Category: romance writing

Romance Writing 101: Planning Your Story

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. 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…

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Editor Profile: Meet Connolly Bottum!

You might have seen Connolly’s name on the SYTYCW blog before since she is one of our contributors. Today, we are asking her a few questions so that you can get to know her a little better. How did you get started at Harlequin? Did you always know you wanted to be an editor? As…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Write a Daring Heroine

We didn’t have to go back too far to bring you this one—but for all you submitting to the Dare Blitz, this is recommended reading! By Katie Gowrie Welcome to Dare Week on SYTYCW! If you’ve been following, you know that this week we’re talking all things Harlequin Dare to introduce you to our newest…

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The Harlequin Romance Blitz: A Round Up!

It’s been a week since we responded to the last Harlequin Romance Blitz submission and we’re still buzzing from the incredible response we received to our submissions call. The final count was a whopping 563 submissions!  This is an unprecedented amount for this type of submissions call and a new record for our blitzes. So,…

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#WritingChallenge: Find your voice

By Deirdre McCluskey, Harlequin Series This week we’ve been talking about voice. Difficult to define, yet unmistakable when you see it, your romance voice is an expression of your point of view. It affects word choice, characters, and plot, and makes the story uniquely yours. But in order for your voice to be heard, you…

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Last Call for Submissions: The Harlequin Romance Blitz Closes TODAY!

  This is your last chance to submit your contemporary Harlequin Romance submission to get a response, including editorial feedback, by February 21st! Here’s a quick reminder of what we’re looking for: A cover letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, first chapter and complete synopsis only – no…

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Meet Our Dare Launch Authors!

Harlequin Dare has officially launched! Have you been reading? The first four books are available this month, and we dare you to pick one up and see just what Harlequin’s sexy new series is all about. Want a little background? Then come meet our launch-month authors: Anne Marsh, Lisa Childs, JC Harroway, and Clare Connelly. Find out what they…

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5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

by Connolly Bottum, Subsidiary Rights and Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue–and the newest member of the SYTYCW Team Before last year, I never listened to audiobooks. I worried that I would miss important details if something distracted me while I was listening. I feared the narrator would read too slowly – which would irritate me…

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How to Avoid Info-Dumping Your Awesome Research

by Katie Gowrie I’ve always thought one of the best things about reading a Harlequin romance is the cool facts you pick up along the way. Action, emotion, the chance to learn something new—all tied up with that feel-good HEA. We editors love a story that’s cradled by good research, be it settings, careers and…

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