How to write Cherish
Cherish stories are all about real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men experiencing the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love
Cherish Key Elements
- As this is one of our shorter series with a word count of 50,000, the main focus of each story is the romance itself – the story is the romance!
- These stories are high on emotional and sensual tension but have no explicit sexual detail
- Whatever the plot, stories should be character-driven with strong emotional conflicts
- The heroine is key in this series. Readers need to be able to relate to her, laugh with her, cry with her - as it's through her that we fall in love with the hero.
- Our heroes are alpha but attainable – they're not all super rich international tycoons (although some might be!) but they're successful in their own right and should be a strong man our heroine would aspire to be with
- Settings are international and aspirational – you can travel the world with Cherish without leaving your armchair!
For explantions and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on I Love Romance
Summing up Cherish
Love Actually or Valentine's Day for their variety of storylines and tones but multiple happy endings and feel-good highs. One Fine Day for its warmth and its tear jerking properties.
Did You Know?
- Cherish was the very first Harlequin series
- Cherish is enjoyed by women all around the world
- Cherish will publish two new authors in 2012
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Senior Editor: Bryony Green
Assistant Editor: Megan Haslam
Editorial Assistant: Clio Cornish
Editorial Office: London, UK