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Tips for Romance Writers

Hello, and welcome back!

This one is something I've been putting together on paper for quite a while, and now I think I've gathered the basics to share with you. I know there are a lot of people out there who'd love to write, and some who write, but want more focus. I've compiled some short lists here to help you out.

So, you want to write a romance, but you don't know where to start? Don't know how to format a page? Don't know how to figure out word count? Create characters? Here are some links to get you started....

My tips for writers has a general overview of a number of subjects.

Alicia Rasley's Tips for Writers has a large collection of articles for writers, and if you go into her article archive, you'll find many more helpful articles, on setting, dialogue, villains, etc.

Vicki Hinze has a collection of great information in her writers' library, gathered over the years from her email list Aids for Writers.

JoAnn Ross also has a number of tips on her website to get you writing.

Like to do your studying off-line? I have recommended reading lists for:

Craft and Inspiration.

All-Star Authors to study from the best.

Contemporary Romances if you're writing contemporary romance.

Historical Romances if you're writing historicals.

Paranormal Romances if you like things that go bump in the night with your romances.

Erotic Romances if you have to have them steamy.

Okay, so you're past the getting-started and ready to move to the next level: submitting to agents and editors. There are a number of publishers who no longer take unsolicited submissions (Warner, Ballantine, BantamDell, Berkley/Signet/NAL, Pocket, and St. Martins Press). But there are a couple who'll still look at queries from unagented authors: Harlequin and Silhouette have their submission guidelines on their site; Dorchester has guidelines for their LoveSpell and Leisure lines; and Kensington will also still look at submissions from unagented authors. As for the publishers who require agented submissions, well, you can still check out their websites here.

Maybe you want to try for one of those publishers who require agented submissions? Then you should go here to check out some good agencies.

Time to find a writers' group? Then go here to see a sampling of the great groups available to you. You could also drop by my Romance Writers Forum to talk shop with other writers.

Most importantly, have fun! And good luck!

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