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Love Writing: How to Make Money Writing Romantic or Erotic Fiction (Secrets to Success) [Paperback]

Sue Moorcroft
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4 Jan 2010 Secrets to Success
This book holds the secrets of how to achieve success. Love and sex sell and you can earn your living writing about them for novels, novellas and short stories as well as serials for magazines, anthologies and websites. Romantic fiction covers everything from chart-topping chick lit and romantic comedies, through gritty sagas, sweeping historicals and smouldering erotica. In this must-have book fiction writer and creative writing tutor Sue Moorcroft draws on her own experience and those of top authors and industry experts in a guide which is humorous and informative. Do you want to know how to create emotional punch? (Or even what emotional punch is?) How to control dual time lines? Spring your work out of the slush pile? Write a tender love scene that excites passion rather than hilarity? This book reveals all.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190637399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906373993
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Moorcroft writes novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes. She loves her Choc Lit novels as they have such looooovely covers.

Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011, Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a 'RoNA' (Romantic Novel Award) and for the Best Romantic Read Award 2012. Darcie's Dilemma was nominated for Best Romantic Ebook 2012. Sue herself was nominated for Innovation in Romantic Fiction.

Other novels are Want to Know a Secret?, Starting Over and All That Mullarkey. Her most recent Is This Love? Watch out for The Wedding Proposal in September 2014.

Her first novel, Uphill All the Way, and the novellas that began life as magazine serials, A Place to Call Home, Between Two Worlds, Where the Heart Is and One Summer in Malta, are now ebooks, available on Amazon.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and "how to" books. (Yes - she works jolly hard.) A creative writing tutor for distance learning, residential courses and adult learning, she has brought together all her skills to bring you Love Writing - How To make Money Writing Romantic Or Erotic Fiction, calling on a multitude of published writers and industry professionals to contribute their tips to the book.

A long-standing member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and past vice chair, Sue is the editor of Loves Me, Loves Me Not and Truly, Madly, Deeply, short-story anthologies written by the RNA's members, from household names to debuts.

You'll see from her author page that she's contributed to other anthologies, usually for charity.

Sue was born in Germany, part of an army family, and lived in Cyprus and Malta, as well as the UK. She's worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter, but is pleased to have wriggled out of all those 'proper jobs'.

Her website is at www.suemoorcroft.com and her blog at http://suemoorcroft.wordpress.com. You're welcome to follow @suemoorcroft on Twitter and sue.moorcroft.3 on Facebook. Her Facebook author page is at www.facebook.com/SueMoorcroftAuthor.

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Sound, practical advice delivered in a readable format with touches of humour. Anyone wanting to write any style of romantic fiction will find plenty to help them here. --Kate Walker, author of the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance

This extremely useful book not only gets deeply inside the workings of a romantic novel but also provides insight into how to please agents and editors. --Katie Fforde, Chair of the Romantic Novelists Association

Well-written and detailed - this is an excellent introduction to the art of writing in the romantic and erotic genre. --London School of Journalism

From the Author

I loved writing this book!

I wanted it to be not only packed with information but for that information to be EXACTLY what was needed. So I approached new writers, writing groups and e-mail forums and solicited questions on how to write romantic fiction - and then got them answered by industry professionals and published writers. These Q&As are scattered throughout the book along with other top tips from successful writers.

And I wanted the book to be inspirational, too, so that anybody who reads it will see writing romantic fiction as something they can do. And want to do. I think that's what made the whole project so much fun.

I hope you enjoy it.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Why did I chose to review Love Writing: How to Make Money Writing Romantic or Erotic Fiction? Because it intrigued me, having read so many romance and erotica books, and also other non-fiction how-to writing books for many different genres. I'm not an author, but I do work from home and write for a living. In general I find these books useful as a guide for what I should look for in a book when reading and reviewing them. Plus they are a lot of fun!

This is a rather different 'how-to' book as I call them, whereas the author, Sue Moorcroft, who is an author herself plus a creative writing tutor for a distant learning, not only gives her point of few on a myriad of topics, but asks other well-known authors for their opinions.

Together they talk about writing your heroes and heroines, different archetypes, characterisation, viewpoint and voice. Then comes getting the emotion and mood right, adding the senses to scenes and the difference between sensual scenes and sizzling erotica. I particularly liked the act, react and interact information, which was followed by a very detailed look into plotting, which deals with everything from what the plot is, the prologue, opening hooks, right down to the setting, avoiding info-dump and editing. But Moorcroft and friends don't stop there. They then move on to the crucial market study, defining your genre, and where to send your work when it is completed - and with what. For example, the dreaded synopsis, and covering letter. Finally, they get to the what happens next, once your work has been accepted - yes, more edits, deadlines, blurbs, promotion and finally money - if you are lucky. Phew!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paperback Writer 2 Feb 2010
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Many people believe they can write a novel and many of those put something down on paper. Unfortunately, a high percentage of those never get past the first few pages. Whether you're writing just for yourself, or aiming higher, this double meaning titled book can give you a fair few tips on how to improve your novel. Centering on romance and erotica (though one man's erotica is another man's pornography) `Love Writing' will give you suggestions on what to do and what not to include, whether that be writing 500 words a day or just 100, or substituting commonplace words for explicit language. One handy tip is having an eye-catching title that draws you in; you may think that calling your novel `The Posh Bird and the Gardener' conveys what is within, but will it stand out on the shelves? What about `The Handyman'? It would be possible if yours was the first, but my guess is there are already loads of books with a similar title.

One thing that this guide mentions on numerous occasions is research, and you're advised to take note. Yours may be a work of fiction, but even those books have to follow the rules regarding realism. In fact, unless you're writing a fantasy, this is probably the most important advice in here; it has to be believable. Whether you'll see any financial return for your efforts isn't solely based on your literature capabilities as the final sections of this book explain. If your in-box is filled with rejection letters don't despair; even JK Rowling was sent on her way a number of times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! 8 Jun 2010
Sue Moorcroft takes an otherwise potentially dry subject, adds a good dollop of honesty, plus a large sprinkling of acerbic wit, and the result is a hugely entertaining and very readable non-fiction book. It offers clear and concise advice for anyone wishing to write romantic and/or erotic fiction, and as well as preparing the budding writer for the various pitfalls on the long road to publication, it also provides insights for already established authors.

"Love Writing" is a valuable tool for the writer who takes the practical and realistic approach to becoming a published author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found it useful 7 Jun 2010
By Jeev
I borrowed this book from the library to start with and liked it so much that I bought a copy. It is specific to writing for the romance market, so if you're after a general nuts and bolts of how to write book, there are more comprehensive books out there, but for the specific genre of romance, it is very good. I liked the focus on romance, with discussion of the different types of heroes, heroines and the requirements of the different sub-genres.
The style is light and entertaining and not at all patronising (which I like!) and overall the information is useful and extremely current. There is advice on networking and building a platform to market yourself, which is becoming more and more important these days. The internet resources mentioned were very useful too.

If you're just starting out, this is a perfect, friendly introduction to writing for the romance fiction market.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, love and sex 23 Mar 2010
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There was a time (maybe it's still here) when sex and violence went together as a 'selling point'. Thankfully, sex and love seems a much better alternative, so I was interested to see how these social aspects could be exploited - if that's the right phrase - in improving the content of romantic or boddice-ripper novels, though I'm not supposed to use that latter phrase today. Since it was never - and it still remains so - my intention to write anything but reviews, as another old saying goes, 'purely for research purposes', you understand, I delved into the pages with some relish.

It is not, of course, a book you need to read from cover to cover. Of the 240 or so pages, each, more or less, is included in the index with a relevant header. However, it is well worth starting at the beginning in order to marshall your thoughts as to how you will set out your book and just how you can improve your original ideas. Necessarily, every fictional work requires a plot and no book I know can ever provide these for you. However, the author does suggest ways of finding a plot which, it turns out, are surprisingly easy but in the end it is your own imagination which will put the meat on the bone, if I may use that description. Thankfully again, the author guides you along the decidely precarious route of building your novel ready for publication as a book or in a magazine. Well, that's the idea but, as she also reminds us, don't be afraid of the rejection slips. Perseverence is the key here.

Frankly, if you are interested in writing romantic or erotic fiction, you could do a lot worse than grab a copy of this book. Not a page is wasted in offering ideas, advice and suggestions, so, in the end, you'll only have yourself to blame if you don't make a go of it. Maybe I will write a book, now how do I come up with a plot?
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5.0 out of 5 stars saved me from going to a class...
this gives much help with your craft and is as good as a paying for an expensive seminar. excellent book.
Published 3 months ago by micropig
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of writing Romance? You NEED this book.
If I tell you that I am a very busy Mum of 3 with many obligations and that I read this book in two sittings, within 24 hours of receiving it, then you will understand the 'can't... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Ms. L. Huntley
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful book from an excellent writer
I've read and enjoyed Sue Moorcroft's fiction, so a how-to book from the same author had a certain appeal. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by S. Diment
4.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with great tips
This is a great book for all aspiring authors, not just those who set out to write erotica and romance. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by Lance Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Useful
This is a great book if you're starting out in the writing industry, especially romantic fiction. Even if you're not wanting to write about romantic fiction i still think it's a... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by K. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'how to' writing books I've read...
The insight and advice in this book is constructive and useful with a witty light tone that makes it very easy to read. Read more
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What I've read so far makes sense. I'm looking forward to reading Sue's tips to get my writing career re-started.
Published on 16 April 2011 by La Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Romance Writers Guide.
Love Writing' is a guide to writing romantic or erotic fiction and ultimately, getting it published. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by Ladybubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, witty and useful book
As the title would suggest, this is a book that aims to detail the romance writing industry and show you the path to hopefully becoming a published author. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by josie82
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical instruction from an expert
Love and sex - subjects that you would think most adults could write about naturally, but not so. Romance and erotica is quite a specialised branch of fiction and this book gives... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by Margaret Gallagher
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