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Writing the Great American Romance Novel

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The complete guide to turning romances into cash. Romance novels are the top-selling genre in fiction. How can aspiring writers break into this lucrative field? With Writing the Great American Romance Novel, the most complete guide to writing that novel, getting it published, working with editors, agents, and publicists, and promoting it once it’s out! Step-by-step instruc ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Allworth Press
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Tami
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
If you've ever thought of becoming a romance novelist, Writing The Great American Romance Novel is for you. This book states that romance novels are still the best selling books in the world. Romance junkies are constantly looking for new material to feed their insatiable appetite.

Unlike other fictional works, romance novels follow a strict formula. Over time, through trial and error, writers have learned what works and what doesn't. Although I had always joked with my colleagues that romance n
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Lisa M
Mar 05, 2012 Lisa M rated it really liked it
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3.5*s From character building to career building, Lanigan covers the gamut of writing the romance novel. The book is a little shallow, thus the 3 1/2*s, but there are some good points made. I particularly liked the section on creating an outline. I would read On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells first, and then this book in addition if you have the time and money.
Sarai
Sep 26, 2007 Sarai rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking to get published
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this book has been really helpful in discovering how to write a romance story. It has great ideas and techniques for those who are wanting to break into the scene. However, it is also good for those authors who think they understand the system and yet can't get their foot in the door. I enjoyed reading this book.
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This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to write romance. I highly recommend it.
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Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanig ...more
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