Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Instant seduction!

Ever dreamed of writing for Harlequin Presents?
Well, here's your big chance!
Harlequin is running a fabulous competition so here's the goss:

A brand new writing competition from the world’s best-selling romance series is about to hit the blogosphere!

It’s an exciting time for Harlequin Presents: from January 2008, there will be 12 of our intensely passionate romances available every month. And with this increase of titles comes a great opportunity for aspiring authors – we will be looking to buy more books for publication!

The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions – and when it comes to reading a Harlequin Presents, that certainly holds true. If the first chapter doesn’t immediately grip the reader with its pace, passion and intensity, then she won’t continue to turn the pages.

So Presents is inviting unpublished writers to show us how they can grab the attention of our readership with first chapters that really sizzle. The INSTANT SEDUCTION competition offers prizes that are chances of a lifetime for the lucky winner and runners-up:
*First prize – win yourself an editor for a year!
*Two runners-up will be given editorial critiques of their first chapter entries and also a personal telephone consultation about their writing!

Visit the blogsite for full details of the competition – and the chance to prepare for publication with an exclusive series of writing tutorials prepared by the editorial team at Harlequin Presents, including advice on First Chapters, How to Write a Synopsis, Loving the Alpha Male and Generating Emotional Conflict.

Entries for the competition will be accepted as on-line submissions only from 1st January until 14th February 2008.
Entries should comprise of the first chapter and a synopsis of a previously unpublished/unsubmitted novel aimed at Harlequin Presents.
Address for entries:

Sounds great, huh?
For more info and for loads of writing tips direct from the Mills and Boon editors, visit regularly.
And good luck!


Suzanne Brandyn said...

Hi Nicola,
Yes, I know all about the presents line now. lol. I've got my characters on that island, but they were surviving the wild, hehehe. Halfway through planning his exotic, hideaway, although I may have to change a few more things I currently don't realise. Oh and guess what it is set in the Whitsunday Coast. I use to do a lot of diving up that way years ago, so I know something about the place. I have to get this hideaway the perfect place. lol

Thanks for the tips on ihearts presents.


Mary said...


May I ask for a bit of writing advice?

When you have finished your rough draft of a story, and you want to set it aside for awhile before rereading and revising, is it O.K. to begin writing out ideas/preparation for the next story?



Nicola Marsh said...

Good luck, Suz. Sounds like you're right on track :)

Mary, your question deserves a post :)