Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Writer's Wednesday -- Review of Writing the Bestseller

PHS editor Michelle Styles waxes lyrical about her most recent writing craft book purchase.

As a self-confessed writing craft book addict, I joyfully purchased Jane Porter’s  Writing the Bestseller – Romantic and Commercial Fiction when it first came out earlier this year because I saw something Jane's FB page I have the upmost respect  for Jane, particulatrly as when I was an unpublished anuthor she did a Q&A for eharlequin which made a tremendous amount of sense. this is a woman who knows her writing.
To my surprise and delight, the book is not just by Jane whose insight I have always valued. Instead she invited a number of industry professionals to contribute including former Harlequin executive editor, Tessa Shapcott and a whole best selling romance authors. The net result is a chocolate box of priceless information for any aspiring or indeed multi-published author of romance, in particular category romance.
From the very basics of Shapcott’s what romance readers want (perhaps more accurately what romance editors want) to Lillian Darcy’s article on the writing process and Jane Porter’s final words on how to tame your dragon, there is something for the absolute beginner and the very advance novelist alike. The articles are accessible rather than preachy.
There are several articles on sex and sexual tension. This is one area which is often neglected in other writing craft books. Desire author Katherine Garbera gives her take as well as Porter and Shapcott. In her article Garbera includes several exercises to really help put the sizzle in the scene, whether or not the bedroom door is closed.
It is a great book and obviously a labour of love for Porter as well as the authors who took part.It is a book I shall be dipping into the future, just to remind myself. And I love the idea of my muse/deamon as a dragon.
Basically if you are interested in writing category romance, download it. It is well worth the money.

Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance in a wide variety of time periods. Her latest Return of the Viking Warrior is published by Harlequin in May 2014.


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