Heart and Craft: Bestselling Romance Writers Share Their Secrets

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Mar 4, 2011 - 308 pages
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If being a published author is your goal, then you have to work at it. You have to keep at it and you have to be disciplined.' - Alexis Fleming If you've ever dreamt of writing a romance novel, then this is the insider's guide for you. Valerie Parv, the author of the authoritative and bestselling The Art of Romance Writing, has drawn together a 'dream team' of romance writers who each share their secrets to writing successful romance fiction. Valerie and her co-contributors, Jennie Adams, Helen Bianchin, Daphne Clair, Lilian Darcy, Robyn Donald, Kelly Ethan, Alexis Fleming, Elizabeth Rolls and Meredith Webber - all successful romance writers whose books have appeared on international best-seller lists - answer the questions most often asked of published authors: how do I make my characters live; my dialogue feels flat-how can I fix it; how did you begin writing romance novels; how do I make sure my book hits the right emotional heights; I don't have to edit my own work, do I; can I do anything to market my manuscript, and many more. Not only are there examples of writing to analyse with the help of the contributors, lists of recommended reading and links to interesting and useful websites are also provided. Based on the contributors' considerable experience and hundreds of published books, and aimed at both new and experienced writers studying the craft, this fascinating guide will give you everything you need to know about writing romance and getting published. 'One of the biggest traps in new writing is dabbling around the edges of emotional issues. Your story must pack an emotional punch.' - Valerie Parv
 

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Contents

genre
175
LIVING breathing characters
222
ALL IN THE point of view
230
SPEAKING of dialogue
238
THICKENING YOUR plot and conflict
246
MARKETING your book
258
THE WRITING life
268
Back Cover
279
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Valerie Parv is a romance author who was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and recognised for `significant service to the arts as a prolific author, and as a role model and mentor to young emerging writers┐. A founding member of Romance Writers of Australia, Parv is the author of 85 books, with total sales of more than 29 million copies worldwide. The Romance Writers of Australia┐s Valerie Parv Award was established in her honour.

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