Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies Review & Giveaway

Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies
By Leslie Wainger
Publisher: For Dummies
Pub. Date: May 7, 2004
ISBN: 978-0764525544
Pages: 384
Buy Link: Paperback


Have you ever wanted to write a romance novel? I'm sure there are many aspiring writers and romance reader junkies that have dreamed about becoming a romance writer. Now you can learn about the romance publishing industry and how to write your own novel with Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies by Leslie Wainger, executive editor of Harlequin Books; with a forward by New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard.

Get in the inside scoop from Leslie Wainger, who has been editing romance for nearly thirty-five years. She teaches you about what reader are looking for in a good romance novel. You'll learn the difference between contemporary and mainstream genres; subgenres and niche markets; where to set up the perfect writing spot; creating alpha males and fiery females; adding the perfect conflict, climax, and resolution to a plot; setting a great romantic scene; outlining your novel; showing vs. telling; how to get into a character's mind; writing great dialogue; and writing a passionate love scene.

Since the author is an editor, she gives great advice on how to submit a manuscript to the right publisher. You'll learn how to rewrite your novel based on publisher rejections. there are great tips on what to look for before signing a contract; the top ten plots that work; ten tips for a great title; ten common writing mistakes; ten reason why your novel got rejected; ten ways to beat a writer's block; and ten questions every romance writer need to ask themselves.

A few of my short stores for children have been published, plus my only romance short story was published in anthology a few years back. I've wanted to write more adult stories and I've thought about writing romance again. I'm already an avid Harlequin reader (Debra Webb type books), but I wanted to know more about the romance market before attempting my own. Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies seemed to be the perfect way to start, even though the first edition was written nearly ten years ago. Reading romance writing advice/tips from an actually Harlequin editor is a great plus, though I didn't care the fact that the author refers to romance writers as 'she' or 'her' as if there aren't any male romance writers in the world. Richard Paul Evans, M.L. Buchman, and Nicholas Sparks are a few male writers that come to mind. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book as there are many useful tips I could use when I do write my novel.

Disclaimer: I received two complimentary copies in exchange for my honest review and to run a giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Hmm this is tough. I have many favorites and one of them is the Thoughtless Trilogy by S.C. Stephens.

  2. My favorite romances are by Nora Roberts.


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