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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Romance Writing Resources for Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you got at least one card :-)

In view of the occasion, I thought I'd share some top resources for romance writers. I'm not a romance writer myself, though I've had my moments. For example, my first published book was a guide for singletons called How to Find Your Ideal Partner, while my first published short story was a teenage romance.

There's no doubt that there is a huge appetite for romantic fiction, and with electronic publishing now taking off in this field as well, the prospects for romance authors have seldom looked brighter.

First up then is Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Romance Writers. I realise I'm cheating a bit by including a site that lists resources, but Charlotte's site is beautifully written and designed, and it also includes lots of useful, practical advice for budding romance authors. Highly recommended.

My next site is eHarlequin. This is the website of Harlequin, Silhouette, Spice and various other romantic fiction imprints operated by the world's largest romantic fiction publisher, Harlequin Mills & Boon. I'd particularly direct you to their Writing Tips page. This includes writing guidelines and submission samples for many of their imprints, as well as writing articles, updated monthly, from editors and authors.

Finally, if you are interested in writing the more explicit type of romance, you should visit the Erotica Readers and Writers Association website. This does include some "adult" material, so please read the warning before you click through to the main part of the site. Inside, you'll find all manner of information and resources for writers of this type of fiction, along with pages of calls for submissions from publishers.

Good luck, and enjoy your romance writing!

* If you know of any other good resources for romantic fiction writers, please do post them as comments below.

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