by Tessa Shapcott, Executive Editor, Harlequin Presents
Harlequin Presents is looking for new writers!
Itâ€™s an exciting time for Harlequin Presents: from January 2008, there will be 12 of our intensely passionate romances available every month.Â And with this increase of titles comes a great opportunity for aspiring authors â€“ we will be looking to buy more books for publication!
The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions â€“ and when it comes to reading a Harlequin Presents, that certainly holds true.Â If the first chapter doesnâ€™t immediately grip the reader with its pace, passion and intensity, then she wonâ€™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So Presents is inviting unpublished writers to show us how they can grab the attention of our readership with first chapters that really sizzle.Â The INSTANT SEDUCTION competition offers prizes that are chances of a lifetime for the lucky winner and runners-up:
*First prize â€“ 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!
Continue to visit this blogÂ for full details of the competition â€“ 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, Developing a Global Voice,Â Loving the Alpha Male and Generating Emotional Conflict. Check out the all the links under the writing competition category.
Entries for the competition will be accepted as on-line submissions only from 1st January until 14th February 2008.Â Entries should comprise of the first chapter and a synopsis of a previously unpublished/unsubmitted novel aimed at Harlequin Presents.
Address for entries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck everyone and we are very much looking forward to finding some exciting new voices.