Category: advice from the editors

Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

This week, our #WritingChallenge is inspired by 2016’s Leap Year! Leap Day is famously the day when women propose instead of men, so to celebrate we’re asking you to put your own twist on the tradition… We want to see your heroine make the first move! Does she ask your hero for a date, a round-the-world…

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Advice from The Archives: How to Pitch!

This week, we’ve got a gem from SYTYCW 2012 by Emily Rodmell – how to find the essence of your plot in two sentences, for that perfect elevator pitch! Getting published can be like fishing. You’ve got to hook your editor or agent and make them long to read your book. The same can be said…

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10 Ways To Make Your Submission Stand Out From The Crowd

Discovering new writing talent is the one of the most exciting things we get to do as editors. But how can you help yourself catch an editor’s eye? Read on for our top tips… Do your series research! You can pitch an editor a great idea, but if it’s not something we can actually acquire,…

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Dear Editor, why can’t my hero and heroine just get along?

Dear Editor, The characters in my new story have stolen my heart, but I keep getting feedback that they fall in love too quickly. Why can’t the hero and heroine of a romance just get along? Love, Amy Dear Amy, Thanks for this. To help answer this question, firstly think about the type of romances…

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A very Valentine’s #WritingChallenge!

The #WritingChallenge is back with a bang for the most romantic holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day! This one is short and sweet – you can make it funny, sexy, romantic, dramatic, and from any part of your hero and heroine’s relationship you like… Just as long as it’s Valentine’s Day-tastic! Give us your best Valentine’s…

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Advice from The Archives: What Makes a Satisfying Ending?

This week, we’ve got tips from New Voices 2011 on how to write the ultimate satisfying, emotional ending to your story! We’re about to answer the big question that we’re sure is on everyone’s lips—how do you write a powerful ending that stays with your readers for a long time? Well, never fear, here are our few sneaky…

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10 Reasons Everyone Loves a Christmas Romance!

As Christmas draws closer, it can only mean one thing… it’s time to snuggle up with a deliciously festive romance! As you might have guessed, we’re Christmas-mad in the Harlequin offices – it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! – so we wanted to celebrate the many reasons why Christmassy romances are…

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Here’s your next #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend’s #WritingChallenge is short and sweet – we hope you enjoy! Your hero and heroine have just met. Give us his most impactful/ funny/ sexy/ intriguing/ eye-catching first line! Happy Writing – we can’t wait to have a read on Monday! The SYTYCW Editors X  

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Here’s your next #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend’s #WritingChallenge is short and sweet – we hope you enjoy! Your hero and heroine have just met. Give us your hero’s most impactful/ funny/ sexy/ intriguing/ eye-catching opening line! Happy Writing – we can’t wait to have a read on Monday! The SYTYCW Editors X

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