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  1. Attention Romance Authors: The 2020 HOLT Medallion contest is open for entries! Romances with a 2019 copyright are eligible for entry in this reader-judged contest. Complete rules and entry form can be found at: virginiaromancewriters.com/holt-medallion/... If you have any questions, please email HOLTMedallion@gmail.com Note from Karen: Virginia Romance Writers conducts the HOLT Medallion contest. Way back when, I did a tiny bit of research on contests and found that the HOLT was highly recognized. (Hopefully, I wasn’t prejudiced since VRW is one of my local chapters—assuming at least two hours away is classified as local.) Karen
  2. The Washington (DC) Romance Writers’ Marlene is a must-enter contest for unpublished manuscripts for many writers every year. Entrants receive quality feedback from first-round judges and finalists will get exposure to industry professionals. Entries are due by December 31, 2019 Both published and unpublished authors may enter. Entry Fees: $35 WRW Member; $40 Non WRW Member 1st Place: Each Category winner receives a contest t-shirt, an entry review by a published WRW author, a digital badge, and will be entered in the “Best of the Best” round for $100 cash prize For information on categories and to enter https://wrwdc.com/marlene-contest/
  3. 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
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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)
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. ''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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Karen Jones

    Dear Guests!

    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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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)
  15. 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
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