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Complete Idiot Guide Get Your Romance Published [Paperback]

Julie Beard
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Jan. 21 2000 Complete Idiot's Guide to
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 Excellent for aspiring writers! July 28 2000
By Carolyn
If you are interested in becoming a published romance writer, this is the best book I have read on the topic. Julie Beard is an excellent writer, so I knew this had to be a great book. Her advice is simple to understand and to-the-point. She gets right down to what is important and what isn't. The format of the book makes it fun to read, and the expert advice offered from other superb writers is helpful and informative. After reading The Complete Idiot's Guide, I felt inspired and motivated, and I still use it as a running workbook for my manuscript. She touches on just about everything I have thought about, from plot development to how to negotiate a contract. I applaud her ability to explain what sells and what doesn't, yet encourage writers to push the limits of what is currently popular. Even if your goal is to publish in another genre, The Complete Idiot's Guide gives great overall advice concerning characterization, dialogue, voice, conflict...all of the important aspects of creating memorable fiction. This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in writing fiction. Thanks Julie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for writers and readers of romances alike Aug. 9 2000
Make sure you read this book when you plan to write a romance, possibly before you even start. Julie Beard covers all aspects of the subject and keeps her tone light and encouraging. She also includes great references to publishers, resource books and organizations.
She mentions so many other authors that all have something unique to contribute, that I would have liked an alphabetical list and maybe their specialty and of course where they are mentioned in the book.
But even if you don't want to write a romance novel, you learn a great deal about why they are so fascinating, what their basic structure is and what separates the good ones from the rest.
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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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By A Customer
Before I read this book I wanted to write romance books. Although, I just didn't know if I had what it took to go for it. This book helps beginning writers to give a little push when needed. After reading this book I'm ready to type away I can't wait till I'm finished with my manuscript just to see what happens. Julie helps to let beginners now what to expect and what not to expect. Over all this is an excellent book for anyone who wants to write a romance or has written a romance. I will use this book to look back on whenever in need :)
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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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Terrific! When I first read this book I'd just finished the first draft of my first novel, and while I was pleasantly surprised at parts of my work, whole sections of it were just plain sucky. I had no idea why some things worked and others didn't. I started by reading Chapter 14, Polish Until It Shines, and found the advice on using your strengths to fix your problems especially helpful. After being mesmerized by this chapter, I went back to page 1 and read the whole book. Golden nuggets were everywhere!
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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 A Must Have for the Beginning Writer! May 2 2002
Easy to read with plenty of input from published authors this book is a must have for those that are even thinking of writing a novel of their own. Or perfect if you are new to the idea and have no real direction.
Written by a published author Julie Beard this book takes you from determining what kind of book you would like to write to how the romance industry works. It has a little bit of everything to get you started on the right path! I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy!
This is a veritable mine of information on writing a romance and also on the romance writing industry. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!
Being a total novice myself, this book answered ALL my questions on writing a romance and getting it published. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Rachel Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
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.
Published on Dec 20 2002 by Arwen
5.0 out of 5 stars writing a romance, read this FIRST!!
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by Deborah MacGillivray
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource!
A must have for every writer. Provides things every beginner needs to know, and great topics for the veteran writer as well.
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Crazy for Words
4.0 out of 5 stars A great source of information
This is a great source of information and tips on writing in the romance genre. It is written well and entertaining as well as informative. Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by Magicians_assistant
4.0 out of 5 stars A great source of information
This is a great source of information and tips on writing in the romance genre. It is written well and entertaining as well as informative. Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by Magicians_assistant
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any beginner to the Romance genre
This book is great. I keep the refernce card from it on my computer as I work on my very first historical romance. All of the information was extremely well written and helpful
Published on March 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and valuable
Great book--valuable resource, easy to read. I've already recommended it to a number of people.
Published on Dec 21 2001
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