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On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells
     

On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells

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by Leigh Michaels
 

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

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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

lus, 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582974361
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
01/20/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

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.

www.leighmichaels.com

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On Writing Romance 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AelleAbles More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a lot of insight into what must go into a romance novel. But it also tells you what the reader is looking for and what you have to give them for your romance novel to ber a success. She was honest and straightforward, which I appreciated. Her discussion of point of view showed me how different romance is from other genres in that you have two points of view. You also have two story lines: the one about the pair falling in love and the story behind it. Great book. Useful information. Aelle Ables
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for an overview of the genre this book will at least give you a good outlook on what falls into what categories in the broad expanse of a genre. This is useful if you are just starting out and need to find a niche to start to work with and want to work exclusively with romance. If you are looking for more in depth help, this really doesn’t give you anything that you don’t find in a general writing book. I picked this up trying to flesh out some of the romance in my writing that doesn’t fall completely in the Romance genre, and couldn’t find anything that I had not picked up in other general writing books that gave a brief overview on relationship in writing.
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love it even more now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great introduction to romance writing with specific tips and examples.
ellid More than 1 year ago
However, the actual writing was pretty flat. It's also pretty clear that for all the changes to the romance format in the last twenty or thirty years, the gender stereotypes are still pretty much the same: the man is still the leader in the relationship, the woman is much more likely to be "feisty" than strong, and the characters are expected to be youngish, good looking, and either middle class or rich.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looked like good infomation in the sample pages, but just in those pages, there wwre two major interupt-and-repeat-what-was-just-said errors. Makes me concerned about the rest of the book.