E-Newsletter | Issue: 2024-07-10 Conference Edition

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Katrina Marie

Dear CRW Members,

It’s almost time for the CRW Virtual Conference!!! We’re excited about all the learning that will happen July 27th & 28th. We also have a fantastic Masterclass by Kilby Blades happening on July 26th. This is separate from the conference, and is an extra cost, but you get a discount by being a CRW member.

Also, don’t forget to register for the conference! As a member of CRW you can attend the conference for FREE! But, you need to register in order to get the conference material.

Keep reading for information on the masterclass, and ways you can help with the conference.

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

We give out door prizes during each session. 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!

You can check out the schedule for the conference here.

A huge thank you to our Gold Sponsors: HEA Author Services, Geek Girl Publishing, Nate Hoffelder: The Author Website Guy, Your Publishing BFF, Fictionary, and Theo Reads INC! Also, a huge thank you to our Bronze Sponsor: The Editing Sweetheart!

Masterclass: How to Uplevel Your Author Career

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.

About Kilby Blades

Kilby Blades is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She is a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an RWA Vivian Award finalist. She has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Kilby loves the community at least as much as she loves the writing and has a passion for helping authors think like business people. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and spent fifteen years of her career as a digital marketer. She is a former teacher with The Writing Salon, has written articles for Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly, maintained a column for two years in the Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writer’s Report and served on the Board and as Interim Executive Director of NaNoWriMo

When she’s not writing, Kilby goes to movie matinees alone, where she eats Chocolate Pocky and buttered popcorn and usually smuggles in not-a-little-bit of red wine. Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and—most of all—a glutton for a good story.

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