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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: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,611 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 By Mrs. T. Newton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb 2010
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By Michael Watson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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