Writing Fast: Prepare with Pre-Writing

~ By Eileen Richards Note: This post originally appeared here. In this second post of the series on Writing Fast, we talk about pre-writing. (Read the first post here.) I can hear the pansters groaning now. She’s going to make me outline. It’s like needles in my eyes! I’m not asking you to plot your novel, if that’s not your process. I’m asking you to consider priming the pump, playing with the muse, prep your brain to write. It’s called pre-writing. We all do it. Sitting in traffic, conference calls at work, cleaning house, exercising. Our brains are constantly thinking about...

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...

Brenda Novak Auction Items from our Members!

The Brenda Novak Auction for the Cure of Diabetes is an annual auction in the romance community that raises millions of dollars annually for this great cause. The members of the Contemporary Romance Writers are proud to support this year’s auction. Here are all the awesome goodies up for grabs from our members – don’t delay checking them out because the auction ends on May 31!   Maria Connor 20 Hours of Author Services from MY AUTHOR CONCIERGE ($500 value!) If you have a manuscript that needs editing, a website that needs a fresh look, social media coaching or...

Certainties of Life & Writing…

There are three things a romance writer can count on – taxes, happily everafters (opted not to lead with the whole death thing) and chapter renewals. That’s right, it’s renewal time for RWA-CR. As many of you have noticed, many chapter practices have switched over to myRWA and RWA-CR is also migrating over to myRWA. We’ve only set up our dues process over at myRWA in December so for this year you will not receive a renewal notice from RWA. If you joined or renewed between January 1 and July 31, 2013 it is time for you to renew....

Think Finding a Good Man is Tough? Try Finding A Good Critique Partner.

~ By Veronica Forand Finding a good critique partner is more difficult than finding a potential spouse. The search can bring forward hundreds of potential partners, but compatibility is key. You shouldn’t focus on locating a new friend, a personal cheerleader, or a writer that is better than you and will carry you along to success on their skill alone. If, however, Nora Roberts or Susan Elizabeth Phillips needs someone to help them out now and then, they should call me. Finding the perfect critique partner involves locating a writer that fits your writing style and your business plan....

NaNoWriMo Week 4

~ By Melina Kantor Dear Wrimos, We are almost there! If you’re on track, way to go. Celebrate. Revel in it. If you’re behind? That’s okay too. Celebrate what you’ve accomplished. Very likely, you’ve written more because of NaNo than you would have otherwise. And that’s fantastic. I don’t know about you, but at this point, writing feels like this: There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. – Red Smith (Image used with permission from Debbi Ridpath Ohi) I’m three days behind. That’s 5001 words. I’m happy to sit...

Chick Lit Course

Chick Lit Course: Draft Your Manuscript and Learn How to Get an Agent Date: August 12 – October 4 Instructor: Kate Rockland With the The Devil Wears Prada sequel out this week and the Bridget sequel coming out in October, now is as great a time as ever to polish that Chick Lit book you’ve been working on or thinking about. Although, the genre has begun to drift in a deeper direction, drawing closer to women’s fiction standards with Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve, who consistently dominate the bestseller charts. Whether you call your writing chick lit...

2013 RWA Conference Party

Come get to know the new Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter! While enjoying the tasty treats, join in the discussion with our panel of distinguished authors and industry professionals. Our panel currently includes: Bella Andre, NYT bestselling author Carly Phillips, NYT bestselling author Beth Kery, NYT bestselling author Amanda Bergeron, editor, HarperCollins Laura Bradford, agent Laura Kaye, moderator, NYT bestselling author   Contemporary Romance Writers Ice Cream Social At the 2013 RWA Conference in Atlanta! Join us on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Rooms M303/304 on the Marquis Level near the Fed Ex Office CLW/CRW...

This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor Happy weekend, everyone. 🙂 To those of you who took the poll on Monday, thank you! If you haven’t had a chance, click here. The poll showed that readers are most interested in author guest posts, posts on writing industry, and resources and tools for writers. Good to know! We’ll do our best. As for what’s happening with our favorite genre this week: Mostly, there’s a lot of talk about chick lit author and member of parliament (aka “Chick Lit MP”) Louise Mensch. (We mentioned this article she wrote, in defense of romance and chick lit,...

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