- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Allworth Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581154550
- ISBN-13: 978-1581154559
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Most of the romance writing books aren't worth the paper they are printed on. They are usually lacking in some very important topics. Maybe they'll cover a romance novel's structure but leave out what you're supposed to do with the manuscript when you're finished. Many are outdated because the market does change rather rapidly.
When looking for a romance writing "how-to" book, consider the date it's been published. The newer the book, the better. Again, the romance writing market changes so fast that you need the most up-to-date information.
This book, next to the Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Romance, is one of the best books on the topic out there. Catherine thoroughly discusses the topic without bogging down the reader with too-technical writing advice. (After all, there has to be a "creative" element.)
Most importantly, however, she goes into the aftermath of the novel. What to do with the manuscript once it's finished. No other book that I've read on this topic covers EXACTLY how to write a synopsis. Some books will cover how to write a query letter. Again, because you need to be up with the current times, most publishers like Silhouette and Harlequin are asking for a synopsis and three sample chapters. I've scoured books high and low to figure out how to write a GOOD synopsis and this is the ONLY book that covers it in detail.
If you can only afford one book on writing romance, GET THIS BOOK and forget about the rest. This book will give you all you need to get started as a successful romance writer.
I like to think that I am a pretty good judge of reference materials having spent many years in academia, although I only have one other novel-writing manual. Having serendipitously stumbled upon this wonderful resource I am sure I will be satisfied with my writing-reference library for some time to come.
Ms. Lanigan refers to another one of my favorite authors, Julia Cameron; I think that if you like Ms. Cameron's work you will find Writing the Great American Romance Novel is "right up your alley".