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VINE VOICEon 16 February 2010
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I'm only halfway through the book at the moment but so far I am feeling energised and excited about writing once again. I previously worked in publishing so am always wary of "How to get published" books as they usually only offer advice that you can easily find out on the internet or just common sense. The author is obviously an expert in teaching wannabe writers to find their mojo and offers exceedingly helpful advice without being patronising. I thought that the author contributions by established writers and editors were an excellent way of confirming a method and also brought a nice rhythm to reading the book. If you want to start writing romantic fiction and are not sure where to start, I would recommend you read this first.
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VINE VOICEon 17 April 2010
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This is a very useful little book, which would be very helpful if you were trying to get into the world of romantic or erotic fiction. I think that you would probably need something else besides this book, such as a basic creative writing course to get you started, but this book would help you branch out into your chosen field. The author has lots of tips and ideas, as well as advice from other writers, all written in an entertaining way which makes it an enjoyable and interesting read. It's quite light-hearted, but gets its point across well. Would recommend to anyone interested in creative writing, and think it would probably be useful for any type of fiction writing.
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VINE VOICEon 24 February 2010
I must admit that it was curiosity that led me to get this book. Deep down any reader would like to be a writer but where do you start? How do you give characters voices, how do you develop plots? Romantic fiction is not my forte, but I saw the description and thought why not?

Unlike many advice books, this is easy to read, informative and not in the slightest dry. I have learned more about creative writing from this one book than from any website. The advice is excellent and covers areas of writing I had never even considered.

I will certainly be working through this again and looking to work up a short story using the techniques.
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VINE VOICEon 15 September 2010
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Love Writing' is a guide to writing romantic or erotic fiction and ultimately, getting it published. This book is entertaining as well as insightful with lots of advice from not only Sue Moorcroft but other romance writers such as Elizabeth Chadwick and Kate Harty.

There are writing prompts, examples, tips and ideas. I would definitely recommend it to someone whether they write for themselves or would like to get published as there is techniques and style information that will help any writer.

In fact I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read How to books in general - this was very entertaiing.
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I've read and enjoyed Sue Moorcroft's fiction, so a how-to book from the same author had a certain appeal. There are lots of how-to writing books out there, some good and some (frankly) awful. Whilst being able to write good fiction isn't necessarily going to mean you can tell someone else how to do it, I would certainly recommend reading some of an authors other work before you buy their how-to book!

Sue has an easy to read, open style of writing, and she mixes her own tips with those of other writers. The book is well planned, covering everything from how to get started, and inspiration, to plot and style and then on to getting your work published, and what you'll have to do even after it's accepted for publication. This gives the book a nice positive feel, because whilst the author does cover the dreaded rejection slips, the focus here is on perseverence. As Sue also points out, publishers of romantic books often have very specific guidelines for what they will and won't accept, so you need to know what they are looking for before you start writing your novel. You have to get past a publisher to reach a wider audience after all, even if you don't agree with some of their guidelines! Although it's aimed primarily at writers of romance or erotic fiction, many of the tips here are useful for all genres of fiction. If you do write romance though, this is definitely a book to read, and it's probably worth dipping into even if you normally work in a different genre.
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VINE VOICEon 22 August 2010
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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 both insight and instruction, with pragmatism and good humour. If you have ever read any poorly-written books in these genres (which usually tend to generate both nausea and hilarity in equal measure) you will understand the need for a book like this. If you are considering venturing into this line of work I would recommend this book as required reading before you start.
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on 3 February 2010
Enormously enjoyable to read just as an entertaining book, which is beautifully and humorously written! But more than that it really does explain everything you need to know if you are trying to get published in this field. She has managed to get publishers, agents and more to explain exactly what they want from us. The book is logically and methodically laid out so you can easily refer back to a certain point. Sue Moorcroft gives the benefit of her experience and tips but isn't at all preachy. Definitely a book to keep near to your keyboard!
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on 12 September 2012
This book is easy to read with short articles beneath a large number of headings. I found it repetitive in some places and much of the content can be read in any number of how-to writing guides, but even though a lot of it seems rehashed, it has some useful up-to-date information and covers a wide range of writing topics. I found the section on genre particularly helpful. I would recommend this book mainly for beginners, although it does have something to offer more advanced writers.
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on 7 March 2013
Packed with information on how to approach writing a romance novel and how to go about getting it published. The style is personal and chatty, full of anecdotes and snippet interviews with writers and publishers. There is lots information on what is expected by readers of the genre and how to present, style and introduce your work to agents and publishers. This is an illuminating book for anyone starting out in the field and well-worth the read.
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on 16 February 2010
Love Writing is a feast of sensible advice and insider explanation from a writer who knows what's simmering on the romantic hotplate. Such clarity in a 'How to' publication is welcome, as is Sue Moorcroft's relaxed way of writing. I felt as if she was sitting down with me, enjoying a glass of wine. Thanks also, Sue, for including so many valuable comments from others involved in the book world.

Sandra Mackness
aka Toni Sands
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