Category: advice from the editors

Advice from the Archives: Romance 101 – Writer’s Block

On Tuesday, we posted an Advice from the Archives about writer’s block from Historical author Nicole Locke. In keeping with that theme, here are more tips, originally posted in December 2017, about moving past writer’s block and keeping that creativity flowing! by Grace Thiele Hello, dear aspiring authors! I’m writing to you today, wrapped in…

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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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Suggestions from the Slush Pile: 3 Mistakes to Avoid!

by Evan Yeong The title of this post may hit a bit too close to home for those of us experiencing the middle of yet another frigid winter, but hopefully our tips help you take your mind off the weather! The “slush pile” has nothing to do with snow and ice and everything to do…

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Romance Writing 101: Imagining your characters

To encourage your participation in our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz, we have a helpful, fun post by one of our former colleagues, Grace Thiele, who discusses the art of developing your characters! In her own words… Hello possums! There will be an eensy-weensy deviation from what I promised to write about a few weeks ago (I know, I should’ve…

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Write Your Romance in 150 Days: You asked, we answered!

You had a ton of questions about the Write Your Romance in 150 Days Challenge. We’ve attempted to answer them all here, broken down into topics: The Challenge The deadline is fast approaching and I’m worried my story won’t be finished. Would you recommend holding off sending it if the last three chapters are a…

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Romance Writing 101: Describing your hero and heroine

This week, Grace Thiele gives you her top tips on how to describe your characters with maximum impact! Hello dearest writers! Today, after my previous post on building up characters in your imagination, I’ll be writing about methods to begin translating that onto the page, specifically in physical description. Building them up in your mind and getting…

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Dear Editor, how can I make a whirlwind romance believable?

Dear Editor, I would love to write a whirlwind love story, but I’m worried I won’t be able to make a 24-hour-romance believable. Advice please? Thanks, Amy Dear Amy, You are right to ask the question – how can you make a romance, told over a relatively short time period, believable and credible? The answer…

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An editor’s guide to writing your synopsis

Susan Litman, Editor for Special Edition, brings you her guide to synopsis writing: the long and short of it! Every writer’s least favorite part of prepping a submission is the synopsis. Should it be long? How long? How short? How much detail? Does it matter if the heroine’s car is red or blue? (Truth is, it…

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What happens after you submit your story?

Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer reveals what happens to your story after you hit submit! So, you’ve finished your manuscript—congratulations! And you’ve rallied your courage and actually clicked submit—congratulations! Now, as your reward, you get to…wait. And wonder. And fret. It’s nerve wracking, waiting to hear back after turning in a submission—we understand. So to take…

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