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2.4 Writing Romance Novels (misc.writing Recommended Reading List)




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This article is from the misc.writing Recommended Reading List FAQ, by Terry L Jeffress jeffress@xmission.com with numerous contributions by others.

2.4 Writing Romance Novels (misc.writing Recommended Reading List)

Falk, Kathryn. "How to Write a Romance and Get It Published."
Revised ed. New American Library, 1990. ISBN 0-451-16531-4,
paperback, $7.99.

Several writers in my workshop like it; others hate it. My
assessment is that it contains some useful information, some
marginal generalizations, and some downright stupid advice.
(My favorite: "You cannot be a successful romance novelist
unless you wear silky underwear.") On the whole, this is a
worthwhile book to have/read if you're interested in selling a
romance novel, if only because of the extensive descriptions
of the various formul of the various formulas in romance
writing.

Paludan, Eve. "The Romance Writer's Pink Pages: The Insider's
Guide to Getting Your Romance Novel Published." Prima
Publishers, 1996. ISBN 0-761501-68-1, trade paperback. Out of
print.

A directory of romance publishers and agents who handle
romance novels.

Pianka, Phyllis Taylor. "How to Write Romances." Revised and
updated ed. Writer's Digest Books, 1989. ISBN 0-89879-324-6,
hardcover, 192 pp., $14.99.

If memory serves me correctly, this includes a sample synopsis
that the author used to sell one of her books.

 

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