Course Description

"Start Making Money as an Author of Bestselling Romance Short Stories and Novellas!"

"The Market is Ripe - and, If You Follow Rob Parnell's Uniquely PROVEN Advice, Your Success in This Fabulous Genre is Guaranteed!"

Listen - of all the fiction paperbacks published last year, over 55% of them were genre romance novels.

And that statistic goes for self-published books on Amazon AS WELL.

New authors can easily make hundreds of dollars a month writing and selling SHORT romance stories with as much or as little eroticism as you like.

There's a HUGE demand for all kinds of romance stories from SWEET and innocent to HOT and raunchy. All YOU have to do is find the genre spot where you're comfortable and then join the growing band of authors making money from this massive and growing marketplace.

In an industry worth over 3.5 billion dollars a year - and growing like no other genre, millions are earned by new romance authors on a daily basis (and this could be YOUR MONEY!)

These authors are not mega-stars or TV celebrities - they're just normal writers with homes and families, living happy family lives - but with one major difference - they're wealthy!

"Romance is the Most Popular Fiction in the World. It is also the Novel Writer's Most Profitable Market."

Did you know there are hundreds of millions of romance readers out there, some of whom read up to 20 romances a month? 

Even men make up an estimated fifth of all romance readers!

(It's also common 'insider' knowledge that around a tenth of romance authors are in fact men - who use female pseudonyms!)

Rob's unique writing course is a proven system for writing a GREAT and salable romance - endorsed by romance writers the world over.

Rob Parnell has compiled the 'formula', tested it, verified it with romance publishers and romance writing associations - AND already enabled hundreds of authors to get deals for their romance novels. (One of his students won the Whitbread Prize for best novel of that year!)

A staggering 9 out of 10 writers who've taken Rob's romance course and completed their (let's face it, relatively short) novels have gone on to get publishing deals - from the likes of Harlequin, Mills & Boon, Silhouette, even Harper Collins.

Now, YOU are could be only months - perhaps weeks - away from getting the publishing deal you've always dreamed about.

Because that's the power of the romance genre - the demand for new writers and new romance stories is literally HUGE. And it's always been out there, waiting for you.

All YOU have to do is find out EXACTLY what is required.

It's more than doable - by any writer with a few weeks to spare and a desire for success - and not a little fame. (Romance readers are very loyal by the way.)

The average advance for a category romance is between $5,000 and $15,000 - and you usually get royalties on top - say, $15,000 to $50,000 - for just ONE book!

Sales of romances are almost guaranteed. You don't need to be a big name author. Romance readers will buy your work anyway - simply because it's out there!

All YOU have to do is find out how to write EXACTLY what romance publishers want - and that is the bit this course makes SO easy for you!

This course shows you, step by simple step, how to invent your main characters, then how to structure your plot into a commercial romance story.

Here are the course contents:

Module 1. Introduction
Here we define the terms of reference, learn exactly what a romance is and ask, why write romance and is it for you?
Module 2. The Context of Romance

Discover the history behind this fascinating genre, gain the motivation you will need and take some easy course exercises to help you on your way. 

Module 3. Romance as a Fiction Genre
The place and purpose of romance in our society, the responsibility you must face when you write romantic fiction, the myth of the romance 'formula' and other frequently asked questions.

Module 4. Creating Characters

We deep dive into creating compelling heroines and perfect male leads. We study their motivations, their agendas and their aspirations with study and practical exercises.

Module 5. Idea Development

When it comes to writing, you need ideas. In this fun packed module we learn how to come up with romance story ideas, the rules for basic romance composition and address student pertinent questions. 

Module 6. Genre Specifics
Here we cover choosing locations, creating dialogue, how to keep your relationships lively and fascinating, and get to know the inside advice on SEX and weddings. With examples.

Module 7. Practical Considerations
How to learn (or not!) from other romance authors, making your writing space perfect, plus more questions from students answered with candor and authority.

Module 8. Completing Your Manuscript

A whole slew of tips and tactics to get you started like style and pacing, how to overcome the obstacles to perfect relationships (with examples) and how to create a totally satisfying ending to your romance story.

Module 9. Real World Issues
Crucial advice on how to write FAST, how to come up with hundreds of ideas for more romance stories, how to compete in the romance short story market, and how to go about getting published - or self publishing on Amazon and earning royalties EVERY MONTH.

All this and lots of exercises, extra information, tips and pointers on writing style, voice, point of view, dialogue, flashbacks, foreshadowing, creating drama, tension and, as you'd expect from Rob Parnell, fast and effective writing, editing and polishing.

There is also important advice on preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication. The BONUS section also includes a current market listing for romance publishers AND a list of romance literary agents.

Your Personal Instructor

Rob Parnell

Rob Parnell has been teaching online since 2002, specifically helping writers earn money from their passion. He is the proud founder of The Writing Academy, an online school dedicated to student success and authorial excellence.Rob has published over thirty number-one best-selling books on genre fiction authorship, freelance writing, motivation, productivity; getting rich, staying thin and healthy. When it comes to making a living from writing, composing music, and creating film projects, Rob is a man who knows what he's talking about! You'll enjoy his down-to-earth style and the feeling Rob somehow knows you like a friend! Rob has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's a compulsion. His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers - including his Purge detective novels and the popular Sherlock Holmes: Zombie Slayer series. Also a musician and composer, an accomplished singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior, and the popular best-selling children's author.They live miles from anywhere in their beautiful country farmhouse, its eleven acres tucked within inches of the stunning Flinders Ranges, with their beloved pets, Wally the dog and the cats: Jessie, and Iggy (because he's The Wild One.)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to Use This Course

    • How to Best Use This Course

  • 2


    • Defining the Terms of Reference

    • Introduction to Romance Writing

    • Why Write Romance?

  • 3

    The Context of Romance

    • A History of Romance

    • Your Motivation to Write

    • Pre-Course Exercises

  • 4

    Romance as a Fiction Genre

    • Place and Purpose

    • Your Responsibility

    • The Romance Formula Myth

    • FAQs

  • 5

    Creating Characters

    • Exercises to help you get started

    • Creating Heroines

    • Character Motivations

    • Character Aspirations

  • 6

    Idea Development

    • Coming Up With Ideas

    • Basic Composition

    • Quick Exercises

    • Point of View

    • A Quick Pep Talk

  • 7

    Genre Specifics

    • Choosing Setting and Location

    • Creating Great Dialogue

    • Conflict Management

    • Sex

    • Weddings

    • Interlude: On Barbara Cartland

  • 8

    Practical Considerations

    • Other Romance Authors

    • Your Writing Space

    • Common Questions

    • More Questions

  • 9

    Completing Your Manuscript

    • Style and Pacing

    • More Quick Tips

    • Overcoming Obstacles

    • the End

  • 10

    Real World Issues

    • Fast Writing

    • Short Stories

    • Ideas

    • Publishing

  • 11

    Bonus Items

    • Agent and Publisher Listing

    • Welcome To Romance - Useful Articles

    • The Complete Text Version


5 star rating

This is a wonderful course!

Marilyn Johnson

I have yet to write a romance, even though I've been sort-of studying the genre for about 15 years; have served as program chair and president of my local ch...

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I have yet to write a romance, even though I've been sort-of studying the genre for about 15 years; have served as program chair and president of my local chapter of RWA; and have helped many friends write, finish and submit their romance novels. Why? I think I've always felt that something was missing; I couldn't put it all together; that there must be tweaks or bits of knowledge I was missing so I could put it all together. I've written and sold many confessions; why couldn't I write a romance novel? Well, thanks to Ron Parnell and "How to Write a GREAT Romance," I now know. This course filled in all the blanks and then some.

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