10 Things Only a Romance Editor Knows

The following is adapted from a post in our archives. Working in the romance fiction industry requires some very specialist skills. Read on for the Harlequin editors’ top 10 list! 1.) Our internet search histories are not for the fainthearted (or children). 2.) It can be weird when the author uses your name for the…

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Advice from the Archives: Line Editing with Carly Silver

Today, we bring you a post from our Archives. Harlequin editor Carly Silver offers a breakdown on what happens at the line editing stage of a book. By this point, the book has had a substantive edit, to work out the big-picture kinks with characterization and plot development. Now, the editor will give it a…

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Writing Challenge: Meet the Parents

(American) Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the holiday is so much more than food. And a good thing, too, since our last writing challenge already focused on all the heat that can be generated in the kitchen. In switching gears from stuffing and pumpkin pie (my personal favourites), we decided to turn to…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

Here’s a post by Kayla King, brought to you from our archives! I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the…

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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). From our Advice from the Archives… Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several…

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Top 10 Tips for Worldbuilding

by Vicki Essex If you read our post on Tuesday, you know that this week on the blog, we’re joined by Superromance author Vicki Essex, who also writes fantasy Westerns as V.S. McGrath. Here are Vicki’s top ten tips for successful worldbuilding! Start by describing the general premise of this world in one sentence. Describe…

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Worldbuilding 101

by Vicki Essex One of the most fun and challenging things about writing fiction is worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is the process of creating a fictional world or universe. Whether you’re writing a fantasy world  filled with magic and feudal lords, a paranormal romance with a secret society of werewolves and vampires, or a sweet romance set…

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Writing Challenge: If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

It feels like only yesterday that we asked you all to conjure up a hero(ine) and their untold wealth. We were so taken aback by your responses that we couldn’t wait to serve up another writing challenge, and we’re eager to see just what you’re going to come up with! Everyone loves a romantic candlelit…

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10 Romance Clichés: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Patience Bloom, adapted from her blog Every genre has its clichés and I sort of love them because they can be like chicken soup or The Brady Bunch, i.e. comforting old friends. At the same time, when you’re a voracious reader, these clichés get tired and seem like a quick exit. Here are some offenses…

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#WritingFail: Because Nobody Said Writing a Book Was Easy

USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin DARE author Cara Lockwood is joining us today to discuss the difficulty of writing when doubts—and photos of adorable animals—get in the way. Cara’s newest Harlequin DARE book, Double Dare You, is available now! I know I should be writing that next chapter. My manuscript is open on my computer, cursor…

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