If you don't know, Harlequin is the most prolific publisher of romance novels, especially known for those serials you find in the grocery store.
Today I decided to check out Harlequin's writing guidelines—and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found:
- Know and respect your readers—choose the most recent novels and read widely across the romance market. Then target the series/genre that excites you and suits your voice.
- Innovate, don't imitate! There is no formula—only a format, as with all genre fiction, which allows room for creative expression, unique writing voices and memorable characters. So throw those clichés out the window!
I ♥ my characters: At the heart of all great romances are two strong, appealing, sympathetic and three-dimensional characters.
This is writing advice anyone would do well to heed.