From Alpha Hero to HEA: A Harlequin Romance Glossary

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 that vocabulary every day, and sometimes we take it for granted. So we came up with a partial list of definitions so you,…

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Announcing #SuspenseIncludesYou Twitter Pitch Day on Sept. 23, 2020

Whether it’s a nail-biting thriller, a faith-filled suspenseful romance, or a passionate love story during a crisis, we are looking for suspenseful books from underrepresented authors to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The romance writing and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories…

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Ready, Set, Write!—A SYTYCW Advice Round-Up

As our loyal readers know, we’ve been doing this for a very long time. This blog contains years of posts (and incredible comments), but with so much good stuff it can be tricky to search through our entire backlog. We thought now would be the perfect time to create this resource for hopeful writers everywhere!…

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Writing for Harlequin Heartwarming: The Authors Have Their Say!

On Tuesday, we posted about the launch of a new Heartwarming series, the Blackwell Sisters, which follows the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series. We thought we’d take a moment to focus on this unique, heartfelt romance line—so we dug into our archives to share with you why, in their own words, the Harlequin Heartwarming…

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Advice from the Archives: Why We Love Wedding Romances

Summer’s in full swing, and while wedding season might look a little different this year, we can still celebrate the well-loved trope of wedding romances! Find out why we at SYTYCW love ’em! By Katie Gowrie As summer comes, so does wedding season. And we at SYTYCW have some mixed emotions. While the constant events,…

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How to Write a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…” “New Year’s Resolutions           I Will Not…” There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and catch an…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide you toward creating…

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Writing Challenge: Alpha-Beta Soup

by Evan Yeong I can’t believe it’s been almost a full month since my last Writing Challenge! You all deserve a huge apology, as I know that so many of you enjoy participating in these (and hopefully those who don’t are getting something out of reading them, since I know I sure do). In searching…

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