Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Welcome!

  1. Tambra's Avatar
    TBR: Lots!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Liverpool, Texas
    Posts
    14

    Awards Showcase

    Tambra is offline
    #1

    Default Welcome!

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the Basics of Romance Writing.

    I have lots of information to share with you and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

    I've taught online classes for a number of years and always when someone posts a questions another person will say "yeah, I wanted to know that, too."

    If you've already started a writing project that's great. If you haven't that's fine, too.

    I'll be posting the beginning of the workshop shortly.

    Best,
    Tambra
    Tambra Nicole Kendall
    Sensual. Magical. Unforgettable Romance.
    www.daughtersofavalonpublishing.com
    tambrakendall@att.net
  2. #2

    Default

    Yeah! Looking forward to it.
  3. Tambra's Avatar
    TBR: Lots!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Liverpool, Texas
    Posts
    14

    Awards Showcase

    Tambra is offline
    #3

    Default

    Lesson 1 is definitions of the various types of romance and character charts.

    Most of the time my characters come first. As I fill out the chart, I begin to think about the plot.

    Below are the definitions. Notice, I repeat check the publisher guidelines. I can't stress enough how inportant this is. They change and it's a good idea to have updated information before you start.

    Please know that all of the information I post is copyrighted and for personal use only.
    Thanks!

    THE BASICS OF ROMANCE WRITING>>
    >>
    Lesson 1>>
    Definition of Basic Types of Romance Novels
    Developing Characters
    Character Charts
    >>
    >>
    Defining Category Romance>>
    Basic Types of Romance Novels
    >>
    Genre Divisions:
    * denotes sub-genre>>
    >>
    Contemporary Romance: Story occurs in the present day and deals with realistic problems. Current events/real people aren’t mentioned because it will quickly date your book. It could take eighteen months to two years for your book to reach the shelves.
    >>
    Long Contemporary: 70-80,000 words. These usually have more secondary characters.

    Short Contemporary: 50-60,000 words.
    >>
    Traditional: Short cotemporaries without a man and woman making love. Some people also call these Sweet Romances.
    >>
    * Inspirational: Either contemporary or historical, usually with a Christian element. Length varies, check the publishers guidelines.
    >>
    * Romantic Suspense: Romantic situation with a mystery woven in.
    >>
    Historical: 85-100,000 words (depending on publisher guidelines this could be over 100,000 words) located in Europe and lace w:st="on">North Americalace> between 1066 and 1900; although the 1900’s may now be considered historical.
    Regency time period 1811-1820 and run about 50,000 words (check publisher guidelines) and involve the upper class. Regencies that are longer and spicier and have a touch of comedy.
    Scottish historicals are still popular, as well as the Mediaeval time period.
    >>
    Western romance is coming back.
    >>
    * Paranormal: Elements of fantasy, science fiction, time travel, witches, vampires and other unearthly species, also futuristic elements. Length varies.
    >>
    * Ethnic/ Multicultural/Interracial romance: Romance novels that involve heroes and heroines of color. These are mostly contemporaries, but there are some historical.
    >>
    >>
    Young Adult: Involve innocent first love and contains no sexual scenes. Intended for pre-teens and teens. Another line now carries realistic situations that may focus on premarital sex. **Check publisher guidelines. This is a hot category right now.
    >>
    Category Romance: Category, also called series romance will be “categorized” by a specific brand name such as Harlequin Presents, Superromance, Intrique etc., the covers are similar and they are sold together in a package line on a monthly basis. Each line has certain common elements, such as the level sensuality or the level of mystery balanced with the romance. Word count differs greatly from line-to-line, usually anywhere from 50-90,000 words. Harlequin/Silhouette recently changed word lengths on some of their lines, so check their guidelines.
    As always, a happy ending is mandatory. Category romance encompasses all genres and sub-genres found in basic types of romance novels.
    >>
    Single Title: Single titles are stand alone books on the shelf without being part of a particular line. This type may stay on the shelf longer and have a longer print life. To name a few publishers Harlequin Mira, Avon, Berkely and lace w:st="on">St. Martinlace>’s Press publish single titles. Word count ranges from 90-100,000 words, but check the guidelines first. Single titles encompass all genres and sub-genres.
    >>
    Mainstream: In the mainstream genre the romance is not of the utmost importance—how to tell: if the romance was removed from the storyline and there would still be a story, it is mainstream book. The main focus of the storyline is not the relationship between the couple. Word count ranges from 90-100,000 all genres and sub-genres. Mainstream also has a broader focus. Example: Family sagas, such as The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough.
    Tambra Nicole Kendall
    Sensual. Magical. Unforgettable Romance.
    www.daughtersofavalonpublishing.com
    tambrakendall@att.net
  4. Red Dragon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    85

    Awards Showcase

    Red Dragon is offline
    #4

    Default

    Hi Tambra,
    I haven't written Romance before, but have a rough outline for one now. ( I've shelved my fantasy for a while) Maybe by the end of your workshop my Romance skeleton might have some muscle on it --tendons at least.

    Hi again, Yakkity.
    Rusty
  5. #5

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dragon View Post
    Hi Tambra,
    I haven't written Romance before, but have a rough outline for one now. ( I've shelved my fantasy for a while) Maybe by the end of your workshop my Romance skeleton might have some muscle on it --tendons at least.

    Hi again, Yakkity.
    Rusty

    Hey Red Dragon,

    We are here learnin' and gettin' smart together. We should be able to whip those books into shape in no time, eh?

    Now if we can just get somebody to write our query letter......

    Yakkity
  6. #6

    Default Hey Tambra

    I'm sure this is going to be a very interesting workshop.
  7. Tambra's Avatar
    TBR: Lots!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Liverpool, Texas
    Posts
    14

    Awards Showcase

    Tambra is offline
    #7

    Default

    Hi Lisa.
    I'm glad you could join us.

    If something isn't clear, go ahead and post a question.

    Best,
    Tambra
    Tambra Nicole Kendall
    Sensual. Magical. Unforgettable Romance.
    www.daughtersofavalonpublishing.com
    tambrakendall@att.net
  8. lavagrl's Avatar
    TBR: 2many
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    315

    Awards Showcase

    lavagrl is offline
    #8

    Default

    Hey, everyone.

    Tambra, thanks so much for doing this.

    I don't know about you guys, but I'm learning a ton with these workshops. I just wish I had time to work up my books with what I've learned.

    Yakkity, I'm with you, query letters are hell.

  9. Tambra's Avatar
    TBR: Lots!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Liverpool, Texas
    Posts
    14

    Awards Showcase

    Tambra is offline
    #9

    Default

    Hi Rusty,
    Most of the information you can use for other areas of genre fiction. If you have any questions, go ahead and post them.

    Best,
    Tambra
    Tambra Nicole Kendall
    Sensual. Magical. Unforgettable Romance.
    www.daughtersofavalonpublishing.com
    tambrakendall@att.net
  10. Tambra's Avatar
    TBR: Lots!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Liverpool, Texas
    Posts
    14

    Awards Showcase

    Tambra is offline
    #10

    Default

    Welcome lavagrl!

    I'm glad the lessons are helpful.

    Best,
    Tambra
    Tambra Nicole Kendall
    Sensual. Magical. Unforgettable Romance.
    www.daughtersofavalonpublishing.com
    tambrakendall@att.net
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •