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Harlequin hosts SYTYCW week!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Does your imagination run wild with vivid characters? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a USA TODAY bestselling author? Well, our editors want to make those dreams come true. We are hungry to find talented new writers for Harlequin Books. Through podcasts, blogs, and discussions with our expert editors and current authors, we’re going to help you understand the appeal of the romance genre. And there’s a special daily challenge with feedback that will give some great insights into crafting the perfect story. So for the next week, come by to hone your skills and get started on the path to publication. So you think you can write? Here’s your chance to show us!

Nov 1 Nov 2 Nov 3 Nov 4 Nov 5
Why Write a Romance Novel? Starting Your Book Submitting Your Book Revising Your Book Making the Sale
9am Kick-off welcome on the Harlequin Blog and a special hello from all our offices! First Chapters The Editor’s Perspective Stories for the Soul
10am Why Write Romance? Succeeding as a Romance Writer Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 1 Results Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 2 Results Fiction Can Be Murder… Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 3 Results Harlequin Ed Critique Challenge 4 Results Sales from the Past Year
11am Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 1 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 2 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 3 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 4 Announcement Harlequin Editorial Critique Challenge 5 Announcement
12pm 200 Books and Counting Choosing Character Names Just What the Doctor Ordered Multicultural Writing the Word on the Street
1pm The Harlequin What’s My First Line Challenge The Best Sex I Ever Had…I Wrote Mailing it Off Writing Visual-If When Harry Met Sally Was a Book Harlequin Has the World Covered
2pm USA TODAY List Here I Come! Counterpoint to Sexy Yes, you should have margins! Paranormal Plots You Can Sink Your Teeth Into It’s a Family Affair
3pm How I Became a Romance Writer What Editors Look For What’s the Difference? Mainstream vs Category The Last Word
4pm Book of Your Heart vs Book You Sell The “Aha” Moment – The End of Predictability in Romance Writing Books on Writing
All Day Writing Around the World What’s Your Routine? Meet 50+ Editors Who Want to Buy Your Book! Change is Good: Why Revisions are Necessary Questions

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Writing Contest: Mills and Boon New Voices

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Copied from: The Pink Heart Society blog

At Mills & Boon, we believe that there’s a romance in everyone – and we want yours! Have you ever dreamed of becoming a published author and writing your way into readers’ hearts? Well, this is your chance!

What is New Voices?

In September 2010 we launch a global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon’s galaxy of romantic fiction stars.

A celebration of romance, New Voices will put entrants through their romantic fiction paces – and we want you to have your say every step of the way!

The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication of the winning entry by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!

How Do I Enter?

Anyone who hasn’t been published before (see the Ts & Cs for more details!) can enter the competition; all you need to do is upload the first chapter of your Mills & Boon novel to this website from 6th September 2010. There’ll be just one entry per person allowed, so make sure that it’s your best! So, get writing!

How Will It Work?

There’ll be FOUR stages to the competition:

Stage One

We want everyone to upload the first chapter of their Mills & Boon novel! The best bit is that you’ll be able to read everyone else’s entry as well – and be able to comment on them too. Let’s get the romance debate going!

Stage Two

The Mills & Boon editorial team will whittle down all the entries to just ten finalists, who’ll be asked to write the second chapter of their Mills & Boon novel.

Stage Three

We’ll ask YOU to vote for your favourite entry out of the top ten. Along with the judges, you’ll decide on the four finalists who go through to the next round!

Stage Four

The finalists will write the ‘pivotal moment’ of their Mills & Boon novel. Then, with the judges, you’ll decide the winner by voting for your favourite.

Power to the romance fans!!!

How Do I Get Involved?

Whether you’re a writer or a reader – we need you! We’d love you enter the competition, and you can also join the debate:

  • Tell us which entry is your favourite
  • Tell us what kind of romances you like – and don’t like!
  • Vote for your favourite finalist and help to decide the winner

This is your chance to have your say about what Mills & Boon publishes and we can’t wait to hear from you!

And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got some great prizes and giveaways, so there’s plenty of reasons to stop by from 6th September.


Want to get writing asap? Check out for more on our fantastic authors, great offers and all the latest releases to inspire you! And remember, there’s no better research than reading the books and knowing your market…

Even better than that, why not attend a Mills & Boon Masterclass by one of our authors or editors at libraries across the UK? After all, they’re the experts….

Author / Editor Library Date Contact
Michelle Styles Knaresborough 1st Sep, 7pm 0845 300 5112
Heidi Rice Brent 6th Aug,
6.30 – 8.30
020 8937 3400
Kate Walker Doncaster TBC 01302 736000
Liz Fielding Carmarthan 9th August 01267 224824
Caroline Anderson & Kate Hardy Diss & Attleborough 18th August 01953 452 319 (Attleborough)
01379 642 609 (Diss)
Chantelle Shaw Dover 7th September 01304 374 726
Meg Lewis
& Megan Bassett – Editors
Havering 26th August,
6 – 7.45pm
01708 342071
Lucy Gilmour
Flo Nicoll
Anna Boatman
East Sheen 7th September, time tbc 020 8876 8800
Fiona Harper Bromley TBC 0208 461 7185
India Grey Nantwich 9th September 01270 624867

Come Back Soon!

From September 6th 2010, this site will be the hub of New Voices, with all sorts of brilliant stuff going on:

  • Enter the competition
  • Vote for your favourite entry
  • Get fantastic insights from our editors ranging from writing masterclasses to their thoughts on the competition entries
  • FREE eBooks to download
  • FREE short stories
  • Blogs from your favourite authors.
  • Fantastic prize draws

See you soon!

Q&A with Editor Wanda Ottewell

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood (a group of 2009 Golden Heart finalists) is hosting a Q&A with Harlequin editor Wanda Ottewell.

The Deets:

From today until Tuesday, June 15th, the Ruby Sisters will be asking you to submit questions for our Q & A with Harlequin Superromance Senior Editor Wanda Ottewell which will take place on Monday, June 21st. So here’s your chance to ask an editor all those questions you’ve been bottling up forever. And this is not just about category, this is about craft, industry, heck, ask her about Canada! She’s knowledgeble, friendly and has been in the business for a while. So….jump in and give her your questions.


FREE Writing Workshop: Tension by Kris Kennedy

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

I’ve been reading this month’s free workshop, hosted on Romance Divas, Tension by historical romance author Kris Kennedy. Great stuff!

Her intro:

I am so excited to talk about tension, because I think it’s at the heart of page-turning, bestselling, gripping stories that we can’t set down. We won’t be able to talk about all the different aspects that will affect tension in our week together,, but we’ll talk about three of the awesome basics, that can really get you started.

1) Story Questions On Every Page
2) Irrevocability
3) I Mean, Really, What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

Read the entire workshop free on You must register for the forums, but there is no cost to join. Enjoy!