Top 10 IN Resourses : Romance These Resources Will Blow The Keys Right Off Your Board!
By Sarah E. White
It’s February, and thoughts this time of year turn inevitably turn to romance, passion, love and writing. Check out the top ten resources for romance writers, in no particular order:
Romantic Times http://www.romantictimes.com/ Click on “writers” to find a wealth of information, advice and research. You can find essays, pointers on historical research, or ask a question to the resident historical expert. The site hosts a book club and magazine, so you can get your reading fix as well as learn about your genre.
Romance at Heart http://romanceatheart.com/index.html Full of author interviews and book reviews, this site also offers chats, contests and free online reads. The site also features an extensive list of publishers, both print and electronic, with links to all, and a forum that provides news on contests, tips, advice and a place to talk about works in progress.
All About Romance http://www.likesbooks.com/write.html This site bills itself as about romance writers on writing romance. There are interviews on the craft here from authors from Jennifer Cruise to Linda Howard (with a searchable archive), reports on Romance Writers of America conferences dating back to 1996, historical cheat sheets, chat boards and tons more to explore.
eHarlequin—Learn to Write http://www.eharlequin.com/cms/learntowrite/ltwToc.jhtml This year the excellent writers’ site at Harlequin is devoted to helping aspiring writers produce a finished book in a year, with monthly articles to help you plot, write and edit your masterpiece (and assumedly submit it to one of Harlequin’s lines). The site also offers writing exercises, submission samples and essays.
Romance Writers of America http://www.rwanational.org/ Of course no list of the best of the romance web would be complete without mention of the Romance Writers of America, the largest romance writing organization. You’ll find links to local chapters and author web sites. You can’t get to most of the good stuff unless you’re a member, but if you write romance you will want to be a member.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers http://www.hodrw.com/articles.htm Luckily some RWA member sites are more open than the parent organiz- tion, for example this site, which offers more than 160 articles on the craft of romance writing, from tips on inspirational romance to writing love scenes. Also gives information on the authors and how to join this active RWA group.
Romance Central http://www.romance-central.com/ A great resource for contests and calls for submissions, this site also offers a writers’ workshop, forums, reviews, links to authors’ web sites and other links. Though some links seem to be disabled and others are only available to members, there is still much useful to be found in the threads here.
Charlotte Dillon http://www.charlottedillon.com/ With information on manuscript formatting, building characters and contacting publishers and agents, this site is a one-stop source for all those things you always wanted to know about getting into publishing but didn’t know who to ask. There’s also information of writing queries and synopses, prompts, FAQs, articles and research links.
CataRomance http://www.cataromance.com/html/index.php This is the site for people interested in writing or reading category romance. It offers information on the major category lines as well as articles, workshops, links to editors and other resources and a glossary so if you don’t know what category romance is or how to write it you can find your way.
The Romance Club http://www.theromanceclub.com/ A great site to get involved in if you’re already published as a romance author, this site is heavy on promotion and offers a newsletter to keep romance junkies informed what their featured writers are up to. Also has a writers’ guide section with tips, services and links to RWA sites.