Category: Dear Editor

Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). From our Advice from the Archives… Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several…

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Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities?

Dear Editor, Can my hero and heroine be A-list celebrities? — Laura Dear Laura, Our simplest answer is that your characters can be in whatever profession they choose. We can’t control what you want to write. The crucial aspect for a publisher to consider is how this kind of setting – the celebrity world –…

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Dear Editor, how can I make a whirlwind romance believable?

Dear Editor, I would love to write a whirlwind love story, but I’m worried I won’t be able to make a 24-hour-romance believable. Advice please? Thanks, Amy Dear Amy, You are right to ask the question – how can you make a romance, told over a relatively short time period, believable and credible? The answer…

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Dear Editor, how can I deal with difficult topics in my romance?

Dear Editor How can you deal with traumatic life scenarios realistically in a romance? I have a storyline in mind which is close to my heart – it’s something I’ve experienced personally – but I’m concerned it won’t be appropriate. Many thanks, Diane Dear Diane, We love authors who wish to challenge themselves and who…

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Dear Editor, how do I create a flawed character?

Dear Editor, How can I write a flawed character while keeping the readers’ sympathy? Thanks, Sandra   Dear Sandra, Ensuring your readers sympathise with your characters is an essential tool in getting them to invest their time and believe in the romance. However, that doesn’t mean your characters have to be perfect. In fact, those…

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Dear Editor, how funny can my romance be?

Dear Editor I’m told my hero and heroine can be too light-hearted…but I want them to be fun! Why can’t they be humorous? Thanks, Alison Hi Alison, Everyone loves a hero and heroine who have many sides, and who are able to add a touch of humor to what could be a deeply emotional, tear-jerking…

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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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