Category: Writing Tips

Debut Author Andie Brock’s Revision Letter

A few days ago we highlighted new Harlequin Presents author Andie Brock’s first Call–and also Laura McCallen’s side of things! In her post, Andie mentioned getting a detailed editorial consultation as part of the prize, so we asked about it–and she and Laura volunteered the details! We think it’s a great letter, showing the scope…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This was another memo sent in Jan 93 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey (sometimes it’s handy to have old files!).  Harlequin is always interested in developing editors, and so there are frequent workshops throughout the year on various topics. But considering yesterday’s blog requesting opening pages here, this could be useful!   Beyond the…

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Cristal Ryder Talks About Writing with Heat!

  Cristal Ryder’s written for Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press. So she knows about stories that are steamy, compelling, physical and just plain exciting! Happily, she’s volunteered to share her insights about how to write “hot”!   “your writing is on fire” Really? Awesome sauce! That’s what I’m hoping for. It can be…

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Line edits with Harlequin Editor Carly Silver

  Although edits are definitely hard for an author, they can also be difficult for an editor as well. Most editors will have read the manuscript through twice already, so when editing they hopefully won’t get too lost in the story and be able to focus on individual elements. Most authors consider it a great…

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Where’s Your Unpredictable? The Harlequin Editors Want to Know!

Pulling up some more old files uncovered another of our checklist/mandates from a few years ago. There are themes that work really well for us–but tell the stories in an unexpected way! This is more focused on the “unpredictable” factor. At Harlequin, editors balance two ideas–the consistent promise to our readers and the fresh, fun…

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Harlequin Editors Recap Some Writing Advice Discussions

Every year or so we pick a book or two about writing, publishing, story, craft, screenplays or such, and the three offices will all read and discuss it. We’ve had some wonderful and lively discussions over the years, and here are some notes on some of the best options! WRITE AWAY by Elizabeth George Felt…

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Writing Copy Advice for Harlequin Books

A water downfall in December had Mary-Theresa Hussey (executive editor for Harlequin) going through things tacked to a bulletin board, and she found a memo from 2002 about giving feedback to the copywriters (she was senior editor of Silhouette Romance at the time). Nothing particularly revelatory, but we thought it might be interesting to share! And…

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Olivia Miles on Revisions for Harlequin Special Edition

 It’s true that first thing  an author has to do is put something down on paper/screen–but most will agree that the rewriting, revisions and reworking the story is what makes it really shine! We’ve got a couple of posts on revisions coming up–and here’s Olivia Miles’s take on working with her editor Susan Litman on…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Jen Christie

The SoYouThinkYouCanWrite contest takes a lot of energy from authors and editors both! But it’s always worthwhile to find new authors and read the exciting projects they are working on. This year Jen Christie was one of our finalists–and her book is coming out this week! Find out more… Seven Things We Want to Know:…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Anna J. Stewart

Anna Stewart has been a long time Harlequin fan and would-be writer. She hasn’t had the most traditional path to publication, but does have some great advice! Seven Things We Want to Know: What got you interested in writing? Reading.  If there was one rule in our house growing up, it was that my mother…

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