On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells

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Writer's Digest Books, Jan 16, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With a Romance They'll Never Forget

In On Writing Romance, award-winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels talks you through each stage of the writing and publishing process. From the origins and evolution of the romance novel to establishing a vital story framework to writing that last line to seeking out appropriate publishers, everything you ever wanted to know about writing a romance novel is here.

In addition to a comprehensive breakdown of more than thirty romance subgenres, including such categories as historical, inspirational, Regency, and sweet traditional, you'll discover how to:

  • Steer clear of cliches and stereotypes by studying the genre
  • Craft engaging and realistic heroes and heroines readers will adore
  • Convincingly develop the central couple's blossoming relationship
  • Add conflict by utilizing essential secondary characters like the "other woman"
  • Use tension and timing to make your love scenes sizzle with sensuality
  • Get your characters to happily-ever-after with an ending readers will always remember
Plus, read a sample query letter, cover letter, and synopsis, and learn how to properly prepare you romance novel for submission to agents and editors. On Writing Romance has everything you need to leave readers swooning!


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On Writing Romance is great for beginners who've just dreamed up their romance novel ideas. This book covers all the bases, from research to love scenes, plot and the query letter and everything in ... Read full review


Selecting and Researching Your Story
Establishing Your Framework
Writing Your Romance Novel
Putting Your Story on Paper
Populating Your Romance Novel
Creating Sexual Tension and Love Scenes
Using Point of View
Writing Dialogue and Introspection
Building a Believable Plot
Bringing It All Together
Marketing Your Romance Novel
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Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 80 contemporary romance novels published by Harlequin Books and has received Reviewer's Choice awards from Romantic Times. She teaches romance writing at in-person seminars and on the Internet at Gotham Writer's Workshop and at Barnes & Noble University, and has written articles for Writer's Digest, The Writer, and the RWA journal.


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