Category: romance writing

#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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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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Interview with…Eleanor Webster!

We’re delighted to introduce this talented Harlequin Historical author as she prepares for the launch of her latest Regency romance Married for His Convenience in December. Meet…Eleanor Webster! How did you get into writing? It started with Barbies…moved on to a grade 5 epic and evolved into a series of dramatic tales with rather too…

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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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