Category: Writing Tips

What does an editor want in a writer?

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, draws on her expertise to bring you insights into the ideal author-editor relationship… What does an editor want in a writer? Seems like a simple question, doesn’t it? Naturally, my first answer to this is always going to be, “I’m looking for a fresh, exciting voice and unique…

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Romance Writing 101: Where do you start?

Meet Grace, your very own Harlequin insider, here to guide you through the secret art of writing romance! Hello! Before we embark on this adventure of romantic writing advice, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Grace Thiele (pronounced Tea-Luh, thank you kindly), and I am the new Editorial Assistant at Harlequin Presents. As…

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Author Confessions: Where does your medical inspiration come from?

This time on Author Confessions, we reached out to the talented authors of Harlequin Medical Romance to find out where their inspiration comes from.  Personal experience?  ER reruns?  Their answers might surprise you.  We received such great responses that we’re going to have two posts!  Keep reading for part one…   Where does your medical…

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10 Ways to Write a Sexy Sheikh!

Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of one of our favorite alpha heroes… The Sheikh is as high-fantasy as a romance hero can get, so embrace this freedom and feel that you can really push those limits! That said, the reader still needs to be able to understand your hero’s actions–…

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10 Tips for Writing a Killer Revenge Plot!

Revenge is a hot hook for any romance, but it can also present a challenge! To help you bring that all-important spark to your revenge romance, here are the editors’ top ten tips… Motivation for revenge is key! It can’t be something petty, or make the hero look weak (e.g. enacting revenge on a girl…

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Conflicts: Be Mean to Your Characters—and Interesting to Your Readers

by Elizabeth Mazer, Associate Editor   The Love Inspired Historical team is ready to find new authors—could you be one of them? Find out by joining in our latest pitch contest: Manuscript Matchmakers! We’d love to have you join our terrific group of authors, and we’re excited to see your sweet, inspirational historical romance. We…

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