Karen Jones

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 ELIGIBILITY: Unpublished authors Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years Entries must be the author’s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/
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Darlene, thanks for the update. Please tell him to hurry. Karen
  12. 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
  13. The 2015 Beacon is OPEN for unpublished entries! Contest Runs August 1-31, 2015. FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS BEACON CONTEST Open to all authors of romantic fiction. Published authors are eligible to enter any category in which they have not been contracted and/or published in book length fiction (40,000 words and over) in the last 3 years. (Self-published authors are considered published.) CONTEST DETAILS: Entry: First 25 pages of the manuscript. The Beacon accepts electronic entries only. All entries in the first round will be judged by two trained judges. At least one of them will be a published author. Each finalist will be judged by some of the top editors and agents in the romance industry. Contest limited to the first 125 entries received. The deadline will NOT be extended unless in a case of man-made/natural disasters. Finalists will have an opportunity to revise the contest entry based on judges’ comments before the final round. Each entrant will receive their overall ranking compared to other entrants in their category. Finalists announced by October 15th. (All finalists will have an opportunity revise their entries before the final round.) Winners announced by December 15th. First place in each category receives a Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists and winners receive a certificate, and of course – BRAGGING RIGHTS! Check out these AMAZING final round judges! Category Length Romance Agent: TBD Editor: TBD Contemporary Romance Agent: Rebecca Strauss–De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency Editor: Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press Erotic Romance Agent: Sara Megibow-KT Literary Editor: Kristine Swartz–Berkley Historical Romance Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan–Sanford J. Greenburger Editor: Madeleine Colavita–Grand Central Publishing Inspirational Romance Agent: Melissa Jeglinski–The Knight Agency Editor: Shana Asaro–Harlequin Love Inspired Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance Agent: Nalini Akolekar–Spencerhill Associates Editor: TBD Romantic Elements Agent: Shannon Hassan-The Marsal Lyon Agency Editor: Katherine Pelz-Berkley Romantic Suspense Agent: Beth Miller-Writers House Literary Agency Editor: Rebecca Lucash-Harper Collins Young Adult Romance Agent: Laura Bradford-The Bradford Agency Editor: Candace Havens-Entangled Publishing Sign Up: http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com/contests-3/beacon-contest/ Questions? For more information please contact the Beacon Chair at fcrwbeacon@ymail.com
  14. The coordinator for the Southwest Florida Romance Writers chapter has asked us to help promote their annual Joyce Henderson Contest for: unpublished authors; indie authors who are not eligible for PAN; and traditionally published authors who have not published within the last five years. Entrants need not be RWA members and several manuscripts have been sold through their contests. The fifteen contest finalists (three each from the five categories) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents. The categories and final judges: Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction) Dawn Dowdle, Literary Agent for Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Historical Isabel Farhi, Editor at Penguin/Random House Publishing. Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy Susan Brower, Agent for Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Young Adult Lee Lawless, Editor for Tor/Forge Publishing. Romantic Suspense Junessa Viloria, Editor for Random House Publishing. Submissions: The first twenty pages of an unpublished manuscript which is a romance or features romantic elements, including a one page synopsis that will not be judged. This manuscript should have all rights available. Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 1, 2015. For more information, please visit SWFRW’s website: https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/ If you have any questions, contact Joyce Heath (jgheath@eagle.fgcu.edu) (jay gee heath) for Veronica Worthington (Vee Worthy) Contest Coordinator. 239-424-8043. This is my home phone and it doesn’t text. Karen
  15. Permission to forward encouraged and granted NY Times & USA Today bestselling author and Self-Publishing Star, LILIANA HART Set to Pack the House Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) is excited to host New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Liliana Hart on Saturday, September 12th, at the Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN. Ms. Hart will deliver a program on The Future of Self-Publishing from 12p.m. to 4p.m. Program content: It's easy to get lost in the loops, the digests, and the gossip when it comes to self-publishing. The good news is self-publishing and ebooks are here to stay. And it's only going to get bigger and better. Liliana Hart will discuss the future of self-publishing and how authors can be discovered in a saturated market. Topics included: Algorithms, Back Matter, Social Media and Marketing That Works, Street Teams, Foreign Translations, Audio, Diversifying Your Books, Moving From Small Time Writer To Big Time Corporation, and much, much more. IRWA encourages attendee registration for this event, as the library’s auditorium seating is limited. This event is geared toward writers and is free. Deadline to register is September 11. A room block is available at Embassy Suites Downtown (110 W. Washington St., Indianapolis 46204) for $139/night. The link and discount code will be included in the registration confirmation email. Deadline to reserve a room in the block is August 11. King Bed Suites may be changed to Double Bed Suites for no extra charge by calling Embassy Suites at 317-236-1800. Register today at https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1520 For more information regarding this event, or if you are interested in conducting an interview or guest spotlight email Jillian Jacobs at jillianjacobs3@yahoo.com. Indiana Romance Writers of America is a local chapter of the national organization, Romance Writer’s of America. Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements his/her main income.