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Novel Idea

Two writers followed their passion for romance . . . and ended up with a love story of their own.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What: Personalized romance novels

Who: J.S. Fletcher and Kathy Newbern of YourNovel.com

Where: Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Started in 1992

Who knew regular people could star as protagonists in romance novels? Upon hearing a friend's passing comment about the idea, writers J.S. Fletcher, 52, and Kathy Newbern, 46, decided it would make a great business. After purchasing a computer and a printer, the two launched YourNovel.com and immediately set out to write their first customized romance novel.

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