Category: romance writing

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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Announcing #SuspenseIncludesYou Twitter Pitch Day on Sept. 23, 2020

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 and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories…

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Writing for Harlequin Heartwarming: The Authors Have Their Say!

On Tuesday, we posted about the launch of a new Heartwarming series, the Blackwell Sisters, which follows the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series. We thought we’d take a moment to focus on this unique, heartfelt romance line—so we dug into our archives to share with you why, in their own words, the Harlequin Heartwarming…

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How to Write a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…” “New Year’s Resolutions           I Will Not…” There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and catch an…

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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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