Category: Writing Tips

Maisey Yates talks about Bumps in the Road

Last week we announced our top 50 finalists in our SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE 2013 contest, and while there was a lot of joy, there was also some sadness for the 600+ chapters that didn’t advance. USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates, who writes for Harlequin Presents, HQN, Cosmo and more, shared her…

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Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts

During the SYTYCW conference, Senior Editor Linda Fildew (Harlequin Historicals), Editor Susan Litman (Special Edition) and Associate Editor Karen Reid (Harlequin Superromance) got together for a Q&A with authors about Conference Pitch Dos and Don’ts. The full transcript can be found on the Harlequin Community Forum, but here are some select points. Q: What are…

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More Twitter Tips from Harlequin Editors….

Writing tips fly fast and furious on Twitter these days. Here’s a selection from the past few weeks…   Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmell Follow guidelines, but don’t worry so much about “rules” that you commit the worst violation: writing a boring book. Susan Litman @Susan_Litman Never, ever submit anything to an editor or agent without a…

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Focus on Flo Fitzpatrick — Switching from Mysteries to Harlequin Heartwarming!

  Up until now, Flo Fitzpatrick‘s been more known for her quirky, fun mysteries than her romances! But after growing interested in Harlequin Heartwarming, she thought she’d give pure, wholesome romance a shot, and we’re delighted! Flo volunteered to talk about switching genres and keeping focused…   When I first received a call from a…

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Malle Vallik Tells Us Why to Write for Harlequin!

Malle Vallik, Director for Editorial Digital Initiatives, recently spoke at an RWA conference in Florida about why you should write for Harlequin. She gave a lively presentation with lots of images, asides, stories and information. Malle’s in-person presentation would be a lot more vivid, but here are a few points from her speech… The Five…

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Commercial Fiction and Other Profanities

Denise Zaza, Senior Editor for Harlequin Intrigue, originally wrote this post on Patience Bloom’s RomanceIsMyDayJob blog. But they’ve agreed to share it here as well! The oldest cliché around has to be about writing the great novel that will stand the test of time.  But really how many authors have done that?  If you can…

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How to be Pitch Perfect…

Harlequin Executive Editor Mary-Theresa Hussey recently spoke with the NJ RWA chapter about making the perfect pitch. Here are her six tips!   First: Stay calm! An editor or agent will not hold anything said at a pitch against you. Nothing is decided permanently at a pitch. It all depends on the writing. And, as…

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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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