How to Prep for a Writer’s Conference

~ By Katie McCoach Note: This post originally appeared here.  Attending a writer’s conference is a whirlwind of activity; meeting wonderful people, learning new things, and growing your career. It’s amazing. It’s exhausting. When I went to RWA in 2014 it was hands-down the best writer event I had ever been to. I’ve since been to a few more events, workshops, and conferences, and I still stand by this statement. RWA is the conference for romance-focused writers, but honestly, any writer would benefit from the conference. The workshops are wonderful and can be applied to any genre. If you do write romance, please...

RWA Nationals: A Change in Perspective

~ By Deborah Blake I’ve been to three RWA National conventions, each of them falling at a different point in my career, and I was particularly aware when I went this year of how different the experience was depending on my perspective at the time. Don’t get me wrong. All the Nationals had much in common: they were loud, overwhelming, and a lot of fun. And I learned something from each and every one. But depending on where I was on my writing path, the convention took on a very different shape. Maybe you can learn a little something from...

Taking Over Nationals — Stories from Chapter Members!

The chapter was well represented at the RWA National Conference in New York City! Congratulations to Sonali Dev on her RITA nomination (Best First Book, A Bollywood Affair), to Abigail Owen, our Chapter VP of Communications, on her Prism Award (Andromeda’s Fall, Shadowcat Nation #1, RWA Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter, 1st Place in Dark Paranormal) and to Caro Carson on her RITA win (Contemporary Romance: Short, The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride)! Here are some highlights from our members. If you’ve got your own stories to share, please leave them in the comments. Enjoy!   Pen Name Problems ~ Sophia Henry I admit, it’s...

RWA Annual Meeting Panels Featuring CRW Members

~ By Laura Kaye The Romance Writers of America annual meeting is next week in New York City and the Contemporary Romance Writers will be out in force! Below are just some of the panels on which you’ll be able to hear CRW members speak. THURSDAY, JULY 23 9.45 am: Bollywood Basics: Lessons from the world’s largest film industry to turn your novel into a blockbuster Presenters: Nisha Sharma, Suleikha Snyder, Sonali Dev 12:45 pm: Which Track Is For You — Indie, Traditional, or Hybrid? Presenters: Serena Bell, Rachel Grant, Bria Quinlan and Monica Murphy 2 pm: No Muse? No...

RWA National Conference, 2014

~ By Celia Lucente (This aerial photo of the wonderful San Antonio was shared by my friend and fellow writer with Soul Mate Publishing, Jaye Garland.) The 2014 RWA conference took place in two buildings: on the left is Marriott Rivercenter, the building with the twin spires and to the right slightly forward the upward flat rectangular building is the Marriott Riverwalk. In between the two is the Riverwalk Canal, which begins at the point of the Riverwalk hotel and continues for fifteen miles of total coolness. From the moment, I down loaded my RWA Mobil App I madly...

Conference Cherry Pop

~ By Kasey Lane When I offered to write a blog post following my first RWA conference I had no idea it would take so long for my brain to return to normal. To say the warnings of “overwhelming” were an understatement is like saying San Antonio is kind of warm and a little humid. Basically, by the end of the conference I felt like a babbling, overstimulated toddler after a candy binge. But I’ll try my best to not embarrass myself. Having received advice from the more experienced conference attendees in my writer’s group, I realized in the...

Our Chapter Members’ #RWA14 Panels!

Check out our chapter members’ panels at this week’s RWA Nationals Conference! Thursday 7/24, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Juggling Two Careers: Strategies for Keeping All Your Balls in the Air (CAREER) Speakers: Jennifer Lohmann and Kelly Maher Two authors with day jobs as librarians share strategies for balancing two careers and multiple identities including career planning, increasing productivity, pen names, when or should two jobs intermingle, and what to do when they can’t be kept apart.   Thursday 7/24, 11-12 p.m. The Six Goals of Online Book Promotions (and the Tools to Achieve Them) (MARKETING) Speaker: Laura Kaye A best-selling author...

HOW TO SURVIVE A CONVENTION: LESSONS LEARNED AT RT 2014

~ By Sarah Vance-Tompkins  I was a newbie at the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans this year. I wandered around the convention hotel proudly sporting a green “aspiring author” tag on my badge. I went to the convention with high hopes. I returned feeling like I had experienced both the best of times and the worst of times. THE BEST When you live on the west coast, you forget there are parts of the United States that has history you can see, feel, touch, and (in the case of Café Du Mond’s beignets) taste. The French Quarter is...

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