E-Newsletter | Issue: 2023-09-01

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Nicole R. Locker

Dear CRW Members,

Happy September! The summer is winding down to a close here in the Northern hemisphere, but CRW still has a few things in the works for you all for 2023. Read on for information on the Fall Mentor Matching Program, the CRW Writing Retreat Registration, and our upcoming 2024 Board Elections.

New Members

Please join me in extending a big, warm welcome to our newest members of CRW:

  • Leau Macy
  • Nichole Canniff
  • Laura Mahaffey
  • Kristin Williams
  • Sabina Nordqvist
  • Ava Ness
  • Jessica Jones
  • Niki Mitchell
  • Maricela Galvez
  • Mary Manning
  • Brenna Aubrey
  • Linda Carroll-Bradd
  • Victoria Farhat
  • Donna Madden
  • Marion Rochelle
  • Margo Carey
  • Taisha Demay
  • Jennifer Jeffers
  • Jules Harkins
  • Selene Devereaux
  • Rachel Rott
  • Lori Howe
  • Angela Amstutz
  • Sherrie Morgan
  • Ellen Parker
  • Pamela Deming
  • Eliza D. Collins
  • Sandra Ahmed
  • Marisa Shelby
  • Dawn Reed-Slaten
  • Elizabeth Russo
  • Jennia D’Lima
  • Stephanie Shiflett
  • Kathryn Jepsen
  • Lawrence Groening
  • Guin Kelly
  • Kathryn Ferrer
  • James Gallagher
  • Jailyn Moreland
  • Karen Grove
  • Heather O’Connor
  • Nixie T
  • Anne Le Chevallier
  • Lauren Roberts
  • Michelle Ellen
  • Jen Tolnay
  • Christina Karnes
  • Asa Maria
  • Susan Shah
  • Mary Todd
  • Leslie Pompa
  • Victoria Raschke
  • Laurie Evans
  • Ane Ryan Walker

Fall Mentor Matching Program

On September 1, applications open for the Fall Mentor Program, and we encourage all who can participate to apply.

REQUEST A MENTOR: If you are an unpublished or under-published author who would like to apply for a mentorship, please submit your application here.

BE A MENTOR: If you are an experienced author (self-publishing, traditional publishing, hybrid) and you’d be willing to spend a little time across an 8-week period helping a newer author, please submit your application here.

We will match mentees and mentors by mid-September and email you with information on who you are paired with. Thank you in advance to all who participate!


Registration Open for the CRW Writing Retreat

We are now taking registrations for our 2023 in-person writing retreat. Space is limited, so if you want to attend, don’t delay!

When: November 10-12, 2023
Where: Palm Springs, California

Click here to register!


2024 Elections

It is that time again to begin looking at who will help run CRW in 2024. If you are able to help out in any way, please complete the 2024 CRW Volunteer Application form.

The board positions include:

PRESIDENT:
Oversees and presides over all board meetings and the general running of the organization and the board of directors. The president shall refrain from voting on board decisions unless there is a tie-breaking vote needed, at which point, the president’s vote will determine the tie-break outcome. The president shall be one of two board members on the organization checking account. The president shall be responsible for reimbursing organization workshop instructors, event costs, and other expenses incurred by the organization. The President oversees organizing twice yearly Mentor Matching Program, monthly Writing Challenges, Nanowrimo group, Accountability group, Writing Sprints, and the DEIA program. Candidates for President must have been a member of CRW for a minimum of the 12 months before taking office and completed one full year of Board service with CRW.

SECRETARY:
Records all CRW board meetings and posts minutes to contemporaryromance.org. Keeps a record of all CRW documents. Keeps a record of CRW membership and reaches out to members with any membership issues.

TREASURER:
Keeps an accurate and up-to-date record of all organization finances including the bank account and PayPal account. Reports to the president if any financial inconsistencies arise. All communication with regard to chapter finances must go through the Treasurer and President. Candidates for Treasurer must possess strong business and financial skills and must have been a member of CRW for a minimum of the 12 months before taking office and completed one full year of Board service with CRW.

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS:
Responsible for all social media accounts, the CRW website, and the organization’s main email address (communications@contemporaryromance.org). The VP of Communications shall give updates and communicate with organization members upcoming events, workshops, or anything CRW or craft, business, industry related. The Vice President shall communicate with the board of directors any issues brought to them by CRW memberships. The VP of Communications may be one of two board of directors responsible for reimbursements for organization expenses through the PayPal account or one of two board members on the organization checking account. The VP of Communications shall not have access to more than one organization financial account.

VICE PRESIDENT OF WORKSHOPS:
Oversees all online workshops. Shall book and schedule online workshops for Contemporary Romance Writers to be held on a forum of their choosing based on instructor and membership needs and availability. The VP of Workshops shall keep an accurate record of each workshop attendee, cost, and amount to be reimbursed to the instructor. The VP of Workshops shall ask for a yearly programming fee, TBD by the board of directors, to be utilized for scheduling special workshops/programs for CRW members. Shall report any workshop issues/problems to the president. The VP of Workshops may be one of two board of directors responsible for reimbursements for organization expenses through the PayPal account or one of two board members on the organization checking account. The VP of Workshops shall not have access to more than one organization financial account.

VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS:
Oversees CRW events, including Stiletto Contest, Annual Conference, Retreat(s) (if the Board votes to hold retreats), and Pitch Events. The VP of Programs may appoint chairpeople to lead each event and/or choose to lead one or more event. The VP of Programs will establish event policies and standards, propose budgets for approval by the Board, ensure successful execution of each program, work with the VP of Communications on marketing and communications for each event, and report any program issues/problems to the president. The VP of Programs may be one of two board of directors responsible for reimbursements for organization expenses through the PayPal account or one of two board members on the organization checking account. The VP of Programs shall not have access to more than one organization financial account.


September Writing Challenge

Be sure to join in on the monthly Writing Challenge. You set your own word count goal for the month and report your new word counts at the interval of your choosing (daily, weekly, hourly, etc.). We’ll tally the overall goal at the end of the month, but you can see the progress as updates are reported throughout the month. Encourage other members to hit their goals and get encouragement from them!


Congratulations to the 2023 Stiletto Winners!

If you weren’t able to attend the Stiletto Party at the 2023 Virtual Conference, be sure to check out the finalists and winners here.

Trophies for the winners of each category have been ordered and should ship during the month of September, so winners, be on the lookout for those!


Coming Up in 2023…

Here are a few things to look forward to this year as a CRW Member!

  • September 1: Spring Mentor Program (applications September 1-14, working in pairs September 15-November 10)
  • October 1 – 15: Taking Nominations for 2024 Board Elections
  • October 16-31: 2024 Board Elections
  • October 15: NaNoWriMo Group Opens
  • November 1 – December 10: A Novel Celebration submissions open

Event Calendar

Writing Sprints

Join in on our CRW-led writing sprints. We share reminders in the member Facebook Group and Slack.

Every Tuesday: 9am ET | 8am CT | 7am MT | 6am PT
Sprints with Tanya 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!


Upcoming Workshops

Invest in your own growth as a writer this year! Here is the lineup of workshops we have for September 2023. Members attend at a discounted price!

Workshop TrackCRW Member PriceNon-Member Price
General Track (Craft, Business)$20 CRW Member$30 Non-Member
Advanced Track$30 CRW Member$40 Non-Member
Members OnlyFREE for CRW MembersN/A
September 1 – 30
It’s All About the Tweet: Twitter
Cassandra Carr
September 1 – 30
Manage Your Writing Like a Badass
Michelle McCraw

September 9 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM ET
Plotting to Market
Ines Johnson

September 30 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM ET
Connecting Through Brand
Rona Gofstein

August 19 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM ET
Across Generations
Jenna Grinstead


Member New Releases

Have a new release? Share it on our site and in an upcoming Member Newsletter here, and be sure to take a look at all the new books from CRW members published in 2023.

Cover for More Than Rivals by Susannah Erwin
More Than Rivals…
Author: Susannah Erwin
Release Date: June 27, 2023
Author Website: https://www.susannaherwin.com
Cover for Seven Years of Secrets by Susannah Erwin
Seven Years of Secrets
Author: Susannah Erwin
Release Date: June 27, 2023
Author Website: https://www.susannaherwin.com
The Way to Cape May
Author: Kimberly Brighton
Release Date: June 28, 2023
Author Website: https://www.kimberlybrighton.com
Breaking Boundaries
Author: Gemma Blythe
Release Date: June 30, 2023
Author Website: http://www.gemmablythe.com
Lady and the Camp Stephanie J. Scott
Lady and the Camp
Author: Stephanie J. Scott
Release Date: July 1, 2023
Author Website: http://www.stephaniejscott.com
Forever Yours
Author: Jennilynn Wyer
Release Date: July 18, 2023
Author Website: http://www.jennilynnwyer.com
Missed Cue
Author
: Lynn Slaughter
Release Date: August 8, 2023
Author Websitehttps://lynnslaughter.com
Way Down We Go
Author
: Andrea Jenelle
Release Date: August 8, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.andreajenelleromance.com/paranormalandromantasybooks
Faking A Fairy Tale
Author
: Teri Wilson
Release Date: August 22, 2023
Author Websitehttps://teriwilson.net/index/
Home for the Challah Days
Author
: Jennifer Wilck
Release Date: August 22, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.jenniferwilck.com

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