Writing Books in a Series

~ By Samanthya Wyatt Before ‘series’ became popular, I remember reading a few romance books that mentioned a familiar character, or was related to a character in another book. Catherine Coulter and Janelle Taylor were two of my favorite authors who wrote books where the heroes were friends, or brothers—some sort of relation mentioned in their next book. Whether or not they were books of a series, I loved the idea of a connection. I remember how delighted I was when a person was introduced, “Oh yeah, I remember him” or “Cool this is his brother”, etc. Since I...

Writing a Query

~ By Natasha Raulerson Greetings Contemporary Romance Writers! I hope your creativity is thrumming and the words are flowing. As frustrating as writing our manuscript can be, admittedly, writing everything else to go with the submission process might leave the writer with a moment where they want to throw their laptop out the window, curse the creative muse sitting by their side, and take a few whacks at a punching bag. That’s right. Writing is hard, but query writing is harder. Taking a 70k plus novel and condensing it to 250-350 words is not an easy feat. It may be...

Editors: Making the most of an all-important relationship

~ By Deborah Blake  No matter what kind of writing you do, at some point or another you will probably work with an editor. Over the course of a long career, you will probably work with quite a few. There will be editors who make you look good, by catching every mistake you make…and editors that don’t. Most of the time you don’t have much choice in the matter; the editor who picks your book is the one you end up working with. At worst, this can be frustrating. At best, they will be enthusiastic about your writing and...

Synopsis Writing is Hard

~ By Nan Reinhardt * This post originally appeared in December, 2011. But, synopsis writing is a timeless topic that is worth discussing. So here it is again!  Today, I spent the afternoon writing the synopsis for the third novel, which I finished this week. It’s out to the beta readers, and I already got back one good report. YAY! Now, logically, you’d think that if one has completed three novels and has a rip-roaring start on the fourth, then one could certainly produce a five to seven page synopsis. After all, you wrote the damn books, you’d say, surely...

Selling Toilet Paper

~ By Lit Diva For a really long time, I was stuck on the idea that my writing was Art with a capital A, that I was a dilettante author for the love of wordsmithing. That I was neither a real writer nor a hack for hire, but an Artist. For this reason alone, I’m convinced I was unable to find an agent for my novel after repeated efforts. I just wasn’t willing to revise the damn thing until it had sufficient plot events to merit its length. I’m still too attached to it, so it shall remain in...

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...

BAD REVIEW? SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP

~ By Andrea Dalling It’s a familiar scenario. You spend months or years writing the manuscript, crafting and revising it to be the best you can make it. Your beta readers and editor rave about the final product. It goes up for sale, the reviews come in, and it’s a success! Readers love it! UNTIL… Someone doesn’t. And you dissect every word of that bad review, trying to understand. Did you fail as an author? Or did the reviewer fail as a reader? My erotic romance novella, SEDUCING JORDAN, received a two-star review that said of my eighteen-year-old characters,...

The Power of the Blurb

~ By Alana Albertson The blurb. The mere thought of writing a blurb used to send me into a full-blown anxiety attack. I would stay up late at night, scour the internet, looking for tips on how to write a blurb that would make readers one-click with abandon. I bought writing craft books, took classes, studied the backs of best sellers. But I had lost my voice. My blurbs seemed formulaic and uninspired. Until one night. A book blogger friend was lamenting the struggle of an author to break through as a new writer.  Another author had told her...

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...

My Self-Publishing Journey: From Workshop to Buy Links

~ By Melanie Greene At my first RWA National conference in Atlanta last year, there was a buzz in the air: self-publishing was clearly not only on the rise, but had become a factor those in the industry couldn’t simply sideline and ignore. I’d joined RWA a few months earlier, and was eager to find a home for Rocket Man, the first novel in my Roll of the Dice series. Of course the novel had to be great, but as I edited, I was listening and learning about self-publishing, and it was clearer by the week that this was...

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