About the Romance Genre

Today’s romances are smart, fresh and diverse. Whether it’s  regency, historic, time travel, contemporary, mystery/suspense, paranormal, inspirational, or even young adult, romantic fiction has two basic elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.  The tone or style of a romance novel varies, as does the level of sensuality – ranging from sweet to extremely hot, and a setting which can be any place or time.

Romance Formats:

  • Series or “category” romances: books issued under a common imprint/series name that are usually numbered sequentially and released at regular intervals, usually monthly, with the same number of releases each time.
  • Single-title romances: longer romances released individually and not as part of a numbered series. Single-title romances may be released in hard cover, trade paperback, or mass-market paperback sizes.
  • Novellas: Shorter than novels but still fully-fleshed out stories. Novellas tend to be between 20,000 and 40,000 words
  • Short stories: Between 5,000 and 10,000 words

What type of romance you write is up to you. With the help and support of STAR, your dream of becoming a published writer is only a click away! Contact a STAR Administrator to request more information about the Southern Tier Authors of Romance.

Star RWA services Romance Writers in the New York (NY) Binghamton, Endicott, Owego, Elmira and surrounding areas.

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