E-Newsletter | Issue: 2022-02-07

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Nicole R. Locker

Dear CRW Members, 

We’re excited to extend a warm welcome to our newest member to CRW: Kristine R Brorman.


February 13, 2022
4pm ET | 3pm CT | 2pm MT | 1pm PT
Join on Zoom

New to CRW? Join Stephanie Scott this coming up Sunday afternoon for an introduction to Contemporary Romance Writers. She will give you the low-down on what we do, how you can access the various things we offer, and get you connected and directed.

February 13, 2022
4:30pm ET | 3:30pm CT | 2:30pm MT | 1:30pm PT
Join on Zoom

Right after the New Member Welcome, jump on for a CRW Member Town Hall where you can connect with other CRW members, do some networking, make some friends, hear what we’re cooking up behind the scenes, and ask any questions you may have.

MEMBER FORUMS: If you haven’t already, join the CRW Member Forum on Slack so that you do not miss questions, opportunities, and helpful resources shared by other members.

We created a short tutorial to get you started if you are new to Slack. Watch the getting started tutorial here.

ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP SIGN-UPS: Set and meet your writing goals this year by joining the CRW Accountability Group, led by Tanya Agler. Group accountability can make all the difference by keeping you on track and helping you veer back quickly before you get too far off your path.

Sign up to join the CRW Accountability Group here.

Western US Retreat

We sent this out last week, but if you haven’t filled it out yet and are interested, please complete the interest poll here.

Eastern US Retreat (New!)

We are starting to look at plans for an Eastern Writing Retreat. Fill out the interest poll here.

HOW TO DESIGN AND TEACH AN ONLINE WORKSHOP: If you haven’t signed up yet for this 2-week online workshop, there’s still time to enroll.

At the end of this workshop you will have a basic outline of your course and the first draft of a proposal ready to polish and send out to workshop coordinators.

Industry News

Provided by Pamela Ferguson

Disclaimer: CRW does not endorse any of the websites, businesses, or news sources mentioned. Articles are provided for information purposes only. Articles are free or are hosted on websites that provide limited free article access each month. Complete urls are included so readers know what they are clicking on.

News Highlights

“ACX and Audible Plunge Authors/Rights Holders Into Tax Form Chaos,” amethystqu.medium.com, February 6, 2022, https://amethystqu.medium.com/acx-and-audible-plunge-authors-rights-holders-into-tax-form-chaos-d5ec1c00c35b

“AI Influence on Audiobooks Grows—As Does Controversy,” publishersweekly.com, February 4, 2022, “https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/88477-ai-influence-on-audiobooks-grows-as-does-controversy.html

“Books overboard! Supply chain headaches leave publishing all at sea,” theguardian.com, February 7, 2022, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/feb/07/publishing-supply-chain-problems-lost-at-sea

“Submissions Open for 2022 U.S. Selfies,” publishersweekly.com, February 1, 2022, https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/awards-and-prizes/article/88424-submissions-open-for-2022-u-s-selfies.html

“The 28 Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2022, Curated by Experts,” oprahdaily.com, January 20, 2022, https://www.oprahdaily.com/entertainment/books/a38440773/best-romance-novels-2022/

Upcoming Pitch Opportunities 

Ready to put your manuscript in front of agents and editors? Here are some upcoming pitch opportunities. Some are free. Some require registering for an online conference. New pitch events are announced all the time, so check publisher, agent, and conference social media sites for more information.


Atlanta Writing Workshop, March 4-5, 2022 (online conference)

Agents and Editors in Attendance

Revise & Resub – #RevPit 2022 – begins March 17, 2022


Harlequin – The Great Love Inspired Author Search – begins March 15, 2022

The Great Love Inspired Author Search is Back!

Harlequin –  #RomanceIncludesYou – Diverse voices. Diverse stories. March 30, 2022

Romance Includes You

April 2022

Seattle Writing Workshop, April 1-2, 2022 (online conference)


May 2022

Pitch Perfect at FOLD 2022 – Festival of Literary Diversity, Brampton, Canada – May 1-7, 2022


Philadelphia Writing Workshop, May 6-7, 2022 (online conference)


July 2022

Pitch Slam – Part of Writer’s Digest Annual Conference – New York City, July 28-31, 2022

Pitch Slam

Other Upcoming Events

Bookstore Romance Day – August 20, 2022

Bookstore Romance Day

Romance Publishers Open for Submissions

The following romance publishers are open for unagented author submissions as of February 7, 2022:

Carina Press – https://www.writeforharlequin.com/carina-press-submission-guidelines/

Changeling Press – https://www.changelingpress.com/submissions.php

Extasy Books Submission Guidelines – https://www.extasybooks.com/submissions

Harlequin – https://www.writeforharlequin.com/submission-calls/

Kensington Publishing – https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/pages/submissions/

Random House Loveswept and Flirt – https://www.randomhousebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/LF_Infomational_Booklet.pdf

Spenser Hill Press – https://www.spencerhillpress.com/contact-us/submission-guidelines/

Tule – https://tulepublishing.com/about/#for-authors

Please send industry news you’d like included in the CRW newsletter to Pamela Ferguson on the CRW Slack channel or via a Facebook DM.

Upcoming CRW Events

Event Calendar

February 13 | Sunday
4pm ET | 3pm CT | 2pm MT | 1pm PT
CRW New Member Welcome (Zoom)

February 13 | Sunday
4:30pm ET | 3:30pm CT | 2:30pm MT | 1:30pm PT
CRW Member Townhall (Zoom)

February 26 | Saturday
4pm ET | 3pm CT | 2pm MT | 1pm PT
Webinar: Adapt Your Novel to the Screen with Ines Johnson (register)

Every Monday: 8:30pm ET | 7:30pm CT | 6:30pm MT | 5:30pm PT
Roundtable Chats on various topics (Clubhouse)

Writing Sprints

Every Tuesday: 12pm ET | 11am CT | 10am MT | 9am PT
Sprints with Tanya on Zoom

Every Thursday: 10:30pm ET | 9:30pm CT | 8:30pm MT | 7:30pm PT
Sprints with Nicky on Zoom

Every Saturday: 12pm ET | 11am CT | 10am MT | 9am PT
Sprints with Michelle on Zoom 

Want to run sprints at a different day/time? Let us know!

Member New Releases

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