Category: romance novels

Get Ready! #SuspenseIncludesYou Twitter Pitch Day on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Time to submit your exciting, suspenseful project to one of our suspense lines! Tomorrow is the day.  Whether it’s a nail-biting thriller, a faith-filled suspenseful romance, or a passionate love story during a crisis, we are looking for suspenseful books from underrepresented authors to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The romance writing…

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Advice from the Archives: Pitch & Synopsis

We have for you some valuable advice from our archives. Ways of pitching have changed with time and social media, but the crux of these suggestions hold true today. Please enjoy…and pitch! Pitch & Synopsis: How Can You Nail Them All? by Susan Litman Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript.  Now you’re getting ready to submit…

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What Type of Harlequin Villain Are You?

Take our quiz and see which beloved Harlequin villain you could be. We’ve played up some of our reader’s favorite villainous storylines, and while they’re favorites to us, too, now we’re looking for how they might be twisted and subverted to create something fresh and new! So after you take the quiz, let us know…

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From Alpha Hero to HEA: A Harlequin Romance Glossary

We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use that vocabulary every day, and sometimes we take it for granted. So we came up with a partial list of definitions so you,…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This is from our Advice from the Archives treasure trove, written in 1993 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey and addressed to editors (but very helpful for writers). As we encourage you to submit, we want to bring you helpful tips and encouragement. So let’s start at the very beginning and guide you toward creating…

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Goal Setting with Harlequin Special Edition Author Laurel Greer

We’re delighted to repost this valuable writing advice from Laurel Greer, courtesy of our archives. Previously posted in June 2019. A little while ago, I was reading a post on the Harlequin Writing Community Facebook page, and one of the posters commented that she would never be able to reach the same monthly word-count target…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

We wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your protagonists are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at the end,…

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Book Recommendations for Writing

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent list of craft related books for you. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg This…

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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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