Category: Writing Tips

Top 10 Reasons Why Harlequin Editors Reject a Project

This year’s So You Think You Can Write week-long conference was filled with fantastic tips and great information. Just in case you missed it, we thought we’d highlight Harlequin Senior Editor Patience Bloom’s advice on why editors might pass on a project. Originally it was found here, but now it’s twice as useful! Do you…

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A Selling Query Letter from Andrea Laurence

Associate Editor Shana Asaro (formerly Shana Smith) knows how to spot talent! For today’s SOLD! blog, she’s sharing a query letter from Harlequin Desire author  Andrea Laurence that caught her attention. Here’s the story how this editor/author pair went from a not-quite-right potential project to having contracted more than seventeen titles in under two years!…

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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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How to Impress an Editor by Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom, Senior Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, has her own blog on writing–RomanceIsMyDayJob.wordpress.com.  She’s volunteered (was coaxed!) to let us repurpose some of those posts here! This one seemed like the perfect introduction….   How to Impress an Editor… I was thinking a lot this week about what pleases me as an editor free coffee,…

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Harlequin Editors give Writing Tips via Twitter….

Here are just three of the Twitter Writing tips from the Harlequin editors that showed up in the past week. Keeping it short and punchy–just as the books should be! Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmell: If a scene doesn’t move the plot forward, cut it. Your readers (and editors) will thank you. Stacy Boyd @Stacy_Boyd: Writers, if…

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The Query Counselor–Dana Hopkins

A few weeks ago Dana Hopkins, an editorial assistant in Harlequin’s Toronto office, did a Q&A on the Harlequin Forums. Here’s a link to the full post: Camp Gonnabe: A Visit to the Query Counselor aka Dana Hopkins but we’re going to put a few highlights here… Dana says: One of the biggest issues I…

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Elizabeth Mazer – Writing a Cover Letter…

Elizabeth Mazer originally wrote this for the Harlequin Blog, but it is still great advice for a new writer.  A little while back, I wrote a blog post on how to make a great impression on an editor or agent before s/he opens the envelope on your submission. (If you missed it the first time…

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Insight into Marie Ferrarella – Author Extraordinare!

  Marie Ferrarella sold her first book to Harlequin in 1983 and hasn’t looked back! Her 250th title for us will be published next year. Her energy and spirit is unrivaled, of course, but we wanted to know if there was another secret behind her creative mind.     According to the legend in my…

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Harlequin Editors Know Conflicts!

Not the in-the-office stuff, of course, but how to spot a great one for a novel. Here are three tips… The Lowdown on Emotional Conflicts During our combined time at Harlequin, there’s one term we might have heard more than any other when we’ve assessed manuscripts, and that is “Emotional Conflict.” Besides searching for those fresh…

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