Category: Archive

#WritingChallenge: Rivals under the mistletoe

By: Katie Gowrie This week on SYTYCW we talked about writer’s block. As the holiday festivities ramp up, it can be hard to maintain focus on your writing. It’s easy to get distracted, or just plain stuck. Maybe a particular scene has come to a standstill and you can’t find your way forward. Or perhaps revising your story through the…

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Romance 101: Writer’s Block

by Grace Thiele Hello, dear aspiring authors! I’m writing to you today, wrapped in several layers of wool and hot chocolate in hand as Christmas marches toward us… about writer’s block! Never mind the dreaded winter cold, the most unfortunate fate to befall a writer is the inexplicable stoppage of creativity. There can be lots…

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A Wish List for Series Romance: What Our Editors Want

As we wind down SYTYCW 150, the holidays are just around the corner. Do you have your wish list ready? Well, the editors at Harlequin do! This month, we’re shining a spotlight on our series categories to help you find a good home for that story you’ve been working away at. Whether your story sweeps…

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Advice from the Archives: Your Romance Writing Checklist

By Patience Bloom Before you celebrate with some chocolate cake and chilled wine, you have a romance novel to complete. Have you mastered the basics? Here are ten items for you to check before you submit your manuscript to a publisher: Are your characters complex and interesting? We editors have seen it all. What we…

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150 Days of Writing Romance: Achieved!

Dear Writers, The time has come! This week marks 150 days since we proposed a stretch of time for you to focus on writing your romance novel. Did it go fast or slow for you? We have so enjoyed interacting with you and hope we provided good information and inspiration for you to keep writing.…

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Harlequin Series Quiz for Authors: The Answers

We hope you had fun with our Harlequin Series Quiz for authors, and learned some things about submitting your manuscript to Harlequin. As promised, here are the answers to Friday’s quiz!   Q: Name three series that publish romances over 70K words. A: Harlequin Heartwarming, Harlequin Historical and Harlequin Romantic Suspense all publish stories over…

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#WritingChallenge: Take our Harlequin Series Quiz!

You’re in the home stretch of the 150 Day Challenge. Hooray! What’s next? Thinking about the best place to submit your masterpiece, that’s what! On Monday, we encouraged you to check out our submission guidelines to see which Harlequin series is right for you. If you took the time to do so, you’re ready for…

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Advice from the Archives: 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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Finishing Up Your Novel and What’s Next

Brrrr! Is it our imagination or did it suddenly become winter? At least on the U.S. Northeast Coast, the frigid temperatures have us running for our coats. At the same time, it’s the perfect weather for someone to huddle down in front of the computer and finish writing a book. Which brings us to your…

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Getting the Call: Meet Rachael Stewart!

What a pleasure it is to welcome new author Rachael Stewart to Harlequin Dare! As you may know, this line of super-sexy romances debuts in February 2018 and we look forward to Rachael’s story! Publication date details to come. Here is how Rachael got The Call, in her own words… Okay, so I got the…

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