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The romance writer's handbook
Vinyard, Rebecca.
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Publication Information:
Waukesha, Wis. : Writer Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
287 pages ; 23 cm
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PN3377.5.L68 V56 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN3377.5.L68 V56 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN3377.5.L68 V56 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The author of "Diva" takes budding romance writers by the hand and guides them through the techniques needed to succeed in the popular romance genre.

Author Notes

Rebecca Vinyard is a novelist, journalist, and webmaster of the popular website She lives in Texas, and is a member of the Dallas chapter of the Romance Writers of America

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Library Journal Review

Of the many handbooks aimed at helping aspiring authors achieve success in the increasingly competitive romance fiction market, this lively, accessible guide by writer and webmaster (www.Romance-Central. com) Vinyard is one that unpublished writers at all levels should find useful. While it is not deeply comprehensive, it offers a good place to start with concise chapters on everything from "Top 10 Beginner's Blunders" to entire sections on the writing craft, manuscript submission, resources, and support, inspiration, and commiseration. Advice-giving interviews with a bevy of romance heavyweights, such as Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Suzanne Brockman, are an added bonus. While most authors agree that writing is not learned from a book, this readable handbook is a useful, informative resource that would be at home in library collections with large fiction readerships. Vinyard lives in the Dallas area. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Rene Miller KnudsenSharon IhleShelley BradleyPatricia McLinnShelley BradleyCaro LaFeverCaro LaFeverShelley BradleyLiz FlahertyRebecca WadeDovie JacobyRosalyn AlsobrookRuth Scofield SchmidtConnie FlynnRachelle Morgan
Introductionp. 11
Part 1 For Beginners
Chapter 1 Advice for the New Writerp. 15
Chapter 2 The Idea Gardenp. 21
Chapter 3 Stuck in the Starting Gatep. 25
Chapter 4 Researching the Historical Romancep. 28
Chapter 5 Goal Setting for the Serious Writerp. 34
Chapter 6 Top 10 Beginner's Blundersp. 37
Part 2 Elements of Romance Storytelling
Chapter 7 Actionp. 45
Chapter 8 Location, Location, Locationp. 48
Chapter 9 Dialoguep. 51
Chapter 10 Imagery: The 3-Item Methodp. 57
Chapter 11 How To Handle Internal Monologuesp. 62
Chapter 12 The Rules of POVp. 65
Chapter 13 Love Scenesp. 72
Chapter 14 Plotting: Your Wayp. 79
Chapter 15 Characterizationp. 85
Chapter 16 Hero Archetypesp. 93
Chapter 17 Heroine Archetypesp. 99
Chapter 18 Internal Conflictp. 105
Chapter 19 Finding your Voicep. 110
Part 3 Support Networks
Chapter 20 Successful Critiquingp. 115
Chapter 21 The Benefits of Contestsp. 117
Chapter 22 On Contestsp. 123
Chapter 23 Contests, Schmontestsp. 126
Chapter 24 Conferences: To Go or not To Go?p. 128
Chapter 25 Preparing for an Appointment with an Editor or Agentp. 129
Chapter 26 A Community for Writers: Welcome to the RWAp. 136
Chapter 27 Romance Novels are Love Storiesp. 141
Part 4 Submitting Manuscripts
Chapter 28 Manuscript Formattingp. 149
Chapter 29 Writing Query Lettersp. 157
Chapter 30 Synopsis Basicsp. 163
Chapter 31 Anatomy of a Synopsis: A Case Studyp. 172
Chapter 32 Bagging the Right Agentp. 187
Chapter 33 A Conversation with an Agentp. 193
Part 5 Inspiration, Commiseration, & Information
Chapter 34 Coping with Rejectionp. 197
Chapter 35 Writing the Inspirational Romancep. 201
Chapter 36 Writing the Paranormal Romancep. 204
Chapter 37 10 Ways To Survive Between Salesp. 208
Chapter 38 Author Websites & Online Promotionp. 212
Chapter 39 Alternative Publishingp. 220
Chapter 40 Conversation with an E-publisherp. 226
Chapter 41 Writing the Story of Your Heartp. 229
Part 6 Advice from Bestselling Authors
Chapter 42 Lorraine Heathp. 235
Chapter 43 Susan Elizabeth Phillipsp. 238
Chapter 44 Connie Flynnp. 241
Chapter 45 Katherine Sutcliffep. 244
Chapter 46 Judy Christenberryp. 247
Chapter 47 Suzanne Brockmannp. 250
Part 7 Resources for Authors
Chapter 48 Directory of Mass-Market Publishersp. 255
Interview with Lucia Macro (Avon)p. 257
Interview with Leslie Wainger (Harlequin/New York)p. 265
Chapter 49 Directory of Electronic & Small Publishersp. 274
Chapter 50 Books & Websites for Authorsp. 277
Contributorsp. 282
Indexp. 285