Category: Writing Tips

Cracking Romantic Suspense according to Patience Bloom

Today we’re thankful for Senior Editor Patience Bloom, a favorite blogger here! So when she volunteered to tell us exactly what she wants to see in the next new author for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, well, we couldn’t wait to find out! Check out the Writing Guidelines as well… Harlequin Romantic Suspense: In Search of… By Patience…

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Harlequin Editors Say Avoid Plotting Pitfalls!

Here’s another great insight from the UK’s “New Voices” competition a few years ago.  Characters Behaving Badly… Acting out of character for the sake of the plot is a no-no. If your characters start bending every which way just to reach your desired conclusion then you are writing puppets, not people. Individual motivations and reactions are…

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Harlequin Editor Patience Bloom on Revisions

Once more Senior Editor Patience Bloom graciously let us borrow from her own website, Romance Is My Day Job. This post on revisions appeared in June, but we’d like to share it with you again! My Love/Hate Relationship with Revisions I loathe writing revision letters but feel very satisfied once I’m finished with one, like I’ve done…

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So how’s SOLD! doing? Harlequin Minds Want to Know!

We started the SOLD! blog about two months ago in the hopes of giving some pertinent, useful information to would-be Harlequin authors. And we want to thank you for the tweets and retweets, the comments, and most of all for coming back! We do think we’ve achieved many of our goals–but it’s equally important to…

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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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