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Writing a Synopsis that Works | The Princess Bride: A Case Study

A few months ago, we broke down the Synopsis in a Romance Glossary Deep-Dive.   Today, Executive Editor Kathleen Scheibling […]

Posted on: June 12, 2024
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The Roadmap to Writing Romance: 5 Things a Harlequin Romance Novel Cannot Be Without

So, you’ve done your research. You’ve planned out a novel. You’ve found the best Harlequin line to submit it to. […]

Posted on: May 29, 2024
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What Sparks Chemistry? Harlequin Authors Explain

Whether your romance novel is spicy, tender or wholesome, creating palpable chemistry between your characters is the heartbeat of the […]

Posted on: May 22, 2024
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Editor Frequently Asked Questions: How Long Should My Manuscript Be? Word Count Explained.

This post has been updated from its previously published version. One thing our editors get asked about frequently is word count requirements for […]

Posted on: May 8, 2024
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Understanding A Villain’s Motivation (and How to Write It)

Of course, your heroes and heroines have clear goals and motivations that resonate with readers. But what about your villains? […]

Posted on: April 17, 2024
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A Romance Glossary Deep Dive: The Synopsis

Synopsis “An outline or summary of the story, including plot and character development, from the beginning to the end. Most […]

Posted on: April 8, 2024
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Staying within Series Parameters without Losing the Creative Spark

There are three main components in the recipe for a perfect Harlequin romance: establishing the characters’ motivations from the beginning, […]

Posted on: March 20, 2024
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A Romance Glossary Deep Dive: Query Letters

Query Letter “A letter accompanying a manuscript submission to a publisher. The query (or cover) letter should showcase the book […]

Posted on: March 18, 2024
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Goal, Motivation, Conflict: The Key to Character Development

This post has been updated from its previously published version. In one of our recent Roadmap to Writing Romance posts, […]

Posted on: March 14, 2024
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The Roadmap to Writing Romance: 5 Types of Harlequin Romance Novels

Welcome back to the Roadmap to Writing Romance! In the first two installments of this series, we talked about planning […]

Posted on: March 8, 2024