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Tips for Writing Romance Novels that Sell! | Self-Publishing



Today we’re going to discuss writing romance novels that sell in a market that tends to be very saturated. These are my personal opinions on what it takes based …

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34 Comments

  1. Penguin Lover

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thanks

    Sorry for the spammy comment. My YT glitched

  2. Nyah J

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Hey Courtney, I love your channel and I write romance stories as well.

  3. Jane Hazen

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    so glad to have you back! missed you. grief a "longterm" process too. doing "ok" is good. please talk about how to keep characters from getting muddled or repetitive or shallow –from one series to another or even just in the same series??

  4. faabyy21

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    “Characters are like onions”
    🤔✍🏼 make shrek your main character

  5. Deidre - Ann Anderson

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Aww Courtney Virtual Hug letting it out is A okay. There is no set timeframe for grief. I still cry for my grandma from time to time and it been almost 6 years. You're doing great because you get up everyday and you press on and that's enough! Thank you for the tips you shared I'm still trying to figure out the line between writing to market and following the trends I see. I may need to stop reading romance while I write because I find everything I read ends up in my book somehow haha.

  6. Erica Rowan

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    These are such great tips! Your passion and enthusiasm for the genre is contagious! Thank you for putting this out there.

    Also, taking grief day by day is the only way through it. Like you said, you're still looking for your new normal. And it isn't that things get better, but it does get easier to bear the weight of that grief. Take your time. Hour by hour, day by day.

  7. Angie Dru

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thanks a bundle, Courtney! Just wondering if you have any insight on the best word count for Romance books?

  8. Desiree Andrews

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you! It’s great to see you.

  9. Brit W

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you so much Courtney. I lost my father when I was almost 13 and and 17 years later it's still rough. That hole will never be fulfilled and I've come to terms with it, but I also know that he loved me unconditionally when he was alive. It's okay to just be okay some days. I'm getting emotional writing this.

  10. S.D. Huston

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you for this video. If I ever decide to do romance, this is very helpful!

  11. Stephanie Whitson

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I've been considering writing romance and these tips were great.
    Also, I think everyone processes grief differently and everyone does things differently.

  12. JJ D

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I've learned a lot from your videos and hope you find peace in your life. 🙂

  13. Kimberley Shead

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you for this video, Courtney. Your advice is so helpful. Grieving is an individual experience and you are entitled to work through the process your way. I for one am happy to see you on Youtube.

  14. Margaret Pinard

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    IS it angst, Courtney? Or is it EXQUISITE TORTURE??? 🤣

  15. Margaret Pinard

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    ❤️💖💜💙💗

  16. CJ B

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you! It's great to see your pretty smile and laugh again.
    When I lost my dad and bff a year and two days apart, I couldn't function. I was existing day by day, not living each day. Please get help, online or in person, if you need it. There is grief groups that meet weekly. Depression sucks.

    Thank you for keeping me entertained and feeling the giddy sensation every time I read your books❤️

  17. Esther Marie Andújar

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Another video full of wisdom and great information about the Romance Genre. Sending you lots of hugs and remember even if it's years you cant still grieve. Each person grieves differently and I hope you allow yourself the time, however long it takes, to grieve your loss. I'm pretty sure we will still be here!

    Thank you for all the information you so readily share!

  18. Sherrice Williams

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much you’ve helped me in the short period of time since I’ve discovered your channel. Your videos have helped me figure out so much. I’m just getting started in my author career and have been flip flopping on what to write. I knew I needed to write fast, and looked into dictation to do that, and that’s how I found your channel. And I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have done so! I published some romance short reads under a pen name earlier this year and LOVE writing romance. I thrive in that genre. But because of all the stigmas and blah, blah, blah… I was afraid to make that the bulk of my career.

    After binge watching a ton of your videos, and seeing how proud you are of writing your books, it breathed a new life into me. It makes me feel silly to say I was embarrassed about writing in a genre I hold so dear… but I know deep down that my career would flourish if I just write what I love to read. And I am a sucker for romance!

    So I just want to thank you for your candid videos. So many times I watch other authors talk about this career, but their advice seems disingenuous, like canned responses to the real questions. You being open and honest is so refreshing and helpful. I really appreciate it.

    So thank you again. I’m sorry this comment is so long, but I just wanted you to be aware that what you’re doing is awesome. I know it’s tough to keep going in times of hurt, but you will get through it. Don’t rush it. Grieve as long as you need to (you never really stop, by the way, it just gets different as you go along). And please don’t stop being the open and honest person you are. It’s amazing!

  19. Scully's House of Thrillers

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    This is a great book channel.

  20. Chelsie Davis

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Love you Courtney ❤️

  21. Kimberly Mullins

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Love your return!! i was watching old videos waiting for you. sending much love.

  22. Lyssa Dawn

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I love your channel, Courtney. I'm glad to see you coming back around, but you never need to hold back the tears for us. Grief is hard.

  23. Playfully Connected Games

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thank you for letting us know you are ok. Sending hugs to you! 💜💜💜 Another great video full of excellent tips!

  24. AGL

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    This was my first time watching you. Thank you for the tips. I didn't know what had happened in your life so I went back to your other post. I am sorry to hear about your father. There is no time limit to grief. The first year is really hard with all those "first" such as holidays, birthdays, etc. I do understand. Grief is a club we get thrown into, one we certainly did not ask to join. Back in 2018, my sister died. I moved abroad a few months later. I was still adjusting to a new country and 10 months after my sister's death her daughter/my niece died. Two weeks after that, my father died. Several years before I had already lost my mum and my boyfriend. It's a numbness that can cripple you. I chose however to honor their memory by living my best life. It took a while but I was able to move forward and continue on this journey we call life. I have my father's sense of adventure and even though I'm older it's never too late to live your dream. I have moved again (in MX for a year) building my online business and finally going to write those stories that have always been with me itching to get out of my head and onto paper. My heart and blessings go out to you. Take your time. Move at your own pace, and know your viewers are happy to see you when you are able. Hugs, April

  25. Joey Paul

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Such great tips, and so sorry for your loss, I can completely understand getting emotional. Sending you hugs from here 💜💜💜

  26. Janisha Benjamin

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    You are so strong. It might not feel like that right now, but the kind of courage it takes to come on here and be so open and vulnerable requires a strength not many people have. Praying for you and sending you all positive thoughts Courtney 🤗🤗

  27. Sally McTaken

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  28. Hello Anine

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Sending you all the hugs!

  29. Teralyn Mitchell

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I’m glad to see you back and sharing your wisdom with us. Just do this at your pace. We’re here and aren’t going anywhere. Grief is tricky and it really is a long game like others have said. Take it one day at a time and do what you can do. And be sure to take time away if you need it. As always, sending you love and hugs ♥️♥️♥️

  30. Author Melody Loomis

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for sharing, Courtney! I hope to publish my romance next year and this is so helpful! I always cringe when people call Nicholas Sparks a “romance writer,’” because not all of his books end happily. If it doesn’t have a HEA or HFN, it’s not a romance! I would love a video about all the different romance tropes and more about what your favorites are if you haven’t done one like that already. My favorite trope is friends to lovers! Love, love, love. Glad you are hanging in there. Sending hugs! <3

  31. April Kay

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    These are all wonderful tips, and I think the analogy of it being like an onion you peel the layers back on is so true and such a good one, but I cannot rest until I tell you that all I could think of was Shrek and Donkey and I’m so sorry.

    I’m happy to hear you’re doing better, and I’m still sending so much love. I don’t think there are any rules to the grieving process, and while I’m not a big fan of Marvel, WandaVision hit me with a quote that really helped me a little while ago: “What is grief, if not love persevering?” And it came at a time when I really needed it, and I don’t expect a random out-of-context quote to like, perform miracles or anything, but I would’ve regretted not sharing it. 💖

  32. crystaltwrites

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I know you write romance as a genre, but I wanted to know if you had any tips for those that work romantic subplots into their novels!

  33. Hannah Carmona Vlogs

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    As a fellow romance author I can't believe you managed to talk about the climax of a book without giggling…just me? lol

  34. Rebecca Kapjon

    September 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for the tips. I love your channel. I’m happy to see you are back. I like that you are so genuine with your followers.

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