Top 10 Reasons Why Harlequin Editors Reject a Project

This year’s So You Think You Can Write week-long conference was filled with fantastic tips and great information. Just in case you missed it, we thought we’d highlight Harlequin Senior Editor Patience Bloom’s advice on why editors might pass on a project. Originally it was found here, but now it’s twice as useful! Do you…

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Focus on Shana Asaro

  Associate Editor Shana Asaro has been with Harlequin for over five years–though you might recognize her more easily as Shana Smith. She found her HEA in September 2013, and we’re getting used to her new name! A few months ago she did a Q&A on the Harlequin forums–the link is here–but we thought we’d refresh it a…

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Focus on Love Inspired

Love Inspired is both the name of the series which publishes six books each month and the imprint (which includes Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, Love Inspired Historicals and Love Inspired Heartsong Presents as well as Love Inspired Classics and other programs!). Associate Editor Shana Asaro (formerly Shana Smith) has volunteered to explain exactly what makes…

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A Selling Query Letter from Andrea Laurence

Associate Editor Shana Asaro (formerly Shana Smith) knows how to spot talent! For today’s SOLD! blog, she’s sharing a query letter from Harlequin Desire author  Andrea Laurence that caught her attention. Here’s the story how this editor/author pair went from a not-quite-right potential project to having contracted more than seventeen titles in under two years!…

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Love Inspired Tip Sheet

This tip sheet was given out a recent conference. But we think everyone should get the benefits of knowing what–and who!–Love Inspired is all about! Love Inspired Books     What we publish: Love Inspired publishes 6 inspirational contemporary romance books a month. 55-60K words. Love Inspired Suspense publishes 4 inspirational romantic suspense books a…

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How Do We Find Those New Harlequin Authors?

Kathryn Cheshire (@CheshireKat3), Editorial Assistant on the Harlequin Historical team tells us about the latest acquisition for the Harlequin Historical Undone! line… Harper St. George’s manuscript came to my desk in May, as an unsolicited submission for the Harlequin Historical Undone! line. It immediately caught my eye as the opening is incredibly unique, descriptive and…

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Fine Tuning Your Submissions Recap

This Twitter chat was done in August by Stacy Boyd, Susan Litman and Allison Lyons to lead in to So You Think You Can Write. The full recap can be found on the Harlequin Community Forums, but we chose a few appropriate snippets to encourage those polishing their manuscripts and chapters for the SYTYCW contest!…

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How to Impress an Editor by Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom, Senior Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, has her own blog on writing–RomanceIsMyDayJob.wordpress.com.  She’s volunteered (was coaxed!) to let us repurpose some of those posts here! This one seemed like the perfect introduction….   How to Impress an Editor… I was thinking a lot this week about what pleases me as an editor free coffee,…

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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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