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
- A Cherish novel is all about the heroine, she is key in this series! Our heroines need to be real and relatable, and her story should make the reader wish they were in the heroine’s shoes!
- We need a hero we can immediately trust, who is worthy of the heroine. Not all our heroes are 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.
- Gorgeous and glamorous settings are encouraged and international settings also work well to add the aspirational element to our romances.
- Low sensuality: these stories are high on emotional and sensual tension but have no explicit sexual detail.
- Captivating internal emotional conflicts that will sustain the story over 50,000 words.
- Delivers a fresh take on classic romance themes.
- This is the home of feel-good, entertaining and fresh paced romance.
- Just because these romances are sweet, it doesn’t mean they can’t be edge-of-the-seat exciting! Throw your reader straight into the story!
For explantions and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on I Love Romance
One Fine Day for its warmth and tear jerking properties. The Notebook for its emotional depth, The Vow for its emotional conflicts, Dear John for its focus on the central relationship, Life as We Know It, The Proposal and The Back-Up Plan for their storylines.
Did You Know?
- Cherish was the very first Harlequin series
- Cherish published four new authors last year! (2014)
- There are 12 new Cherish books available each month.
Executive Editor: Bryony Green
Commissioning Editor: Victoria Britton
Editorial Assistant: Charlotte Ellis
Editorial Office: London, UK