Planning saves me. Can it save you?

~ By Ainsley St Claire I know I’m not the only one when I say my life is beyond crazy. I’m a small consulting business owner with nine employees. I’m a mother of two boys, ages seven and ten, who have multiple activities and sports. I’m a wife to a kind, supportive, and generous husband who has a job that on a good week keeps him busy sixty-plus-hours. But I’m also a writer. I write steamy romantic suspense. I’ll admit I haven’t cracked the marketing to get the word out about my books, but those who do find me enjoy...

Don’t Wait Another Minute! The Stiletto Contest is Closing.

~ By Mary E. Thompson Don’t Wait Another Minute! The 2019 Stiletto Contest closes in just two days! What are you waiting for? Have you seen the categories? There are eight for you to pick from, whether you are an as-yet unpublished writer, a published author, or an author with an unpublished manuscript! Our category selection means there’s a really good chance your manuscript or novel will fit in somewhere. Did you know…? In the 2018 Stiletto Contest, almost 40% of the unpublished entries were submitted the last two days the contest was open! Almost 20% of entries went...

Only One More Week to Enter the Stiletto Contest!

The 2019 Stiletto Contest closes on April 12, 2109! Have you entered yet? There are even more categories to choose from this year, so grab your book or your manuscript, and check out where it fits in our chapter’s annual event. New Categories We have three new categories this year. We added them to expand the reach and include works that are truly representative of contemporary romance. If you thought about entering in the past but didn’t know where your book would fit, maybe there’s a great place for you now! Contemporary Romance Novella is for novellas 15,000-30,000 words long set...

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...

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