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Karen Jones

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  1. 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. S
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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:/
  3. 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 opportu
  4. 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 elega
  5. ''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 aris
  6. 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 star
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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 P
  11. 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
  12. 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 199
  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. 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-pub
  16. This announcement was posted by one of my local-chapter members. It's not an RWA chapter, but an inspirational romance author recommended the national organization. Woodbridge, VA, is on I-95. It's south of Washington, DC. (Potomac Mills, a LARGE indoor mall, is also in Woodbridge.) Now to the announcement Permission to forward is granted The Virginia Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) is hosting a one-day writer’s conference on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Woodbridge, VA. In addition to appointments with a literary agent or headshot photographer, there will be 14 work
  17. Sharron, the New Jersey conference is definitely well recognized. I'm happy to see that I recognize several names. Plus I have known Sally from before she was published, and she's on my short list of historical writers. I haven't attended the conference, but thanks to one of Mo's announcements years ago, I did attend a two-day program they sponsored. Keeping in mind that I'm geographically challenged and did not grow up on the east coast--so Mo may need to correct what I say--there's a good chance you just need to take Amtrak and you'll arrive at a station that's a short taxi-ride from
  18. The Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America (CTRWA) still has a few spots open for its 2-Day Workshop with Hollywood story consultant Michael Hauge on March 21-22 in Meriden, CT. Note that Kristan Higgins will be joining Michael on Sunday to present a special workshop. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 15. For details and registration information, please see http://www.ctrwa.org/michael-hauge-workshop-.html. Jane Haertel Writing as Susannah Hardy ~Dishing Up Laughs, One Body At A Time~
  19. Note from Karen: I've been amazed by Nancy's knowledge of the Regency time period. If my time-traveling heroine had ever visited the early 1800's, I would take the course. But since she stopped in about 1450 until coming here ... Permission to Forward Granted and Enthusiastically Encouraged Register by: February 04, 2015 Class Dates: 02/02/15 - 02/28/15 Regency law is a workshop about the Regency heroine covering the legalities of her life as a single lady, as a wife, and as a widow. • How did one get married? • What if it were a ghastly mistake? • How marriages could be ended. • Legitima
  20. Julie, we have a very active on-line chapter but we have been neglectful of our guest section. One of our members asked us to post info on what goes on in RWAOL, why someone would want to join. The main reason is that it's easy to keep up with what a diverse group of authors have posted in our discussion forum. Our web mistress, The Pam, selected the software and it's easy to use once you learn how – and that doesn't take long. I subscribe to receive new posts in my email – so I'm alerted to something I want to read and comment on. When I go to the forum, I see a list of threads/topics
  21. Deborah, thanks for making your backlist available for download to my Kindle. I'll go shopping again. When I ordered one of your DragonFire books last week, I saw you had a work available in digital format only and downloaded Coven of Mercy.

  22. Cathy, thank you for reminding me about the guest lounge. It is to embarrassing to have a place to meet potential new members -- or where they can look in on us -- and then never visit it. And to our guests: Hope you join our chapter. We have really great discussions on the industry, craft of writing, and technical questions. For example, lots of information about agents was posted just before we could schedule agent appointments at National. I'll say bye for now and go post an answer to one of those technical questions. Karen
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