Category: Archive

Which Series Are You? Part 1

Are you an aspiring romance writer from an underrepresented community interested in the #RomanceIncludesYou Mentorship — or are you planning to submit your story to Harlequin through our regular channels this fall? Then we can’t wait to see your stories! You might be curious about what we publish at Harlequin or where your story fits.…

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Interview with… Naima Simone

We’re pleased to have USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone with us today. She’s here to tell us about her writing process and her September 2019 release! Can you describe your writing process? Coffee. LOL! I’m only half-kidding, because coffee is a vital part of the process. When I begin a book, I always start…

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The Romance Includes You Mentorship is open for submissions!

Are you an aspiring romance author from a community that’s been underrepresented in publishing? Then we want to see your stories! The Romance Includes You Mentorship is officially open for submissions between now and October 15, 2019. Read on for an overview of what we’re looking for, but be sure to check out our official…

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Three Reasons to Love Vacation Romances

Labour Day is around the corner and summer is winding down for many of us, but we can still celebrate vacation romances! Check out this listicle from our Archives on why we love ’em, and why those of you in North America should enjoy your last long weekend of summer curled up with one! By…

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Getting the Call: Meet Eva Shepherd!

Today we are pleased to introduce our newest Harlequin Historical author, Eva Shepherd, as she shares her Harlequin “Call Story”! Like so many other Harlequin authors before me, I’d been waiting for “the call” for years, and yet when it came it took me completely by surprise. Previously I’d submitted seven manuscripts to Harlequin. I…

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Writing Challenge: The Black Moment

At So You Think You Can Write this week we talked about two elements of your novel, Character and Plot. But you can’t really separate these elements. Plot is driven by your characters’ actions and choices. And your characters’ motivations for their actions are what give the story its emotional heart. Everything comes together in…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

We wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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Advice from the Archives–Why: The Foundation of Your Story

by Katie Gowrie If you’ve thrown yourself into writing, you’ll notice we’ve been posting a lot lately on conflict and characterization. Let’s talk about something that goes hand-in-hand with these two things. And I’m so excited about it, I’m going to caps-lock about it from a virtual mountaintop: IT’S MOTIVATION, FOLKS. Ah, motivation—the foundation of…

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Five Tips to Preserve that Post-Workshop and Conference Enthusiasm

by Patience Bloom You’ve just returned from your first (or eighteenth) Romance Writers of America conference–or meeting of your local romance chapter. You’re on that high after spending time with writer-friends, and the lessons you learned were life-changing. After unpacking your clothes, swag, and free books, you throw yourself on the couch for a restful…

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Writing Challenge: A modern Cinderella

The Cinderella story is a perennial romance favorite. We posted 10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cinderella Story on Wednesday. But it can be challenging making a traditional tale feel new. Are you up for the challenge? Outline in a few paragraphs your perfect modern Cinderella story: Your Cinderella: She (or he) is a relatable,…

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