Category: Editor Tips

Romance Writing 101: Starting with a bang!

This week, Harlequin insider Grace Thiele shares her top tips for grabbing a reader with your first line! One of my absolute favourite books, the incredibly romantic I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, begins with the immortal line: ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.’ From the moment I first read it, I…

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Insider secrets for targeting your submission to a series!

Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer gives you the inside track on choosing which series to submit to! I’ve often heard people refer to their stories as their children. It’s an understandable comparison. As authors, you labor over your stories for months or even years; you lavish them with time and attention; you watch as the stories…

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Romance Writing 101: Creating backstory

This week, Harlequin insider Grace talks you through imagining (and weaving in!) your characters’ backstories… Good morning aspiring writers! I’m fresh from a recent session of slush training – learning from editors how to pick through our submissions looking for our next great author – so I am brim-full of advice from the Harlequin office on…

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What are the best ingredients for a fresh story?

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, talks you through her recipe for a story’s success! Everyone knows the basic must-haves for a good story. Character. Conflict. Dialogue. Pacing. Plot. An emotional romance. Put together the right way, these elements can engage the reader and give them a satisfying break from the everyday.…

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Who should you target your submission to?

Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer brings you her do’s (and don’ts!) for submitting your story to a Harlequin editor! At Harlequin, we pride ourselves on having something to suit every taste. Whether you write heart-pounding suspense, sizzlingly sexy stories, or clean romances, we’ve got a program that could be a perfect match for you. But even when you’ve…

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Romance Writing 101: Planning your story

This week, Harlequin insider Grace takes you through planning your romance… Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time round I will be discussing planning. Now there are many different ways…

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Make them suffer: Why conflict is necessary

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, shows us why we should make our characters suffer! “They met. They fell in love. They lived happily ever after. The end.” Sounds…pleasant, doesn’t it? Nice…but not very exciting. When I see a pitch like this, I always ask the same question: “Where’s the beef?” In other…

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