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The Art of Romance Writing: How to Create, Write and Sell Your Contemporary Romance Novel Paperback – 1 May 1993

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863734244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863734240
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,105,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Romances account for almost half of the paperbacks sold in the world today and new writers are always needed to meet reader demand. Based on her ten years of experience and more than 30 novels, Valerie Parv has written a comprehensive guide for new writers contemplating reaching the lucrative romance market. Step-by-step, "The Art of Romance Writing" explains exactly what works, what doesn't and why. There are chapters on creating believable characters, writing dialogue, choosing settings, identifying workable conflicts and constructing effective plots. A plot chart is provided to show how to keep the story moving and there are detailed sections on marketing, including a directory of publishers and their requirements. And for anyone who has had a book rejected there is a checklist to help you pinpoint where you went wrong and how to get your book back on track.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HelgaCabbage on 28 Jun. 2004
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This is a very useful guide on how to write and sell your romance novel. Valerie Parv has written and published 31 novels, the majority of which were published by Mills and Boon. She uses extracts of her own writing to show what works and why, and covers areas such as writing dialogue, choosing settings, creating believable characters, changing viewpoints, and exactly how much detail is too much.
There is also plenty of advice on how to adhere to the writer's guidelines or 'tip sheets' sent out by publishers: How to do a word count (did you know that computer word counts can be too accurate? You could cut out up to 20% of your novel unnecessarily!). How to send a sample synopsis, a query letter, and how to write an art brief for the cover picture of your novel... Basically, how to market your book.
The publishing houses listed are mostly American or Australian (Parv lives in Sydney), and the small area that talks about incomes and advances refers to dollars. Still, if you want to find U.K. publishers, just buy The Writers Handbook!
The only thing I would say as a caution, is that Parv uses her experience of what is an acceptable plot, novel length, viewpoint, etc. as recommended by Mills and Boon. If you are considering writing romance that would be more suited to another publishing house, this book will probably be a lot less useful. Having said that, Mills and Boon are the world's largest publishers of the genre, so if this book teaches you how to be one of their writers - that can't be bad, can it?
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