Pantsers and Plotters: Two Faces of the Same Writing Coin

by Caroline Acebo So you've finally decided to write your book. Or perhaps you're double- or triple-checking a few plot points in your story before you submit your manuscript for this year's So You Think You Can Write contest. Either way, your characters are speaking to you. You can see their world in your mind.…

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Wednesday’s Challenge: The Synopsis

Are you up for today’s challenge? No one really likes to read or write a synopsis, but it is a useful tool for editors. We refer back to them throughout the publishing process: when writing memos to recommend the stories to senior editors, when filling out the cover art forms, and when writing the back…

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50 Shades of an Active Heroine

By Carly Silver, Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Special Edition Harlequin heroines are leading women worthy of stage, screen, and page. They range from vampire maidens to virgin brides, bad girls to businesswomen ruling the boardroom. That said, it's not always easy to write the dynamic female lead that we like to see. At first, "active" and…

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Challenge results are in!

From Maui to an English estate, killers to beauty queens, this year’s SYTYCW authors enthusiastically captured our attention on the very first page. Unique voices, unusual settings, and a range of genres —our authors had it all. With so many intriguing entries, we couldn’t bear to limit our random selection to six— so we included…

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It’s Just a Big Misunderstanding…

By Laurie Johnson, Assistant Editor, Harlequin Medical Romance Avoiding the pitfalls of contrivance, coincidence and misunderstandings in a story usually comes down to the characters’ conflicts – how internal or external they are – and development. If the premise of a story is contrived, a reader may find it hard to believe in the characters…

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Day in the Life of an Editor

By Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor Harlequin American Romance, Harlequin Blaze Question: What’s a typical day in the life of an editor? Answer: There are no typical days!   Truly, every day is a mixed bag of stress, meetings, laughs, chats and more. For the sake of this blog I shall try to describe many of…

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Unforgiven: Heroes

by Flo Nicoll, Editor, Harlequin UK How bad is too bad? Can a hero ever behave so badly that even the love of a good woman can't redeem him? Now these are big – HUGE! – questions. For lots of readers, the hero is what draws them to romances, so giving them a hero they…

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Monday’s Challenge: The First Page

Are you up for the challenge? The key is getting started and sharing your story. First things first: a great opening line leading into a captivating opening page. How will you get the editor to take notice, put down her coffee and clear her appointments for the rest of the day? What are your characters…

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Welcome to…So You Think You Can Write!

By Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd Once again Harlequin and Mills & Boon are searching globally to find new authors for all our category series. Always wanted to write a romance novel? Be sure to enter our Writing Contest. One lucky winner will be offered a fabulous publishing contract with the world’s leader in romance…

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