E-Newsletter | Issue: 2024-06-01

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Katrina Marie

Dear CRW Members,

Summer is upon us. We have a few announcements about the virtual conference. We’re less than two months away from learning so many things.
Don’t forget, we’re having a member only mixer on June 12th! We’re stoked to hang out with you, and we plan on doing this is more often throughout the year. There’s a button below to RSVP.
We also have a couple workshops this month. Check those out below.
I hope summer is treating you well, and you’re getting all the words in. I know I’ll be writing poolside a lot in the coming months.

Keep reading for important updates!

We have a great lineup so far for the CRW Virtual Conference. Remember, the conference is FREE for CRW members, use code: MEMBER24!

We’re still looking for door prize donations! If you’d like to donate a door prize, click the button below.

We’re also looking for moderators for the sessions! If you’re interested in being a moderator, check the links below!

Keep reading for more information about the Masterclass and Keynote Address. We can’t wait to see everyone at the conference.

CRW Masterclass: How to Uplevel Your Author Career with Kilby Blades

There’s no shortage of good advice about how to win at authoring. And, by “no shortage,” I mean “entirely too much.” Authors who want more from their careers often get caught up in the fallacy of “more and better.” The notion that doing more (read: working harder) and improving in our weaker areas will blaze the path to success makes logical sense. But it’s seldom functional. “More and better” for career growth can be exhausting. There’s another problem with “more and better.” It’s not what makes authors reach their goals. Making smart choices on optimal timing is. The most successful authors don’t hold in common that they work more and better (even if they publicly credit their success to determination and a smattering of acquired skills). The most successful authors know how to think critically and practice good decision making. This masterclass will help you think more critically about your author career. It will challenge you to dig deeply into your own goals and avoid the faulty thinking that holds many authors back. It will discuss the set of hidden skills that have nothing to do with more and better—the skills that truly help authors level up.

Keynote Address: Making Your Conference Experience Last Forever with Heather Clark

So you attend a conference. They all tell you the true secrets of the universe. You are inspired. You are changed. You take notes. Then you go home and maybe remember one thing. Change your conference experience today, by finding the couple of classes MEANT for YOU, and let go of the advice you don’t need. Then incorporate YOUR most important conference learning as a permanent part of your writing process. Come to learn, and leave a newly empowered writer!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

A huge thank you to our Gold Sponsors: HEA Author Services, Geek Girl Publishing, Nate Hoffelder: The Author Website Guy! Also, thank you to our Bronze Sponsor: The Editing Sweetheart!

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Join us on June 12th for a members only mixer

CRW Members, please come join us on the evening of June 12 as we give you an opportunity to meet and greet with other writers of Contemporary Romance. We can’t wait to see you there!

New Members

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

  • Daphne
  • Megan Twietmeyer
  • Evie McCoy
  • Julie Cassidy
  • Kimberly Manning
  • Elizabeth Sabo
  • Torri Weldon

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 February 2024. 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
June 8 – 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT / 2 PM MT / 1 PM PT
Seduce the Muse
Rebekah Fraser
June 22 – 4 PM EST / 3 PM CST / 2 PM MST / 1 PM PST
Creating An Effective Marketing Plan
David-Matthew Barnes

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 in 2024.

The Flower Queen
Author: Kay Freeman
Release Date: June 12, 2024
Author Website: https://www.kaylaafreeman.com
Man standing with his arms crossed in front of a background. Text in front is The Accidental Proposal, Accidental Lovers, Book 2, Y. M. Nelson
The Accidental Proposal
Author: Y. M. Nelson
Release Date: June 25, 2024
Author Website: https://ymnelson.com
Piece by Piece
Author: Twila Mason
Release Date: May 28, 2024
Author Website: https://www.twilamason.com

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