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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How to Network Like a Rock Star

by Emily Rodmell Writing can often be a lonely profession, just you and your computer. That’s why a support system is vital. Sometimes knowing the right people and having them know you can be helpful in your writing journey. How do you build that system? By networking. Here are some tips on whom you should…

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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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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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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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