve been talking all about royal romance in advance of Saturday’s regal celebrations. Royal romances are well-loved, both in fiction and in real life. Is it the glamorous revelry and the celebrity guests that cause such a…

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5 Reasons to Love…Royal Romance!

Who doesn’t love a royal romance? Here’s one from the archives, in advance of Meghan and Harry’s lavish upcoming nuptials, to remind you why we love them! By Grace Thiele Call the heralds! Alert the press! Someone, fetch a trumpet – behold, there is wonderful news! Another royal baby is on the way! There’s one…

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Writing Challenge: A Royal Proposal

The royal wedding is fast approaching, and some of us are gearing up for tea, scones and fascinators (and pyjamas if we’re in North America) to watch the festivities on May 19. So what better time than now for a royal romance challenge? In 2-5 paragraphs, give us your most romantic royal proposal: contemporary or…

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The Harlequin Dare Blitz: A Round-Up

The Harlequin Dare Blitz wrapped on Friday, and we’re still fanning ourselves from your steamy submissions! We think it’s safe to say this writing blitz was a success. We received over 150 submissions from around the globe, including all over Europe, Australia and North America, as well as from the far reaches of Mauritius, South…

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Critique Partners: Working a Two-Way Street

From our Advice from the Archives: 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…

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Harlequin Editors Give Some Plotting Advice!

Many years ago Harlequin’s UK office–aka Mills & Boon headquarters–ran the fabulous “New Voices” competition. The editors gave a lot of tips, and good advice never goes bad!  We’ve repurposed some of it for you… Don’t let the Plot Get In the Way of the Story…. Have you ever wondered why you can’t get your…

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