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Writing Romance

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Romance novels represent one of the most lucrative genres in book publishing?making up over half of all mass market fiction sold in North America and generating more than $1.2 billion a year. This book will show you everything you need to know to successfully break into the romance writing market, from planning and plotting your story to editing and selling your manuscript ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Self Counsel Press (first published March 1997)
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I have an earlier version of this book, but I still find it to be very useful. I am a screenwriter, and a lot of the information can be used for screenwriting as well. Great "how-to" book!
Suzie Quint
I have a particular standard when evaluating books that purport to focus on one aspect of writing. If the book only superficially touches on the subject, spending most of the time teaching the writer the basics of writing, it’s a big, fat FAIL for me.

Based on that criteria, most books I've read that focus on a particular genre fail. Primarily I think, because there's not enough specific to most genres to fill an entire book, so they fall back to passing on general writing "wisdom." I've seen it
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
4.5 stars rounded up.

This was surprisingly helpful despite the focus on het romance. She actually acknowledged LGBT romance although not in any dept.

On top of that, the book was actually interesting and had good suggestions about the pitfalls many people hit when writing in romance such as overwrought writing, lack of plot, and too much sex for the particular story you're writing. There are sections on plot and pacing, unique voice and viewpoint (including the bad bad bad head-jumping!), sensual
Very interesting. There are some good points. I would say this is mostly for beginners, but having it tailored specifically to romance is a great benefit.
Bobbi Rightmyer
Oct 31, 2008 Bobbi Rightmyer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Persons interested in writing romance
Recommended to Bobbi by: review copy
If you are interested in writing a romance novel, then Writing Romance is a good reference book to help get you started. Read my review here: Bobbi's Book Nook
A valuable resource for anyone looking to write a romance. It gave me a good insight into the genre.
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