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.
- 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.