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Writing Romance

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  8 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 October 1st 2006 by Self-Counsel Press (first published March 1997)
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Jan 28, 2013 J.D. rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2014 Suzie Quint rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2014 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Kelly Smith
I would say this book is not for someone who has been writing for 6+ years, but it was a good read- just didn't have much that was new to me
Bobbi Rightmyer
Oct 31, 2008 Bobbi Rightmyer rated it liked it
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
Apr 25, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
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Easy to read and set out in categories that make it easy to follow. There is a good flow to this book making it easy to follow and understand. I picked up a lot of useful tips.
Feb 20, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
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A valuable resource for anyone looking to write a romance. It gave me a good insight into the genre.
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"I love writing fiction - it's the perfect occupation for someone who can't decide what they want to be when they grow up. With each new story, I get to explore a new world."

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