Category: Archive

My Editor Crush: Taika Waititi

By Kathleen Scheibling, Executive Editor I have a crush on this man. His name is Taika Waititi and he’s from New Zealand. I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand because it looks beautiful. Taika is also beautiful. He also has qualities I admire in a man – primarily a sense of humour that showcases…

Read More »


Happy Holidays from the So You Think You Can Write team!

We can’t believe we’ve come to the end of another year at So You Think You Can Write! You’ve met new Harlequin authors, tested your skills and imagination, read tips on submitting and writing for Harlequin, asked questions, and shared your thoughts and advice for other writers. Through it all, your dedication to pursuing your…

Read More »


Top Five Holiday Romance Movies

By: Katie and Deirdre The holiday season is in full swing and we at SYTYCW couldn’t be more pleased. December brings with it the chance to trim Christmas trees, listen to well-loved carols, bake sugar cookies and hunker down with hot chocolate (or mulled wine, if you’re our kinda gal!). But most importantly, this time…

Read More »


#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…

Read More »


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…

Read More »


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…

Read More »


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…

Read More »


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.…

Read More »


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…

Read More »


#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…

Read More »