Are you a PRO?

We’ve made a big change to the Stiletto Contest for 2019, and it could mean a big change for you. New this year, all entrants for the Stiletto Contest are required to judge. Most contests require their entrants to judge, and Contemporary Romance Writers made the change this year. If you’re already PAN, PRO, or a General member, that won’t change things for you. If you’re not, you have an application to fill out! If you’re entering a published entry, you are already PAN or Provisional-PAN, or eligible. If you haven’t applied, you can do so by logging in...

What Karate Has Taught Me About Writing

~ By Melina Kantor I wasn’t planning to write a novel. Especially not in thirty days. But one October day in 2007, as I was walking my dog in Central Park while listening to a podcast, I heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Minutes after I got home, I signed up. A few weeks later, not only had I started my first novel, I’d become part of a writing community. Not long after that, I had a completed draft of an actual novel and was a member of RWA. Even better? I’d found my tribe. I still dive...

Get Your Manuscript Ready for the Stiletto Contest

~ By Mary E. Thompson The Stiletto Contest opens March 8! That’s in only three weeks. Is your manuscript ready? If you’re entering a published manuscript, well, you’re in luck. It’s already out there, so you don’t have much to do. Double check your files, read through all the rules, and mark your calendar to enter the contest by April 12. That’s not too bad. But if you’re unpublished, you might have some work to do. Keep Writing Unpublished entries are limited to the first 7000 words of your manuscript, plus a 500 word synopsis, but that doesn’t mean that’s...

Love makes the world go around.

~ By Peggy Jaeger Valentine’s day is the one day of the year the rest of the world realizes what we, as writers of romance, know every day: Love makes the world go around. Wasn’t that a song? Yup – and here it is: I loved when I was in grade school and we were compelled by the teacher to give out little boxed Valentine cards to one another. Every kid in your class received one, that was the rule. No one was left out, not even the teacher. I remember thinking back then, wouldn’t it be a nicer...

The Stiletto Contest: One Month to Go!

One month from today, on Friday, March 8, our chapter’s annual writing contest opens for entries and your Co-Chairs are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready! This year sees a few changes to the Stiletto Contest, ones we’re proud to put into effect.  Judges will receive more training and support.  Category Coordinators will have access to each other and the Co-Chairs via a groups.io discussion area.  The group will be moderated by the Co-Chairs and there will be zero tolerance for unkind or incendiary comments. We are here to support our writers and our chapter. Published...

Writer or Author?

~ By Nan Reinhardt When people ask me what I do, my answer sometimes depends on how and why they ask the question. If it’s a random, we-just-met-at-an-event kind of query, I choose my answer based on how involved I want to get in the conversation. I know how bitchy that sounds, but sometimes, you just don’t want to have a long conversation with someone you know for certain is going to immediately chortle when you tell them you’re a romance writer. So those folks get “I’m a freelance copy editor.” Then the conversation...

The Stilleto Contest is Coming!

~ By Liza Keogh Hi, Contemporary Romance Writers. Liza Keogh here, Stiletto Contest Co-Chair (along with Mary E. Thompson) with information about this year’s contest. I recently surveyed the writers in my Romance Writers group and asked them to explain to me why they enter writing contests. There are at least a dozen writers in the group and between them they have entered a LOT of RWA Chapter contests. Here’s a compilation of their replies:  “I enter because of the potential for my work to be seen by agents and editors.” “I enter contests for quality feedback and guidance.” “Becoming...

What Do You Want This Year?

~ By Mary E. Thompson Do you set goals? For some people, it’s a requirement at the beginning of the year. For others, it’s a form of torture. If you don’t set goals, that’s okay, but let me ask you a harder question… Did you do everything you wanted to do last year?  Whether your answer is yes or no, you set goals. Maybe you didn’t write them down or formalize them, but you set them. You know what you wanted from the year. So why not make it official?  I enjoy setting goals. I set new ones every year....

Finding the Perfect Agent (For You)

~ By Brighton Walsh So you’ve got this book you’ve just given birth to. You’ve bled tears to get it just right. You’ve spent hours correcting grammar and punctuation, polishing your characters and arcs and the climax. You’ve gotten constructive feedback and prettied it up as best you can. Now what? Well, you have three options. (Or four, if stuffing it in your closet and never looking at it again appeals to you.) First, you can self publish. Second, you can query a publisher who takes unagented submissions. Or, lastly, you can go the traditional route and search for that...

Balancing Act

~ By Mellanie Szereto I wrote this blog post several years ago, but the demands and commitments in my life have changed since then. My husband is thinking about retirement, our daughter has graduated from college (multiple times) and lives halfway across the country for her job, our autistic son has started college, my elderly father (also in a different state) is having health issues, my parents are preparing to downsize and need help sorting through 60 years of stuff… Oh, and my laptop’s hard drive crashed and burned earlier this month—three days before I had to fly to NYC...

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