Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

Coleen is thrilled to announce the October 14 release of BAITING THE BOSS from Entangled Publishing

October 19-20Anne Gracie is teaching  a weekend of craft-of-writing in Innisfail, Far North Queensland, sponsored by 20th Licuala WINQ. Cost for the two days is $90. If you’re interested in attending, contact Jacque Duffy through this FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Licuala-WINQ-Writers-in-NQ/113447738690506

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

October 20 – A little different this week. How to tell when you’re missing someone. Think it’s self-explanatory? How many of these signs would you have named?

Passionate about Christmas tradition? Then Friday Feast is the place to be. Australian Kate Belle, author of the brilliantly dark and sensual novel The Yearning, discusses her love for a beloved hand-me-down recipe, one that ‘brims with mysterious back story, has great depth of character and a compelling and involved plot that leads to a profoundly satisfying climax.’ Passion indeed!

October 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Jenny Schwartz on reviewing.

October 12 – DARKLIGHT ON… Maggie Mundy

October 15 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Astrid Cooper

October 16 – Writerly Wednesday

Erin hosted A Glimpse into the World of children’s author and ex surfing journalist DC Green

October 17 – This Week’s Book Choice: Charlene Wilson THE TRANSFORMATION OF ANNA

October 22 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Peta Crake – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 26 – CAT-URDAY! – Crazy Cats – Anyone who knows cats will relate to these…

October 13 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

October 16 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine

October 13 – Spotlight on Writers with Carly Drake

posted a small excerpt from HEAVENLY REVENGE

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monique Wood
  2. The Pink Heart Society
  3. Whitney K-E
  4. Tima Maria
  5. Dark Side Down Under
  6. The Ecstasy Files

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RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter - via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
 Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (short – long)
Second round (short – long)

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

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