Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies
Part I: Welcome to the World of Romance Writing.
Chapter 1: Romance Writing at a Glance.
Chapter 2: Romancing the Marketplace: Identifying Your Options.
Chapter 3: Setting Up for Stardom.
Part II: Laying the Foundation: The Building Blocks of a Great Romance.
Chapter 4: Creating Compelling Main Characters: Alpha Males and Fiery Females.
Chapter 5: Crucial Ingredients for Every Plot: Conflict, Climax, and Resolution.
Chapter 6: Setting the Scene.
Chapter 7: Outlining Your Romance.
Part III: Putting Pen to Paper.
Chapter 8: Finding Your Own Voice.
Chapter 9: Hearing Voices: Letting Your Characters Speak.
Chapter 10: Pacing: The Secrets of Writing a Page-Turning Romance.
Chapter 11: Taking It All Off: Writing Love Scenes.
Part IV: Putting It All Together: Mechanics Count, Too.
Chapter 12: Starting and Stopping.
Chapter 13: Getting Your Story Straight: Doing Research Right.
Chapter 14: Neatness Counts — and So Does Grammar.
Part V: Submitting Your Manuscript — and Making the Sale!
Chapter 15: Targeting the Right Publisher (And Editor).
Chapter 16: Rejection and Revision: Don’t Let Them Get You Down.
Chapter 17: Closing the Deal.
Chapter 18: Tracing the Steps from Page to Press — and Beyond.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Plots Every Editor Knows — and Why They Still Work.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Coming Up with a Successful Title.
Chapter 21: Ten Common Writing Mistakes Beginners Make.
Chapter 22: Ten Reasons Why a Manuscript Gets Rejected.
Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block.
Chapter 24: Ten Questions Every Romance Writer Needs to Ask Herself.