Heart and Craft: Bestselling Romance Writers Share Their Secrets with You

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Some of the most successful romance writers in the world give insider advice on romance writing in this how-to guide edited by the author of The Art of Romance Writing

Valerie Parv has drawn together a dream team of romance writers who each share their secrets to writing successful romance fiction. Robyn Donald writes on Changing with the Times, while Helen Bianchin discusses Latin Lovers and Others. Meredith Webber talks about the modern medical ...

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Heart & Craft: Bestselling Romance Writers Share their Secrets with You

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Overview

Some of the most successful romance writers in the world give insider advice on romance writing in this how-to guide edited by the author of The Art of Romance Writing

Valerie Parv has drawn together a dream team of romance writers who each share their secrets to writing successful romance fiction. Robyn Donald writes on Changing with the Times, while Helen Bianchin discusses Latin Lovers and Others. Meredith Webber talks about the modern medical genre, and Elizabeth Rolls explores the fun to be had in research, by way of Regency romances. Erotic romance, fantasy romance, and suspense are all covered; Jennie Adams shares her foolproof editing system; and Daphne Clair explains why writing romance is "a feminist act." The questions most asked of published authors are all answered here, such as 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? and Can I do anything to market my manuscript? Examples of writing to analyze with the help of the contributors are also provided, as well as lists of recommended reading and links to interesting and useful websites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741757217
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Parv is the author of more than 50 romance novels, including the Carramer Trust series and the Code of the Outback series. She conducts writing seminars and is the author of the writing guide The Idea Factory.

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Table of Contents

Welcome To Our World vii

Changing With The Times Rohyn Donald 1

2 Latin Lovers and Others Helen Bianchin 19

3 Packing An Emotional Punch Valerie Parv 40

4 Crossing The Lines and Getting It Right Lilian Darcy 63

5 Code Read: Writing The Modern Medical Meredith Webber 80

6 Tons Of Romance in the Regency Elizabeth Rolls 95

7 Two Worlds: Weaving Romance with Fantasy Kelly Ethan 115

8 Keeping Readers in Suspense Valerie Parv 142

9 The Big 'O': Opportunities In Erotic Romance Alexis Fleming 163

10 Secret Pleasures: The Heart of the Genre Daphne Clair 186

11 A Foolproof Editing System Jennie Adams 214

12 Living, Breathing Characters 236

13 All In the Point of View 244

14 Speaking Of Dialogue 252

15 Thickening Your Plot and Conflict 260

16 Marketing Your Book 272

17 The Writing Life 282

Index 292

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