Build Your Business Writing Romance Novels

Snuggle up to a billion dollar a year industry writing and publishing romance novels.
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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Join the ranks of authors who write in the most popular and best-selling genre of all fiction stories. Over 1,200 students enrolled!

This course will help set you on the path to becoming a career author. Learn to write novels, determine a publishing route, promote your books, and complete a flexible business plan that fits your individual goals as a romance author.

Which is your dream?

  1. You've always wanted to try out this romance writing thing, just to get a feel for it, to see if it would be a fun pastime that would bring in extra income.
  2. You're balancing family, a day job, and other obligations in the midst of building a writing career, and you need some help.
  3. You’re at a crossroads with your job and your family is growing, and your dream is to be able to work at home and be a full-time author.

I understand. Whatever your reason for being here, my goal is to make your journey through this course as streamlined as possible so that you can get the most out of it in the briefest amount of you can make your dream come true.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to a computer
  • A basic grasp of grammar and sentencing

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Write romance novels and launch your career as a romance author
  • Create believable characters with strong goals, motivations, and conflicts
  • Discover how to bring sexual tension to your stories
  • Apply proven structural techniques that will satisfy romance readers
  • Write sizzling love scenes that pack an emotional punch
  • Identify revision strategies to clean up the discovery draft
  • Recognize the different types of editing and select the best editor for your book
  • Determine whether independent or traditional publishing is right for you
  • Discover how to increase sales with a fantastic cover, title, and description
  • Learn methods of growing readership through a website, social media, and promotion
  • Explore practical tips for finding time to write
  • Write your career business plan with a solid foundation of knowing your writing strengths and opportunities as well as your goals and how you want to achieve them

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who desires a career that will fit individual and family lifestyle
  • Anyone who is raising a family and wants to work from home
  • Anyone who would like to make a shift from the corporate world to a writing career or have a blend of both
  • Although best suited for students of romance fiction, this course can benefit any fiction writer seeking knowledge of characterization, plot, point of view, pacing, and other elements of fiction.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome to the Course


Section 2: The Foundation of Your Business
Discover where readers look for new romance authors to read and how readers share information on books and authors.

What is a romance writer? What do you need to know to write a novel? What does it take to be successful? What is your writing niche? Find out how opinions differ and how to find what works for you.

Section 3: What is a Romance Novel?

Romance novels have been around for hundreds of years (in one form or another) and have had quite an influence on readers and writers. Some have even called this billion dollar a year genre "worthless drivel". Ha!

Readers have certain expectations of romance novels and their characteristics, and many readers will actively look for books containing one or more tropes.
Section 4: Organization and Planning

Learn popular methods of planning and writing a novel. There is no one-size-fits-all method, so whether you're a "pantser", "plotter", or "plotster", you'll find a method that suits your style. This lecture includes a downloadable plot chart.

Ideas for stories are everywhere. Discover techniques to find them.
Section 5: Characterization & Plotting

Creating a premise will help clarify your plot and character actions throughout the novel. Knowing your theme is an extra bonus. Includes downloadable themes list and assignment.


The characters bring to the story internal emotional and intellectual goals, motivations and conflicts that make them the way they are. Discover how to create realistic issues that provide reasons for the hero and heroine to believe the relationship is never going to work. Includes an assignment.


Discover practical methods to cause your hero and heroine to meet and continue having to see each other despite trying (at first) to stay away. Includes an assignment.


Getting to know your characters helps determine their internal GMCs and how they will change and keep each other from reaching their external goals. Includes a character interview document.


In the section on Organization and Planning, I presented several methods of planning your novel. Now we'll hone in on a romance novel version of the Freytag model with the three-act structure included for timing and pacing reference. Includes downloadable a basic romance plot chart and sample story plotted out.

Recognize how subplots focus on different characters than your hero and heroine and help support the main plot.

Planning and organization are key factors when writing a series. Books in a series can increase your sales because the reader wants to get to the next book to see what happens. In this lecture, you'll discover the elements of a series and what readers expect. Includes downloadable series plot spreadsheets--one blank and one with a sample series.

Section 6: Between the Covers
It's time to write the first draft. Remember, the first draft is permission to create, experiment, get the story down. Keep moving forward until the end.

Discover how to keep your plot moving forward with each scene and its sequel (reaction), which bridges to the next scene. Includes a downloadable scene and sequel spreadsheet.

Just as scenes and their sequels move the chapter along, the end of a chapter should entice the reader to start on the next chapter. Identify the purposes and structure of chapters.

You'll discover how point of view serves to enhance action, further the storyline, add character depth, and eliminate wordiness. Get ready to dive into deep point of view! Includes downloadable headhopping samples to help you learn to spot point of view changes.


We want to draw in the reader by showing what is happening through the character’s senses and emotions, through his/her actions and physiological reactions. 

But how do we keep the pacing and action going without bogging down the story with emotion and description? Where's the balance between showing your reader what is happening versus telling the reader? 

This lecture's objective is to provide understanding of how pacing and action tie in with showing versus telling what is happening.


All romance novels have some level of sexual tension. Discover some of the best methods used to include this vital form of conflict. Includes a downloadable infographic. An assignment accompanies this lecture.


Love scenes provide turning points in the plot and serve to provide an emotional bond for the hero and heroine. Find out when to include them and how to make them sizzle. An assignment accompanies this lecture.


Congratulations on finishing that first draft! In this lecture, you'll receive guidance on the next steps in revising your romance novel. An assignment accompanies this lecture.

Section 7: Second Opinions

Is a critique group for you? Find out the pros and cons of a critique group and how to figure out if a particular group is a good fit.


Romance writing contests can be fun, addicting, and worthwhile, but there can be drawbacks. Discover the good, bad, and ugly of contests.


Find out how to gather a tribe of final readers that will give your manuscript that all-important final read to see if the book is truly ready to publish. Includes a downloadable Beta Reader questionnaire and examples of Beta Reader findings.

Section 8: Your Production Team

You'll discover the different types of editing depending on your book's needs, and how to find the best editor for your novel. Includes a downloadable infographic on the types of editing.


Some authors can sell a book because their name is on the cover. For the rest of us, three factors determine whether someone buys a book. Prepare to go deep in looking at covers, blurbs, and titles. An assignment accompanies this lecture.

Section 9: Publishing

Find out the pros and cons of traditional publishing. Includes a downloadable chart of advantages and disadvantages of traditional vs. independent publishing.


Like traditional publishing, independent (self) publishing has its pros and cons.

Section 10: Making a Name for Yourself

Learn strategies for promotion and marketing that will help with your author success. Includes a downloadable list of promotion ideas.


Your website is a reflection of your author brand. Discover the basics of an author website and how to showcase your books.


Publishing your book means getting reader reviews, which can boost sales and generate publicity. Identify the advantages of getting reviews and learn how to gauge their overall significance.

Section 11: Your Business

Begin your analysis by identifying your writing strengths. Includes a downloadable SWOT Analysis for Authors and an example.


Identify your writing weaknesses. Continue filling in the SWOT Analysis for Authors.

Discover opportunities that will support your career. Continue filling in the SWOT Analysis for Authors.
Discover threats that could undermine your career. Continue filling in the SWOT Analysis for Authors.

Analyze your completed SWOT chart by completing the TOWS Analysis. Includes a downloadable TOWS Analysis for Authors and an example.


Identify goals toward self-improvement in writing and fill in an action plan toward achieving these goals. Includes a downloadable Action Plan for Authors and an example.


Now you're ready to write your career business plan with a solid foundation of knowing your writing strengths and opportunities as well as your goals and how you want to achieve them. Includes a downloadable Author Business Plan template.

Section 12: The Writer's Life
Discover practical ideas on carving out time to write.

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Instructor Biography

Pam Roller, Romance Author, Speaker, and Presenter

Pam Roller is an award-winning romance author, instructor, and presenter and has been writing for over twenty years. A former publishing and freelance editor, she currently writes contemporary and historical romance and is experimenting in other romance subgenres. As a regular contest judge, she has read hundreds of manuscripts and advised new and experienced authors.

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