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

By Rachel Burkot Hey authors, I 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 I know what you’re thinking: I always try…

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Best Revision Tips

Are you stuck on editing your own story? Never fear! Seasoned editors Stacy Boys, Kathryn Cheshire and Bryony Green are here to give revision tips and motivation for you to keep writing. Join us at 10 am EST on Twitter. Don’t forget to follow us, @sytycwglobal, and to use the hashtag #sytycw2013.

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Wednesday’s Challenge Reminder: Last Chance!

Don’t forget to send us the gripping first page of your romance novel. You can submit it to us at ucanwrite@harlequin.ca by 6:00 p.m. EST tonight. We can’t wait to read what you’ve written! In the subject heading, be sure to write: SYTYCW First Page Challenge. We’ll take it from there and post our random…

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The First Draft: Just Scratching the Surface

By Rachel Burkot You’ve completed a manuscript. Hooray! Bust out the champagne, pat yourself on the back, share the happy news with your best friend, parents, mailman, dog, fourth-grade teacher… Then get back to work. That’s right, back to work. Because you’re not actually finished. Not even close. Writing a book is hard enough, but…

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Hero vs. Hero

Kathleen Scheibling (Blaze), Joanne Grant (Presents) and Victoria Curran (Heartwarming) define and defend their favorite heroes. [podcast]http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/HERO-VS-HERO.mp3[/podcast]

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How to Write an Effective Villain

by Elizabeth Mazer Romantic suspense writers are amazing. The way that my fantastic Love Inspired Suspense authors balance compelling characters, fast pacing, strong conflicts, terrifying danger, deep faith and sweet, satisfying romance into each story never fails to impress me. Writing a good romantic suspense story isn’t easy, but when it works wow how it…

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Romance Turn Ons and Turn Offs

What do romance editors love and hate to see in stories? Find out today in our live Twitter event today at 2pm EST. You’ll get to ask questions and hear from Dana Hopkins, Stacy Boyd and Emily Rodmell in this must-not-miss hour. Ps. Follows us on Twitter (@sytycwglobal) and don’t forget to use our hashtag…

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Hooks! What Are They Good For?

You might know all about cowboys, brides, and babies—and why romance editors love them (because readers love them). But how essential are hooks to your story? Find out from our team of expert editors: Charles Griemsman, Sarah Stubbs, Piya Campana and Patience Bloom. Participate in our live chat at 11am EST! We’re excited for a…

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