Category: advice from the editors

Confessions of a Harlequin Editor: Carly Byrne

Hello!  I’m Carly Byrne, Editor on the Harlequin Presents series, but I also acquire for Harlequin Romance, Historical and Medical. Since writing a university dissertation celebrating category romance, boldly applying for a job at Harlequin’s London office (even if the closing date had passed…) and spending the past seven years getting paid to read romance…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor, I know my story, themes and hooks are perfect for the series but I’m being told that it’s just not captivating the editorial team and I’m not being true to my ‘author voice’. A) What does this mean and B) how can I fix it?! Thanks! Jane Hi Jane, Wikipedia defines the ‘author…

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Advice from the Archives: “Secondary Characters, Get Outta Here!”

We’ve been rooting around in our Pandora’s box of advice and have found the perfect remedy to a story that has one too many characters! This gem is from SYTYCW 2012 and is sure to help you tame those pesky secondary characters!  Ever read a book that felt like it was fighting a battle called the Invasion of the Secondary…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor,  I know conflict is a necessary part of a story, but when I get rejections I get something like this: “not strong enough” or “won’t carry for the length of the book”. What exactly does this mean?  What am I missing when I plot my story? Also – is external conflict a necessary…

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Dear Editor…

Welcome to our new monthly Dear Editor feature – where you ask the questions, and we provide the answers! We’ve had some great questions come through already, but do keep them coming – email us at SOLD-Blog@Harlequin.ca or tweet them to @flonicoll. Dear Editor, I have a problem with my heroine. I love her – I think she’s…

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Advice From The Archives: Making The Most Of Your Happy Endings

The second Advice From The Archives from our treasure trove is from our So You Think You Can Write 2012 competition and is sure to help perfect that HEA (happily-ever-after) for your hero and heroine!  Shall we state the obvious first? The ending of a romance novel must be happy. No surprise there. If we know the ending…

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Send us your editorial dilemmas!

Hi everyone, Do you often find yourself facing the same problems in your writing? Is it always your hero who gets you into trouble? Perhaps it’s thinking of the best way to start your story? Or do you struggle with dialogue? Whatever the issue, the Harlequin editors are here to help! Send an email to…

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Advice From The Archives: Don’t Let The Plot Get In The Way Of The Story

Welcome to the first in our new monthly Advice From The Archives column! This is where you’ll be able to find timeless advice from the Harlequin editors on how to write the perfect romance. This blog dates from the 2010 New Voices competition that Harlequin UK ran – so please forgive all the British-isms! It’s a long one, but it’s a…

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