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  1. HOW TO TEACH AN ON-LINE CLASS HHRW May 10th - 21th, 2021 Instructors: Margaret "MA" Taylor and Pamela Moran COURSE DESCRIPTION Teaching an On-line Class is the perfect way to build your brand as a writer, develop a following and make some extra money. COURSE OUTLINE In this class we'll go over: How to move an idea from concept to Class Outline. How to prepare a class proposal How to structure your class. The best way to promote class participation. Using your class to build your Brand INSTRUCTOR BIOS: MARGARET "MA" TAYLOR AND PAMELA MORAN Margaret "MA" Taylor spent most of her adult life in law enforcement. She learned early on, she liked teaching as much as she did learning. An issue with a gun in a book she was reading led her to offer classes about law enforcement to writers. She teaches online and in person and the first in her Investigations 101 series (writers guides to law enforcement) is now also available in print. When she became the online class coordinator for RWA San Diego, she looked around, wondering why the chapter wasn't using the talent right there in their midst. A quick answer was that many didn't know how to approach putting a class together. So Margaret put together a class on teaching a class. Whether painting, out on a photo shoot or writing, Pamela Moran has always had a bend toward the creative side of life. Her favorite is when she can combine any of those with travel. Places get into her blood and she loves to explore the possibilities, always with characters and a story in mind. An astrologer for most of her adult life, Pam has been known to see auras & the occasional ghost. Considering she lives in a haunted house in the mountains of southern California, this keeps life interesting. Here’s the link to HHRW’s list of workshops with links to registering. https://hth.rwa.org/HTH/Events/HTH/Education/Education.aspx?CODE=HTH&hkey=cd163329-4c4c-4ce6-9df1-401bf4d9fd73
  2. Novellas and How to Knock ‘Em Out Fast presented by USA Today bestselling author Ivy Quinn Date: May 1 - 31, 2021 Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15 Non-A2P Member fee: $30 Details and registration here: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/ Questions: email Brooke at treasurer.a2pwrwa@gmail.com Full details and registration for all workshops at: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/
  3. Last Chance to Register Aged To Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers great month-long workshop in May you don’t want to miss! And this is your LAST CHANCE to register before they begin! “How’d I miss that?” (Self-Editing) presented by author, artist, and coach Kathryn Jane Date: May 1 - 31, 2021 Pricing: A2P Member fee: $15 Non-A2P Member fee: $30 Details and registration here: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/ Questions: email Brooke at treasurer.a2pwrwa@gmail.com Full details and registration for all workshops at: https://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/
  4. 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
  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. 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
  16. Darlene, thanks for the update. Please tell him to hurry. Karen
  17. 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.
  18. 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 workshops on the craft of writing, and publishing / marketing. For details, see http://acfwvirginia.wordpress.com/acfw-virginia-writers-conference/ If you plan to attend, please let me know. I might attend. Since I've gotten spoiled by RWA's rates for conference and it's $80 after today, I haven't decided. You can reach me through RWAOL's messenger or by emailing vp-communications@rwaonlinechapter.org Karen
  19. 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 the hotel. Karen
  20. 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~
  21. 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. • Legitimacy and illegitimacy. • A bit on Crime • Peerage law • Men of Law Instructor Bio: Nancy Mayer became interested in Regency research when a judge red-penciled her first regency for inaccuracies. Nancy says she has been researching and trying to write for longer than she wants to remember. There is always more to learn. She still has 10 unfinished Regency Era novels she started years ago. Research is easier than writing. Register at http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/regency-law/ ***Please paste the link into your browser.***If the registration menu does not work for any reason (ie show the wrong classes or not have the correct pull down menu for paypal) register for any course you are able. When you go to paypal use the note to vendor to type in the title of this course. Thank you for your patience. The web designer is working to solve the problem.
  22. 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 and I can quickly identify the ones with posts/replies I haven't read. And it's fun to use these emoticons -- this one is my favorite Now to the content of what we talk about. We discuss a variety of topics – so if you have a question about software for writing, whether to contact an agent/editor who has had your ms for X amount of time, a problem with your current ms, etc etc -- this is the place to get answers. And, of course, we celebrate successes and give support when needed. In addition, we have free workshops (and like the discussion forum, those are easy to follow) and a monthly discussion topic. We do quite a few things to support our published authors: Great interviews with new and emerging authors in our newsletter and we just started giving them authors a copy of their interview so they post it on their web site (this is a great way to get ideas and identify new authors to read An occasional advertisement in RWR (we still do that, don't we?) I think activities for PAN but I'm not eligible so I can't address that but we are discussing whether to have activities for PROs. And, best of all, is the authors you meet. I feel I've really gotten to know several and that really adds to reading their books. In summary, membership is high value -- and that's including the dues for RWA which you have to pay in order to join chapters like ours. Karen
  23. 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.

  24. 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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