Category: romance writing

Share your inspiration! Why do you write?

This year Harlequin’s parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, celebrates their 200th anniversary. As a part of this celebration, they are encouraging book lovers everywhere to share what reading means to them, using the hashtag #WhyIRead.  Many of our Harlequin authors have also shared their thoughts on why they read, why they write, and books that have…

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Dear Editor: Should I Attend a Romance Writers Conference?

Dear Editor, I am almost done writing my first romance. At this point, I don’t know what to do next. I go online to see how I should publish my book, but this doesn’t seem to be enough. Is it worth the time and money for me to attend a conference? –Solo Samantha Dear Samantha,…

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Advice from the Archives: Get in the Door: How to Submit to Harlequin

By Stephanie Doig The annual So You Think You Can Write program is a great way to get your manuscript in front of a team of editors, but we also accept submissions all year long. Here at Harlequin and Carina, we’re always looking for new authors to sign, publish and build. But we recognize that putting…

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#WritingChallenge: LISTEN to create stronger dialogue

By Deirdre Strong dialogue will draw readers into your book and catch an editor’s ear. There are a few things that make your dialogue stand out in the slush pile and feel fresh and contemporary: The dialogue sounds natural: The speech isn’t overly formal, and doesn’t read like a Wikipedia entry explaining the characters’ feelings.…

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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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Getting the Call: Meet Liz Shoaf!

This week, we’re delighted to welcome new author Liz Shoaf to Love Inspired Suspense! Here is her story… I’ve loved reading romance and suspense since high school—I even won a writing contest during my junior year—but the idea to actually write a book took root when I lost three fingers in an accident. I stayed with…

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Announcing the Love Inspired #AmishBlitz!

Love Inspired is always seeking new authors and you could be one of them! Do you have a Christian contemporary romance that celebrates all things Amish? If so, we would love to see it! We publish clean Christian romances that are 55,00 words, with a faith element. The romance must be the focus of the…

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Interview with…Karen Booth!

In this first post of the new year, we are delighted to introduce Karen Booth, who writes achingly romantic and sexy stories for Harlequin Desire. As with eating potato chips, you can’t read just one of her books. Thanks for visiting us, Karen. Can you tell us  bit about yourself? I’m a Midwestern girl transplanted in…

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Advice from the Archives: Top 5 Reasons Why Revising Benefits You

By Carly Silver, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What’s the point of going over your novel again? After all, you worked so hard on it that it’s got to be perfect, right? Wrong! In fact, revising a manuscript absolutely essential to its success. Editors often ask their authors to retool their books many times. I…

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