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Complete Idiot Guide Get Your Romance Published [Paperback]

Julie Beard
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Jan. 21 2000 Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
Romance novels are the biggest-selling genre in publishing, selling more books each year than mysteries and science fiction combined. Numerous romance authors appear regularly on the New York Times best-seller lists, and they often carry their romance audience over into the mainstream, and vice versa. Nora Roberts, Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, LaVryle Spencer, Sandra Brown, to name a few, all got their start in category fiction -- and they were all romance fiction readers who once said, "I wonder if I can do that." CIG to Getting Your Romance Published, written by a successful romance novelist, teaches aspiring writers everything they need to know about this popular, highly successful genre. From plotting to characterization to approaching agents and editors, the book gives readers a head start toward publishing their own novels. Some topics covered are- Love sells--why those "little books" are so popular, the rules of romance writing--respect the genre, focus on relationships, and more, the aspiring romance writers checklist, the subgenres--historical, contemporary, time-travel, futuristic, paranormal, multicultural, finding your voice as a writer, pacing checklist, undercovers--sex and the single (or married) writer, punching up your prose--editing and rewriting, hiring an agent and finding an editor, submitting your manuscript, book covers and pseudonyms, promotion tips, the key to a long-lasting writing career, and romancing the publishing industry.

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Romances account for more than half of all mass-market paperback fiction sold. Two thousand romances are published each year. Ah, a land of opportunity, the writer is prone to think. Not so fast, Swifty. If you aren't already a reader of romances, chances are you'll never write a convincing one yourself. But if you genuinely love happy endings, Julie Beard (My Fair Lord) is here to help you become the next, well, Julie Beard. Embedded within chapters about writing and publishing and promoting your romance are all kinds of juicy tidbits about the romance biz. Beard discusses each romance subgenre in detail, disclosing typical story lines, the appropriate tone to use, and authors whose work is worth checking out. She talks about current trends (the biggest one at publication is the "cowboy-rancher-baby-bride" romance) and how to spot future ones (hint: keep your eye on popular culture). She knows what to include in your book--irresistible heroes and heroines, for starters--and what to avoid: nontraditional locales, rape scenes, sadomasochism, infidelity. She defines such terms as black moment, regency, and clinch ("the passionate embrace that typifies the traditional romance cover"). And yes, Beard says, even men can get their romances published--though it may be the one field in which they can succeed only if they are willing to take on a pseudonym of the feminine variety. --Jane Steinberg

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If you are an aspiring writer, The Complete Idiots Guide To Getting Your Romance Published, written by a successful romance novelist, will teach you everything you need to know about this popular, highly successful genre. Including everything from plotting to characterization to approaching agents and editors, the book gives you a head start toward publishing your own novels.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful July 18 2004
Having read hundreds, maybe even thousands of historical romances over the last 20 years, I always dreamed of one day writing my own novel. This book is an extremely helpful tool for anyone that dreams of one day becoming a bestselling author. Julie Beard shares information about the industry and the various tricks to getting published. For those aspiring historical romance writers bogged down by the research process, Beard also gives insight to resources with which to build your historical framework.
This book is a great read. It's funny and inspiring. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to break into the romance industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy! Nov. 27 2003
By A Customer
This is a veritable mine of information on writing a romance and also on the romance writing industry. I wish I'd bought this book sooner and saved myself weeks of research on the internet.
A definite must-buy for anyone considering writing a romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!! Nov. 16 2003
Being a total novice myself, this book answered ALL my questions on writing a romance and getting it published. Very easy to read and understand, I read the whole book without putting it down!! Very informative! If you are like me and know absolutly nothing about the "insides" of the romance genre, this is THE book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Guide Feb. 19 2003
This book is fantastic! If you just have the idea that you might like to write a romance novel but aren't sure if you can do it or aren't sure how to do it - then this is the book for you! It's so easy to read with an outline form and layman's terms. It taught me many things I didn't know about the industry. It even gives you a list of publishers. This book and some of your old paperbacks are really all the reference you need to know how to do your basic writing. I would gladly spend my money on this book again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Dec 20 2002
By Arwen
I admit to loving the organization of the Idiot/Dummy books. I have found this one to be quite helpful to me in my pursuit of being published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Wonderful! Nov. 13 2002
The Comlete idiot's Guide to Getting Your Romance Published is a perfect starter book! It guides you from initial concept all the way through the publishing process. It's clear, consistent, effective and the information is offered in short blurbs. It outlines all sorts of genres, hero/heroine traits, virtually everything you need to guide you through getting starting, writing, reviewing and rewriting, searching the market, publishing and marketing. It's really a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars writing a romance, read this FIRST!! Oct. 17 2002
This book should be mandatory reading for every beginning romance writer. Julie Beard with wit and charm present step by step process - almost a self critique list to see if your story has what it takes to be published!!
She gives you the dos and donts for character and plot developments, what you can include in the story line, what are no nos...
Just every phases of romance writing the beginning needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource! Sept. 9 2002
A must have for every writer. Provides things every beginner needs to know, and great topics for the veteran writer as well.
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