Category: Getting Started

Write a Book in 150 Days: Where to Start?

by Patience Bloom As you’ve read in Birgit Davis Todd’s motivating post, we want to encourage you to get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. And if it’s for Harlequin, so much the better! We hope that you’ll check out this site for inspiration, guidance, and interaction with our editors. Where to…

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Conflicts: Be Mean to Your Characters—and Interesting to Your Readers

by Elizabeth Mazer, Associate Editor   The Love Inspired Historical team is ready to find new authors—could you be one of them? Find out by joining in our latest pitch contest: Manuscript Matchmakers! We’d love to have you join our terrific group of authors, and we’re excited to see your sweet, inspirational historical romance. We…

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Get in the Door: How to submit to Harlequin

By Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, Carina Press The annual So You Think You Can Write conference is a great way to get your manuscript in front of a team of editors, but we also accept submissions all year long. Here at Harlequin and Carina, we’re always looking for new authors to sign, publish and build.…

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The Pitch, Query and Synopsis: A Primer

By Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin Special Edition Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript. Now you’re getting ready to enter So You Think You Can Write or pitch the project to an editor in person or online. Or maybe you’ve decided to submit to an editor and you’re asked to include a query letter and synopsis.…

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From Alpha Hero to HEA: A Harlequin Romance Glossary

  We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use that vocabulary every day, and sometimes we take it for granted. So we came up with a partial list of definitions so…

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Plot Points: How to outline your novel with Tawny Weber and Jennifer Faye

Writing a novel is a big undertaking. Where do you even start? We asked two Harlequin authors to share their plotting process with you! My Color Coded Plotting Process by Tawny Weber, Harlequin Blaze and HQN author I’ll admit it… I’m hooked on my plotting process.   First of all, after 35 books, I know it…

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Get It Started! Set up your Wattpad profile and enter SYTYCW 2015!

Wondering how to enter So You Think You Can Write 2015 with Wattpad? Editorial Assistant Deirdre McCluskey walks you through the process! You’ve probably heard by now that So You Think You Can Write has teamed up with Wattpad for our 2015 contest. What does this mean for you? As always, we’re looking for great…

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Editorial 101: A Romance Glossary

We’re putting together a romance glossary, so let us know what terms you want defined! Acting Assistant Editor Claire Caldwell gets us started. We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use…

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Romance 102: Sexy, Sensual or Sweet?

Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling has advice on writing romance at different heat levels and targeting the right Harlequin series for you.  Sex doesn’t matter. There, I said it. I better clarify something before we move forward. (Especially as the Senior Editor of Blaze, our sexiest line.) Ok, ok, sex matters. But if you are thinking of…

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Plot 102: Romance Tropes: Fab or Drab?

How can you employ the tried-and-true hooks without becoming cliche? Editorial Assistant Tahra Seplowin offers advice.   Ask a category romance lover what her favorite tropes and hooks are, and she might tell you she loves stories involving secret babies or enemies-to-lovers. Think reunion romances. Girl next door. Virginal heroine. Alpha hero. Marriage of convenience.…

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