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Author Advice: How to Write the Perfect Presents

The countdown has begun! On May 15th, our Harlequin Presents Blitz will be open for submissions. So, what’s next? Well, you’ve heard from the Harlequin Editorial team. Now, we’re going to give you a glimpse into the life of a Presents author! Here’s our author’s top tips on what it takes to write for Harlequin…

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How to Build a Billionaire

Welcome to… Alpha Heroes 101 With the Presents Blitz in full swing, it’s the question on everyone’s lips! “How do you a build a billionaire?” Well, we’re here to help! Here’s everything it takes to write the perfect alpha hero… Powerful, successful and in-control… Nothing is out of a Presents hero’s reach. With a private…

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My Secret Crush: Sansa Stark

By Katie Gowrie With the final season of Game of Thrones wrapping up, I need to be vocal about my undying devotion to Sansa Stark. I’ve loved her since the beginning, and that love was affirmed when I devoured A Feast for Crows—some people found it boring, but I loved it. Don’t get me wrong,…

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Harlequin Presents Is Having a Blitz!

The Harlequin Presents team is always looking for new authors. We’re committed to finding and nurturing brilliantly emotional, passionate and dramatic new voices – and now is YOUR chance to get your submission in front of the editors, because we’re running a Harlequin Presents Blitz! What you need to know: The Harlequin Presents Blitz will…

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Writing Challenge: Create an Intriguing Heroine

“Consider what makes a person so fascinating. Who captures your interest in a powerful way?” – Senior Editor Patience Bloom, How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story When we think about the people who fascinate us, it’s their unique qualities that make them alluring. But sometimes we create cliched characters even as we try…

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Interview with Brenda Harlen!

We are delighted to welcome author Brenda Harlen to the SYTYCW blog and congratulate her on writing 50 books for Harlequin! Read on for some enlightening Q&A… Sixteen years ago, your first book was published by Harlequin. This month, you’ve just hit your 50-book milestone with Double Duty for the Cowboy! Can you tell us…

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What happens after you submit to Harlequin?

Today, we bring you an updated post from our archives! Read on as Elizabeth Mazer reveals what happens to your story after you hit submit! So, you’ve finished your manuscript—congratulations! And you’ve rallied your courage and actually clicked submit—congratulations! Now, as your reward, you get to…wait. And wonder. And fret. It’s nerve wracking, waiting to…

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Editor Confessions: Dispatches from the Inbox

By An Editor At submissions@harlequin.com, we receive several hundred emails a year. That’s a lot of mail! In that giant virtual stack of mail, there are some things that crop up frequently, including letters and requests that can needlessly take an editor’s time (because the information is readily available on our submissions page, for example),…

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Writing Challenge: Create a Cliffhanger!

We posted some great advice on creating suspense from Harlequin authors this week, including this tip from New York Times Bestselling Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Elle James:  “I like to keep my readers guessing at the end of a chapter. Will the hero save the day? Will the heroine fight her way…

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