Category: advice from the editors

Romance Writing 101: Planning your story

This week, Harlequin insider Grace takes you through planning your romance… Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time round I will be discussing planning. Now there are many different ways…

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Announcing the Harlequin #HistoricalBlitz!

Do you love historical romances which sweep you away to another time and place? Does your heart race at the thought of a wicked rake, a rugged cowboy, a protective Highlander or a sexy warrior? Have you always imagined yourself as a willful debutante, an innocent governess, a sword-wielding Samurai or a demure lady of…

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Dear Editor, how can I deal with difficult topics in my romance?

Dear Editor How can you deal with traumatic life scenarios realistically in a romance? I have a storyline in mind which is close to my heart – it’s something I’ve experienced personally – but I’m concerned it won’t be appropriate. Many thanks, Diane Dear Diane, We love authors who wish to challenge themselves and who…

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10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cinderella Story

This week, Editorial Assistant Tilda McDonald gives us her top 10 tips for bringing a Cinderella story to life! We’ve all known and adored the classic Cinderella tale from the moment we started to read (or listen to bedtime stories!) It’s the ultimate escapist fantasy and one we challenge you not to get caught up in! If you’ve ever wanted…

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Here’s your weekend #WritingChallenge!

Hello everyone, As you know, passion and chemistry is central to a good romance, and this weekend our #writingchallenge for you is… Tell us about the moment your character realizes that their one-night stand is their new boss! How do they get past that?! Looking forward to having a read of your wonderful responses! The SYTYCW Editors x

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Make them suffer: Why conflict is necessary

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, shows us why we should make our characters suffer! “They met. They fell in love. They lived happily ever after. The end.” Sounds…pleasant, doesn’t it? Nice…but not very exciting. When I see a pitch like this, I always ask the same question: “Where’s the beef?” In other…

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What does an editor want in a writer?

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, draws on her expertise to bring you insights into the ideal author-editor relationship… What does an editor want in a writer? Seems like a simple question, doesn’t it? Naturally, my first answer to this is always going to be, “I’m looking for a fresh, exciting voice and unique…

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Here’s your Weekend #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, For your weekend #writingchallenge this week, we want to see that most important scene of all – the ‘I love you’ moment! Give us your best, most unique declaration of love ever! We can’t wait to read your answers! The SYTYCW Editors x

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