Harlequin’s Writing Resources for Aspiring Romance Authors

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Is one of your new year’s resolutions to finish writing a book? We’re here to help! Whether you’re just starting to plot your romance or getting ready for the final polish and to submit your manuscript, Harlequin has resources to help aspiring authors at every stage of the process:

1) So You Think You Can Write Blog

You may have heard of Harlequin’s annual So You Think You Can Write contest, but did you know you can get advice from our editors and participate in writing events all year ’round at the SYTYCW Blog? Visit the blog for writing and submission tips, writing challenges, videos, inspiring call stories from new authors and much more.

2) Harlequin Community

The Harlequin.com Community isn’t just a great place to talk about reading books — it’s also the place to talk about writing them! Head over to the On Writing Romance forum to meet fellow authors and participate in writing discussions, workshops and publishing opportunities for new writers. Harlequin editors also pop in to offer writing advice and even contests. Many Harlequin Community members have gone on to become successful Harlequin authors, such as Janie Crouch, Regina Kyle and Danica Favorite.

3) Writing for Harlequin Videos

Get advice straight from the editors’ mouths! Check out the videos on our Writing for Harlequin YouTube Channel for quick tips from editors and authors on topics like dialogue, character motivation, query letters and much more.

4) Red Quill Writers Workshops

If you’re a member of a writing group, you may be able to participate in a live workshop! Harlequin’s interactive Red Quill Writers Workshops are presented by Harlequin editors and offer industry insights and practical know-how about writing well and getting noticed. Topics range from creating a compelling pitch to developing an author brand to the advantages of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing and more. Click here for more information and a list of upcoming workshops.

5) Writing and Submission Guidelines

Do you have a story in mind for Harlequin? We welcome new submissions for Harlequin series romance lines at any time, no agent required! Before submitting, we encourage authors to become familiar with the various series lines to know which line best suits your story. Reading the books is the best way to understand each line’s unique type of editorial, and you can find descriptions of each line (including word count, heat level and the types of stories the editors are looking for) and how to submit on the Series Submission Guidelines page.

Carina Press submissions guidelines can be found here. Please note that MIRA, HQN Books and Harlequin TEEN only accept agented submissions

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