Category: Getting Started

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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Research 101: Creating a Believable World

Head on over to the Harlequin Community June 18, 2015 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST , where Harlequin series authors are discussing how they approach research and are ready and waiting to answer those burning questions you’ve been dying to ask! Want tips on research before you join our Community forum today? Read these…

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Romance 101: Putting the Romance in Romance Novels

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Associate Editor Rachel Burkot talks about the necessary elements of a romance novel. For many, Harlequin is synonymous with “romance.” We talk a lot about the series promise, but what does that really mean? It’s the million dollar question:…

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The Revision Letter: Why and How to Follow it to a T

By Associate Editor Rachel Burkot Hey authors, I have a secret for you! The magical way to firmly entrench yourself in the coveted position of an editor's good graces. Ready to hear it? It's simple—just follow a revision letter to a T, and we will love you forever! Now I know what you're thinking: I…

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In Your Corner: Meet the Team of Experts Who Want Your Book to Succeed

by Dana Grimaldi @DanaGrimaldi, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Heartwarming When Vicki Essex sat down to write her first book, Her Son's Hero, she was alone. Sure, Smartikus the cat was providing moral support, but Vicki was writing the way everyone writes, by herself, with her imagination and determination the driving force behind getting her story…

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The Query Letter: 10 Dos and Don’ts

By Giselle Regus, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Love Inspired So you think you can write? That’s great! But before an editor even lays eyes on your manuscript, she (or he!) needs to see your query letter. As assistants on the Love Inspired lines, we’ve seen query letters run the gamut from perfectly professional to downright disastrous.…

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Fine Tuning Your Submissions Recap

This Twitter chat was done in August by Stacy Boyd, Susan Litman and Allison Lyons to lead in to So You Think You Can Write. The full recap can be found on the Harlequin Community Forums, but we chose a few appropriate snippets to encourage those polishing their manuscripts and chapters for the SYTYCW contest!…

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Final Checklist before Submitting

By Allison Carroll Congratulations on surviving—and thriving—for another fantastic week of So You Think You Can Write. It’s time to cross that finish line and submit your manuscript! But first, let’s make sure you’ve covered all your bases. You’ve revised and polished your manuscript. You’ve done your research and targeted the perfect line for your…

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