Hearts Talk Wrap for April

How to Rock a Writer’s Festival

Jennifer St George, The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love, asks if there’s a place for romance writers at writer’s festivals.

To Subplot or Not

Isolde Martin, Mistress of the Crown, talks the ins and outs of subplots and says think shelf-life.

Farming and Writing – it’s all about keeping the faith

Fleur MacDonald, Crimson Dawn, talks about managing the writing journey from flood to drought and all types of weather in between.

Romance Rocks Conference

Vital registration detail and program information for the 2014 conference.  Get your sticky hands on this now.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace, The Winter Bride, talks launching your book, answering the to promo or not to promo question.

Tips and Hints

 Everything you ever wanted to know about research and using Scrivener with Sasha Cottman and Alison Stuart.

The Writing Journey

Georgina Penney, Irrepressible You talks avoiding assumptions and yellow knickers for inspiration.

Ruby Report

The vital stats:  242 entries, 1210 books, 137 judges,  5 carloads of parcels.

News Bites

We have lots of interesting news on the publishing industry, RWA award winners, coming competitions and events

Plus, look at all the pretty, pretty covers

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

Hearts Talk: Membership Update & Conference Program Issue

Hearts Talk turns 250

250 Editions that is.  Take a look back at the journey from 1992 till today.

Run Your Own Conference

If you’ve ever thought about running your own conference have we got the volunteer positions for you.  The Clayton’s Conference needs a team.

Magic 100

Marion Lennox has just released her 100th novel, Waves of Temptation.  Wow.  I can’t write any more about that because it’s made me tired.

Restructuring RWA

An important update from Nikki Logan on the new membership structure.

The Write Craft

Michelle Diener talks about adding motifs to your work to enrich a storyline.

Romance Rocks Conference

Vital registration detail and program information for the 2014 conference.  Get your sticky hands on this now.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about the rituals, routines and stories we tell ourselves about how we write.

 Tips and Hints

 Everything you ever wanted to know about formatting using Scrivener.

The Writing Journey

JM Bray in the hot seat.  He’s American and it’s a lot about happenstance.

News Bites

We have lots of interesting news on the publishing industry, RWA award winners, coming competitions and events

Plus, look at all the pretty, pretty covers

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

 

Hearts Talk Wrap

Check out our all new look

Well don’t we look spiffy with our new logo and masthead.  Of course we sound spiffy too.   Look out for this month’s issue.

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Maisey Yates Does Freo

Now there’s a headline Maisey Yates probably wasn’t expecting.  Maisey talks screwed up heroes, shirtless cowboys and Ryan Gosling.  Yeah, you don’t need any more prompting to read the story.  But just in case you didn’t read that line - Ryan Gosling – she gives some good advice as well.

The Write Craft

Kandy Shepherd (Reinventing Rose), puts backstory on the front foot.

She talks to Jaye Ford (Blood Secret), Isolde Martin (Mistress to the Crown), Sharon Archer (Single Father, Wife and Mother Wanted), Fiona Lowe (Picture Perfect Wedding), CC Coburn (The Cowboy, The Cheat, his Ex-Wife and her Vibrator), Annie West (An Enticing Debt to Pay), Anna Campbell (A Rake’s Midnight Kiss) and Cathleen Ross (Her Demon Prince) about the role and place of backstory and how to wrangle it into shape.

Beware.  There is a little letting go and a lot of manipulation.

What Makes Writer’s Write

According to Mel Tescho (Galactic Flame) what makes writers write is madness, drugs and, oh sorry, that was this week’s Breaking Bad.  Mel says it’s got something to do with stubbornness and going wild. 

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about the evils of feather boas, demented expressions, orange skin-tone, lopsided hats and ah-hum, unfortunate wardrobe failures.  Yes, it’s trial by dreaded author photo.

The Writer’s Journey

Rhyll Biest talks to some twit called Ainslie Paton (Detained), who has absolutely nothing interesting to say, and forgot she was going to be in this issue.  D’oh.  Move along, nothing to see here.

 News Bites

We have oodles of interesting news on the publishing industry, RWA award winners, coming competitions and events and snippets from Riding the Waves and The Clayton’s Conference.

Plus lots of lovely new releases – look at all the pretty, pretty covers

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Read on!

Hearts Talk Wrap

Pre conference issue:  Tips Galore

Lynne Wilding Award

Generosity comes from big hearts, quick minds and clever hands.  Celebrate the Lynne Wilding Award nominees and read the special feature on Lynne by her daughter, crime writer, Karen Davis.

Position, Position, Position

There are a number of volunteer positions open for members.  A great way to get involved with your organisation.

The Write Craft

Rachel Bailey talks to Annie West, Imprisoned by a Vow, about Happy Ever After endings.  Annie says endings are all about the shine and you have to polish till they sparkle.

How Do I

Serena Tatti tells passive voice like it actively is.  Or is the other way around?  Let Serena guide you actively through the oft confusing passive landscape of active and passive voice.  Or something like that.

Conference Update

See our Freemantle and Claytons’ conference updates.  All the news with the grooves.

 A Writer’s Life

 Annie Grace had a dream and the dream became a draft and the draft was made beautiful by craft.  Let Annie inspire your dreams and drafts.

Feature story

Kate Wigseller writes about storyteller extraordinaire Jacqueline Susann.  There be doughnuts.

The Writing Journey

Sarah Hantz talks to Young Adult and Middle Grade author Amanda Ashby, Demonosity, about the path to success.

 And lots of lovely new releases – look at all the pretty covers

Plus our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

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Hearts Talk Wrap

July issue is coming at you.  Look out for it now.

Shine Bright like a Ruby

Don’t miss this special feature on our Ruby and Ella finalists.

The Ripping Start

There is a new contest in town and it’s a ripper.  Read about The Ripping Start and get yours ready.

The Write Craft

Lilian Darcy talks about foreshadowing and it’s not the least bit spooky, if you don’t think about the movie Jaws.

How Do I

Kate Belle talks about the tyranny of the review – the good, the bad and the I’m not sure but it made me cry anyway.  She mentions the importance of chocolate.  But seriously get the lowdown on how to cope with reviews.

The Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about the business of being a writer.  She asks:  “Are we are all standing in one big room madly spruiking our books, with everybody shouting and nobody listening?”

 Conference Extra

 Meet Margaret Marbury

 Margaret Marbury is Vice President of Harlequin Single Title and she’ll be in Perth for the conference.  Check out what she’s looking for.

 Pitching for Success

Victoria Purman, Diane Hester, Alison Butler, Jennifer Scoullar, TM Clark and Elise K Ackers dish the dirt on the pitch process.  Not to be missed if you’re pitching in Perth.

And lots of lovely new releases – look at all the pretty covers

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events
  • New Releases

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

 

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Hearts Talk Wrap

Extra Extra – Read all about it…

June’s edition of Hearts Talk is an important one as RWA reviews the definition of published.

Make sure you read the issue to catch up on the thinking that will influence how the organisation is shaped to respond to changes in the industry, and to serve member needs.

There’s also a great craft article from Rachel Bailey on visceral reactions.  Carla Caruso and Sandra Grady talk research.   Annie Grace talks domino books and why you don’t want to write one.  And there is an introduction to editors and agents taking part in Riding the Waves, with a guest interview with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

Look out for your copy of the issue and get reading.

Hearts Talk May Wrap

All the news you may read about in May

Nina Bruhns needs a Jeep

Michelle Deiner talks to Nina Bruhns, award-winning, best-selling author and Editorial Director at Entangled Publishing.

Nina is attending the conference in Perth.  Read about her unusual background and what she’s looking for as an editor.

The Plosive P – Plagiarism and how it can hurt you

Nikki Logan walks us through the myths, realities, rules and fair play of writing unique content.

How Do I

Isolde Martin, Mistress to the Crown, talks about Fact, Fiction and Fudging in her article on writing historical novels. 

Meet out Editors and Agents – Part 1

A must if you’re Riding the Waves and attending the conference.  Part 1 of our editors and agents list.

 A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks chocolate balls and chains and why you might need to limit – yes – limit – your time at the keyboard to become a more inspired writer.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan addresses the hot topic of the moment in her column on the pros and cons of self publishing verses traditional publishing.

The Writing Journey

Kate Wigseller says reading an interview on Valerie Parv started her on her writer’s journey.  See where it’s taking her.

And lots of lovely new releases

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events
  • New Releases

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

Not a member? Please view our sample issue from January 2011.

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Hearts Talk April Wrap

Taking a Flyer with Abby Zidle

Michelle Deiner talks to Abby Zidle, senior editor at Gallery and Pocket books.  Abby’s days are as ‘varied as snowflakes and as magical’.  See what’s she’s been busy acquiring and what she might be interested in at the conference.

Make-over Magic for RWA Logo

A tuck, a trim, some new colour and baby, look at me now!  A sneaky preview of the RWA logo.

Beta Heroes Have Backbone

Claire Baxter, Anyone But Him, gives us the Latin low down on the heroes we love to love.  Read about the alpha, beta and omega man and every lover boy in between.

How Do I

Jenn J MacLead, A House for all Seasons, talks about her journey to published author and developing her author brand.

Doco Makes Seeks Published Author

But not for candlelit dinners and walks on the beach – try Knights in White Satin.  This you have to read.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about what comes after the bang and what to do when the sizzle fizzles and the middle sags.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan deals in sparkle and procrastination and has remedies for fixing both.

The Writing Journey

Helen Katsinis, (writing as Eleni Konstantine) Sealed with a Kiss, talks about volunteering and what it taught her about writing and the industry.

And lots of lovely new releases

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events
  • New Releases

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

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March Hearts Talk Wrap

Two Author Names – One Clever Brain

Rhyll Biest talks smart erotica and red hot romance to Cara McKenna who also writes as Meg Maquire. Cara is a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 Golden Leaf finalist, and a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee.2010 Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 Golden Leaf finalist, and a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee.

The Write Craft – with MJ Scott

‘It’s creepy and it’s spooky, mysterious and kooky’ – ah you know what I mean. It’s all in the atmosphere. MJ Scott, Iron Kin tells you how to build one.

Contest Diva to Published Author

Erica Hayes, Dragonfly  has a four point plan to help you make the big shift.

Riding the Waves Update

All about Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Characterisation

Louise Cusack, Destiny of the Light, talks about building characters readers care about.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace rattles the bones of the story as she continues the new series about the stages of writing a novel.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan digs into the hard stuff – providing constructive criticism and how to know when your story is in the doldrums.

The Writing Journey

Bernadette Rowley, The Princess Avenger, talks about her journey and where ideas come from.

And lots of lovely new releases
And our regular features:
• From Nikki’s desk
• Market Watch
• Member News
• In-person events
• New Releases
For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

• Not a member? Please view our sample issue from January 2011.
• To receive our wonderful monthly newsletter, we invite you to Join RWA for all the details.

Beyond the Literal: There’s No Escape

But that’s a good thing!

What happens when you put 30 authors together in one publishing house, then give them a key?

Are you kidding me?

They find devious ways to use it, of course.

What happens when they decide to collaborate to write a story together?

Simple really.

They plan an Escapade and take over their publisher’s blog.

And that’s exactly what’s happening.

In an industry first, thirty authors signed to Escape Publishing have come together to write one contemporary romance, 200 words at a time, over thirty consecutive days from Valentine’s Day to March 15.

It’s part Pass the Parcel, part Chinese Whispers, part Build a Bear and all original.

The authors agreed the Escapade story would be based on a meet-cute, told third-person from the heroine’s point of view and would be made available free for readers episodically.

Despite the fact the authors write everything from suspense to space opera they’ve chosen to stick squarely to a contemporary love story. There’s no erotica, paranormal or historical, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be scary moments, comedy, underdressed characters or um—handcuffs.

“It’s a huge amount of fun but there’s also pressure to be true to the existing story, carry it forward so it develops and contribute something fresh,” said Alissa Callen, What Love Sounds Like.

The story was kicked off by erotica and contemporary author Rhian Cahill, Valentine’s Dates, and will roll across the desks of authors across Australia as well as in New Zealand, Fiji, the United States and the United Kingdom. All but four of the authors are RWA Australia members.

None of the authors know what’s been written prior to their own turn and they can’t alter the story that’s already been told. They can however do whatever the muse inspires with between one and 200 words when their turn comes.

The idea of a round robin story with shared authorship isn’t new, but the sheer number of authors involved, the timescale, the multiple locations, the word count and the experimental nature of the creativity is, according to Escape Publishing’s Kate Cuthbert, a first for the industry.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’m deeply, embarrassingly immersed in the romance world,” said Kate.

The idea for the story came from an online chat about the complexities of author promotion and culminated in a proposal to Escape Publishing to take over the Escapades blog for a month.

“We don’t know if it will help us sell more books but it’s a fun way of testing ourselves as writers and creating something of value to thank people who’ve already bought Escape titles,” said Lee Christine, In Safe Hands.

You can catch up on the Escapade and read daily episodes by subscribing to the Escapades blog.

The Escapade’s Escape Artists & their titles: In order of appearance on Escapades blog:

1. Rhian Cahill                        Valentine’s Dates                          Feb 14
2. Keziah Hill                          Chains of Revenge                         Feb 15
3. Caitlyn Nichols                   The Danger Game                         Feb 16
4. Lee Christine                       In Safe Hands                                Feb 17
5. Rebekah Turner                  Chaos Born                                    Feb 18
6. Alissa Callen                        What Love Sounds Like              Feb 19
7. Nicole Flockton                   Bound by Her Ring                      Feb 20
8. Jenny Schwartz                   Mistaken Engagement                Feb 21
9. Coleen Kwan                        Short Soup                                     Feb 22
10. Juliet Madison                   Fast Forward                                 Feb 23
11. SE Gilchrist                         Legend Beyond the Stars            Feb 24
12. Elizabeth Dunk                  Arranged to Love                          Feb 25
13. Nina Hamilton                   Rescue Heat                                   Feb 26
14. Lucy Forster                       Finding Elizabeth                          Feb 27
15. Juanita Kees                       Under The Hood                           Feb 28
16. Sami Lee                              A Man Like Mike                          March 1
17. Donna Maree Hanson      Rayessa & the Space Pirates       March 2
18. Jacquie Underdown         The Paler Shade ofAutumn         March 3
19. Sandra Antonelli               A Basic Renovation                      March 4
20. Lily Malone                        His Brand of Beautiful                March 5
21. Robyn Rychards                Her Man from Shilo                     March 6
22. Bridget Gray                       No Strings Attached                    March 7
23. Jane O’Reilly                      Once a Bad Girl                            March 8
24. Francis Housden               The Chieftan’s Curse                   March 9
25. Robin Thomas                   High Stakes                                   March 10
26. Vanessa Stark                    Room Service                                March 11
27. Shannon Curtis                 Enamoured                                    March 12
28. Ros Baxter Fish                Out of Water                                  March 13
29. Elise K Ackers                   Unforgettable                                March 14
30. Ainslie Paton                    Grease Monkey Jive                     March 15

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