Category: Writing Tips

Have You Entered the Harlequin Medicals Contest Yet?

Just a reminder that there’s a fabulous Harlequin Medicals contest going on!   1 chapter in 1 day!   Love medical drama and sizzling romances? Why not write your own Medical Romance! Here at Harlequin, we’re looking for fresh, new voices and exciting stories! From March 24th, we’re offering a lightning fast assessment of your…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Emmie Mears

  The Harlequin E (digital first) team has read some fantastic romances, but every so often a more unusual one comes our way! Emmie Mears’s debut title has a strong superheroine quality–fitting since that’s the theme of her website and something she firmly believes in. So see how super characters and the Scottish referendum did…

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Catch the Medical Thrill with Dynamic First Chapters!

Contests are always exciting here, as we search for new voices and fresh stories. The Harlequin Medical Romance contest is even more exciting with its swift turnaround. So now that you’ve got your guaranteed quick look, how do you make sure you keep their attention…?  HOW TO SET OUR PULSES RACING WITH THE FIRST CHAPTER…

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Selling the Unsellable by LIH author Christina Rich

Here on the SOLD! blog we love the stories of authors proving that the “impossible”–selling the story “everyone” says will never work–comes true. Here’s one story from new Love Inspired Historical author Christina Rich that succeeded!   Selling the Unsellable…  “I’m sorry, Christina, although your writing is good, the story isn’t what we’re looking for. We’re…

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I Sold My Book! Now What???? by Harlequin Author Olivia Miles

The happiest time for a new author? Getting The Call! But then what happens? New Special Edition author Olivia Miles gives us some insight to her experiences… I SOLD MY BOOK! NOW WHAT…? It was around this time two years ago that I sold my first book, ‘TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, to Special Edition…

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Popular Themes for Harlequin Series

Although we’re open to all sorts of fresh and fun stories, we can’t help but acknowledge that our Harlequin series readers respond really well to new twists on familiar themes. You’ll find some of each of these titles in every month, but here’s a fun image to show some other popular themes! Hopefully this will…

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Milinda Jay Recommends Writing a Book in a Month!

New Love Inspired Historical author Milinda Jay’s first book–Her Roman Protector–is just out! She’s taking a very interesting time period for historicals–and particularly for Inspirational titles–and written a compelling story. And just look at that fantastic cover! Here’s some advice she gives on how to write quickly and well! Why  Writing a Novel in a…

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Digging Out an Old Q&A from a Harlequin Editor

Mary-Theresa Hussey participated in  a Q&A in 2005–almost ten years ago!–and now offers up three of the Q&As as still being very relevant. Not a word was changed (though she wanted to tinker a bit, of course!), because the essential truths are still there. (though for accuracy’s sake, the website name was updated–times do change!)…

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What Desire Wants with Harlequin Senior Editor Stacy Boyd

Harlequin Desire novels are short–about 50,000 words–and addictive! Readers love the strong heroes and feisty heroines, and Senior Editor Stacy Boyd is always listening to reader’s comments to tweak the direction of the line. Although the overall promise remain the same, there are a few things you can do to make your story stand out..…

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Don’t Give In to Fear – Writing tip from Rula Sinara

  Rula Sinara‘s first book is out from Harlequin Heartwarming this month. Senior Editor Victoria Curran can’t stop talking about the wonderful, emotional qualities of THE PROMISE OF RAIN, and we’re all eager to read it! But first Rula has some words of encouragement… Breaking Fear We all have the capacity to fear. For the…

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