So, all you romance writers, or would-be romance writers out there, here are a few tips. Some are well known, some may be new. It never hurts to be reminded. No 3 is a point worth noting for those who don't consider themselves romance writers. I was reading recently that no matter what the genre, readers like a bit of romance *sighs*.
What Your Romance Novel Should Have:
1. "HEA"- Translation: "happily ever after." Romance stories should always have a happy ending.
2. "Morality Reflective of the Majority"- Basically the characters have to be in a monogamous
3. "Variety"- Contrary to popular belief, romance novels are not all the same. There are several
subgenres of romance which includes, romantic suspense, paranormal, erotica, inspirational, urban
fantasy, contemporary, historical, and comedy, and thriller. That's a lot if you ask me.
4. "Sexual Tension"- This does not mean explicit sex. The misconception is that romance novels are filled
with explicit content. Not true! There is no need for sex unless it reveals character or advances the plot.
5. "Character Growth"- This is true for all genres in my opinion. Nobody likes a flat character.
The article also states there are 10 things you can add to make you romance novel a success.
Spice Up Your Romance Novel
1. "A strong hook or concept"
2. "Sympathetic motivated characters"
3. "Evocative Setting"
4. "High-stakes conflict"
5. "Unique voice"
6. "Credible emotion"
7. "Tight pacing"
8. "Skillful layering" (with regard to plot, themes, characters, etc.)
9. "Reversals" (surprises and challenges)
Publishers Seeking Romance Writers:
1. Harlequin Enterprises
2. Random House
3. Penguin Group
6. Dorchester Publishing
If you want some links to some Australian Romance Publishers/Writers, I have a link if you troll down on the right sidebar.
Good luck, fellow romance writers. Maybe there's some little thing you learned from this post.
Let me know if there are any other gems you'd like to share with moi!
Have a great writing week -