- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,046 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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Top customer reviews
The only con I have to provide here is that the book is pre-ebook revolution, and primarily focuses on publication methods that are seriously outdated. A romance writer (in my opinion) should publish independently first, then wait for the "trad pubs" to come to her. You'll make far far far more money that way!
Michaels' passion for the subject is in every word. This is not a book written by someone jaded who wants to be able to point at her book when the 4,999,999th person asks her what the formula for romance writing is! She is also generous with her knowledge. So often one gets the feeling that the author of a writing book is holding something back for themselves - not quite fully explaining a point here or there, alluding to something you sense is more important than they are admitting. Not so here. In fact Michaels is so generous that at one point she even uses a sentence from her own (I assume earlier) work as an example of what not to do!
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.