- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Back Stage Books (April 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871162040
- ISBN-13: 978-0871162045
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is for anyone looking to get published: a no-nonsense guide thats accessible and packed with sensible advice." -- Eileen Goudge, bestselling author of Thorns of Truth
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About the Author
Author Rebecca Vinyard is a romance novelist and journalist, and manages the popular Romance Central website (romance-central.com)
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The info about proper manuscript set-up is worth buying this one.
I am not a "new" writer but haven't written romance until now. Looks like I chose a quality reference for the job!
I'm afraid many sub-par books are published every year about how-to-write. THIS one is not one of those!
The chapters entitled "Finding Your Voice" and "Imagery" were both excellent. They are very helpful to both new and experienced writers. I really liked Connie Flynn's chapter on paranormal romances. She made a couple of points that were salient to my writing.
I've got a bunch of how-to romance writing books, but I don't think I ever read one of them all the way through. It is simply written and the author makes her point and moves on. I recommend it highly to anyone wanting to write a romance.
I must confess that I did contribute a small article to the book. I did so knowing that Ms. Vinyard would put together a good book. I was not disappointed.
TRWH covers basics like plot, and characters, but also adds information about external conflict, internal conflict, and the framework on the resolution of those. Every aspect of the novel is de-mysified. She also covers how to write the dreaded query letter and synopsis.
The handbook has sections on the business of getting published, agents, entering contests and websites.
Truly, this book deserves to be in any aspiring romance writer's library.