• Next hurdle: how to write a proper cover letter Posted on November 3, 2010

    by Elizabeth Mazer, Assistant Editor A little while back, I wrote a blog post on how to make a great impression on an editor or agent before s/he opens the envelope on your submission. (If you missed it the first time ... Read More…

  • Meet the Editors Podcast Debut – Book of Your Heart vs Book to Sell Posted on November 2, 2010

    Editors tell you to write the “story of your heart,” a tale you are inspired to tell. And then you see that all they are buying are books about vampires. How does the aspiring author resolve what to write? Does ... Read More…

  • Challenge 2: Have your query letter critiqued by Harlequin editors Posted on November 2, 2010

    by Patience Smith, Senior Editor, Romantic Suspense Now it’s your turn! The ideal query has three paragraphs. While you want to convey your personality, remember that editors read many cover letters and submissions. A gimmicky query letter tends to bomb ... Read More…

  • How to write a great first chapter Posted on November 2, 2010

    By Carly Corcoran and Megan Bassett, Assistant Editors, Harlequin Mills & Boon Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when ... Read More…

  • First Impressions–Right Down to the Wrapping Paper Posted on August 13, 2010

    by Elizabeth Mazer, Assistant Editor Books, movies, television commercials, and our mothers all tell us the same thing—you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So how do you make a good first impression on an editor with ... Read More…