Advice from the Archives: #Writing Fail – Because Nobody Said Writing a Book Was Easy

In this post from our Archives, originally published November 2019, USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin DARE author Cara Lockwood discusses difficulty of writing when doubts—and photos of adorable animals—get in the way. If you’re feeling distracted or doubtful lately, give this a read, and remember, no one said writing was easy! I know I should be writing that next chapter.…

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5 tips for staying motivated to finish your romance novel

Writing a novel is a marathon task, and it can be tough to stay motivated at the best of times. So you may be finding it even more difficult to focus on writing at a time when you may have added stresses and responsibilities. But it’s never a bad time to follow your dreams and…

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Book Recommendations for Writing

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent list of craft related books for you. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg This…

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10 Ways To Make Your Submission Stand Out

Discovering new writing talent is the one of the most exciting things we get to do as editors. But how can you help yourself catch an editor’s eye? Read on for our top tips… Do your series research! You can pitch an editor a great idea, but if it’s not something we can actually acquire,…

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Writing Challenge: Close Quarters

by Evan Yeong It’s been a little while since I’ve created a Writing Challenge that was a bit more general, and not specifically tailored to a season or holiday or brand new limited series. All that said, I’m excited to get back to basics and have you play with the concept of the forced proximity…

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Spot the Conflict in Romance Movies

We pulled a post from our archives to review the ins and outs of internal and external conflicts, along with the top three pitfalls we see in romance submissions. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out this post! But don’t stop there, why not study these concepts in action? We’ve taken a…

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Everything you need to know about #CarinaPitch!

Always dreamed of writing for Carina Press? Here’s everything you need to know to participate in #CarinaPitch, our once-a-year Twitter event coming May 13, 2020! #CarinaPitch is our once-a-year pitch event where aspiring authors are invited to pitch their books to us via Twitter. If an editor requests your work, you’ll receive invaluable professional feedback in…

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Getting the Call: Meet New Medical Romance Author Shelley Rivers

I still have my first rejection letter from Mills & Boon. It’s over twenty years old. Of course, back then I was naive enough to think that writing was easy. I’ve since learnt this writing lark is hard! During those initial years, I practiced, practiced, practiced. I also gave up many times. But five years…

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Writing Challenge: Thrill and Inspire!

by Evan Yeong A many of you probably know by now, we have two new Inspirational Limited Series in the works! We’re acquiring for both Inspirational Cold Case and Inspirational Mountain Rescue, and we couldn’t be more excited for what writers have in store for us. Given that I’m actually going to be working on…

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Spotlight on: Inspirational Cold Case

Are you thinking about submitting to Harlequin’s Inspirational Cold Case romance submission call? We’re looking forward to seeing your stories! Many authors have asked about submission deadlines for Inspirational Mountain Rescue and Inspirational Cold Case. This submission call isn’t a blitz, so you don’t have to rush a proposal to us in the next few…

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