Welcome to day eleven of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!
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 clichés 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 your romance novel for submission to agents and editors. On Writing Romance has everything you need to leave readers swooning!
Leigh Michaels is the author of 80 contemporary romance novels, published in 25 languages and in more than 125 countries around the world. More than 35 million copies of her books have been sold. Six of her books have been finalists in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest, and she has been honored with Reviewer’s Choice awards by Romantic Times magazine. The Iowa Library Association presented her the Johnson Brigham award in 2003 for substantial and sustained literary contributions to American culture.
Leigh also writes non-fiction, including On Writing Romance, which has been called the definitive guide to writing romance novels, and creating romantic characters. She teaches romance writing online at Gotham Writers Workshop. Leigh is also the coauthor with her husband, Michael W. Lemberger, of a book about the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904, and of many local history books.
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Today’s question is…
Mamas, where’s the romance in writing for you? Is the candle still burning or do you need to reignite the flame? Or maybe writing has never been romantic for you and instead writing has had a more practical in purpose for you. Where’s the magic in writing for you?
Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. 🙂
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