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  1. NJRW 2018 Conference Registration is NOW OPEN! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Registration Now Open! 2018 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference For more information, go to: http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html For the link to register: Scroll to the bottom of this message and follow the link! October 19-20, 2018 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ Early bird registration -- May 28 through June 24, 2018 Rates: NJRW Member $235 /// Non-Member $260 Regular registration -- June 25 through October 5, 2018 Rates: NJRW Member $260 /// Non-Member $285 Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $50 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! The 2018 Lineup! Virginia Kantra: Featured Keynote Speaker Jane Porter: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Hope Ramsay: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Melinda Leigh: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($50) Rebecca Zanetti: Published Author Retreat Kickoff Keynote Here is your chance to spend time with some of the industry's most successful authors, in a more intimate setting! Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Book Fair & Author Signing • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents and Editors We will be adding the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Melinda Leigh Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Rebecca Zanetti Special Presentation – Hope Ramsay: "Using Archetypes to Find Your Love Story" Madeline Hunter -- Taking Your Writing to the Next Level Casey Hagen -- Taking the Plunge into Indie Waters ...and much more! To register for the 2018 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Lena Pinto, NJRW’s 2018 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or Leigh Raffaele, Assistant Chair, at LeighRaff@aol.com. For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org.
  2. Registration is close to capacity for the NJRW full day masterclass with Damon Suede on Saturday, April 14th. If you'd like to attend this event, don't wait to register! Seating is limited! NJRW is proud to present a full day masterclass with Damon Suede on Saturday, April 14th. Register now! Seating is limited! Based on techniques presented in his new book on characterization and story planning, Damon Suede presents a full-day masterclass on bringing stories to life and life to stories. This full-day workshop includes two masterclass sessions designed to help you tackle the issues and challenges specific to your creative process. MOVING CHARACTERS: action figures – 9am – 12pm Bestsellers start with fascinating people. Boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage with a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. In this deep-dive morning session, we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your people, your plots, your hooks, and your voice whether you’re a plotter or pantser, a beginner or an expert. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can bust your ruts and build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. CASTING CALL: starring roles – 1:30pm – 4:30pm For the afternoon, we’ll get personal and practical. Expanding on the techniques presented earlier, this session gets down to the nitty gritty of crafting your own fascinating cast without unnecessary trivia, digression, or theory. Spotlight your primary characters with a supporting lineup that amps the stakes and emotion in every scene. Bring a project that’s in process or start one from scratch in the room, and we’ll zero in on the best possible dramatis personae so your story can write itself. In addition, each attendee will receive a print copy of Verbalize, a new writer guide which lays out fresh, practical solutions which will expand on the day’s material. Most writing manuals skirt craft questions with gimmicks and quick fixes rather than plugging directly into your story’s power source. Energize your fiction and boost your career with · a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. · skill-builders to intensify language, stakes, and emotion for your readers. · battle-tested solutions for common traps, crutches, and habits. · a dynamic story-planning strategy effective for plotters and pantsers. · ample examples and exercises to help you upgrade fiction in any genre. Blast past overused tics and types with storycraft that busts your ruts and awes your audience with a fresh set of user-friendly, language-based tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable genre fiction. About the Presenter Damon Suede 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 and 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. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Though new to romance fiction, 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 counts his blessings more often: 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. Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com. Saturday, April 14th 9am – 4:30pm (Check in desk opens at 8:30am) Cost: $35 Cost of registration does not include lunch Pre-Registrations ONLY. Registration will NOT be taken at the door Be sure to act fast! Seating is limited! Register: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=793 Renaissance Woodbridge 515 US Highway Route 1 South Iselin, NJ 08830 Questions? Contact RoseAnn DeFranco, radefranco@gmail.com Secretary, NJRW 2018 Special Event Coordinator
  3. New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to present an all day workshop with Damon Suede! Saturday, April 14th 9am – 4:30pm (Check in desk opens at 8:30am) Cost: $35 (Cost of registration does not include lunch) Pre-Registrations ONLY In place of our monthly April meeting, NJRW is proud to present a full day masterclass with Damon Suede. Based on techniques presented in his new book on characterization and story planning, Damon Suede presents a full-day masterclass on bringing stories to life and life to stories. This full-day workshop includes two masterclass sessions designed to help you tackle the issues and challenges specific to your creative process. 9am – 12pm MOVING CHARACTERS: action figures - In this deep-dive morning session, we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your people, your plots, your hooks, and your voice whether you’re a plotter or pantser, a beginner or an expert. 1:30pm – 4:30pm CASTING CALL: Starring Roles – Expanding on the techniques presented earlier, this session gets down to the nitty gritty of crafting your own fascinating cast without unnecessary trivia, digression, or theory. Bring a project that’s in process or start one from scratch in the room. In addition, each attendee will receive a print copy of Verbalize, a new writer guide which lays out fresh, practical solutions which will expand on the day’s material. Register now here: http://www.njromancewriters.org/verbalize-with-damon-suede.html About the Presenter: Damon Suede 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 and 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. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Though new to romance fiction, 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 counts his blessings more often: 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. Damon would love to hear from you.... Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com. Questions? Contact RoseAnn DeFranco, radefranco@gmail.com Secretary, NJRW, 2018 Special Event Coordinator
  4. Help us to make our 2018 Put Your Heart In A Book conference the best ever. Submit your workshop proposal by April 15, 2018. The link to access the workshop submissions page is: https://www.rwa.org/e/sx/tk/eid=782 Please direct any questions you may have to Conference Chair Lena Pinto at confchair@njromancewriters.org or Assistant Conference Chair Leigh Raffaele at leighraff@aol.com.
  5. NJRW 2017 Conference Registration is NOW OPEN! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Registration Now Open! 2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference For more information go to: http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference.html For the link to register: Scroll to the bottom of this message and follow the link! October 13-14, 2017 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ Registration fee: NJRW Member, $260; Non-member, $285 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! ***NJRW Members...find the required key for your membership rate in a separate thread on the member loop!*** The 2017 Lineup! Kristan Higgins: Featured Keynote Speaker Nancy Herkness: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Eileen Dreyer: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – The Basics Are Still the Same! Damon Suede: PUB/PRO Speaker Here is your chance to spend time with some of the industry's most successful authors, in a more intimate setting! Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Our Second Annual Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Sarah Phair - Trident Media Marisa Corvisiero - Corvisiero Agency Kelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency Rebecca Strauss - De Fiore Literary ...and more to come! Editors Selena James - Kensington Debbie Gilbert - Soulmate Publishing Elayne Becker - Tor/Forge Cat Clyne - Sourcebooks Tiffany Shelton - St. Martins Jennie Conway - St. Martins Tina Moss - City Owl Press Yelena Casale - City Owl Press Rhonda Penders - The Wild Rose Press Jessica Verdi - Simon & Schuster ...and more to come! We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Eileen Dreyer “The Basics Are Still the Same” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Damon Suede Special Presentation – Elizabeth Hoyt "Holding Out for a Hero" Kristan Higgins – Soft Concept Plotting Nancy Herkness – The Subtle Art of Pacing To register for the 2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2017 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org
  6. ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** Early Bird Registration Now Open! 2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference.html October 13-14, 2017 Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ The Early Bird gets the worm….or in this case…the Early Bird Pricing!!! Early Bird Prices – May 15 – June 17 NJRW Member, $235; Non-member, $260 Prices go up June 18 – so get in early! Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $260; Non-member, $285 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! ***NJRW Members...find the required key for your membership rate in a separate thread on the member loop!*** The 2017 Lineup! Kristan Higgins: Featured Keynote Speaker Nancy Herkness: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt: Special Presentation Speaker **For the First 100 Registrants** Eileen Dreyer: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – The Basics Are Still the Same! Damon Suede: PUB/PRO Speaker Some things to expect: • Workshops for writers of all levels • Editor/Agent Appointments • Our Second Annual Trade Expo – Network with Author Service Professionals • Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Sarah Phair - Trident Media Marisa Corvisiero - Corvisiero Agency Kelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency Rebecca Strauss - De Fiore Literary ...and more to come! Editors Selena James - Kensington Debbie Gilbert - Soulmate Publishing Elayne Becker - Tor/Forge Cat Clyne - Sourcebooks Tiffany Shelton - St. Martins Jennie Conway - St. Martins Tina Moss - City Owl Press Yelena Casale - City Owl Press Rhonda Penders - The Wild Rose Press Jessica Verdi - Simon & Schuster ...and more to come! We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, also what they're looking for in terms of submissions, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, click here! Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Eileen Dreyer “The Basics Are Still the Same” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Damon Suede Special Presentation – Elizabeth Hoyt "Holding Out for a Hero" Kristan Higgins – Soft Concept Plotting Nancy Herkness – The Subtle Art of Pacing To register for the 2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, click here! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2017 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org .
  7. **Permission to forward granted and encouraged** 2017 NJRW Conference Call for Workshop Proposals Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017, 11:55 p.m. New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book Conference will be held October 13 & 14, 2017, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey. We are officially open for workshop submissions! We have an all-star lineup this year. Our speakers include Kristan Higgins, Nancy Herkness, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eileen Dreyer, and Damon Suede! You can submit your workshop idea here: https://www.rwa.org/e/ sx/eid=576 Workshop proposal submissions will be accepted from January 31 until March 31, 2017, 11:55 p.m. If needed, you may edit your proposal during this time. After March 31, NJRW will be closed to new workshop submissions and updates to existing proposals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Casey Hagen, conference chair, at confchair@njromancewriters. org or Lena Pinto, assistant conference chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail. com. We look forward to hearing from you!
  8. NJRW 2016 Conference Registration is CLOSING SOON! HURRY, DON'T MISS OUT! ***Now Featuring 2 New Events*** The First Annual Trade Expo! The First Annual Romance Trivia Extravaganza!! ***Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*** 5 Days Left! 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 with Book Sale! – Network with Author Service Professionals Opportunities for Networking Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend… Agents Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency Kelly Paterson, Corvisiero Agency Veronica Park, Corvisiero Agency Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Agency Jane Dystel, Dystel and Goderich Jessica Errara, Jane Rotrosen Agency Caitie Flum, Liza Dawson Associates Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis Rebecca Strauss, De Fiore Literary Agency Katie Shea Boutillier, Donald Maass Literary Agency Lisa Rodgers, JaBberwocky Agency Editors Selena James, Kensington Books Tessa Woodward, Harper Collins Rhonda Penders, The Wild Rose Press Treva Harte, Loose Id Jenn Mishler, Entangled Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing Jess Verdi, Crimson Romance Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin Desire and HQN Books Carly Silver, Harlequin Romantic Suspense Susan Litman, Harlequin Special Edition Dina Davis, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense and Harlequin Love Inspired Historicals Charles Griemsman, Novelists, Inc. We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! For a full list, visit http://www.njromancewriters.org/workshop-schedule.html Including the following: Pre-Conference Workshop – Kathleen Gilles Seidel “The Goddesses in Your Heroine” Special PRO Presentation/PUB/PAN Author Retreat Speaker Lou Aronica Special Presentation – Tessa Dare "Everything I Needed to Know About Writing, I Learned From Kindergartners" HelenKay Dimon – Writing with Action in Romantic Suspense and Every Other Genre To register for the 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=500! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2016 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com. For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org .
  9. New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to be hosting our First Annual Author Services Trade Expo. We hope that this will be an opportunity for authors attending our conference to connect with author services professionals. We are aware that many authors do double duty as author service professionals. If you are just such an author, we would be thrilled if you would consider showcasing your business at our event. However, spots are filling up fast! If you're interested in being part of the Expo, you'll find all the information you need below. Please fill out the Google form listed as soon as possible so I can get your name on the promotional flyer. We hope to see you there! ** This event will be held during the NJ RWA Put Your Heart in a Book Conference on October 15th. Each author service provider will be assigned a table in the ballroom to highlight their business. These tables are approximately 3-4 feet long. Your name will also appear on a flyer each attendee will receive in their registration packet, on our website, and on any other appropriate publicity material. During the event, you can network with potential clients. Feel free to distribute literature, show examples of your portfolio, offer sign-ups to your newsletter, and otherwise connect with authors looking for your services. This is your chance to BE SEEN. Cost: FREE this year! Future events may require a table fee, but this year, you only need to sign up! (Disclaimer: space is limited, so this is first come, first serve. Don't hesitate! Sign up now!) Location: Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ When: October 15, 2016 Time: 4:00-5:30PM. Set up begins at 3:30PM. I invite you to fill out the form Sign Up for NJ RWA's First Author Trade Expo!. To fill it out, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IQBy1-tmc-ZbBfqj_L_0hrCG1ndfK-q4ZUD71tRkxCA/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you for considering our event. We look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Marnee Blake marnee.blake@gmail.com Trade Expo Chair
  10. TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Only 27 Days Left! Register now for the 2016 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, October 14-15, 2016, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ http://www.njromancewriters. org/conference-information--- 2016.html **Prices** Regular registration fee: NJRW Member, $250; Non-member, $275; Pre-Conference Workshop Fee - $45 Look whose coming: HelenKay Dimon: Keynote Speaker Terri Brisbin: Luncheon Speaker Tessa Dare: Special Presentation (For first 100 registrants) Kathleen Gilles Seidel: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – A Goddess in Every Heroine Some things to expect: Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters! Editor/Agent Appointments NEW in 2016!!! Trade Expo with Book Sale! – Network with Author Service Professionals Opportunities for Networking To register for the 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, please go to www,njromancewriters.org! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2016 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com. For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org. Only 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!
  11. Here is an updated list of the editors and agents who will be taking appointments at the conference. Agents Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency Kelly Paterson, Corvisiero Agency Veronica Park, Corvisiero Agency Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Agency Jane Dystel, Dystel and Goderich Jessica Errara, Jane Rotrosen Agency Caitie Flum, Liza Dawson Associates Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis Rebecca Strauss, De Fiore Literary Agency Katie Shea Boutillier, Donald Maass Literary Agency Lisa Rodgers, JaBberwocky Agency Editors Selena James, Kensington Books Tessa Woodward, Harper Collins Rhonda Penders, The Wild Rose Press Treva Harte, Loose Id Jenn Mishler, Entangled Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing Jess Verdi, Crimson Romance Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin Desire and HQN Books Carly Silver, Harlequin Romantic Suspense Susan Litman, Harlequin Special Edition Dina Davis, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense and Harlequin Love Inspired Historicals We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site, www.njromancewriters.org, frequently for updates! If you have questions, please contact: Casey Hagen, NJRW’s 2016 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or, Lena Pinto, Assistant Chair, at lfpinto74@hotmail.com. For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org .
  12. We'd love to see our RWA Online friends at the conference! Do try to come Sharron Tan! So far our speakers will include besides Kerrelyn Sparks, Beth Ciotta, Julia Quinn and Margie Lawson: Susan Meier, Dee Davis, Terri Brisbin, Cyn Balog, Eliza Knight, Jan Coffey, Sally Mackenzie, and Eileen Dreyer Saturday we will be going over the workshop submissions to round out the rest of the workshops Mo Boylan NJRW 2015 Conference Chair
  13. ***Permission to forward granted and appreciated*** New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Conference will be held October 16th to 17th, 2015 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ. This year's Keynote Speaker is Kerrelyn Sparks, Luncheon Speaker is Beth Ciotta, Special Presentation is Julia Quinn, and the Pre-Conference Workshop will be given by Margie Lawson. If you have an interesting workshop and want to be part of this renowned regional conference, please visit us online at: http://www.rwa.org/e/sx/tk/eid=352 to complete the Speaker Submission form. If you have ideas for more than one workshop, please submit each one separately. Deadline for submissions is March 27, 2015 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mo Boylan at MoBoylan0228@aol.com, or Jenny Baskwell at jenny.s.baskwell@gmail.com or Nichol Phillipoff at ncphillipoff@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! Mo Boylan NJRW 2015 Conference Chair Jenny Baskwell and Nichol Phillipoff Assistant Conference Chairs
  14. PERMISSION TO FORWARD! With all the excitement on changes in the ether, we wanted to make sure you knew about an update on registration for New Jersey Romance Writer's Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. It's been extended! So if you thought you'd missed out, you haven't! For this great regional conference, scheduled to take place five weeks from now, October 22-23 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel just 25 minutes south of Newark Airport., there's still time to sign up at www.njromancewriters.org. We've told you some of the reasons why. Here's some more. As of last count we have 14 editors taking appointments...and 14 agents doing likewise, including the latest, Emily Sylvan Kim of the Prospect Agency. And you did hear that Leah Hultenschmidt of Sourcebooks will be joining us, didn't you? Here's an FYI: this is Leah's first conference taking appointments since she moved to Sourcebooks. What does this mean for you? Unlike National, when you might have had a chance to make one pitch (if you got your name in early enough) at NJRW's Conference, you have an opportunity to make your pitch to more than one professional. Not only do we have a full complement of editors and agents, but the speakers are top drawer. The list is headed by Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, Leanne Banks, and special presenter, Bob Mayer. Plus there's a veritable cross-section of the best writers in romance. Past and current RITA winners, countless of those who have been nominated., writers who are great teachers like Julianne MacLean and Madeline Hunter, humorists like Heidi Betts and MaryJanice Davidson, multi-published Harlequin authors like Rochelle Alers and Tori Carrington, YA specialists like Keri Mikulski and Cyn Balog. And there's many more! (Come back next week... we'll treat you to the more of the list...or you can go to www.njromancewriters.org and check it out yourself.) Have you registered? If you haven't, you have until October 4. But don't wait until the last moment because remember, you want to get one...or more...of those coveted editor or agent appointments! Go to www.njromancewriters.org and click on theconference registration tab. Got questions? Feel free to ask either one of us: Miriam Allenson Marlo Berliner Chair, 2010 NJRW Conference Assistant Chair msallenson@hotmail.com mberliner@rcn.com
  15. ***PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED*** Now that National is over, are you ready for the next big conference? Are you ready to take your writing career to the next level? New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is set for the weekend of October 22-23. Our Big Three speakers are Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, and Leanne Banks. Bob Mayer will run a very special half day pre-conference workshop, a really terrific extra. We've got over 45 amazing authors giving workshops. Plus, we already have more than two dozen editors and agents scheduled to take appointments: Agents Liza Dawson -- Liza Dawson Associates Jennifer Didik -- Loretta Barrett Books Elaine P. English -- Elaine P. English Literary Agency Heather Evans -- FinePrint Literary Agency Chelsea Gilmore -- the Maria Carvainis Agency Miriam Goderich -- Dystel and Goderich Literary Management Michelle Grajkowski -- 3 Seas Literary Agency Anne Hawkins -- John Hawkins & Associates Janet Reid -- FinePrint Literary Agency Adrienne Rosado -- PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc. Jennifer Schober -- Spencerhill Associates Susannah Taylor -- the Richard Henshaw Group Editors Amanda Bergeron -- Avon/Harper Collins Stacy Boyd -- Silhouette Desire Lia Brown -- Avalon Shannon Criss -- Kimani/Harlequin Jennifer Graham -- Avalon Susan Litman -- Harlequin/Silhouette Alex Logan -- Grand Central Publishing Evette Porter -- Kimani, Kimani Tru/Harlequin Megan Records -- Kensington Books Shawna Rice -- Harlequin/Silhouette Patience Smith -- Harlequin/Silhouette Shana Smith -- Harlequin/Silhouette To Be Announced -- NAL So, what are you waiting for? The earlier you sign up for these appointments, the better your chances of getting your top choices! Check it all out at www.njromancewriters.org. Or, if you want more details, get in touch with Miriam at msallenson@hotmail.com or Marlo at mberliner@rcn.com. Miriam Allenson, Chair, 2010 NJRW Conference Marlo Berliner, Assistant Chair, 2010 NJRW Conference
  16. PERMISSION TO FORWARD We continue the series we started where we give you reasons why you should register for our New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, October 22-23 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel just 25 minutes south of Newark Liberty International Airport. We totally know our headliners are great and you're going to love hearing them: Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, Leanne Banks. Giving a special pre-conference workshop, Bob Mayer. These four are the first reason why you should make the NJRW Conference a must-attend. But now comes REASON THREE for why you should attend the NJRW Conference: we're lucky enough to have four authors, who also happen to be 2010 RITA finalists, giving workshops! We're talking about Jessica Andersen in the Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure category, for "Mountain Investigation;" Cyn Balog, in the Young Adult Romance category, for "Fairy Tale;" Molly O'Keefe in the Romance Novella category, "The Christmas Eve Promise;" and Sherry Thomas in the Historical Romance category, for "Not Quite a Husband." We are very excited to have Jessica, Cyn, Molly, and Sherry giving workshops and know their sessions will be amazingly well attended. If you've signed up for the conference already, we look forward to seeing you. But if you haven't, don't miss a chance to hear these wonderful speakers at the NJRW Conference. Please go to www.njromancewriters.org to the Conference tab. To register, click on the second from the top link. PERMISSION TO FORWARD There's been a little gap between these postings. We're blaming the summer heat. In spite of the 90 degree days, nothing will stop us for long in our quest to make sure you have as many reasons as you need as to why you should register for our New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, October 22-23 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel just 25 minutes south of Newark Liberty International Airport. We love our headliners. Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, Leanne Banks? You're going to love them! Plus what could be better than attending a special pre-conference workshop, given by Bob Mayer? All by themselves, these four are the first reason why you should make the NJRW Conference a must-attend. But here we go with REASON FOUR for why you should attend the NJRW Conference: the executive and senior editors from Romantic Times, Faygie Levy and Elissa Petruzzi giving a workshop on how you, as a published author, an almost pubbed author, or even a sometime in the future pubbed author should approach media outlets. Who would know better than these two top-notch professionals? Faygie has been at Romantic Times sine 2005. She has helped reshape the magazine's content and focus to be more inclusive of all genres of fiction. Before coming to RT, Faygie was a working journalist herself, mostly in the Philly area, where she won numerous awards for her work. Elissa has been with RT since 2006. She, too, has a background in journalism. She has written for In Touch Weekly, the Baltimore Sun, and USA WEEKEND. These two great editors, who by the way love to talk with authors and get sneak peeks at books before they're released, are just the people you want to hear from as you contemplate that essential piece of promoting your writing career: earned media. If you've signed up for the conference already, we look forward to seeing you. But if you haven't, don't miss a chance to hear Faygie Levy and Elissa Petruzzi from Romantic Times at the NJRW Conference. Please go to www.njromancewriters.org to the Conference tab. To register, click on the second from the top link. Got questions? Email me off loop.
  17. PERMISSION TO FORWARD We continue the series we started where we give you reasons why you should register for our New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, October 22-23 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel just 25 minutes south of Newark Liberty International Airport. We totally know our headliners are great and you're going to love hearing them: Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, Leanne Banks. Giving a special pre-conference workshop, Bob Mayer. These four are the first reason why you should make the NJRW Conference a must-attend. But now comes REASON THREE for why you should attend the NJRW Conference: we're lucky enough to have four authors, who also happen to be 2010 RITA finalists, giving workshops! We're talking about Jessica Andersen in the Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure category, for "Mountain Investigation;" Cyn Balog, in the Young Adult Romance category, for "Fairy Tale;" Molly O'Keefe in the Romance Novella category, "The Christmas Eve Promise;" and Sherry Thomas in the Historical Romance category, for "Not Quite a Husband." We are very excited to have Jessica, Cyn, Molly, and Sherry giving workshops and know their sessions will be amazingly well attended. If you've signed up for the conference already, we look forward to seeing you. But if you haven't, don't miss a chance to hear these wonderful speakers at the NJRW Conference. Please go to www.njromancewriters.org to the Conference tab. To register, click on the second from the top link.
  18. ok I promised you more reasons WHY you should attend NJRW's conference. So here is another Yes, we know the headliners are great: Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, Leanne Banks, and, giving a special pre-conference workshop, Bob Mayer. Set for Friday and Saturday, October 22-23 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, the conference promises to be fantastic. Not only is there a great lineup of speakers giving dozens of fabulous workshops, but there are plenty or editors and agents to whom you can pitch your work. On the theme that we started earlier, here's REASON TWO for why you should register for the PYHIAB Conference. Editors and agents. Many of them. Editors from Avalon, Avon, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, and NAL. Agents from PMA, John Hawkins, the Maria Carvainis Agency, Dystel & Goderich, 3 Seas Literary and FinePrint to name just a few. Will you get an appointment? Do you want one? You might even get two! You'll find the place to sign up on the website: www.njromancewriters.org.
  19. PERMISSION TO FORWARD..... Hi there, Registration for New Jersey Romance Writer's Put Your Heart in a Book (PYHIAB) Conference is in full swing. Set for Friday and Saturday, October 22-23 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, the conference promises to be a knock-out. Not only is there a great lineup of speakers giving dozens of fabulous workshops, but almost two dozen editors and agents are already scheduled to take appointments, with more on the way. If you've signed up, great! We'll be thrilled to see you in October. But if you haven't yet, there are many reasons why you should. Like hearing our Big Three, Sharon Sala, Robyn Carr, and Leanne Banks speak. Plus…the opportunity to attend a special pre-conference workshop given by Bob Mayer. Every week – maybe even twice a week over the summer – we'll be giving you more great reasons why you absolutely cannot afford to miss the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. Here's REASON ONE: Peter Miller, literary agent extraordinaire, will be giving a workshop at the Conference. Miller, known as the literary lion, has been an active literary and film manager for more than thirty years. He is President of PMA Literary and Film Management, Inc. and Millennium Lion, Inc; he and his company have successfully managed more than 1,000 books worldwide, as well as dozens of motion picture and television properties. These works include eleven New York Times Bestsellers, and fourteen produced films that Miller has managed or executive produced. Miller has a number of film and television projects currently in active development, with some nearing production, in association with Warner Bros. Features, Warner Bros. Television, Paramount/DreamWorks, HBO, and many other producers and production companies. What does this mean to you? If you've entertained thoughts of not only writing that blockbuster novel of the year, but then seeing it get made into a movie, you absolutely, positively must hear Peter Miller speak. The title of his workshop is "Metamorphosis: Best Selling Novel to Hollywood." If you've got questions, please go to our website, www.njromancewriters.org or email me off loop and I will be happy to answer any and all. Look for REASON TWO soon!
  20. ******************************************* PERMISSION TO FORWARD ******************************************* By request, as a result of some recent changes in the featured speaker list, as well as the continued addition of editors/agents, the registration period for the New Jersey Romance Writers 25th anniversary conference has been extended to Sept. 24!! The 2009 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, Oct. 23-24 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin features Keynote Speaker Karen Rose, Luncheon Speaker Allison Brennan and Special Presentation speaker Angela Knight. In addition, Jennifer Crusie will be presenting a special three-hour, pre-conference workshop on "Revising Your Novel: What to Do When the First Draft Is Done," from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 23. Plus, there are 42 workshop sessions from a stellar group of speakers! The full schedule is available online at http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference...ce_schedule.asp Published authors get an added treat this year, as the PAN Retreat, extended once again, is kicked off by Beth de Guzman, Editor in Chief of Paperbacks at Grand Central Publishing. Known for her candid discussions about the romance publishing industry, she will be sharing her knowledge of the business and answering questions during an informal discussion and Q&A period. Roundtable discussion groups will follow! In editor/agent news, Harlequin/Silhouette editors Tracy Farrell, Gail Chasan and Krista Stroever have joined the list of editors and agents who have already agreed to accept appointments. We're updating the list for more - check out http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference...tsattending.asp for details. While we've made a slight extension in the registration period, you'll want to act fast! Register today at: http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference...egistration.asp Hope to see you there! Beth-Ann Kerber 2009 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Chair Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year! jnbkerber@verizon.net Mo Boylan President- New Jersey Romance Writers
  21. UPDATE: Jennifer Crusie to Speak at NJRW 25th Anniversary Conference! ************************************ PERMISSION TO FORWARD ************************************ Come celebrate New Jersey Romance Writers' 25 years with Karen Rose, Allison Brennan, Angela Knight, Jennifer Crusie, Grand Central Publishing's Beth de Guzman, and many more! This year's New Jersey Romance Writers Conference is just weeks away, and the excitement is building! As our 25th anniversary event, the 2009 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference features some additional treats this year for our attendees - including an expanded PAN Retreat kicked off by Beth de Guzman, and a first-time-ever pre-conference workshop. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Bob Mayer is unable to attend and host his Friday pre-conference workshop on novel-writing and his scheduled Saturday workshops. However, we are pleased to announce that New York Times best-selling author and two-time RITA winner Jennifer Crusie will be stepping in to do a three-hour workshop on Central Idea, Plot Structure and Character Arc, Friday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, prior to the official start of this year's conference. She will also be speaking on Saturday, Oct. 24, at workshop sessions focused on beginnings and endings, and the use of collage in writing. Jenny Crusie joins this year's prestigious featured authors, Karen Rose (Keynote), Allison Brennan (Luncheon Speaker) and Angela Knight (Special Presentation), as well as a stellar group of workshop speakers presenting more than 40 regular seminar sessions. In addition, the conference will be hosting editor/agent appointments, the Golden Leaf & Put Your Heart in a Book Awards Ceremony, a Literacy Book Fair and Author Signing, and more! The NJRW website is currently being updated to reflect this new information, and other special additions to the festivities. For more information, go to www.njromancewriters.org/conference.asp. To register, go to www.njromancewriters.org/conference/conferenceregistration.asp We'd love to have you there to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Regards, Beth-Ann Kerber 2009 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Chair jnbkerber@verizon.net Mo Boylan President- New Jersey Romance Writers!
  22. PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND DESIRED * * * * ********************** Registration for New Jersey Romance Writers' 2009 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is well under way! We have some great things planned for our 25th anniversary conference, Oct. 23-24, 2009, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel (formerly the Woodbridge Hotel & Conference Center), Iselin, NJ. It all starts with a stellar slate of speakers, led by featured guests Karen Rose, keynote; Allison Brennan, luncheon speaker; and Angela Knight, our Special Presentation Speaker for the first 100 conference registrants. NEW THIS YEAR: * Half-day Pre-conference Workshop, "The Novel: Idea to Completed Manuscript," with Bob Mayer. This special four-hour event will cover the following topics: * The Original Idea: The Heart of Your Story and Key to Selling Your Book - Say what your book is about in 25 words or less. * Conflict: The Fuel of Your Story - The Conflict Box focuses on protagonist, antagonist, goals and the conflict lock. * Outlining and Plot: The Events of Your Story - The entire structure of the novel will be covered, from hook to resolution. * Characters: The People of Your Story - The most critical component of a novel is character. How do you go from flat, two-dimensional characters to vibrant, three-dimensional ones? * Point of View: The Voice of Your Story - Use the concept of the "camera" and being the book's "director" to master point of view. * Expanded PAN Retreat - Published authors will get a special treat this year, as our PAN Retreat is kicked off in a big way with special guest Beth de Guzman, VP and Editor-in-Chief of Paperbacks of Grand Central Publishing. Beth is known for her candid discussions about the romance publishing industry and she'll be sharing her knowledge of the business with published authors in attendance. During both an informal discussion format and a Q&A period, published romance authors will hear about the state of publishing and be able to ask their questions of this experienced, influential publishing professional. In addition to the Retreat keynote speaker, NJRW PAN is planning several roundtable discussion groups about different facets and issues in the industry and topics of interest to published romance authors. Plus, the conference will feature editor/agent appointments, the Golden Leaf & Put Your Heart in a Book Awards Ceremony, Literacy Book Fair and Author Signing, and more. You won't want to miss out! For more details about this year's conference, visit NJRW's website at: http://www.NJRomanceWriters.org/conference.asp To register, access our online registration form at: http://www.NJRomanceWriters.org/conference...egistration.asp We look forward to seeing you there! Regards, Beth Kerber *** Beth-Ann Kerber 2009 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Chair Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year! Mo Boylan President- New Jersey Romance Writers
  23. Sorry folks...we've had a change in Conference Chairs...here is the correct info :::::permission to forward granted and appreciated:::: 2009 NJRW Conference Call for Workshop Proposals!! Due to some technical difficulties with the online submission process, we are extending the deadline for submission of workshop proposals for this year's 25th anniversary New Jersey Romance Writers Conference to MARCH 15, 2009!! NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is building toward another great year, and we want you to be part of it. The conference is being held on Oct. 23-24, 2009, in Iselin, N.J., and we've got some great plans to celebrate our silver anniversary. If you have an interesting workshop idea and want to be part of this renowned regional conference, please visit us online to complete a proposal form: www.njromancewriters.org/conference/proposals.asp You'll be in great company: * Keynote Speaker -- Karen Rose * Luncheon Speaker -- Allison Brennan * Special Presentation Speaker -- Angela Knight If you have several ideas, please submit one proposal at a time; do not group them together. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at confchair@njromancewriters.org or jnbkerber@verizon.net. We look forward to hearing from you! Regards, Beth-Ann Kerber 2009 NJRW Conference Chair
  24. NJRW is now accepting workshop proposals for its conference this Oct 23-24, 2009. Please send all proposals to Shirley Hailstock, Conference Chair, at shailstock@comcast.net with NJRW Conference proposal in the subject. Thanks! Mo Boylan NJRW President
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