Category: Writing Tips

Series Spotlight on… Harlequin Presents!

 If you haven’t yet dipped your toes into a Harlequin Presents novel, please allow editors Carly Byrne and Pippa Roscoe to welcome you to the sensational and sophisticated world of alpha males, decadent glamour and jet-set lifestyles! We do love an alpha hero in Presents – rich, ruthless and really sexy!  Whether he’s a royal…

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My Ultimate Crush: Captain Jean Luc Picard

Harlequin Romance/ Harlequin Medical Romance author Scarlet Wilson kicks off our new weekly My Ultimate Crush column, where your favourite authors explain who their number one crushes are, and why! Enjoy 🙂 Captain Jean Luc Picard. My favourite ever Star Trek Captain and there are lots of reasons why. Patrick Stewart was apparently puzzled to be…

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Interview With…Maisey Yates

Maisey Yates first sold to Harlequin in 2009. Her Harlequin Presents debut was His Virgin Acquisition and since then, she has written 43 books for Harlequin across various lines. What she loves most about writing for Harlequin is the fabulous editors and the incredible art department! Such a creative and supportive group. Find @maiseyyates on Twitter,…

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Advice From The Archives: Don’t Let The Plot Get In The Way Of The Story

Welcome to the first in our new monthly Advice From The Archives column! This is where you’ll be able to find timeless advice from the Harlequin editors on how to write the perfect romance. This blog dates from the 2010 New Voices competition that Harlequin UK ran – so please forgive all the British-isms! It’s a long one, but it’s a…

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Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Sold!

Hi everyone, Welcome to the Sold Blog 2015! Let me introduce myself. My name is Flo Nicoll, I’ve worked at Harlequin for 6 years, and I’m an Editor in the London office – that’s me in the photo. There are many (many) things I love about my job, but one of the highlights has to…

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How to Create Leap-Off-The-Page Characters – Stefanie London

  It takes a skilled author to balance all the needs of creating a great book. You’ve got to combine story, plot, conflicts, characters, romance, craft, style, voice and more to get readers engrossed in your tale. And each person approaches it differently.  So here’s Stefanie London to tell us how she focuses on characters!  …

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Addison Fox on archetypal characters

  Addison Fox had written nearly fifteen titles before coming to Harlequin Romantic Suspense with her Steele family series! As a writer she’s fascinated by the archetypal characters–why readers respond to them, and what you can do to make them your own.    What’s So Appealing About Certain Characters? Whether we call them hooks or stereotypes,…

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Katherine Garbera Can Write Just About Anywhere…

  Katherine Garbera is someone you most definitely pencil in her address in your contact book! But somehow she’s managed to write over 45 titles for Harlequin while on the move. Here are some of her secrets…   The View From Where? I like writing, actually I love it. What I really dig about it…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This was another memo sent in Jan 93 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey (sometimes it’s handy to have old files!).  Harlequin is always interested in developing editors, and so there are frequent workshops throughout the year on various topics. But considering yesterday’s blog requesting opening pages here, this could be useful!   Beyond the…

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Cristal Ryder Talks About Writing with Heat!

  Cristal Ryder’s written for Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press. So she knows about stories that are steamy, compelling, physical and just plain exciting! Happily, she’s volunteered to share her insights about how to write “hot”!   “your writing is on fire” Really? Awesome sauce! That’s what I’m hoping for. It can be…

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