Category: so you think you can write

Read the So You Think You Can Write 2015 Top 10 Finalists!

  Out of 55 So You Think You Can Write finalists our readers voted and narrowed the field to the Top 25. Now the Harlequin editors have  selected 10 finalists based on voice, content and writing skills. Congratulations to all of our finalists! We were thrilled with the imagination and diversity represented in our entries…

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I Sold My Book! Meet J. Margot Critch

The newest member of the Harlequin Blaze team, J. Margot Critch shares her excitement about getting “The Call!” “Want to write for #HarlequinBlaze? We’re having a #BlazeBlitz!” This was the tweet that changed my life. On February 23, 2015, Harlequin Blaze Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling tweeted about the upcoming submission event for Harlequin Blaze. I’ve always…

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Wrapping It All Up!

  By Harlequin Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd Did you attend our Five Day Online Conference? We hope you enjoyed the blogs, chats, writing challenges, photos and Twitter events, which can be revisited in the archives. You had a chance to meet and network with the talented editors from all three acquiring offices—New York, Toronto…

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Today’s Challenge Results: Pitch Feedback

Results of our Pitch Challenge are in! Our team of editors randomly selected five of your pitches. Here are their critiques! Thanks for all the succinct creativity sent our way! The Senator’s Son by Anna Albo Courting the Professor by Jodie Kerrigan Protecting the Cowboy’s Baby by Elle Marlow Pitch Critique Tuscany by Stephanie Payne Hurt Untitled…

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Get in the Door: How to submit to Harlequin

By Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, Carina Press The annual So You Think You Can Write conference 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.…

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Standing and Sitting: It’s All about Balance

by Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor On my commute into the office today, I came across a quote from Thoreau. It’s in today’s issue of our local Metro paper (in a regular feature called “Philosopher Cat” by Jason Logan): “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”…

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SYTYCW Success Stories: Meet Amanda Cinelli

An interview with Amanda Cinelli By Carly Byrne, Editor, Modern/Presents It was my absolute pleasure to make The Call to last year’s SYTYCW winner, the amazing Amanda Cinelli, and to be her editor now. Amanda’s entry stood out because it had such an eye-catching opening (heroine straddling a nightclub balcony – one way to get…

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Today’s Challenge: Write Your Pitch

If you had to hook an editor in 100 words, how would you do it? Remember that editors have heard many pitches. How is your story different? What is the conflict of your story? Here are a few tips for creating that perfect pitch: Start out simple and expand: Example: A heroine finds love while…

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The Pitch, Query and Synopsis: A Primer

By Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin Special Edition Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript. Now you’re getting ready to enter So You Think You Can Write or pitch the project to an editor in person or online. Or maybe you’ve decided to submit to an editor and you’re asked to include a query letter and synopsis.…

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