Category: so you think you can write Harlequin

How Hot Are You?

Is your romance sweet, sizzling or somewhere in between? Our thermometer shows you the heat level of our categories. Check it out and see where your romance fits in!

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From Concept to Cover

by Dana Grimaldi, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Heartwarming & Gold Eagle A good cover does two things: it accurately represents the story and it catches the reader’s eye. At Harlequin, we work hard to make sure all our covers do both! First, the author fills out an art fact sheet. We ask for a description…

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Good Pacing: Better Than a Solid Pair of Spanx

by Rachel Burkot, Associate Editor Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how…

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Keep It Fresh!

By Johanna Raisanen, Editor, American Romance So you've written a secret-baby story and you're debating about entering this year's So You Think You Can Write contest? Well, you should! But perhaps you've been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a…

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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, oh, oh, OH YES!

The Importance of Chemistry, by Associate Editor Pippa Roscoe There are fourteen yeses when Sally fakes her orgasm to Harry—I counted. Twice. (Much to the IT department's embarrassment.) All in the name of research I assure you! It's probably one of the most memorable film moments in romantic comedy history, and if you haven't seen…

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Attention Secondary Characters: Get a life!

By Senior Editor Victoria Curran I've had the privilege of editing longer romances in my career and, as a result, working with authors who are pretty skilled at developing wonderful, three-dimensional cameo and secondary characters, often also weaving secondary romances into their 70,000-plus-word stories. Interestingly, that secondary romance has sometimes turned out to be more…

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Pantsers and Plotters: Two Faces of the Same Writing Coin

by Caroline Acebo So you've finally decided to write your book. Or perhaps you're double- or triple-checking a few plot points in your story before you submit your manuscript for this year's So You Think You Can Write contest. Either way, your characters are speaking to you. You can see their world in your mind.…

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Wednesday’s Challenge: The Synopsis

Are you up for today's challenge? No one really likes to read or write a synopsis, but it is a useful tool for editors. We refer back to them throughout the publishing process: when writing memos to recommend the stories to senior editors, when filling out the cover art forms, and when writing the back…

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50 Shades of an Active Heroine

By Carly Silver, Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Special Edition Harlequin heroines are leading women worthy of stage, screen, and page. They range from vampire maidens to virgin brides, bad girls to businesswomen ruling the boardroom. That said, it's not always easy to write the dynamic female lead that we like to see. At first, "active" and…

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