Our HQ101 Trial Results

During the lead-up to the Summer 2021 Writers’ Competition, I thought it would be fun to run a trial email series of the best advice I can offer writers based on almost a decade of reading their manuscripts.

It’s a compilation of 35 messages, each a quick read touching on a different aspect of the writing process. Not a complete education by any stretch. But it’s a great introduction.

Never did I expect such a great response!

I’m leaving it up for now. Take advantage and sign up. It’s free.

But I’ll be revising and editing it somewhat. Adding to it. And probably releasing it as an e-book.

I’ll probably be offering the e-book for free as well, or at worst a ridiculously reasonable investment.

That said, thank you to all who subscribed and especially for the feedback!! Either you are all quite wonderfully supportive and kind, or I might have touched on a real need. Definitely turned out to be a great idea!

I’ll keep you posted on this as well. First, it’s story time! Competition manuscripts await!


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Summer 2021 Writers’ Competition

The inbox for entries is now closed. Thank you to all the writers who submitted manuscripts for this competition. It has been a most exciting time for us!

It will now take some time to evaluate all of the stories and complete the judging – a few weeks at least!

We’ll keep you posted on the progress right here and let you know when to expect the big announcement of winners.

Stay tuned!


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A Writers’ Competition and a Bonus

While we’re waiting for our stories to come in for our SUMMER 2021 WRITERS’ COMPETITION, we decided to try a little added bonus for fun.

Welcome to HQ101!

We’ve put together an info series for writers of all genres, styles, and lengths, to help you along. Aimed more specifically at the newer writers who come through our doors, there are some great tips and tricks for everyone. The series is delivered by email, one a day for 35 days. That’s 7 weeks of some of the best advice we have to offer.

There’s no charge for this. You just have to subscribe with an email address.

But of course there’s a catch.

We want you to write for us. And if building your confidence, style, and skill helps you do that, well then, we’ll call this a win-win type arrangement!


And when you’ve decided to try your hand at a romantic short story,


Either way, we’re all about encouraging writers to write. Maybe for us, maybe for someone else. But no matter how you look at it, we all come out ahead!


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