Writing Resources

Harlequin is always on the look out for talented writers – from established authors to those just starting their writing careers. At Write for Harlequin, we want to help you prepare your best manuscript for submission. Along with our blog, this page offers resources, tips, and advice from Harlequin editors to help you develop your craft.

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CONQUERING THE FIRST CHAPTER

WITH PATIENCE BLOOM, SENIOR EDITOR OF HARLEQUIN ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Learn how to tackle the dreaded first chapter of your manuscript, how to hook an reader’s attention, and lay the foundation for a solid story. Senior Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Patience Bloom, breaks down the essential components to a compelling first chapter.

CONFLICT IS KEY

WITH FLO NICOLL, SENIOR EDITOR OF HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

A romantic conflict – the obstacle that sets up your characters’ journey to a happily-ever-after ending – is essential component to crafting a compelling and engaging romance story. Senior Editor for Harlequin Presents, Flo Nicoll, offers advice on how to do just that in this informative seminar

AVOIDING THE SAGGY MIDDLE

With Stephanie Doig (Editor, Carina Press), Nicola Caws (Editor, Harlequin Presents), and Dina Davis (Editor, Love Inspired & Love Inspired Suspense).

Brush up on your skills in this popular blog series designed to hone your writing craft.

Creating Characters : 5 Questions for Romance Writers

What’s at Stake? 5 Tips for Writing High-Stakes Romance

Plotting Tips from Harlequin Editors

Top Tips on World Building

Creating Emotional Intimacy in Steamy Scenes

POV Tips from Editor Kathryn Lye

Setting the Scene

Download this helpful PDF and learn how to meet your personal and professional deadlines when it comes to completing your manuscript.

Keep track of the elements in your story, including word count, setting, and your overall plot.

Learn how to submit to Harlequin with these Step-by-step guides and FAQs on common questions that writers have when getting ready to submit.

What is Category Romance? And Why Is It So Satisfying? – Perfect for anyone new to Romance Writing or WriteforHarlequin.com.

How to Write a Great First Chapter – Prepare to tackle your first 1500 pages by reading this excellent resource.

An Editor’s Guide to Writing Your Synopsis – Helpful guidelines when it comes to submitting your work.

I Got the Call: Meet New Harlequin Desire Author Katie Fry – Find out how Katie joined the Harlequin community early on as a way to foster inspiration in her writing.