I recently sent in a submission to Mills and Boon.
Today I had a letter back from them saying that they appreciate the care and attention that has gone into the preparation of my submission. That’s a nice thing to say for a start isn’t it? My characters and story are not sufficiently developed for publication in any of their programmes at the moment.
Then they go on to give me top tips, so I’m sharing them on my blog today.
- Ensure that your story and conflict are character driven.
- Focus on the internal emotional conflict of your characters.
- Use secondary characters to add richness and depth to your central romance, but don’t let them take over.
- Target your work to a particular series – this means you need to read current books in the series you are aiming for and understand what that series delivers to the reader.
All helpful stuff, I’m a bit disappointed, but they are fussy with what they want, so I’ll move on to my next plan.
Notice those neat bullet points there? I’ve got my first exam tomorrow. Looking forward to that.
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