Category: Harlequin Editors

My Editor Crush: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

by Patience Bloom I am officially outing myself as an obsessive follower of the Shefani relationship. I enjoy Gwen and Blake separately but together, they are editor crush magic! I can’t get enough of their sweet Tweets and Snapchats, trips to Disneyland, the zoo, glitzy events, concerts, the White House, music videos, and updates from their…

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My Secret Crush: Justin Trudeau

by Margot Mallinson, Editorial Coordinator, Trade Publishing   (This post is a very personal opinion and is not a reflection of the political opinions, or an endorsement of such, by my employer. Though they probably agree he’s handsome.)   In my heart, there’s only one Justin from Canada who matters, and I share that crush…

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Advice from the Archives: Critique Partners

Working a Two-Way Street by Patience Bloom We editors often hear about writers getting feedback from their critique partners. Generally, we love that this relationship exists because writing needs critiquing. The “just finished” manuscript isn’t at the stage where we step in (unless it’s pure genius—and then, even we would be jealous). Sure, some people…

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Interview with…Ann Leslie Tuttle!

This week, Harlequin Nocturne’s Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle discusses what she looks for in acquiring a new author… Does the excitement of finding a new author ever get old? No.   And that comes from someone who has been looking for great new writers to bring into the Harlequin franchise for almost 20 years.   But sad to…

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My (Not-So-Secret) Crush: Poussey Washington

by Assistant Editor Brittany Lavery Attention: There will be no spoilers, I promise! Anyone who talks to me about t.v. will know that I love Orange Is the New Black because of its complex characters with varied backstories and for its focus on the lives of women, people of colour, queer people, and trans people.…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor, Western Romance So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating about entering next year’s So You Think You Can Write contest? Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a…

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Romance Writing 101: Give Your Characters Conflict!

This week, Grace Thiele gives you some excellent advice on how to intensify conflict! Good afternoon, turtle doves! Today I am feeling decidedly conflicted about London weather – relieved that it is no longer hot enough to fry bacon and eggs on the concrete (not that I would actually do that… anybody got a muffin?), but…

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Dear Editor: What makes a writer’s “voice” strong?

Dear Editor, What makes a writer’s “voice” strong? Editors are always saying that the voice is crucial. Why? –Anne Dear Anne, A writer’s voice is probably the most important element of the book (aside from the romance, of course). A reader could be underwhelmed by a premise but love the writer’s voice so much that…

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Romance Writing 101: Describing your hero and heroine

This week, Grace Thiele gives you her top tips on how to describe your characters with maximum impact! Hello dearest writers! Today, after my previous post on building up characters in your imagination, I’ll be writing about methods to begin translating that onto the page, specifically in physical description. Building them up in your mind and getting…

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Manuscript Match Announcement

Love Inspired Historical is proud to share that we made not one but five calls to offer contracts to brand new authors on Wednesday! We are thrilled to welcome Angie Dicken, Anna Zogg, Victoria Austin, Mollie Campbell and Evelyn Hill to the team.  All these authors were finalists in LIH’s Manuscript Match pitch event.  And…

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