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Editing Romance Fantasy Books: Things To Pay Attention To

romance fantasy booksDespite the apparent popularity of romance fantasy books (and they are popular), it’s well known that the people who read them are mostly women. This probably suggests that the trick to editing books of romance fiction means bearing in mind that your target audience is undoubtedly female.

Despite the lion share of your audience being female, romance fiction books sell more in America than genres such as mystery, sci-fi, as well as non-fiction works, such as religious and inspirational books. In 2010 alone, 8,000 romance fantasy books were released.

For this reason, getting your romance book just right before it hits the shelves is hugely important. Get it wrong, and you miss out on all those readers who are dying for the next great romance fantasy books to warm up their evening.

Whilst this puts pressure on the writer to come up with an exciting, sensual story that illuminates the senses and grips the reader, there is also pressure on the editor to shore up the writer’s mistakes and make sure the book is as good as it can be.

Let’s have a look at some of the things you really ought to be paying attention to.

The Characters

One of the most important aspects of romance fantasy books is the characters. Sometimes the characters override the plot – sometimes they are the plot. For this reason, when editing romance fiction books, you need to be on the lookout for a few issues:

  • Are the characters well rounded
  • Do they have flaws?
  • Are they vulnerable?
  • Does the reader know enough about them?

The reader of romance fantasy books like a book drama want to know everything about the characters. They want to know what makes them tick, what their past relationships were, and what their romantic interests are.

The Tone

Tone is fundamental. You’re editing a romance, not a thriller. People who read romance fiction books know what they enjoy to read, and if you find that the tone is a little off in certain sections, consider a rewrite. Romance fiction books generally don’t possess brutal language, and they most certainly are not academic.

The Dialogue

Bad romance fantasy books are those that have really poorly conceived, really cheesy dialogue all over the place. It’s okay to include cheesy dialogue – in fact, it’s a given – but if you notice too much of it, it will stick out like a sore thumb to the reader and will irritate. Also worth mentioning is that romance readers enjoy a relaxing time when reading their books, and do not want to be slowed down by heavy use of accents that are hard for them to discern.

The Plot

Sub-plots are not a huge deal with romance fantasy books. Readers of this genre tend to enjoy reading about two characters and their escapades, with one or two minor characters – such as close friends and a comedy archetype. Watch out for heavy sub-plots that detract from the actual romance.

The Grammar

Particularly now in our world of self-publishing, grammar mistakes can easily get missed. You need to be super attentive when proofreading the work and make sure to iron out all errors.

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