Category: romance novels

Write a Book in 150 Days: Where to Start?

by Patience Bloom As you’ve read in Birgit Davis Todd’s motivating post, we want to encourage you to get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. And if it’s for Harlequin, so much the better! We hope that you’ll check out this site for inspiration, guidance, and interaction with our editors. Where to…

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Advice from the Archives–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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Romance Writing Pet Peeves

by Patience Bloom (from her blog) Please bear in mind that this is just one editor’s pet peeves, compiled over many years of reading. And I’ll include some good with the peeve: I love reunion romances. We’ve all had a romance that we’ve fantasized about revisiting. In Romanceland, you can! I also love cranky Alpha heroes,…

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My Celebrity Crush: Chris Evans

by Megan Broderick I know I’m not alone in this one but I have to say I am completely in love with Chris Evans. Don’t tell him that, though, it would be awkward. But, I bet he would still be super nice about it! Honestly, it all started a few years ago when I read…

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Dear Editor, Is it bad that my characters love to fight?

Dear Editor, My characters love to fight. From the first page, they just have this witty repartee that turns into romance. My critique partner thinks this bickering is a little unbelievable and I don’t agree. Some people just fight, right? –Vera Vera, I agree with both you and your critique partner. There’s nothing wrong with a little bickering in…

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Interview with…Christy Jeffries!

Let’s give a big welcome to Christy Jeffries, our newest visitor to the SYTYCW blog! We’re delighted to have her and chat about her writing. Don’t miss her new book from Harlequin Special Edition, The Makeover Prescription. Without further do, here’s Christy! How did you get into writing? I was in law enforcement and, on my first…

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Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission?

Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission? I sent in my manuscript ten months ago and haven’t heard back. My critique partner received a response within a month. Just curious how this all works. –Vicki Dear Vicki, First of all, I’m sorry that you’ve been waiting ten months for a…

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Advice from the Archives: I Can Relate to That!

by Birgit Davis-Todd, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin I can relate to that….  It’s a familiar phrase to many of us and something critical for authors to keep in mind when writing a book and hoping to land a contract.  Consider your audience—the reader.  Sure, you want her to read and enjoy your story but more importantly…

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