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Writing the Great American Romance Novel Paperback – August 1, 2006

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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 romance novel The makeup of the romantic heroine and hero The many sub-genres of romance Plotting the memorable "meet" Writing love scenes Query letters, synopses, and submission packages The publishing process Promoting yourself Building a long-term career

Also included are a novel synopsis, along with a list of publishers and resources for writers.

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"An indispensable book! Every aspiring romance writer should have a copy on his or her shelf."--Walter Zacharius, Chairman Emeritus, Kensington Publishing Corporation

"Wonderful, useful, practical and wise. Of great value to the aspiring (or published) romance author, but of interest to anyone who'd like to understand more about how the publishing business actually works."--Page Cuddy Ashley, Former Editorial Director, Avon Books

"Clever, concise, loaded with practical insights and marvelous wit, this book is a must for anyone hoping that their dream of a romance novel will end up on an actual bookshelf. Ms. Lanigan weaves you through the nooks and crannies of the profession with absolute ease."--Shana Abe, Bestselling Author of The Smoke Thief

"If you want to learn how to write books that can be turned into movies, read Writing the Great American Romance Novel."--Jed Nolan, Film Producer

"Breaking into the romance genre requires talent, passion, and a concrete base of writing knowledge. Writing the Great American Romance Novel delivers a solid mix of take-away tools, school of hard knocks experience and a dash of motivation."--Georgia Durante, Author of The Company She Keeps


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  • Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1581154550
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1581154559
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Allworth; 1st edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: : English
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