Do you want to be a Love Inspired Suspense author?

imageIt’s not easy getting into the writing business. Believe me, I know. So when you receive a golden invitation from an editor, you just can’t pass that up! Emily Rodmell, editor for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, has cooked up a way for aspiring writers to get their feet in the proverbial door. Interested? I would be! Emily happens to be my editor, the one who gave me my chance way back in the day. Here are the details, straight from Emily’s desk to your screen! If you leave a comment, or a smiley face on the blog, you’re entered in next week’s drawing for an Amazon gift card.

If you like to write books full of murder, mayhem…and romance, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you. Love Inspired Suspense is looking for new authors, and we’d love to have you show us your stuff in our new pitch The Search for a Killer Voice.

You can find out how you can be the next Love Inspired Suspense author here:

We encourage you to read through the threads and start your manuscripts today. We’re actively seeking new voices, so make sure to enter. And here are some tips to help you wow us:

1. Read the line to get a feel for what makes a Love Inspired Suspense book.

2. Make sure to start your book with something that will grab a reader’s attention. Focus on danger and suspense rather than back story. Back story can be peppered in later. You have to hook the reader with your writing first.

3. Keep the tension high throughout the book. Don’t let up on the danger.

4. Make sure that the romance is equal to the suspense. Don’t let it take a back seat. Include an internal and external romantic conflict that is keeping the hero and heroine from declaring their love until the end.

5. Sometimes asking questions will give you a leg up on the competition. Feel free to ask me questions here:

8 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for this post, Dana! I appreciate the information. 🙂



  2. Good for you! I hope it works out!!!



  3. Not my choice of genres but a totally interesting concept – writing for a particular genre. It’s great that you get this info out on your blog.



  4. Posted by S A on February 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Considering this. I wrote a 100 word pitch to give myself a plot to follow. I like the story I came up with . . . so maybe. 🙂 It is a great opportunity. A greatly appreciated one as well. Thanks, Emily. And thanks to Dana for the post.



  5. Hi, Dana. I turned in my submission a few days ago. It’s such a fantastic opportunity. Thanks for sharing information here.




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