Karen Jones

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  1. The Long Island Romance Writers are hosting a 2-day Workshop given by the multi-talented Damon Suede on Sept 23-24. Space is limited, and registration will close when we reach capacity. Details can be found on their meeting page on their website lirw.org/site/meetings Location: Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn at Melville Address: 1575 Round Swamp Rd, Plainview, NY 11803 Phone: (516) 755-5552 Registration for LIRW members: $125 Non-member registration: $175 Here’s a snapshot of the sessions: Day One MOVING CHARACTERS: Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Compelling characters boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, hands-on tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction. SCENE & SEQUEL: Every story has a heartbeat. This workshop gets up close and personal with the bones of bestselling fiction based on Dwight Swain’s revolutionary approach to storytelling. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and flow with a clear structural strategy that simplifies the process of planning, drafting, and revising your book. Day Two GAME OF DESIRE: Keep your sizzle fresh at any heat level. Creating chemistry on the page requires a mix of playful art and rigorous craft. Whether sweet or raunchy, intimate moments have always been the beating heart of romance fiction. Fans call them “the good parts” and dogear them for a reason; love scenes are often where authors cut loose and romance gets closest to poetry. In this advanced session on intimacy, we go beyond the mechanics to tackle the interplay of flirtation, seduction, and conjunction so you can make love scenes a joy to read and write. PITCHES & HOOKS: This session tackles the wild, woolly world of pitches and unpack the way a high concept premise can anchor a project before and during the writing process. We’ll look at the importance of a clear hook, a free prize, and boiling a project into a logline that closes the sale, before and after publication. We’ll drill down into the challenges of summarizing your story’s strongest selling point.
  2. Pages From the Heart Contest *** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED & APPRECIATED *** Sponsored by From The Heart Romance Writers Submission Period: June 1 – June 30th Entry fee: $21 FTHRW members - $26 RWA members (US funds/Paypal) Multiple entries: $16 for subsequent entries Finalists will be announced September 1, and winners will be announced on or before November 6, 2017. Eligibility: Open to RWA members only. Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2017. Self-published authors are welcome. Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2017). Entry: Up to the first 6000 words of an original, unpublished, and uncontracted work. Categories in both the Unpublished and Published Divisions: Historical, Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, and Young Adult Judges: Three first-round judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped but will be used in case of a tie. Final Judges: Two judges per category. Second Round Judges: PUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Published Author – Short Contemporary Editor Patience Bloom – Harlequin Editor Kristine Swartz – The Berkley Publishing Group Published Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency Editor: Kerri Buckley – Carina Press Published Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Editor: Elizabeth May – Kensington Books Editor: Stephanie Doig – Carina Press Published Author – Historical Agent: Linda Scalissi – Three Seas Literary Agency Editor: Jennie Conway – St. Martin’s Press Published Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Editor: Keyla Hernandez – Harlequin Editor: Mary Altman – Sourcebooks Published Author – Young Adult Editor Alexandra Sehulster – St. Martin’s Press Editor: Alycia Tornetta – Entangled Publishing UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR DIVISION Unpublished Author – Long Contemporary Agent: Erin Niumata – Folio Literary Management Editor: Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks Unpublished Author – Short Contemporary Agent: Scott Eagan – Greyhaus Literary Agency Editor Janet Clementz – Soul Mate Publishing Unpublished Author – Historical Agent: Cheryl Ferguson – The Ferguson Literary Agency Editor: Erin Molta – Entangled Publishing Unpublished Author – Romantic Suspense / Mystery Agent: Andrea Somberg – Harvey Klinger Inc. Editor Kayla King – Harlequin Unpublished Author – Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel Agent: Julie Gwinn – The Seymour Agency Editor: Sarah Blumenstock – Berkley Unpublished Author – Young Adult Agent: Patricia Nelson – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Editor: Alice Jerman – HarperCollins HERO OF OUR HEART AWARD Agent: Nicole Resciniti – The Seymour Agency Editor: Susan Grimshaw – Penguin-Random House PRIZES All prizes are for all categories in both unpublished and published authors’ divisions. First Place: $30.00 (Payable through Paypal) Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report Second Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW + Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Third Place: Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Honorable Mention Website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report. Hero of Our Heart Prize: First place receives $50 (Payable through Paypal) + name in contest winners section of the RWA Report + and a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Second, through fourth place will receive a website/avatar graphic + printable e-certificate. Visit our website for contest rules and entry form: http://fthrw.com/pages-from-the-heart-contest
  3. *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD***** Mid-Michigan RWA announces 2017 Best Banter Contest For Published and Unpublished Writers Enter 5 pages or 1500 words of your best banter. Categories include contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and YA romance. Want to know who the final judges are? Check the bottom of the contest website home page (bestbantercontest.com) for the list of agents and editors. Are you eligible? For unpublished entrants, you may enter if you’ve not published in the last 5 years traditionally or self-published or contracted to publish at contest deadline. For published entrants, you may enter a work with the first copyright date between Jan. 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The contest welcomes both traditionally published and self-published authors. Contest details. Only Electronic submissions will be accepted. You will receive feedback via scoresheets with comments from first round judges and if you are a finalist, additional feedback from the final judges. Deadline: August 1, 2017 midnight ET Cost: $15 for MMRWA members, $20 for all other entrants Go to the contest Rules page for details, timeline, and FAQ. (http://www.bestbantercontest.com/rules) ***Any category receiving fewer than 5 entries will be closed and money refunded to those who have entered.***
  4. The Greater Detroit Chapter of the RWA is having a writer’s conference exploring craft in Troy, Michigan on Oct 20th-21st. All genres of writers are welcome. WHAT: http://gdrwa.org/conference-2017.html PROGRAMS · A keynote address by Beverly Jenkins, the recipient of RWA’s 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. · Workshops on Goal, motivation and conflict and the Hero’s Journey by Debra Dixon · Editor and agent pitch appointments available · Friday night Pre-glow with informal peer critiques and pitch polishing. Breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm. WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084 – a block of rooms is designated with reduced pricing HOW TO REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRuyNPLu_03oKWFHqeUaJHa0WwDwAqUwv1XUW7vU6yh_PktQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 COST *Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st! Cost: GDRWA Member: $85/Early Bird $75 RWA Member (none GDRW): $110/Early bird $100 Non-RWA member: $120/Early bird $110 For inquiries, please contact gdrwaconference17@gmail.com
  5. Darlene, I'll check with our web manager and get back to you. I won't be able to do that until Monday or Tuesday. Karen
  6. Note from Karen: Published authors can enter if they haven’t published in the category they are entering. *** Permission to Forward*** The SWFRW (Southwest Florida Romance Writers) annual Joyce Henderson Contest. ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished authors Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years Entries must be the author’s original work that has not been published or contracted to be published. Entrants need not be members of RWA. All English-language entries are welcome. We have had several manuscripts sold through our contests. The contest finalists (three from each category) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents. There are also cash prizes: 1st place: $50 and a Certificate of Achievement 2nd place: $20 and a Certificate of Achievement 3rd place: Certificate of Achievement Here are the final judges Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction) Editor: Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates Historical Editor: Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency Young Adult Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency Romantic Suspense Editor: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House Agent: Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency *NEW* Inspirational Editor: Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency Submissions: The first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements, PLUS a one-page, single-spaced, unjudged synopsis. The manuscript should have all rights available. Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 9th, 2016. For more information, go to our website: https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/
  7. Donetta, I understand your concerns. When you logged into our site last night, you should have seen RWA Online Workshops forum at the top. If you didn’t see that, let us know. Before the workshop starts, Patti Fischer, our VP-Programs, will open the Pre-Workshop Checkin. (It’s just like the one you can see now, except it will be for the October workshop.) If you want a little practice in using the forum, you can introduce yourself—or you can play with some of the discussions in the General Discussion forum. When Kathryn posts her intro or first lesson, the forum for the workshop will open. At that point, you can click the “follow forum” button in the top right corner, and you’re receive email-notifications when she posts new lessons/threads. If you’re interested in the discussion about a specific lesson, you can click the “follow topic” button in the top right corner of that topic and receive email-notifications when someone posts in that topic since your last visit. But you won’t receive all the posts—just the first one. To read the new-to-you stuff, just click on the dark blue button beside the title of the topic, and the system will take you to the first unread post since you last opened that thread. Let us know if you have any questions. Karen
  8. The 2016-17 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Entry Dates: 9-1-16 through 10-2-16 Enter the first 5,600 words of your unpublished manuscript (no synopsis!) in any of our 6 categories for excellent first-round feedback and top final round editor and agent judges. Categories and Final Judges: · Contemporary Romance - Long – Editor Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing, and Agent Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.; · Contemporary Romance - Short – Editor Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC, and Agent Carrie Pestritto , Prospect Agency; · Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance – Editor Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises, and Agent Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency; · Historical Romance – Editor Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing, and Agent Patricia Nelson , Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; · Romantic Suspense – Editor Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks, and Agent Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency; · Young Adult Romance – Editor Alice Jerman, Harper Collins, and Agent Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary. Category winners earn a certificate and a silver pin, and are eligible for $100 Best of the Best Prize. FMI, emily.contest@whrwa.com or http://whrwa.com/theemily/. Please let us know if you have further questions. I am the contest chair and you can reach me at Emily.contest@whrwa.com. Thank you for considering us. Sincerely, Melanie
  9. Registration Now Open! 2016 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference-information--- 2016.html October 14-15, 2016 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ **Prices** Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $250; Non-member, $275 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever! HelenKay Dimon: Keynote Speaker Terri Brisbin: Luncheon Speaker Tessa Dare: Special Presentation** Kathleen Gilles Seidel: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – A Goddess in Every Heroine **For first 100 registrants** Some things to expect: · Workshops for writers of all levels · Editor/Agent Appointments · NEW in 2016!!! Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals · Opportunities for Networking To register for the 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=500
  10. Amy, Not a problem. As far as I know, we're the only chapter where members do NOT have to register. So, it's good to emphasize that we don't register--we just show up. Karen
  11. Luckily, Julie contacted RWAOL through one of our contact emails, and I replied to her yesterday. Since I thought other guests--and some of our members--might have the same questions Julie did, I’m posting a modified version of the information I sent her. FYI: RWA Online is a chapter of the national organization, Romance Writers of America (RWA), rather than a web site for RWA. We were RWA’s first online chapter—founded in 1995. Occasionally, there is some confusion in the names, and we work around that. Even if I had been one of the founders and had a working crystal ball (mine broke in 1993), I still would have gone with RWA Online as our name. Okay, back on topic. I suggest using RWA’s critique-partner matching service. Just go to myRWA https://www.rwa.org/p/us/in Click on Resource Center, and it’s under Resources for Members. Register and answer a few questions. Then wait to see if someone contacts you. OR search, get a list of names, and start contacting other RWA members. (You have to be a member of RWA to use this resource.) Given the huge number of variables that go into making a critiquing-partnership work and the fact that those variables would be really really expensive to identify and measure, that’s about the best we can do. Maybe, someday, businesses will develop a process we could adapt, but I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. Other info: I’ve been keeping my eyes open for online workshops on critiquing—but no luck. There was one about a decade ago. Seems weird that more aren’t offered since having a critique partner is highly recommended by many people. But, it might be worth frequently checking RWA’s events page and browsing through the list of online workshops. Here’s the link https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=517#onlineworkshops (That resource is available to writers who aren’t members of RWA. I just checked.) I want our chapter to do something to support our members in critiquing, but we’re just not there yet. If you are a member of RWA and would like to join RWAOL, we would love to have you. To join: Click on http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/joinus.htm Complete the membership application, pay the fee for dues, and create your login. (Our system has step-by-step instructions for walking you through the process.) Not too terribly long after that, you will receive a welcome-email from us which asks for info about you so we can introduce you to our members. Karen N. Jones President RWA Online (RWAOL)
  12. 2016 Linda Howard Contest ***Linda Howard Award of Excellence*** We just received a request to post this. Only ten days left! Get your unpublished romance manuscript polished up and ready to go! Sponsor: Southern Magic (Birmingham, AL RWA) Fee: $25.00 Deadline: 10 pm (CST) June 30, 2016. Eligibility: Contest is open to unpublished and published authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, non-contracted manuscripts that will remain unpublished until the contest has concluded. Entry: Your manuscript will be read and scored by three trained judges who will give you invaluable feedback. The lowest of those three scores will be dropped. The three to five highest scoring entries of each category will go on to the final round. The finalists are given a week to incorporate any last minute edits from judges' comments, and then their entry and synopsis will be read by an editor or an agent. All you need is the first 5,000 words of your manuscript! Finalists will need a two page, maximum, synopsis. CATEGORIES: Short/Long Contemporary Romance- Final Judges: Single Title - Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Kensington Publishing Series - Pamela Harty, VP of Sales/Literary Agent, The Knight Agency Historical Romance- Final Judge: Patricia Nelson, Literary Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Paranormal/Futuristic/Fantasy Romance- Final Judge: Ansley Blacksstock, Acquisitions Editor & Author Development Liaison, Liquid Silver Books Young Adult Romance- Final Judge: Michelle Grajkowski, Literary Agent, Three Seas Literary Agency Romantic Sensual and Sizzling- Final Judge: Cheryl Yeko, Award Winning Author & Senior Acquisitions Editor, Soul Mate Publishing The Write Magic- For Southern Magic members only Final Judge: Kristy Hunter, Submissions Coordinator & Associate Agent, The Knight Agency Top Prize: Winner will receive a commemorative lapel pin and will have their name printed in the RWR. To enter go to http://southernmagic.org/lindahowardcontest.html For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Linda Howard Contest Coordinator at lhcontest (at) southernmagic (dot) org. Good Luck! Thanks, Jennifer Ray Linda Howard AoE Contest Coordinator
  13. Laura, Our workshops are free for RWAOL members, and we don't need to register for them. If you join, you can participate in a workshop (or all of them) just by visiting the Workshop Forum. $15 for non-members (as you had figured out). Karen
  14. Darlene, thanks for the update. Please tell him to hurry. Karen
  15. Do you write scintillating sexual tension? if you do, Passionate Ink is conducting the contest for you. Tobi Doyle, Director of Special Events for the RWA chapter Passionate Ink, has asked us to inform our members about their current Sexy Scribbles contest. Just sent them less than 3,000 words by December 15th. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1jDu3eQ Karen