- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (January 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582974365
- ISBN-13: 978-1582974361
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells
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Michaels is a RITA Award-nominated author of more than 75 romance novels, and she distills everything she has learned over the years into this useful writers' guide. After a short summary of the genre and a survey of the different kinds of romances, Michaels explores the process involved in writing a captivating love story. From creating convincing characters and understanding conflict to writing good dialogue and crafting an entertaining plot, On Writing Romance provides plenty of practical details and useful examples to help aspiring writers get started. Michaels even includes a concise guide to submitting a manuscript to a publisher and to marketing one's own work. A good basic introduction to a potentially gratifying pursuit suitable for most public library collections. John Charles
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About the Author
Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 80 contemporary romance novels published by Harlequin Books and has received Reviewer's Choice awards from Romantic Times. She teaches romance writing at in-person seminars and on the Internet at Gotham Writer's Workshop and at Barnes & Noble University, and has written articles for Writer's Digest, The Writer, and the RWA journal.
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This book is divided into five parts and Leigh leads you through each area step by step so that you can understand exactly what is needed to write a successful romance novel. The detail in this book is astonishing and the amount and depth of the content is appreciated. She takes you through building the framework of your novel, developing the characters, and so much more. Then, at the end, she shows you what to do in order to get it to the publisher. This is a must-have book if you are interested at all in being a successful writer.
I plan to go indie and will probably 'blur' the classic Romance lines a bit but I plan to have Leigh's book as a ready reference source throughout my writing.
Sincere thanks to Leigh for sharing her 'secrets' at such a fair price. I highly recommend this book to anyone even considering writing a romance novel.
Thank you Ms. Michaels for so generously offering this guide to those of us who are just getting started on this joyful adventure of writing romance novels.