Tag Archives: Romance novels

Fiction Writing Blues: Why Editors Reject Novels #writing #fiction #romance #paranormal

  Why do book editors reject novels?      As a book writing coach, I answer that question a lot when folks want to know how to polish their fiction-writing after a rejection.  As strange as it may seem, even good book writing gets rejected sometimes.  In the Western genre, for instance, the bottom fell out of the […]

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Marine Carries a Torch for Former Love: Billionaire’s Best Friend

Welcome Christina Tetreault, our guest columnist on the topic of the Old Flame archetype in Contemporary Romance novels.  I asked Christina why the return of a lost love is such a hot topic in Romance novels, and she shared her thoughts, below. Christina’s newest release, The Billionaire’s Best Friend, is a perfect example of an […]

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Regency Romance: What Makes This Historical Era a Top Seller?

Regency Romance: What Makes This Historical Era a Top Seller?  Welcome to Regency Romance author Jessica Jefferson.  One of the top-selling Historical Romance categories in ebook (if not THE top-selling category), Regency Romance continues to thrive even though legacy publishers gravely limited print runs and titles for a number of years. Jessica graciously agreed to shed […]

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Win $50 Amazon Gift Card, Story Critique in Romance Blog Tour

  As a writer, you know the feeling:  you slave for months (maybe YEARS) to write your novel, revise it, collaborate with cover artists, editors, and formatters . . . Then FINALLY, the day of Hallejuhas arrives:  your ebook goes live for readers to buy and enjoy! I just lived through that busy creative period, […]

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Romance Novels: How to Write Love Scenes

Have you read a commercial Romance novel lately? I ask this question frequently, because the writers who consult me for advice – and who claim to be writing a “Romance” – are often clueless about the editorial expectations of publishing houses.  Even worse, these writers don’t know who their target reading audience is.  (Hint:  women, […]

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Writing Dialogue for Novels: Tips for Cursing and Swearing

Writing Dialogue for Novels: Tips for Cursing and Swearing I just finished reading an interesting post by a published author. This writer was lamenting the number of flaming criticisms that readers posted, objecting to the F* bomb in the author’s Contemporary Romance novel. While I heartily empathize with this author’s pain (it’s never fun to […]

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Writing Novels with the Law of Attraction Equals Success

Writing Novels with the Law of Attraction Equals Success Ever since the third grade, I wanted to become a published novelist.  By the time I reached the age of 30, my passion for writing novels had grown so strong, that I was willing to ignore an IRS report that said the average writer earns 7 […]

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Beware the Trolls: Never Let Anyone Crush Your Writing Dream

  As a college freshman, I was excited to make the cut in my first Creative Writing course.  I was the youngest student in a class full of juniors and seniors.   My goal, even then, was to write commercial book-length fiction – particularly Romance and Fantasy novels. When my Creative Writing professor learned that I […]

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How to Pitch Book Cover Art and Titles to a Publisher

When you pitch book cover art and titles to a publisher, diplomacy will win you more concessions than obstinance. During the days when I was writing romance books, I quickly discovered that actual, in-the-trenches marketing experience was no guarantee that a publisher would accept my ideas for great book covers, titles, advertising copy, or the inside teaser. For those of […]

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