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...

It’s Okay To Say No

~ By Brighton Walsh It’s okay to say no. Really. It is. It might not be easy. It might be nerve-racking. But it’s okay to do it. “I value your opinion, but that just doesn’t work for me.” You finish your manuscript. You love it. You maybe have some spots that you are iffy on—does it work or doesn’t it? Was that character arc pronounced enough? What about the overall arc? How about that one scene? Did it fit? So you send it off to your trusted beta readers and/or critique partners and you wait. Then comes the day...

The Rhythm Of My Words 

~ Meka James As writers, we all have our processes. Some plot, some wing it, some do a combination of the two. I’m a wing it gal. I’ve never liked outlines, even way back in my school days. That hasn’t changed over the years. Because I don’t plot, and my characters can sometimes be uncooperative, I need to seek motivation/inspiration from outside sources when I’m stuck. Music plays a huge role in that. I do a weekly segment on my blog called Music Monday.  Some weeks I’ll showcase songs I might happen to like, but it started so I...

Q and A with Joanna Paez, CRWA’s VP of Communications

We, as contemporary romance writers, are so lucky to have such an active, vibrant chapter, designed just for us, with so many resources and so much encouragement available to help guide us through our careers. The chapter wouldn’t be what it is today without our wonderful, hard-working, dedicated board members. With their first-terms about to draw to a close, we thought we’d invite each board members to come and chat with us about what it’s been like serving on a large chapter board and what they’ve learned in the past year. Next up is our vice president of communications,...

Q and A with CRWA President Casey Clipper!

We, as contemporary romance writers, are so lucky to have such an active, vibrant chapter, designed just for us, with so many resources and so much encouragement available to help guide us through our careers. The chapter wouldn’t be what it is today without our wonderful, hard-working, dedicated board members. With their first-terms about to draw to a close, we thought we’d invite each board members to come and chat with us about what it’s been like serving on a large chapter board and what they’ve learned in the past year. Next up is our chapter president, Casey Clipper....

Q & A With CRWA Secretary Katina Drennan!

We, as contemporary romance writers, are so lucky to have such an active, vibrant chapter, designed just for us, with so many resources and so much encouragement available to help guide us through our careers. The chapter wouldn’t be what it is today without our wonderful, hard-working, dedicated board members. With their first-terms about to draw to a close, we thought we’d invite each board members to come and chat with us about what it’s been like serving on a large chapter board and what they’ve learned in the past year. Next up is our chapter secretary, Katina Drennan....

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