Harlequin Mills & Boon sell a book every four seconds, and today I’m chatting with Australian Romance Author, Clare Connelly, to learn the secrets to writing a romance novel. You also get to tweet your pitch for a chance to win one of four copies of Clare’ M&B Dare romance, Off Limits.
Clare’s first tip is to write a lot and write often – it was going to be the title of this podcast but I couldn’t resist the idea of using a title that we can all relate to – and like Tracey Pedersen’s ‘write a million word in a year group, Clare is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia Wordcount Warriors, so she practices what she preaches (she also mentions that she can write 1000 words in 20-30 minutes which would help:)).
With three Presents, three Dares and an Indie novel coming out this year – and most of those word already written – Clare’s working on a bigger project, a commercial women’s fiction. As for time management, she says she does what she has to do to get the writing done.
Conferences are life-changing, and Clare shares the secrets to pitching to an agent at a Conference. With this year’s RWA Conference in Sydney coming up, it’s a good time to hone your pitches and send them to us at @clarewriteslove or @melinda_hammond.
There’s also the immediate opportunity to pitch to Mills & Boon’s Romance Blitz, where you’re guaranteed editorial feedback. The opportunities are endless.
You can find out more about Clare and her novels here.
This week’s episode is brought to you by my 30 Days to Better Writing Habits. You can find out more here.
Happy writing xx