Category: Writers Workshop

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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Hooks: How to Grab Your Readers

by Elizabeth Mazer, Associate Editor   The Love Inspired Historical team is excited to invite you to participate in our newest contest: the Manuscript Matchmakers pitch! This is a fantastic opportunity to sell your heartfelt, faith-based historical romance. To help you along the way, we’ll be offering advice and feedback for each contest stage, but…

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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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Standing and Sitting: It’s All about Balance

by Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor On my commute into the office today, I came across a quote from Thoreau. It’s in today’s issue of our local Metro paper (in a regular feature called “Philosopher Cat” by Jason Logan): “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”…

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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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Born to be Bad: Horrible bosses, evil exes, and other romance villains

By Adrienne Macintosh, Editor, Harlequin Blaze and American Romance   What type of Harlequin villain are you? Take our quiz and see which beloved Harlequin villain you could be. We’ve played up some of our reader’s favorite villainous storylines, and while they’re favorites to us, too, now we’re looking for how they might be twisted…

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A Family Romance: Babies, children and other supporting players

By Julia Williams, Editor, Medical Romance Babies, children and family – what have they got to do with romance? Well, quite a lot actually! Although you should always, always keep in mind that the main focus of your story is the romance between your hero and heroine, having children and babies as part of the…

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Say it with Style: How to write great dialogue

By Rhonda Helms, Carina Editor We’re all aware that dialogue is a vital part of a story. We get to know characters, learn key information about the plot, snicker at jokes, cringe from awkward confessions, and even swoon with romantic lines. Nailing dialogue in your manuscript can help you hook an editor, fast. Here are…

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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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The Black Moment: How to raise the romantic stakes before the HEA

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What is a black moment? In a romance novel, the black moment occurs when the hero and heroine lose all hope in love. Their lives might be in danger, too, or another crisis might wrench them apart. But the main issue is that their happily-ever-after may not…

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