Category: so you think you can write

Get It Started! Set up your Wattpad profile and enter SYTYCW 2015!

Wondering how to enter So You Think You Can Write 2015 with Wattpad? Editorial Assistant Deirdre McCluskey walks you through the process! You’ve probably heard by now that So You Think You Can Write has teamed up with Wattpad for our 2015 contest. What does this mean for you? As always, we’re looking for great…

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Romantic Endings: Happy For Now or Happily Ever After?

By Karen Reid, Associate Editor, Harlequin Superromance We all want a happy ending in a romance story—or as I prefer to say, a happy beginning! But when do you end with a Happily Ever After (HEA) and when do you go with a Happily For Now (HFN)? My quick answer is that it all depends…

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Keeping Pace: Plot your romance with excitement and tension

By Rachel Burkot, Associate Editor, Harlequin Kimani Spanx—and pacing—can fix a saggy middle! If you were setting up a bookshelf using assembly instructions, but around the middle the directions lost focus and became unclear, perhaps even steered you away from your mission of getting the shelf slapped together, then that’s not very helpful, is it?…

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Challenge Yourself!

  The annual So You Think You Can Write conference is happening next week, September 14-18, and includes three of our ever popular writing challenges! Enter now for a chance to win editor feedback! Challenge One: The First Page Send your romance manuscript’s first page in by 10 am EST Monday, September 14 and you may…

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I Sold My Book! Meet T.R. McClure

Meet the newest author on the Heartwarming team, So You Think You Can Write alumnus T.R. McClure! How does an aspiring romance writer get The Call from Harlequin? I’ll answer by paraphrasing an old joke. A pedestrian in New York City asks a stranger, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician replies, “Practice,…

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I Sold My Book! Meet Heidi Hormel

  Congratulations to Heidi Hormel, debut author for Harlequin American Romance! My books are not about princesses (although a cowgirl princess might work), but that’s the way I see my debut Harlequin American Romance, The Surgeon and the Cowgirl. You know, one of those princesses who knows she’s royal even though no one else can…

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Author Challenge: Synopsis Critique Results

  Thank you to all the authors who participated in the synopsis challenge! We had such a good time reading through the many quality entries, and we wish you all the best of luck with your submissions. With a range of settings and unique story ideas featuring celebrity chefs,music teachers, cowboys and bookshop owners, you crafted…

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Harlequin 102: Welcome to Carina Press

WHAT IS CARINA PRESS? Carina Press is the digital-first, adult single-title imprint of Harlequin Books. Led by Editorial Director Angela James, the Carina Press team has several decades of combined experience in digital marketing and publishing. Carina Press is dedicated to delivering a professional publishing experience to authors while finding new voices for readers. Meet…

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Editorial 101: A Romance Glossary

We’re putting together a romance glossary, so let us know what terms you want defined! Acting Assistant Editor Claire Caldwell gets us started. We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use…

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Romance 102: Sexy, Sensual or Sweet?

Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling has advice on writing romance at different heat levels and targeting the right Harlequin series for you.  Sex doesn’t matter. There, I said it. I better clarify something before we move forward. (Especially as the Senior Editor of Blaze, our sexiest line.) Ok, ok, sex matters. But if you are thinking of…

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