Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Okay well you I wrote about how I wrote a book on Friday, January 11. I also said that I posted about it on the KMM forum to get their critique about it and one said that maybe I should by a book about how to write a romance novel. Well I took that advice and today I went to Lincoln Center 66th Street where there is a huge Barnes & Nobles. I found 3 books that could help me with my writing a romance novel. Here are the titles, authors, how much it costs, how many pages they are and there descriptions:





Writing the Great American Romance Novel by Catherine Lanigan $19.95 (213 pages)


If you love writing love stories, this comprehensive guide shows how to break into the romance genre, which accounts for more than half of all mass-market paperback sales. Bestselling romance author Catherine Lanigan offers every writing tool you need as well as insight into the writer’s relationship with agents, editors, and publicists. Learn about:

  • Romance story structures and outlines
  • Researching your novel
  • The makeup of the romantic heroine and hero
  • The many sub-genres of romance
  • Plotting the memorable “meet”
  • Writing love scenes
  • Submitting manuscripts
  • The publishing process
  • Promoting yourself
  • Building a long term career

Also included are novel synopsis, sample press release, and resources for writers.




On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels $16.99 (264 pages)





Sweep readers off their feet with a romance they’ll never forget!



In On Writing Romance, award-winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels walks you through each stage of the writing and publishing process. From the origins and evolution of the romance novel to establishing a vital story framework to writing that last line to seeking out appropriate publishers, everything you ever wanted to know about writing a romance novel is here.


In addition to a comprehensive breakdown of more than thirty romance subgenres, including such categories as historical, inspirational, Regency, and sweet traditional, you’ll discover how to:
  • Steer clear of clichés and stereotypes by studying genre
  • Craft engaging and realistic heroes and heroines readers will adore
  • Convincingly develop the central couple’s blossoming relationship
  • Add conflict by using essential secondary characters like the “other woman”
  • Use tension timing to make your love scenes sizzle with sensuality
  • Get your characters to happily-ever-after with an ending readers will always remember

Plus, read a sample query letter, cover letter, and synopsis, and learn how to properly prepare your romance novel for submission to agents and editors. On Writing Romance has everything you need to leave readers swooning!




Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies by Leslie Wainger $19.99 (360 pages).






In love with romance novels? You’re not alone! Romance is today’s most popular fiction genre, accounting for more than half of all mass market fiction sold. If you’re looking to
make a serious effort at writing a romance and getting it published in today’s multifaceted markets, you need to learn as much as you can about this highly successful field—especially how to create the perfect heroes and heroines. Now, in this easy, step-by-step guide, a top romance editor gives you the know-how you need to succeed as a romance novelist!


Writing A Romance Novel For Dummies is perfect for both beginning and more accomplished writers who are looking to get the leading edge on writing a romance novel and get it published. Leslie Wainger, Executive Editor at Harlequin Books, explains what it takes to become the next Nora Roberts, providing the techniques you need to:
  • Select a pseudonym
  • Write a compelling, heartfelt story
  • Find the right agent and publisher
  • Submit a manuscript
  • Market your novel
  • Join clubs and associations

Packed with insider advice, this plain-English guide helps you grasp the building blocks of a great romance, providing practical tips on the craft of writing as well as savvy pointers on how to hook your reader from page one, write with passion, and shape a proposal that will wow agents and editors. You get lots of expert tips on analyzing the marketplace, creating compelling characters, and finding your own voice. Wainger also:
  • Demystifies the sub-genres of the romance world, from historical, contemporary, and multicultural to paranormal, romantic suspense, and
  • Christian/inspirational
  • Explains plotting, pacing, and writing those crucial love scenes
  • Discusses how to conduct research, assign credits, and get permissions
  • Helps you decide whether it’s best to write alone or with a partner

Complete with a manuscript preparation checklist, tips for revising your work smoothly and successfully, guidance in understanding and negotiating a contract, and a list of romance writing resources, Writing A Romance Novel For Dummies is your one-stop guide to becoming a published novelist!

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I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre.
 
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I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.
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