Do I hear you say that romance is dead? Not for the millions of readers who find escape between the covers of a paperback novel ...If you think that writing romantic fiction is a quick way to make a fortune, forget it. Often the novel thats so easy to read, and slips down as easily as a blancmange, has taken a good deal of skill on the part of the author to achieve that very impression. In this comprehensive guide, successful novelist Jean Saunders shows you the way to go about it, including Tips from the Top, from some of our best-selling novelists such as Jilly Cooper and Catherine Cookson, who offer their writing advice. The most glittering names in romantic fiction had to start somewhere, and none of us was born a writer, however glamorous that may sound. Its a craft that can be learned, and one that can bring immense pleasure and satisfaction to the writer as well as the reader. So lets get started, and between these covers you will learn: How to structure a romance, open chapters and write love scenes; How to do authentic research for historical or contemporary romance; How to submit manuscripts to publishers; How to survive the sting of rejection; How to break into the lucrative American romance market and more.