Are you getting rejection letters from Romance editors? Your characters could be costing you a sale. A Romance editor will hold you to a different set of rules than a Mystery or Fantasy editor. In a Romance, the primary plot equals the lovers' relationship. Crime-fighting and world-building (for instance) must take a back seat to the love story. If you can't rein in your subplots to focus on the evolving love relationship between two mutually consenting adults, you will not sell your manuscript as a Romance novel.
"Thank you for these character templates. They are awesome. I was using templates from a male author, and there is a huge difference in what (a female writer) would ask a hero. These will be immensely helpful."
Sharon TanWriter of Paranormal Romance
Develop Complex, Memorable Characters for Your Romance
After watching dozens of writing students struggle to sell Romance novels, bestselling author, Adrienne deWolfe, developed the worksheet series, Create Colorful Characters for Your Romance Novel. Her hope was to speed aspiring authors toward their first book contract. Adrienne's worksheets let you "interview" your characters to learn their most important background material and personality traits. In this way, you are creating characters who are complex and memorable. The characterization worksheets also help fiction writers devise the two most crucial elements of a Romance novel's plot:
The reasons why the Hero and Heroine are afraid to fall in love, and
The obstacles that the Hero and Heroine must overcome to achieve a happy ending.
Romance Readers Speak Out
At a Romantic Times Convention, a roundtable was held with published authors, booksellers, and die-hard fans to discuss what modern Romance readers want in a love story. Published Romance Author Tina Wainscott summarized this discussion in the Romance Writers Report. According to Wainscott's article, strong characters -- Heroes and Heroines -- top the list, followed closely by the strength of the love story.*
If you're not writing a Hero that the modern reader can fall in love with, or a Heroine that the modern reader can cheer for, you aren't going to sell a Romance novel.
* Wainscott, Tina. "Can We Talk? Booksellers and Readers Speak Out." Romance Writers Report. v. 22. n. 3. pg. 23-25.
Characterization Help for Romance Writers
Winner of the Best Historical Romance of the Year, bestselling author and book writing coach, Adrienne deWolfe, has won 5 awards for characterization. She understands first-hand how to write a Romance that sells. As a self-professed plot writer, she spent 10 grueling years trying to get her first Romance novel published. When she finally learned how to characterize the type of heroines that readers could admire, and the type of heroes that readers could sigh for, she won her first book contract. That historical Romance novel, Texas Outlaw, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon and was named a finalist for 2 Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine.
Since that time, Adrienne has developed numerous tools to help Romance writers successfully write and sell their books, including: