Category: Harlequin Editors

Meet some Harlequin Editors at Next Week’s Open House!

Just wanted to remind–or inform if you didn’t know–that the fantastic Harlequin Community is hosting an Open House Extravaganza next week! Lots of discussion about books and favorite authors and holiday traditions will be going on in the Forums all day long Of particular interest to this crowd might be the live chats each evening with…

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Harlequin Editors Say Avoid Plotting Pitfalls!

Here’s another great insight from the UK’s “New Voices” competition a few years ago.  Characters Behaving Badly… Acting out of character for the sake of the plot is a no-no. If your characters start bending every which way just to reach your desired conclusion then you are writing puppets, not people. Individual motivations and reactions are…

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October Acquisition Roundup for Harlequin Series!

After a few (relatively) slow months, the Harlequin series editors were contracting many books in October! 181 individual titles were acquired for the various lines. Yep, 181! The most acquisitive lines were Harlequin Presents—with 25 contracted  titles!—Harlequin Intrigue with 21, Harlequin Romantic Suspense with 19 and Harlequin Superromance with 18 titles. Between 1-15 books were…

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Harlequin Editor Patience Bloom on Revisions

Once more Senior Editor Patience Bloom graciously let us borrow from her own website, Romance Is My Day Job. This post on revisions appeared in June, but we’d like to share it with you again! My Love/Hate Relationship with Revisions I loathe writing revision letters but feel very satisfied once I’m finished with one, like I’ve done…

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Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts

During the SYTYCW conference, Senior Editor Linda Fildew (Harlequin Historicals), Editor Susan Litman (Special Edition) and Associate Editor Karen Reid (Harlequin Superromance) got together for a Q&A with authors about Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts. The full transcript can be found on the Harlequin Community Forum, but here are some select points. Q: What are…

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More Twitter Tips from Harlequin Editors….

Writing tips fly fast and furious on Twitter these days. Here’s a selection from the past few weeks…   Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmell Follow guidelines, but don’t worry so much about “rules” that you commit the worst violation: writing a boring book. Susan Litman @Susan_Litman Never, ever submit anything to an editor or agent without a…

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Malle Vallik Tells Us Why to Write for Harlequin!

Malle Vallik, Director for Editorial Digital Initiatives, recently spoke at an RWA conference in Florida about why you should write for Harlequin. She gave a lively presentation with lots of images, asides, stories and information. Malle’s in-person presentation would be a lot more vivid, but here are a few points from her speech… The Five…

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Commercial Fiction and Other Profanities

Denise Zaza, Senior Editor for Harlequin Intrigue, originally wrote this post on Patience Bloom’s RomanceIsMyDayJob blog. But they’ve agreed to share it here as well! The oldest cliché around has to be about writing the great novel that will stand the test of time.  But really how many authors have done that?  If you can…

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