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Medical Subgenre: Hot? Not?

Good morning and welcome to Crafting Your Career. Today, we continue our yearlong look into the various romance subgenres by spotlighting the medical subgenre. Author Janice Lynn and Harlequin Mills & Boon Assistant Editor Lucy Gilmour are here to share their thoughts on this sub-genre.

Janice and Lucy will both be stopping by to answer questions, so get ‘em ready. 

Here’s Janice and Lucy!

Adrienne: How would you define this subgenre?  What are the plot elements that make it part of the medical subgenre?

Lucy: Thank you so much for having me here at Romance Universtiy. I absolutely love Medical romances so it’s a real pleasure to chat about them with you all.

I would say that Medical romance is open to absolutely any medical specialty. Maternity, pediatrics and the hospital emergency room are always well-loved but we’ve had quite a few naturopaths (often teemed up against the most cynical of alpha hero doctors!) and other different occupations too.

What we really want to see are all those enduringly popular hooks in Medicals (Miracle babies, gorgeous paediatricians, midwifery) given a fresh and contemporary twist. For example, think of the advances that have been made in the medical world in the last ten years with practises such as IVF – isn’t there just a wealth of tales just waiting to be told?

We encourage a wide variety of settings, so let your imagination run wild. Use the setting wherever it may be to add flavor, but don’t let it take over. Again, just keep in mind that the essential ingredients of a Medical Romance are your characters, their internal emotional conflicts and that magic of watching the love story between the hero and heroine develop. After all, that’s why readers come to Harlequin!

Janice: Medical Romances are just that–romances with a strong medical element whether in setting or characterization or plot.  Medical romances often combine all three elements, and certainly this makes for a stronger story.

For the Harlequin Medical line, there has to be medical scenes where the hero and heroine are taking care of someone.  There is a lot of scope within the line as to occupations and scenarios, but the medical scenes with the two main characters interacting have to be there.  

Adrienne: What subgenres do you feel are hot right now?  What’s not?

Lucy: I don’t think there’s anything we’d say isn’t hot within Medicals – the beauty of the line is that it’s so varied – there’s something there for everyone! Medical TV dramas are enduringly popular, and we really try to tap into what readers love about them – heroes such as McDreamy & McSteamy in Grey’s Anatomy and George Clooney in ER are just some of my personal favorites!!!!

We’re open to stories that take whatever tone suits the author’s voice best, be it vibrant, funny, sexy, intense, heart-wrenching, exciting, uplifting, unexpected, warm, community-focussed… If you think about it, even within shows such as Scrubs,  House or Nip/Tuck, different episodes can have very different tones – some are deeply heart-wrenching, and others fluffier, flirty and fun.  As I’ve said above, there’s huge scope for variety within the line, which makes it so diverse and interesting to read. If you’ve got a great idea and have strong characters and interesting emotional conflict in place – go for it!

Janice: I’m not really sure on this.  Twilight seems to be the biggest thing going currently, so I guess vampire stories are a hot subgenre.  I’ve no idea what’s not hot.  I know I’d love to see Romantic Comedies make a strong come-back as I love to read them and struggle to find new ones

Adrienne: Do you see any trends writers should avoid? Move toward?

Lucy: There are some specialties that will always be popular with our readers; surgeons (especially heart-surgeons – very romantic!), children’s & NICU doctors, midwives etc. – we’d love to see more of these, so have a think about what you can do with these themes that hasn’t already been done! And if there’s an area of medicine you’re particularly interested in then give it a go; as long as you’ve got an intelligent, compassionate heroine and a hero we’ll all be raving about in the editorial office then anything goes!  It’s all about finding the romance, the emotion, the drama rather than the edgy realism of medical life – really it’s about the fantasy of a romance between a lovely, smart heroine falling in love with a drop-dead gorgeous doctor.

Janice: I don’t recommend writers move toward trends, unless it’s to write what they love and to write, write, write.  As far as things to avoid, avoid trends that are detrimental to one’s muse, avoid trends that aren’t something you want to write but are doing so because you want to make a sale.

Adrienne: What do you like best about this subgenre? The least?

Lucy: Well, in terms of what I like least within the Medical line, sometimes we see too much focus on gory medical drama, or on hospital politics or the administrative ins and outs of running hospitals. Remember that first and foremost these are romances – just within a medical setting

Otherwise we see many of the same challenges as with many of our other series’ – character, conflict and clichés! At the heart of all great romances are two strong, appealing, sympathetic and three-dimensional characters. Emotional, character-driven conflict is the foundation of a satisfying romance - conflict spawns tension and excitement. Last but most definitely not least we want new authors to innovate, not imitate – throw those clichés out of the window!

And as for what I love love LOVE about Medicals – it’s got to be the heroes. All Harlequin heroes are super-sexy, but Medical heroes are dedicated, attractive, honourable, and human – men who will move mountains to save a life – the kind of man who we all dream of having on our side in an emergency.  They are strong, intelligent and successful and respected. Oh, and deliciously gorgeous as well…!

Janice: The thing I like the most?  The romance, of course.  I love the falling in love journey couples go through in a romance novel and this is definitely true within this line.  Some of the first romance novels I read were old doctor/nurse stories that were my grandmother’s.  I’ve never quit loving that storyline.  The thing I like the least.thinking.thinking.can’t think of anything at the moment.  So far, I feel that I’ve had a lot of flexibility within the line to stretch my wings, so to speak.  I think it’s a great Harlequin line to write for and would recommend it to anyone who loves Medical Romances.

Adrienne: How do you think this subgenre has changed in the last five years?

Lucy: Medical Romance definitely moves with the times…long gone are the days of being limited to doctor heroes and heroines who are only ever nurses. Now our heroines are every inch the professional match for the hero. Stong, independent heroines – another reason I love the Medical line!

Janice: I sold to the Medical Romance line in December 2006 and I’m not sure I can say how the line in general has changed during that time.  For my writing specifically, I’d say my Medicals have grown more sensual and have more humor than my first few releases.

Adrienne: What advice do you have for writers trying to break into this genre/subgenre?

Lucy: Many of our Medical authors also write for other Harlequin series – Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Romance to name a few, which just goes to highlight that the heart of the story MUST be a romance.

As well as the highs and lows, warmth and passions of medical life, Medicals promises heart-racing romance, with the added bonus of pulse-raising medical drama that throws our heroes and heroines together…even when they might not want to be!

For the doctors, surgeons, nurses, paramedics and midwives between our pages, it’s all about overcoming the challenges and obstacles of finding love under pressure in the demanding world of modern medicine.  Readers enjoy falling in love with top-notch docs and hot-shot surgeons from around the world, and experiencing love and life in the shoes of smart, caring and beautiful medical heroines.  Our stories can be intensely passionate or warm and tender; if you want to write a scorchingly sexy tale – go right ahead…or if you’d prefer to keep it warm and sweet and tiptoe away as the bedroom door shuts, that’s absolutely fine too!

Ultimately we’re looking for a range of emotionally intense reads, from the traditional to the ground breaking and promise our readers contemporary romantic relationships – set against a compelling medical backdrop. In a nutshell, we want to give the women who pick up our stories a big read in a 50,000 word book!

Janice: Write.  Submit.  Write.  Submit.  Read the line (I’d recommend my books. ;) )  Know what the line is looking for and what has to be there for the book to be a Medical.   But mostly, write, submit, write, submit, and keep honing your craft.

Adrienne: Do you have any additional thoughts you would like to share?

Lucy: We’re often asked if you have to be a medical professional to write for the Medical line. And certainly the books include some medical drama as part of their promise in that it helps to firmly set the stories in the medical world and help us to learn more about the characters. But primarily it should be used to help drive the hero and heroine’s emotional conflict forward.

Some authors do come from a medical background, although increasingly many do not! The internet allows contact with the medical world and a wealth of personal experiences can all be utilized to help you achieve believable and realistic medical drama. Medical details should be kept to a minimum, we don’t need masses of medical drama, what there is should be both contemporary and correct. We are essentially looking for romance writers rather than medical professionals to write our stories.

It’s important to remember all medical drama is within the context of a romance – therefore we are not looking for a great deal of detail.  Readers are looking for an escapist read rather than a medical textbook!

And finally, I’d just like to say that we’re most definitely looking for exciting new authors; from the US, Australia, the UK – or absolutely anywhere in the world – what we want are talented writers with unique, fresh voices who create compelling characters and fabulous stories that will keep readers turning the pages!

Janice: Just that I appreciate everyone stopping by and that if you’re looking for an idea of the vast range of writing styles within the Medical line, order this month’s.  Each one of the authors with books for sale at http://www.eharlequin.com/ this month have very unique writing voices and our sensuality levels vary.  That’s a really cool thing about the Medical line, you aren’t boxed in by sensuality level.  The level can truly be dictated by the characters, plot, etc.

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Thank you to Lucy and Janice for visiting with us today. 

RU Crew, here is your chance to get answers regarding the medical subgenre.  Go to it!

 Join us on Wednesday when three men give us their opinions on the definition of manliness.

Bio:Lucy Gilmour is an Assistant Editor for Harlequin Mills & Boon and works in their London office.

Lucy joined Harlequin five years ago after finishing her classics degree and spending two glorious years working in the French Alps. She works across all of the UK acquired series giving her the chance to work with some of her favourite heroes – the Alpha males of Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Romance, devilishly handsome doctors of Harlequin Medicals and Harlequin Historical’s Regency Rakes!

Lucy dreamt of working for Harlequin since she spent her first-ever allowance of pocket money on a much treasured Presents at the age of thirteen. Reading (and editing!) romance is still utterly delightful – what could possibly be better than falling in love with a new hero every day?!

Bio: Award winning author Janice Lynn has a Master of Science degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University and works full-time as a family nurse practitioner in a small, rural town in the southern United States. Juggling the aspects of day to day life and her life-long dream of writing happily-ever-afters, Janice lives with her husband, their four children, their two dogs, twenty-two 4-H chickens, and a lot of unnamed dust bunnies that have moved in since she started her writing career.

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50 Responses to “Medical Subgenre: Hot? Not?”

  1. Lucy and Janice,

    Thank you for being here and for providing such a fabulous interview.

    I’m curious about how many authors you have writing in this line compared to other lines. Sounds like you have a good mix of medical vs. non-medical authors writing.

    Thanks!
    Tracey

    Posted by TraceyDevlyn | June 28, 2010, 5:18 am
  2. Hi Lucy and Janice. Thank you for being with us today.

    Janice, do you write solely in the medical subgenre?

    Lucy, what do you think is the biggest mistake writers make when pitching/querying Harlequin lines?

    Thank you!

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | June 28, 2010, 7:33 am
  3. Morning Lucy and Janice!

    Great post! How many books a month does Harlequin publish in medical? So much information here – =) One of my ms has a NICU doctor in it – I’ll need to save all of this information for when I get going on it!

    Thanks ladies!

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | June 28, 2010, 7:40 am
  4. Good Morning Janice and Lucy!

    Years ago, when I first started ordering from eharlequin.com, I tried one or two medical romance books but found the particular stories I ordered, weren’t to my liking. I became reacquainted with the line this year, after I’d completed my second manuscript, and learned an editor from Harlequin Medical Romance was taking pitches online. (Turned out to be Lucy Gilmour!!!) I didn’t write the story to be a medical romance, but the hero and heroine were doctor and nurse, and several scenes took place in a hospital, so I figured I’d give the pitch a try.

    To my delight Lucy enjoyed the pitch and requested my first three chapters! I am now working with another editor, and as part of learning more about the requirements of the line, I’ve read numerous medical romance stories. All I can say is WOW! I really enjoyed them! They’re so much better than what I remembered!

    One of my favorites is Dr. DiAngelo’s Baby Bombshell, by Janice Lynn. (Hi Janice!) I’ve also heard great things about The Nurse’s Baby Miracle and Doctor’s Pregnancy Bombshell. When I finish my rewrite, I plan to track them down. (Janice was great to visit my blog when I posted a review of her book! And she answered a bunch of my questions about the medical romance line. Thanks!)

    I am a new fan of medical romance and hope (fingers crossed) to someday write for the line!

    Posted by Wendy Marcus | June 28, 2010, 7:53 am
  5. When I was in grad school, Harlequin Medical Romances were my drug of choice because they didn’t feel so much like I should be studying. It’s interesting to hear the perspective of a writer and editor in the line and the wide range of what you’re acquiring. Thanks for the info!

    Posted by Kym Hinton | June 28, 2010, 10:15 am
  6. Hi Lucy and Janice,

    I have a question for you. A few years ago I worked with an M& B editor and followed her suggestions to revise my manuscript. Unfortunately she was transferred to another department. I worked with another editor on a different story and again followed her suggestions. Unfortunately she left the company. I was desperate and without editors–I hope I am not the one pushing them out!!!– But the revisions suggested by the first one were excellent since my medical romance BABIES IN THE BARGAIN won 2009 Best Novel at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll and 2009 Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite.

    Lucy, do you think I can submit again to M & B? Would you take a pitch?

    Posted by Mona Risk | June 28, 2010, 10:19 am
  7. Good morning, Janice & Lucy!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with RU about the medical sub-genre. Could you give us a ballpark of the number of new authors (debut) who sell to this line each year?

    Thanks!
    Kelsey

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 28, 2010, 11:12 am
  8. Hi Tracey. There are a good mix of authors, some with medical backgrounds and some without. Like many other genres, it’s all about the writing and the research. I’m not sure what the breakdown is on medical vs non-medical authors, but hopefully some of the other medical authors will stop by and comment on this as well. :)

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:18 pm
  9. Adrienne, my first published novel was actually not a Medical, but a single title contemporary with Dorchester Publishing. JANE MILLIONAIRE was lots of fun to write, but was set on a reality television show with a sister switcheroo. Jill, the heroine in that one, is one of my alltime favorite heroines I’ve written. Love her spunk. :)

    Currently, I do write solely for the Medical line, but I am trying my hand at writing for some other genres as well.

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:32 pm
  10. Wonderfully informative Lucy and Janice.
    I hope those wanting to write a medical romance take advantage of what you’re sharing today.

    ~~Angi

    Posted by Angi Morgan | June 28, 2010, 12:34 pm
  11. Great interview. Janice I love your books. You can’t write them fast enough for me.

    Posted by Carla | June 28, 2010, 12:35 pm
  12. Carrie, the answer to your question varies depending upon the country. In the US, there are four releases each month. In the UK, there are six releases each month. I’m not sure of the total number of releases each month in France, Australia, and the other countries.

    Good luck with your NICU book!!!

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:36 pm
  13. Wendy! Thanks for stopping by today and for your glowing review of Dr Di Angelo’s Baby Bombshell. Lucy once described that book as SWEET HOME ALABAMA only the heroine ends up with the posh doc. I LOVED that description and it’s stuck in my mind. Now I use that to describe the book to anyone who asks (giving Lucy credit of course! :) )

    Best of luck with your rewrites! & looking forward to stopping by to visit here someday when it’s YOU discussing the genre! Keep writing & revising!!!

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:41 pm
  14. Hi Kym. Glad you enjoy the line. My sister just graduated from nursing school (pinning was this Saturday actually) and made the comment that reading my books helped her with her test. I got so tickled by that, but she said it really did as she thought back to the character and what was happening when and used that to answer her question–and got it right. So not only are Medicals great romances, but educational as well. LOL! :)

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:44 pm
  15. Good luck, Mona, with your Medical endeavors! I’ve read and enjoyed your books, including Babies in the Bargain! :)

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:45 pm
  16. Kelsey, I’d say roughly one new author a year since the time that I sold to the line in 2006 and based upon comments from authors who were already writing for the line. Hopefully a few of them will be by later and can jump in and give more insight to this as well.

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:47 pm
  17. Thanks Angi for stopping by and congrats on your upcoming Intrigue release!!

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:48 pm
  18. Ah, thanks Carla! Lately, I can’t write them fast enough for me either, but for very different reasons! LOL. Got to get a move on. With the Nashville flooding, my oldest graduating from high school, etc. life has taken over and kept me from losing myself in my writing as much as I’d like and need to. Hopefully, things are calming down again though and I’ll be back on track soon. :)

    Janice

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 12:50 pm
  19. Hi, Janice and Lucy!

    Janice, since you work in the medical field, do you ever have days when a patient comes in and you immediately think, “Oh, wow, this would make a great story!”? Are your hunky doctors inspired by anyone you know? :smile:

    Great post, guys.

    Terri

    Posted by Terri Garey | June 28, 2010, 12:57 pm
  20. Hi Janice and Lucy! How wonderful that the two of you are spreading the word about Harlequin’s Medical Romance line.
    Janice, as you’d mentioned the topic of this line’s authors being in the medical field, I must confess “guilty”. In “real life” I’m a medical technologist (i.e. lab) and I often hear of interesting diagnoses as a result, which then sends me to various resources to check on how easily these scenarios might fit my story. However, the key to everything is research and when I’m uncertain about specifics, my contacts help me find the right person to ask! But as you and Lucy have both said, the focus of our stories is on the romance, so I’d caution the aspiring medical writers out there not to get too bogged down on the medical details!
    Good luck, everyone!

    Posted by Jessica Matthews | June 28, 2010, 1:25 pm
  21. Hi there

    Thought I’d pop in and say hello. I’ve been writing for the medical line since 2007. I was a nurse and then a health service manager, my last job being in an IVF unit .I use lots of very up to date info about fertility treatments in my books. One, Miracle: Marriage Reunited was set entirely in an IVF unit.

    I’m also married to a doctor which helps when it comes to getting up to date info and ideas for medical scenarios. So Terri, I have my very own hunky doctor to inspire me. I still go all funny when I see him in his scrubs!

    I don’t think you have to be in the medical field to write medicals. As long as you have access to really good info. ps. Your GP or practice nurse might be willing to help. People really like to be asked about their jobs.

    Anne Fraser

    Posted by Anne Fraser | June 28, 2010, 1:34 pm
  22. Lovely information about medical romances – a genre I’ve been writing for what seems like a hundred years. I have no medical background but early on bought a stock of medical books most of which are out of date. I also found that if I needed to know something, doctors and nurses are usually happy to answer questions. That said, you don’t need very detailed medical information – someone once described one of their books as a love story with a couple of band-aids. In fun of course, you’d probably need three at least, but the idea of medicals is seeing people fall in love in the dramatic background that medicine provides – eyes meeting above masks in the drama of the theatre, lovers who’ve had problems thrust into working together to save a life, it’s the setting that amps up the drama of the developing love-story. The best thing about writing medicals – for me – is that you can write a story that involved the lives of other people, the parents of a premature baby -the hero and heroine drawn into their doubt and pain as they watch their tiny scrap of humanity fighting for his life. To me medicals have an emotional story-line running parallel with the emotion highs and lows of the love story and that keeps me coming back to them.

    Meredith Webber

    Posted by Meredith Webber | June 28, 2010, 3:59 pm
  23. Hi everyone and especially Janice and Lucy,
    I write both Presents and Medicals and I love the scope in the medical line to include country (rural) settings as well as subsidiary characters. I am not in the least medical although I am married to a surgeon which helps enormously!
    Research is essential. I often have written a scene using my own experience as a patient or the internet only to find when my husband reads it that it is not how the way doctors would act/speak. diagnose or operate. It definitely helps to have someone professional to speak to, When I use a cop as a hero I have a police officer friend I email or phone and he runs through the police protocol.
    Don’t let any of this put you off. As Lucy said, it’s all about the romance between the hero and heroine. They are what drive the plot forward, not the technically perfect tracheotomy!
    Good luck with those who are submitting. :razz:

    Posted by Melanie Milburne | June 28, 2010, 5:29 pm
  24. Hi, I’m Amy, I write for medicals as well. I’m a nurse in “real” life so I tend to stick to doctor/nurse stories but have had vets and paramedics and army medics and naturopaths as Lucy mentioned.

    There are 6 releases a month in Australia and 8, yes 8!!, in France which is our biggest market.

    The medical authors also have a blog on eharlequin. I’m blogging for the next couple of days. Link below.

    http://community.eharlequin.com/content/medical-authors-group-blog

    Posted by Amy Andrews | June 28, 2010, 5:35 pm
  25. Janice, Lucy and All,

    Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with us about medical romance! I enjoyed seeing so many medical authors popping in to offer answers, advice, and encouragement.

    Have a great week!
    Tracey

    Posted by TraceyDevlyn | June 28, 2010, 7:21 pm
  26. Waving, Janice. First off, I love your writing voice and your stories are awesome. Nothing better than a gorgeous doctor (unless maybe a Scot in a kilt, but that is for another blog) ;)

    I can well imagine the hours of research you put into your stories. I think sometimes what you have in your stories might open ideas for your readers. I just happen to be very happy with the medical field today. I just officially recieved news I am cancer free now. Five years cancer free and cut loose from my wonderfully fabulous doctor and all the nurses and students who held my hand through it all.

    Go you, Janice!! :smile:

    Posted by Paisley Kirkpatrick | June 28, 2010, 8:11 pm
  27. Hey Paisley, that’s fantastic news!!! It must be such a relief.
    Hugs and cyber champers.
    Amy

    Posted by Amy Andrews | June 28, 2010, 8:16 pm
  28. Paisley, I’m so excited to hear your wonderful news! I can honestly say that when I performed various cancer tests and saw the numbers fall (or stay low), I mentally rejoiced with those patients! For me, those samples weren’t just another tube of blood – they represented real people and I am glad that I play a role in their health care, even if it’s behind the scenes!

    Meredith – like you, I have invested a lot in medical textbooks. It’s such a shame, though, that they get outdated so quickly, but that’s good for our patients!

    Posted by Jessica Matthews | June 28, 2010, 8:23 pm
  29. I only recently discovered H Medicals and having cut my teeth on SUE BARTON – NURSE books when I was about twelve (many many moons ago)… I really enjoyed the read and intend to continue. As a writer, my question is, do the “medical professionals” always have to be the main characters or may they be from the ‘patients’ pov?

    Posted by kathy bremner | June 28, 2010, 8:25 pm
  30. Paisley, that’s fabulous news!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Posted by TraceyDevlyn | June 28, 2010, 8:27 pm
  31. Paisley, congratulations! Isn’t it wonderful to have such support throughout the months and years? I was almost sad when I got my ticket to “pass go” because I would miss those wonderful people, but I got over that by thinking about the others who needed them. I’m three months away from 25 years but haven’t forgotten a single person who was there for me.
    Jessica, bless you and those like you!

    Posted by kathy bremner | June 28, 2010, 8:31 pm
  32. Kathy its probably wisest if they H and H are the medical professionals – it gives them much better motivation to be together and be “forced” together. I also allows the writer to show them at their most “heroic” when they’re working with patients – it reveals so much about them as characters. Plus it can get a little murky with personal relationships with patients etc.
    Hope that answers your question.
    Amy

    Posted by Amy Andrews | June 28, 2010, 8:52 pm
  33. Amy, that makes good sense, thanks!

    Posted by kathy bremner | June 28, 2010, 8:54 pm
  34. Paisley -

    What wonderful news for you, your family and friends! Best wishes for continued good health!

    K-

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 28, 2010, 9:56 pm
  35. All -

    I just want to second Tracey’s note of thanks for not only Lucy and Janice, but all the medical romance authors who stopped by today. Wonderful information!

    K-

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 28, 2010, 9:57 pm
  36. Sorry I disappeared on you today! I was at the day job and taking care of real patients does come first. :) I’d hoped to have the opportunity to pop back online but it didn’t happen.

    Terri, thanks for stopping by. The only real “hunk” of a doctor I’ve met in person is Dr Travis Stork (ABC’s The Bachelor), and that man is a HUNK and definite hero material. I’ve met and worked with other doctors who are definite heroes and probably considered hunks by some as well.

    Thanks to all the other Medical Romance authors for stopping by! Meredith, your post was FABULOUS!!!!! Made me have an AWW, I’m glad I’m a part of this moment. You all rock!!

    Paisley, YES!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad for you and your family on your good news! That’s fabulous and the answer to many a prayer!!!!

    Thanks to everyone who visited with us today!!! And good luck with those Medical submissions!!!

    Posted by Janice Lynn | June 28, 2010, 11:11 pm
  37. Hello everyone! Thanks so much for all the questions and comments. Infuriatingly my internet was completely down yesterday…but I’m now back online and will do my best to answer all the questions that need answering!!

    So exciting to be here talking to you all about Medicals – I adore the books and authors in this series…it’s great to spread the love!!

    Bear with me – it might take me a while to get through everything, but I promise I will…

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:09 am
  38. Hi Tracey

    I think we have about 35 authors who write for Medicals – and quite a few who write for Harlequin Presents/Harlequin Romance as well.

    Yep, there are authors who have full-time Medical based jobs, and others that are just a sucker for a hero who can save a life (and are a whiz on Google!!)

    L x

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:12 am
  39. Hi there Adrienne

    Hmm, the biggest mistake writers make?; Cliched ideas!! What we’re always, always looking for are new, exciting and fresh voices – not just a different version of something we’ve seen time and time again. Bring a 21st century twist to classic themes by all means – but give me a contemporary, emotional reason to want to read on…

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:22 am
  40. Hi Wendy!! Lovely to *meet* you again! Good luck with the writing – we love your voice and are so excited about seeing the revised manuscript!

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:24 am
  41. Hi Mona!!

    Of course! Send it in to submissions@hmb.co.uk and mark for my attention.

    Thanks

    Lucy

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:28 am
  42. Kathy, this is a really interesting question. There’s no reason it couldn’t be a patient. I guess the challenges in that scenario would be i) I’m sure there are ethics against doctors having a relationship with their patients… could be interesting to explore, but also could find yourself in muddy waters. ii) Wonder if it could be tricky if your hero was ill and condined to a hospital bed…you’d have to work extra hard to make him drop-dead gorgeous!

    But I would never say never – any idea is fine – it’s all in the exectution of it. If you have an idea you’re absolutely bursting with then run with it – we look forward to seeing something inspired!!

    L x

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:34 am
  43. Amy, Meredith, Jessica, Melanie & Anne – thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting. We know how fabulous the Medical authors are, but you’re absolute stars, especially as I wasn’t able to get here yesterday!!!

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:37 am
  44. Hey, Lucy, Janice,

    I know, I’m late. I tweeted about this yesterday, then got caught up with a sick child.

    Thanks for all of the info. It’s been extremely helpful. Hopefully, I can get up the courage to press ‘send’ soon!

    Janice’s books are awesome. Frankly, I adore all of the stories by all of the authors. Keep up the great work!

    Abbi :-)

    PS. Hey, Wendy, looking forward to seeing you at Nationals.

    Posted by Abbi Cantrell | June 29, 2010, 8:37 am
  45. A final couple of thank yous…

    Firstly to the Romance University for inviting me here today (well, yesterday!) – I hope everyone feels inispired to write exciting, innovative Medical romances (with heart-melting divine heroes to keep me company at my desk!)

    And also to Janice for setting this up – as always you’re just fab to work with!!

    I’ll pop by again over the next few days so if anyone has any more questions jot them down here and I’ll get on to them asap.

    Thanks all – and YAY for Medicals!!

    Love

    Lucy x

    L xx

    Posted by Lucy Gilmour | June 29, 2010, 8:43 am
  46. Lucy,

    Thank you so much for stopping by. We really appreciate the time you spent with us.

    Tracey

    Posted by TraceyDevlyn | June 29, 2010, 7:47 pm
  47. Hi Lucy!
    Kelsey asked about how many debut authors sell to the line each year. Is there a set number?

    Thanks!

    Posted by Wendy Marcus | June 29, 2010, 10:58 pm
    • Hi Wendy – no there’s no set number, we don’t have a quote to fulfil. We’re always on the look out for talented authors, and so some years we end up buying more than others… All I can say is that we are actively recruiting at the moment – it’s a great time to be submitting to Medicals!!

      L x

      Posted by Lucy Gilmour | July 1, 2010, 8:45 am
  48. Hi Lucy!

    I was one of Wendy’s fellow pitchers and currently doing revisions too. While I wait I’ve started plotting ideas for new stories (yes, I’m a plotter not a pantser!) but the one I’m leaning towards is set on a cruise ship. I’m a little concerned that I can’t find many medicals set on cruise ships (only one a few years ago, and one many years ago). Does this mean it’s a no go area and I should look at an alternative?

    Anne Fraser – you made me cry! – twice!!!! Miracle Marriage Reunited was absolutely fabulous. And Janice I loved Dr DiAngelo’s Baby Bombshell and The Nurse’s Baby Miracle, great books and a joy to read.

    Posted by Susan Wilson | June 30, 2010, 2:04 pm
    • Hiya Susan

      Nothing wrong with a cruise ship setting, but it’s not the setting that makes the book but the characters and their internal emotional conflicts. Give us gorgeous, contemporary, interesting characters with intriguing, realistic conflicts relevant to 21st Century readers and we’ll jump on it – wherever you want to set it!

      So much good luck with you writing – as with Wendy, I know how excited we were by your voice!!

      (And I’m a fan of Anne & Janice’s books too ;-)

      Posted by Lucy Gilmour | July 1, 2010, 8:48 am

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