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  1. Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love Contest – Pubbed & Pre-pubbed authors Note from Karen: This contest provides the opportunity to revise your entry before the final round if you’re a finalist. The deadline has been extended to April 8th. It all starts with a dream and a 7500-word submission... This contest is for both Published and Pre-Published Authors. This year, instead of a Published Author "catch-all" category, each subgenre will have a Published Author track, so your entries can be judged against other published author entries in your genre! NO SYNOPSIS! And you don't have to have a completed manuscript to enter... just the first 7500 words of your manuscript. First-round feedback from published and pre-published judges and the opportunity to revise your entry before the final round if you are a finalist! Visit us for more details on eligibility and entry requirements! We have a great line up of agents and editors for our Final Round: Long Contemporary – Published Author: ANN LESLIE TUTTLE, AGENT, DYSTEL,GODERICH & BOURRET LLC Long Contemporary: GABRIELLE KELLY, GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING Short Contemporary Romance – Published Author: JESSICA ERRERA, AGENT, JANE ROTROSEN AGENCY Short Contemporary Romance: AMANDA LEUCK, AGENT, THE SPENCERHILL AGENCY Historical Romance – Published Author: JENNIE CONWAY, ST. MARTIN'S PRESS Historical Romance: ALYCIA TORNETTA, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING Romantic Suspense – Published Author: MARTIN BIRO, KENSINGTON PUBLISHING Romantic Suspense: ALLISON LYONS, HARLEQUIN Young Adult Romance – Published Author: KARLY KASERVA, AGENT, FUSE LITERARY AGENCY Young Adult Romance: REBECCA STRAUSS, AGENT, DEFIORE AND COMPANY Paranormal Romance – Published Author: KAT ENRIGHT, AGENT, THE SEYMOUR AGENCY Paranormal Romance: ALETHEA SPIRIDON, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING Top Prize: 1st Place in each category – $50 plus ONE free manuscript entry into either of VRW's annual contests; 2nd and 3rd place will receive a certificate and free entry in next year's FOOL FOR LOVE contest. (I know VRW has the Holt, this is different. Published authors can submit their UNPUBLISHED manuscripts for feedback and chance at review from final judges. It's a way to support the chapter and get your work seen by an industry pro if you are in the market for one.)
  2. West Houston RWA is Proud to Present an All-Day Workshop with Skye Warren http://www.skyewarren.com/ November 10, 2018 Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance with over one million books sold. Her author business started as a five-figure struggle with long hours and a constant fear she wouldn’t make enough to pay the mortgage. Investing in marketing and Facebook ads is what transformed her business into a high six-figure salary working four hours per day. It's her goal to empower romance authors to sell more of the books they work so hard to write. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat. 10:30 am - Noon Facebook Ads for Romance Authors How can you sell more books every day? Let's talk about how to make effective Facebook ads so that you're always finding new readers. Topics include: effective ad images with limited design skills, copy that makes readers one-click, and how to target audiences that are right for your books. Google can tell you how to boost a post, we're going to talk about how to make ads profitable specifically for romance authors. Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch and Book Signing Croissant Sandwich and Salad Lunch included in the price. (Multiple vegetarian selections available.) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Make Your Next Book Launch Bigger Are your new releases reaching more readers than your last one? Visibility and marketing in the book world is constantly evolving. Find out what’s working now to make the most of your time and money. This workshop includes specific launch strategies including advertising, packaging, and viral marketing strategies to make a book launch bigger. This workshop is designed for authors with an established platform who are looking to grow. Price: WHRWA Members: $20.00 RWA Members: $30.00 General Public: $40.00 Register at: http://www.whrwa.com/november-workshop-registration/ Karen
  3. 2019 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Opens: September 1, 2018 Closes: October 2, 2018, midnight CST Eligibility: unpublished in the category entered. Entry: First 5600 words, no synopsis. Categories: Contemporary-Long Contemporary-Short Historical FFP/Paranormal Romantic Suspense YA. Judges: First Round Judges: Published in Romance, PAN authors or PRO authors who give positive, helpful feedback. Final Judges: Two publishing professionals: agent and editor for each finalist. Top Prize: Silver Emily Pin and Certificate for winner, $100 Grand Prize. FMI: http://whrwa.com/theemily/. Best regards, Janice Martin, Chair The 2019 Emily Contest West Houston RWA emily.contest@whrwa.com
  4. San Francisco RWA is conducting its Heart-to-Heart Contest, open to unpublished authors of work in six different genres. They have some great talent lined up to read entries: highly-accomplished first-round author judges and two agents and one editor in each category for final rounds. The categories are: -Contemporary Romance -Romantic Suspense -Erotic Romance -Historical Romance -Speculative Romance -Young Adult For a complete list of eligibility guidelines, please visit the Contest Rules page: https://sfarwa.net/contests/contest-rules/. Here are our rules, at-a-glance. - Publication Status: Authors should be unpublished in novella- or novel-length work for at least five years - Word Count: First fifteen pages (limit: 4,000 words--no synopsis required) - Entry Fees: $25 for general entrants, $15 for SFA-RWA members; no RWA affiliation is required - Submission Format: Electronic only, according to formatting guidelines I'm happy to take questions at heart2heartcontest@gmail.com, or, if folks are ready to enter, they can do so here: https://sfarwa.net/contests/enter-the-contest/ Kilby Blades
  5. Karen Jones

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    Deanna, you have something in common with many other writers, including ones who are very very well known and super successful. If you’re not already a member of Romance Writers of America, I strongly encourage you to join. Through RWA and its local and online chapters, you can get training and become part of a community that provides support to help with the fear of failure thingy. Plus, talking with other writers in person or online is fun. Even when the advice you hear is something like "you can't fix a blank page." That's from Nora Roberts. Here’s the link to join https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=521 After joining RWA, you can join a local chapter if there’s one nearby. Wherever you live, you can join an online chapter – like RWA Online. We would love to have you join us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via our contact page https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=272 Karen N. Jones President, RWA Online (RWAOL)
  6. Mid-Michigan RWA 2018 Best Banter Contest For Published and Unpublished Writers *****PERMISSION TO FORWARD IS GRANTED & APPRECIATED***** Enter up to 1500 words of your best banter. Categories include contemporary romance, historical romance, and paranormal romance. We are in the process of getting our final judges of agents and editors. Watch the contest website (bestbantercontest.com) for the list. 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, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The contest welcomes both traditionally published and self-published authors. 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: September 10, 2018 (midnight EST) Cost: $20 per entry. (MMRWA members - $15) Check the contest rules and frequently asked questions on the website (bestbantercontest.com). ***Any category receiving fewer than 5 entries will be closed, and money refunded to those who have entered. *** For more information, you may contact the contest chair, Jessica Jefferson at mmrwabestbantercontest@gmail.com
  7. Just in case you didn't get this from RWA. Learn how to build your platform and grow your audience in our latest RWA University class, "The Art & Business of Author Platform" with industry expert Jane Friedman. In this class, Friedman will help you gain a better understanding of your existing and potential readership, find ways to optimize your brand, increase your reach, and identify opportunities for collaboration. The Art & Business of Author Platform Published authors always have one thing in common: they seek an audience for their work, and almost always a bigger audience. Having a strong and growing readership helps turn writing into a sustainable, full-time career. But what leads to readership growth? And what can you do, especially without a publisher’s help (or a large bankroll), to encourage that growth? This session helps you better identify and grow a readership, whether you’re traditionally published or self-published. Sometimes this is called “platform development.” Author platform is one of the most difficult concepts to explain in publishing, partly because everyone defines it a little differently. But by far the easiest explanation of platform is: visibility to your target audience—which translates into an ability to sell more books. Date: March 29 Time: 12 p.m. CDT Cost: $5 Register: http://www.rwa.org/rwau Note: Webinar recording will not be available for purchase after the event. About Jane Friedman Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com; her expertise has been featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets. Jane has delivered keynotes and workshops on the digital era of authorship at worldwide industry events, including the Writer's Digest annual conference, San Miguel Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, Frankfurt Book Fair, BookExpo America, LitFlow Berlin, and Digital Book World. She's also served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund, and has held positions as a professor of writing, media, and publishing at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia. Her newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press, 2018). Romance Writers of America www.rwa.org/rwau 832-717-5200, Ext. 126
  8. When: Friday, May 4th Where: Woodbury, NY Hello, Please forward this to your membership, for an excellent opportunity for them to attend a low-key event and get to pitch to top agents and editors! Long Island Romance Writers (RWA Chapter 160) would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend the upcoming 21st Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Editor/Agent Networking Luncheon. We have more than 20 agents and editors attending this popular networking event, which will be held on Friday, May 04, 2018, from 12:00-4:00 pm in the elegant Somerley Room at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, New York. The cost to attend the Luncheon is $75 for non-LIRW members and $55 for members. For more information on the attending agents and editors, and to register, please go to www.lirw.org. LIRW’s annual Luncheon enjoys a well-deserved reputation among industry professionals on the lookout for the next Nora Roberts or Janet Evanovich. It’s an outstanding opportunity for writers at all stages of their careers and across many genres to pitch or simply chat with editors and agents. Many authors made the initial contacts that would launch their careers at the LIRW Luncheon. The guest speaker this year is Damon Suede. Damon grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet. Addictions: sweetness that isn’t sentimental, wit that isn’t bitter, strength that isn’t cruel. Allergies: professional victims, half-assery, clichés. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and currently serves on its national Board of Directors. He also served as the 2013 president for the Rainbow Romance Writers, RWA’s LGBT romance chapter. Though new to gay romance, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He’s won some awards, but his blessings are more numerous: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Note: We offer pickup and return to the local LIRR train station for those who wish to travel to the Luncheon from Penn Station in Manhattan. If you decide to stay overnight, Fox Hollow has hotel accommodations available (http://www.theinnatfoxhollow.com). We’re happy to provide a list of local hotels upon request. In recent years the Luncheon has sold out early. We urge you to share the above information with the members of your organization, and if possible, to include it in your newsletter. Feel free to contact us at luncheonlirw@gmail.com with any questions or concerns! Thank you and best wishes, Best, Vivi Parish 2018 Luncheon Chair Emma Sinclair 2018 Vice Chair www.lirw.org
  9. ''Double, Double, Toil and Trouble'': The Dangers, Politics, and Misconduct in Police Work Starts: April 1, 2018 Instructor: Wesley Harris Class Description: Understanding the world of police work is essential to write accurately and realistically about cops and crime. Enhance your stories by revealing what happens behind the scenes beyond the crime-fighting—the fears, the infighting, the occasional transgressions. This course is divided into three topics. The first week covers the dangers of police work, how cops are taught to survive and the mentality that can arise from that training to create an "us versus them" attitude. The next session explores office politics, how internal pressures and outside influences affect individual officers, their performance, and their stress level. The course wraps up with a detailed look at misconduct and corruption, its magnitude and how it occurs. The internal affairs process will be discussed, including what an officer goes through when accused of misconduct or involved in a critical incident. Bio: In addition to a law enforcement career spanning over 40 years, Wesley Harris has written professionally for over three decades, authoring several books and many articles on police procedure and American history. His work has appeared in national magazines like POLICE, Law Officer, Mature Living, Wild West, and America’s Civil War. He has served in nearly every position in law enforcement—patrol officer, detective, trainer, section commander, and police chief. Currently, he is a manager for Louisiana State Parks and serves on the criminal justice faculty of the University of Phoenix. He also operates WriteCrimeRight.com, a consulting and editing service for writers. The Sizzling Scintillating Synopsis Starts: April 1, 2018 Instructor: Suzanne Purvis Class Description: The goal of this class through lessons, assignments, and plenty of feedback is for you to come away with a sizzling, scintillating synopsis. A synopsis that will get the attention of an agent, editor, contest judge and prove you’re a professional and talented storyteller. Bio: Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “Y'all.” An author of long, and short fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks. www.suzannepurvis.com To see all of KOD’s awesome workshops, go to: http://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin-classes. To register, go to: https://www.rwa.org/2018coffin. Workshops are $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Are you a Murderously-inclined Romance Writer? Join KOD! https://www.rwa.org/joinkod2018 From Kathy Crouch
  10. KOD just sent and email with info about the categories in their unpublished-author contest that are still open for entries. ~ Permission to forward granted and appreciated ~ Excuse us for barging into your day. But if you are a mystery/romantic suspense writer, this is too important not to say STAT! These are the categories available in the 2018 Unpublished Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. While we’re trudging through social media traffic, we thought we might mention: The AGENTS and EDITORS in these categories are ACTIVELY ACQUIRING. If your career is on life support, this contest might be better than a shock to the system! CATEGORY (SERIES) ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE AGENT: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency EDITOR: Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue HISTORICAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE AGENT: Danielle Egan-Miller, Browne & Miller Literary Associates EDITOR: Carolyn Coons, Avon Books/Harper Collins INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE AGENT: Tamela Hancock Murray, The Steve Laube Agency EDITOR: Emily Rodmell, Love Inspired Suspense PARANORMAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE AGENT: Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret EDITOR: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks, Inc. SINGLE TITLE ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE AGENT: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown, Ltd. EDITOR: Jennifer Monroe, Penguin Random House MAINSTREAM MYSTERY/SUSPENSE AGENT: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency EDITOR: Rachel Jackson, Henery Press Gotten stuck in the road with no defibrillator? No problem. Go to www.rwakod.org/daphne to check out the rules on how to enter. For questions, email: Brooke at daphnecontest@gmail.com Published Authors: If you have a Mystery or Romantic Suspense with a 2017 copyright, we have open categories for you, too. But don't delay too long—Mainstream-Published has already capped! Go to www.rwakod.org/daphne to check out the rules on how to enter. For questions, email: Brooke at daphnecontest@gmail.com Realize when we say STAT we’re not exaggerating. The contest ends on March 15, 2018. Good luck and good publishing.
  11. From Janice Martin, contest chair for the 2018 Emily Contest Dear Members of RWA Online, I’m writing you about West Houston RWA’s 2018 Emily Contest for unpublished romance, which opens on October 1, 2017, and closes at midnight on November 2, 2017. The Emily has strong final judges and a history of frequent requests for our finalists. We are proud of our first-round feedback for entrants in all our six categories. Our contest details are: ***SHARING PERMITTED & ENCOURAGED*** The 2018 Emily Contest Sponsor: West Houston RWA Fee: $25 WHRWA members / $35 all others Entry Dates: 10-1-17 through 11-2-17 Details: 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 Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing Corp, and Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency · Contemporary Romance-Short: Editor Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC, and Agent Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency · Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance: Editor Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group, and Agent Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company · Historical Romance Editor Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance, and Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary · Romantic Suspense: Editor Laura Costello, Sourcebooks, and Agent Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency · Young Adult Romance: Editor Alyssa Miele, Harper Collins, and Agent Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency Category Winners will receive the silver Emily pin, a certificate suitable for framing, and will be eligible for the $100 Best of the Best Prize. In addition, all finalists may attend, free of charge, the March 10, 2018, Emily Awards Luncheon and All-Day Workshop, featuring multi-published author Sharon Mignerey who will present a 2-part workshop: Scene Craft and Characters Need M&Ms. FMI: Email Janice Martin, Emily Chair at: emily.contest@whrwa.com or go to: http://whrwa.com/theemily/ Thank you for sharing our contest information with your members. Best regards, Janice Martin, Chair The 2018 Emily Contest
  12. The Star-Corssed Covers Contest is now OPEN. Entries are accepted until September 1st. ***************** PERMISSION GRANTED TO FORWARD STAR Crossed Covers Contest 2017 Sponsored: by SpacecoasT Authors of Romance Enter at https://authorsofromance.com/star-crossed-covers-contest-rules-2017/ $100 prize for the best Cover and Promo Blurb! Our contest is unique in that judges will vote on your book’s cover and its promo blurb in combination on PINTEREST. Those carefully-worded hints about the story inside have to work with a knock-out cover to grab a reader’s attention and get them to buy your book! The judges include bestselling and award-winning Romance Authors who love to read Romance, and who better to judge the effectiveness of your cover image and well-crafted blurb? Plus once the contest is underway, you can “share” the contest and let friends view your contest entry on Pinterest. ENTRY FEE: $20 ELIGIBILITY:Traditionally published and self-published books of Romance Fiction with an original published date of 2016-2017 are welcome (See rules.) CONTEST OPENS: August 1, 2017. DEADLINE:September 1, 2017 ENTRY: All electronic. Enter your 2016-2017 published book cover (up to deadline date) AND promo blurb (up to 75 words.) Covers will be featured on Star-Crossed Cover Contest Pinterest board. CATEGORIES: One category JUDGES: STAR (FL) chapter members, including multi-published, award-winning and bestselling authors. AWARDS: First place winner receives $100 prize! Second and third place winners, will get a digital badge for their website, signature line and cover. The winning covers will also be featured on Pinterest after the contest to pin and share! Winners announced November 15, 2017 STAR-Crossed Cover Contest Coordinator: Larissa Emerald, larissaemerald@gmail.com
  13. This was also just posted on the leadership loop. The link to the page is http://coloradoromancewriters.com/contests/covercontest/ Entry Rules and Information Submission opens June 15th, 2017 AND ends August 30th, 2017. The 2017 Rocky Mountain Cover Contest has adopted the following contest rules: 1.Entries must have an original copyright date of 2016 or 2017. 2.An official entry consists of a jpg 3.An official, completed form, and must be filled out with which category.•The $15.00 entry fee, paid via PayPal or check/money order.•If paying by check or money order, make payable to Colorado Romance Writers. •If paying via PayPal, include your name, book title, and category in the form’s “Optional Instructions” section. 4.Titles must be entered into one category only. No double entries allowed. 5.Authors may enter multiple titles, as long as each title meets the entry qualifications. 6.In lieu of three (3) final published copies of a print book, CRW will accept advance or bound galley copies. 7.The contest Coordinator reserves the right to disqualify any entry if all rules are not fully met.
  14. This was just posted on RWA’s leadership loop so I apologize for the late notice. The New York City chapter is conducting it’s Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” contest. Info is presented below but here’s the link to the page. I’ve also attached their attractive “postcard.” Eligibility: Published submissions only, with an original publication date of January 1st, 2016—December 31st, 2016 (manuscript must have been published via traditional publishing, self-publishing, or small press, and must be available on platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) Timeline: Submissions open: July 1st, 2017 Submissions Close: September 1st, 2017 Finalists Announced: November 10th, 2017 Winners Announced: December 2nd, 2017 Contest Structure: Full manuscripts only! Entrants may submit multiple books (a full entry fee will be applied to each submission). A single title may not be entered into multiple categories The top three selections in each category move to the final round. There must be a minimum of five entries per category, or the category will be dissolved (entrants will have the option to drop out of the contest and receive a refund, or choose a secondary category for their submission(s) if their category is dissolved). Format: Electronic submissions only (pdf and or mobi) Cost: RWA:NYC Members: 1st title free; 2nd title and beyond, $25 per title RWA Members: $25 Non-RWA Members: $35 Categories: (Multicultural, LGBT submissions welcome in all categories) Contemporary Erotic Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy Romantic Suspense Historical Submission Process: Please click here to pay and begin your submission (your entry will not be complete until payment is received via PayPal). Please click here to complete the contest entry form. Please submit the electronic copy of your manuscript in PDF and or mobi to the contest coordinator at rwanyccontest@gmail.com Please make certain that you include both your given name, and pen name (if applicable) in the submission email. Once your entry has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email from the contest coordinator. Judging: First Round: RWANYC Membership & RWA Authors outside NYC chapter Final Round: Published Authors If you have any question, please feel free to contact the contest coordinator at rwanyccontest@gmail.com Karen
  15. 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.
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