Edit Your Own Romance Novel

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Jenn reviews Ebony McKenna’s Edit Your Own Romance Novel

About the Book

Edit Your Own Romance Novel; Ebony McKenna
Adult; Reference; 157 Pages

Ebony McKenna (May 28, 2017)

A land of pure magic hides between worlds, and Maggie is trapped in paradise.

This practical, step-by-step guide will give your manuscript the structure, pace and the emotional hit today’s romance readers are looking for.

This editing book will be your new best friend. It will show you the best methods for Backburning Backstory. It will make sure your romance novel has The 13 Main Scenes (and what needs to be in them) and show you how to ramp up your powerfully emotional scenes with The Staircase of Turning Points.

Delivered with Ebony McKenna’s trademark friendly and funny style, this book will become your ‘go-to’ when planning, writing and editing your novels for years to come.

The author’s self-published, self-edited book The Girl & The Ghost won the 2018 Romance Book of the Year from the Romance Writers of Australia.

Maggie is dragged out of a wizard’s battle and finds herself in a land of pleasure. But dark secrets taint the days of endless perfection. Secrets that could cost Maggie her life.

As the danger grows, Maggie finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly charming Bertrand Wayland.

Seeking a chance for survival, Maggie follows Bertrand on a daring adventure and finds herself in a land on the brink of war. As a handsome hero shows her unimaginable beauty, his alluring ways draw her deeper into danger.

A deadly enemy approaches. His thirst for blood is stronger than Maggie’s magic. The fate of a world depends on which life Maggie is willing to sacrifice…

About the Author

As a teenager, Ebony lived and worked in her family’s restaurant, which provided much of the inspiration for the Ondine novels. Ebony waitressed, prepared food – and yep – washed dishes. So many dishes.

In the 1990s she worked as an award winning journalist on many leading Melbourne newspapers. By day she wrote other people’s stories, but by night she plotted epic adventures. Now she writes novels for a living.

Ebony McKenna lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son.

She loves gadgets and anything futuristic. Doctor Who and The Goodies have always been TV treats. A weekly trivia night at the local pub allows her to show off her knowledge of 1980s pop music. She recently appeared on the TV quiz show Million Dollar Minute, where she was the reigning champion across 4 nights.

Coffee, chocolate and Facebook games are her worst vices. Playing with her son’s toys is fun and reading to him at bedtime is a joy.

A huge influence was British humorist and author Frank Muir. For sixteen years Ebony and Frank swapped letters filled with family anecdotes and stories. They later met in 1995, dining at The Groucho Club in London. While there, one of her other literary heroes, Douglas Adams, was pitching “something rather exciting and complicated to a couple of suits at the next table.”

Jenn’s Review

I write romance. But I haven’t gotten past the editing stage for a variety of reasons – the kind of reasons that have less to do with not liking my work (out of some sense of false modesty), and more with trying to figure out how the really good authors work their magic (because I’ve also read a ton of tragically BAD romance, too). So when I found Ebony McKenna’s Edit Your Own Romance Novel, I jumped on it. (Sorry, Hubby. I know my budget for books rivals your budget for gas in the car…)

This little book? I just finished reading through it, did some of the work outlined (I’m mired in a rewrite. Again.), and this book has a permanent home on my writer’s resources shelf, where I can easily grab it.

Draft your book first. Read through it and correct any glaring problems that you can fix first, then let that binder sit for a month or so. Literally. Go draft the next book, have a reading binge. Watch a few seasons of something or other. And then break out your manuscript and this book.

Just working through the 13 major scene cards was a HUGE revelation. This isn’t just story beats for romance, it’s an organization system that allows you to see where your novel is off-kilter, at a glance.

The editing advice in section one is brutally kind and just potent enough to help the quailing writer find their own, ruthless inner editor.

And the staircase of turning points? I’m all in. This is something I’ve struggled with since my first writing course, and Ms. McKenna’s explanation is helpful.

This book is destined for my top recommended reads for writers, and I’m so grateful for this author’s clarity and sense of humor (plus, tons of great literary and film references!).

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