Category: Writing Tips

A Year in Publishing Life – Author & Editor – Carly Silver

    Yesterday brand new Special Edition author Amy Woods gave us her point of view on the road to publication. Today, Carly Silver is giving some insight… Acquiring my first author – Carly Silver In my role as an editorial assistant to one senior editor and two executive editors, I read a lot of…

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Making Your Resolutions

Although we shouldn’t wait till New Year’s to make improvements in our lives, it does give us a handy point to set out some goals. Here are some nuggets to think about…. Write every day: Set daily, reachable goals. Use tools from SYTYCW or  NANOWRIMO or other areas to keep moving forward on your manuscripts.…

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Shannon Barr Tells Authors to be Their Own Biggest Fan

Though sometimes it seems we hire for how a name sounds (Shannon, Sarah, Shara, Shana, Dana, Dana and more), it’s really about the experience, enthusiasm and energy that person brings to the job! Shannon Barr has only been here a few months, but she’s had some good teachers and so has learned a lot. Here…

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Patience’s Pet Peeves…. (But No Dealbreakers!)

Yes, we’re repurposing another blog from Senior Editor Patience Bloom’s own blog – Romance Is My Day Job. But they are just too good not to keep repeating! Here’s the latest scoop… In my romance reading, I encounter things that prompt a secret eye-rolling event, which I try to suppress because of karma. I know how hard writers work, pouring…

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Stirring up a Harlequin Intrigue by Lena Diaz…

  Lena Diaz sold her first Harlequin Intrigue in 2011–and she’s just contracted her ninth title! She writes emotional, exciting, juicy stories and we’ve asked her how she creates her magic… How do I write a Harlequin Intrigue? Today I’m sharing my process, from beginning to end. Let’s dive right in!   The Story Idea…

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Cracking Romantic Suspense according to Patience Bloom

Today we’re thankful for Senior Editor Patience Bloom, a favorite blogger here! So when she volunteered to tell us exactly what she wants to see in the next new author for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, well, we couldn’t wait to find out! Check out the Writing Guidelines as well… Harlequin Romantic Suspense: In Search of… By Patience…

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Harlequin Editors Say Avoid Plotting Pitfalls!

Here’s another great insight from the UK’s “New Voices” competition a few years ago.  Characters Behaving Badly… Acting out of character for the sake of the plot is a no-no. If your characters start bending every which way just to reach your desired conclusion then you are writing puppets, not people. Individual motivations and reactions are…

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Harlequin Editor Patience Bloom on Revisions

Once more Senior Editor Patience Bloom graciously let us borrow from her own website, Romance Is My Day Job. This post on revisions appeared in June, but we’d like to share it with you again! My Love/Hate Relationship with Revisions I loathe writing revision letters but feel very satisfied once I’m finished with one, like I’ve done…

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So how’s SOLD! doing? Harlequin Minds Want to Know!

We started the SOLD! blog about two months ago in the hopes of giving some pertinent, useful information to would-be Harlequin authors. And we want to thank you for the tweets and retweets, the comments, and most of all for coming back! We do think we’ve achieved many of our goals–but it’s equally important to…

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