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12 Point Guide to Writing Romance (Studymates Writers Guides) Paperback – 30 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Studymates Limited; 2Rev Ed edition (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842851314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842851319
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of the First Edition As an aspiring romance writer, Kate Walker sent me this book. It's a very useful tool for unpacking mistakes in your own writing - given by a woman who's phenomenally successful in her chosen genre. I am now a multi 'accepted' author, Natasha Oakley, with Mills and Boon myself. What more can I say? Natasha Oakley (England)

Review of the First Edition A Master class in romance writing, By A Customer Kate Walker has done it again! She has produced a guide to romance writing that has surpassed her previous excellent effort. The book is an outgrowth of her expertise at leading workshops and guiding aspiriing Romance writers of all ages towards the goal of publication. As well, Kate draws on her expeince of writing over 43 books for Mills and Boon. Anyone who seeks to achieve that goal or who simply wants to improve their craft of romance writing would do well to buy this book. Not only does Kate explain each of her 12 topics from emotion to the believeable happy ever after ending with a great deal of depth and clarity, she also provides lists of discussion questions to get you thinking about your novel and exercises to help improve your writing. She explains the hows and whys of conflict, the importance of sensuality and passion as well the need to keep asking why. She even has a section that deals with coping with editor or agent generated revisions. If you are serious about romance writing, this book should be on your shelves.

Review for the first edition Kate Walker has come up with another keeper. Her 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance is clear, comprehensive and practical and jam-packed full of the kind of inside information it would take a stack of rejection/revision letters to learn the hard way. The checklists are wonderful for any writer published or yet to be. A fabulous resource, almost like having the multi published Kate sitting alongside sharing her experience and wisdom with you as you write. If you write romance, do yourself a favour and get this book. You won't be disappointed.

About the Author

Kate Walker is a top Romance writer who has now sold over 15 million romance novels in over 50 countries. She is a regular speaker to creative writing groups and regularly blogs online. Kate Walker is regarded as 'the expert' in writing romance.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Styles on 1 May 2008
Kate Walker's 2nd Edition of her highly regarded (and now completely sold out) 12 Point Guide has now been published. It is not a reprint but a vastly expanded and updated guide. Time has not stood still in the field of series romance writing and neither has this book. New features include an approximately 50 page section on author's tips. A wide variety of authors currently writing for different series within the Harlequin Mills & Boon family give thier take on the writing process. Many of these authors credit Kate and the first edition of this book with giving them inspiration and help with their own writing process. I know that she certainly helped me.
Anyone seeking to learn more about writing series romance, or indeed commercial fiction would do well to read this book. Kate Walker offers practical and easily understood advice for any writer seeking to improve their knowledge of craft and to work more effectively with their own unique talent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gemma Jackson on 6 Sept. 2009
What a wonderful book. Ms. Walker takes you by the hand and gives you a master class on writing a successful Romance. As a wannabe writer I found this book invaluable. I bought it with Leslie Wainger's book and spent the week-end taking a master class in romance fiction writing from the point of view of a renowned editor and published author, What more could anyone want?

I intend to use the information found in this marvelous book polishing up my own submissions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Newell on 2 Aug. 2009
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I initially read this book having borrowed it from the library - if I'd renewed it many more times they would have assumed I'd lost it! The content is absolutely invaluable and indepth - the ultimate "course in a book". I've tried loads of these sort of books and this is the only one that doesn't just cover old ground and make obvious points but is clearly written from experience. Useful and easy content/index.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfection 6 Sept. 2009
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I have bought this book from the point of view of a frustrated writer. Ms. Walker takes so much time explaining matters that have defeated me in the past. Its been a wonderful experience, I learned so much that I can use in my day to day writing. Ms. Walker has given me hope for the future.

One of the best how to books I have ever read. I am going to polish up my manuscript using the knowledge gained from this book.
Will Actually Help You Become A Better Writer 10 July 2010
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This book is a must have if you are writing a romance novel. It is one of the few books on writing that will actually help you. If you are having plotting problems, trouble developing your characters, or if you find yourself dreading time in front of your computer screen, because it just isn't happening--there is hope. There is Kate Walker's book. Buy it. Read it. Rejoice. You need this book!
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