Per the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, women’s fiction as a literary category is as follows: “Our stories may include romance, or they may not. They can be contemporary or historical and have magical, mystery, thriller, or other elements. Whereas the driving force of a romance novel is a love story, a mystery’s is the exposure of an event, a thriller’s is a fear-inducing chase or escape, etc., the driving force of women’s fiction is the protagonist’s journey toward a more fulfilled self. “
If your book is being published by Harlequin, I’m not going to like it. I know what they publish. I don’t like the style. I’ve tried. Please don’t. I really will hate it. I’m sure that your story is different and I’m missing out, but that’s something I’m willing to live with.