Be The Best Author You Can Be

~ By Samanthya Wyatt I’ve seen several authors offer tips on Goal-Motivation-Conflict, Editing, Research, Interviewing Characters, and their journey to being published. Authors sharing information is one of the greatest gifts I’ve received. So today I’d like to share a few things I hope would be beneficial to any author who wants to be the best they can be. First of all, if you are not already a member of RWA, join! So much information is available. With the support of RWA behind you, you have a great chance of accomplishing your dream. RWA opens many doors for an...

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...

Tales from a Newbie Writer

~ By Kasey Lane Although I’ve been a writer my entire life, I didn’t start writing romance until just over a year ago at the age of 44. For years, I was a reader, a fan, of erotica and steamier romance. The high quality of writing and storytelling in all subgenres of romance is truly inspiring. Occasionally, though, I would buy something that left me feeling like I could have written it better. After one too many bouts of buyer’s remorse I decided to try my hand at writing a book. Turns out that writing a novel is hard....

The Pros of Being a PRO

~ By Melanie Greene My journey to today started back in 5th grade…. Well. It’s a long story, and probably a familiar one to many of us (great teacher, ambitions, writing classes, life, determination, etc.) Point is, a couple of years ago I realized that Romance Writing + Melanie = HEA, so I joined RWA and my local chapter, found critique partners, revised my book, began querying and revising and entering contests and writing and writing and writing. The usual. But it wasn’t until I was on my way to Nationals in Atlanta last summer that I realized I was...

The Romantic Times (RT) Conference, 2012

~ By Angela Kay Austin At what age did you decide (realize) you were meant to write?  It’s always been a part of me in one way or another.  When I finally made the decision to jump off that bridge and submit, I think I didn’t sleep for weeks waiting for responses.  When the rejections came, I just knew they were wrong…how could they not see my genius J It took years, but finally, I did receive that wonderful wonderful yes! Now, feeling like a “legit” author, I thought it’s logical attend a conference.  Participate and sign.  Attend lectures. ...

This Week In Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor Hi Everyone, In honor RWA Nationals in NYC, which start next week, I thought it would be fun to collect sites with conference posts at tips. I’ll start the list, and I hope you’ll leave a comment and add to it! Here we go: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (RWA 2011 Category) The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood (RWA 2011 Category) Will Write For Wine Podcast (Conference Episode) Also, just for fun, here’s a nice and inspiring story from the New York Times. (Thanks Chris Bailey!) Have a great weekend, everybody! 🙂 Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a...

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