Any Questions?

Now it’s your turn!

Over the last few days, we’ve given you a lot of information, feedback and, we hope, inspiration to write a romance novel.  You know how to create an exciting opening page, a winning scene, and an attention-grabbing query letter. Through blog posts and chats, you’ve gotten to “meet” with editors, read their wisdom on writing and what makes a story come to life.  We realize you must have a lot of questions!

This is your chance to fire away.  Ask us anything: differentiating between Harlequin lines, word counts, what we absolutely don’t like to see, what works and what doesn’t, pet peeves, nitpicky grammar questions, preferences in stories, or just general advice for new writers. We’re here to answer your questions.

Feel free to submit your questions to the same email address: ucanwrite@harlequin.ca by 6:00 p.m. EST today and, once again, a team of editors will pick random questions to post tomorrow morning (November 5, 2010 by 10:00 a.m.). This will be accompanied by a live Q&A session in the Community section of eHarlequin.com.  Make sure to put in the subject heading: SYTYCW Questions. So, go ahead, don’t be shy.  We’re ready to answer your questions and get you started on this new adventure into romance writing!

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Comments ( 6 )
  1. PatriciaDavis
    November 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    Reply

    SYTYCW Questions:

    I’ve missed submitting a couple of the challenges :o( Will I still be able to take advantage of the \submit by Dec. 15th/reply by Jan. 1st\ offer?

    I’ve been doing my best to follow along for the past couple of days, but I was waylaid by a virus and I suspect that the cold meds/fever are interfering with my ability to find and understand the challenges in time to submit. Also, I’m on the west coast and keep flubbing the cut-off times.

    Thank you!

    Patricia Davis writing as Cait Clelland

  2. Tari Jewett
    November 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm
    Reply

    I also would like to participate and submit a chapter and synopsis, but I’m having a hard time finding things as well. I’m also on the west coast…. I’ve listened in on the Webinar afterwards, and finding and reading the blogs, but missing the information on how to participate.

    Thanks for any help,
    Tari

  3. kayla kerns
    November 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    Reply

    I as well am missing the info on how to participate.

  4. Margaret Fisk
    November 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    Reply

    I have two questions, one general, one specific:

    1) Since the series titles are so short, what’s a reasonable timeframe for the romance when both characters are coming in cold? It seems like a lot of time would need to be skipped for it to be realistic and at the same time I’ve read some that worked within 2 weeks (leaning on the love at first sight). For years my favorite Harlequins were the ones where characters “remeet” because they already have some history to ground them, but that’s not to say I haven’t read some spectacular ones where the characters had no prior experience. What timeframes do you look for or are leary of when you see them for contemporary, non-suspense romances?

    2) I asked this during the webinar, and haven’t seen the “extra questions” posted on the website (if I missed it, please link me), but the word count for Superromance was different in the webinar and on the eHarlequin guidelines. I’d been writing a book for that line and a couple years ago the length dropped by 10k. Which is correct?

  5. Margaret Fisk
    November 5, 2010 at 1:39 am
    Reply

    Oops, sorry for my failure to read the full instructions. Sadly, I posted the questions when rushing out in the morning and didn’t get a chance to check back until now so I won’t get them into the pile for the webinar, but I wanted to apologize for the miss and say how much I’ve been enjoying and learning from this week.

    Cheers,
    Margaret

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