Choosing the Right Publishing Path

~ By Mellanie Szereto Choosing the right publishing path can be a daunting decision for both new and experienced authors, but having good information about each option can make the decision easier. As with many aspects of writing, no single path works for everyone. Time, resources, abilities, and personal experiences will affect choices. Let’s start with the basics.       Publishing Options: Traditional Print publishers, often referred to as New York and Big 5 publishers Publisher pays for all publishing costs, including (but not limited to) editing, cover art, and distribution Usually e-books and mass market or trade...

What Do You Look Like From The Other Side Of The Table?

~ By Scott Eagan As writers, we’re so used to sitting at our computers, pounding out query letters. It’s part of our job.   But sometimes, it feels like we’re sending them into thin air. Have you ever wondered about the person on “the other side of the table?”  Well, you’re in luck! We have agent Scott Eagan of the Greyhaus Literary Agency visiting the blog today to shed the light on the mystery. Read carefully! He’s got some great advice for us.  I get it. Submissions are tough. Query letters are tough. Synopsis writing is tough. And yes,...

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...

Q & A and Pitch Contest With Editor Angela James

~ Interview by Laura Kaye The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter is thrilled to have Carina Press editorial director Angela James here today to share her expertise on contemporary romance and consider YOUR pitches as part of our third pitch contest of the year! Instructions on the pitch contest are down below, but first please pull up a chair and get a pen and paper, because you’re going to want to take notes on the awesome and useful advice Angela has laid out here for writers at all levels. Contemporary Romance: Welcome! Can you share what lines, imprints, or genres...

Q & A and Pitch Contest With Editor Amanda Bergeron

~ Interview by Laura Kaye The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter is thrilled to have Avon/William Morrow editor Amanda Bergeron here today to share her expertise on contemporary romance and consider YOUR pitches as part of our second pitch contest of the year! Instructions on the pitch contest are down below, but first please pull up a chair and get a pen and paper, because you’re going to want to take notes on the awesome and useful advice Amanda has laid out here for writers at all levels. Contemporary Romance: Welcome! Can you share what lines, imprints, or genres you...

Q & A and Pitch Contest With Editor Heather Howland

~ Interview by Laura Kaye The Contemporary Romance Writers are thrilled to have Entangled Publishing editor Heather Howland here today to share her expertise on contemporary romance and consider YOUR pitches as part of our first-ever pitch contest. Instructions on the pitch contest are down below, but first please pull up a chair and get a pen and paper, because you’re going to want to take notes on the awesome and useful advice Heather has laid out here for writers at all levels. Contemporary Romance: Welcome! Can you share what lines, imprints, or genres you edit at your publishing...

Interview With Jeanell Bolton

~ Interview by Traci Andrighetti Jeanell Bolton volunteered to be simultaneously an elephant, a high-stepping horse, and a triangle player in her kindergarten end-of-term parade, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Her sense of drama was further enhanced by three years of Baylor Children’s Theater and performances in various school and civic theater productions, some of which she wrote. An award-winning English teacher, she holds a Ph.D. in linguistics, which means not only is she language-mad, but intensely analytical. Bolton is active in the Austin RWA chapter and the San Gabriel Writer’s League and has been published in poetry, short story,...

What Would Jane Austen Tweet?

~ By Sarah Vance-Tompkins It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a romance author in possession of a book or manuscript for sale must be in want of Twitter followers. Social media has become integral to the success of any small business marketing plan. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr attract attention through graphics, pictures and illustrations, and can help you to build a great online fanbase, especially if you find a way to gain lots of instagram followers for your page. But Twitter is the one social media platform where your writer’s voice can and really should shine....

Q and A With Beyond Novel

~ Interview by Kimberly Farris Today we’re very lucky to have Lindsay and Madeline from Beyond Novel visiting the blog to share their thoughts on the publishing industry. Welcome! 1. What is your opinion on some of the publishing houses telling their clients not to worry about going outside of their comfort zone by utilizing Facebook and Twitter? While we completely understand authors not go wanting to go out of their comfort zones, the reality is that the industry is constantly changing and you have to change with the times or be left behind! The industry isn’t what is...

[Repost] E-Published Authors: Are you a real author?

~ By Angela Kay Austin When I tell people I’m a published author, they ask “Where can I buy your book?”  Proudly, I say “Amazon, All Romance eBooks, my publishers’ websites.”  They respond “Can I buy it in a bookstore?”  Before my short story, My Son, was released in print, my answer to their last question would be no.  Because all of my stories were available only in eBook format. This, instantly, changed the tone of our whole conversation.  At that moment, their body language and questions cued me that they see authors who are electronically published differently from...

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