SOLD! The Winner’s Circle

By Mary-Theresa Hussey  Although our So You Think You Can Write Contest lasts for just a few weeks (but intense, busy weeks for all!), Harlequin acquires books all year round. We’re always looking for new authors, new projects and building and continuing relationships with authors and readers. Though you can always return to the So…

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Is Your Story Submission-Ready?

Join Allison Carroll and Claire Caldwell in an informative live chat where you will get the best tips on formatting, how to present your work and finesse your cover letter. Don’t miss this chance to get your work in perfect shape–at 1pm EST. Click HERE to join the chat: http://community.harlequin.com/123flashchat/client/ Please note:  Click on Guest access,…

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The Dreaded Synopsis: Dana’s Critiques

Alright, you’ve written your book. You’ve done your research about editors and lines (and maybe agents) and you’re ready to submit. You’ve written a fabulous query letter (double-checking that the name of the person you’re sending it to is spelled correctly!) that would make any editor’s ears perk up. And now you’re faced with getting…

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Final Checklist before Submitting

By Allison Carroll Congratulations on surviving—and thriving—for another fantastic week of So You Think You Can Write. It’s time to cross that finish line and submit your manuscript! But first, let’s make sure you’ve covered all your bases. You’ve revised and polished your manuscript. You’ve done your research and targeted the perfect line for your…

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Writing an Effective Query Letter

By Giselle Regus and Emily Brown So you think you can write? That’s great! But before an editor even lays eyes on your manuscript, she (or he!) needs to see your query letter. As assistants on the Love Inspired lines, we’ve seen query letters run the gamut from perfectly professional to downright disastrous. Below, we’ve…

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Critique Partners: Working a Two-Way Street

By Patience Bloom 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 books, then submit…

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5 Questions About Wattpad and the New Adult Bonus Contest

by Malle Vallik, Director, Editorial Digital Initiatives I am very excited to be hosting a “bonus” contest with Wattpad looking for writers who are penning new adult romance. I will be publishing four winners, so this is a great opportunity to have your new adult romance read by an editor and if it is awesome,…

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Conference and Pitch Dos and Don’ts

We’ll give you best practices when attending conferences, interacting with editors and delivering that all-important pitch. Join our live chat at 11am EST where you’ll get to talk with Susan Litman, Karen Reid, and Linda Fildew! Click HERE to join the chat: http://community.harlequin.com/123flashchat/client/  Please note:  Click on Guest access, NO password required.  Chat rooms will open…

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Results of the First Page Challenge

You’ll find here our random editor critiques of your first pages. We enjoyed reading these openings and hope you’ll keep going on your writing journeys. If you entry wasn’t critiqued here (we are only so many editors), stay tuned for other opportunities with our SYTYCW contest. Thank you for submitting all your fabulous first pages!…

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Focus on Harlequin Kimani

The Harlequin Kimani line is more than six years old–amazing! Sr. Executive Editor Tara Gavin oversees the line, and she wanted to share some insights with us…. Harlequin Kimani is an exciting, growing and innovative imprint in Harlequin Books array of titles offered to readers. It is our imprint dedicated to readers who enjoy African-American…

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