Cruisin the Blogs and Member News

And here we are at the beginning of another week. Or is it the end of the old one? Either way, we have some interesting blogs and news this week 🙂

Are you ready to pitch at conference? How well are you doing with your 50K in 30 days? Have you registered for the Claytons if you’re not attending ‘From here to Eternity’?

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to





From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park, Melbourne


When? Friday 12th August 9am and ending Sunday 14th August

Where? On line

Anne Whitfield has had a few emails from members wanting to know how to register for the Claytons Conference. Here is some more information for Claytons Virgins!
The Claytons conference is online and run the same weekend as the Melbourne conference from Friday 12
th to Sunday 14th

The Claytons conference is run (primarily) via emails through the special Claytons yahoo group set up. Please go to this website to register at any time. Officially, registrations aren’t open until next month but you can still become a ‘pending member’. All names and emails are collected for the database. Registration forms and the weekend’s program will be sent out in July to all those who have enrolled.

On the Friday and Saturday nights there will be chats (party time, woohooo!) in the chat room of the RWA’s website chat room. To get into the chat room, you must sign into the members’ section of the website and click on the link on the left hand side.

The weekend program is complete and full of interesting workshops and special guests.
For instance, two editors, one from Samhain Publishing and one from Ellora’s Cave, will be appearing to take pitches. Varied workshops will be presented by our talented RWA members – from world building to plot structures to synopsis writing and plenty more. International guests, Diane Gaston and Darlene Gardner, plus our home grown author, Michelle Diener will be making an appearance too. There will be writing challenges to keep you on your toes and some fun games such as a scavenger hunt, etc.

Generous RWA authors have been donating great items for our prizes! You don’t want to miss those!

If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to email Anne. Don’t miss out!

50K IN 30 DAYS:

RWA’s 50K in 30 Days brings together writers interested in getting some volume writing and/or editing throughout the month of June. Contact the 50/30 coordinator Julia C. Burns for more information today.





Anne Whitfield

Anne will be touring blogs until July, so keep an eye out every week for upcoming blog spots and dates.

Fri 17th JuneHistorical Hussies

Sat 18th June Maggi Andersen

Thur 23rd JuneUnusual Historicals

Sun 26th June Unusual Historicals

Thur 30th JuneLindsay’s Romantics

Thur 30th JuneBritish Romance Fiction

Noelene Jenkinson

Noelene has put up a post on her blog about her new Kindle this week. Stop by for a visit! 

Dark Side DownUnder

Tues 14th June – Good News Day

Wed 15th June – Winner announced for Janni Nell’s Allegra Fairweather giveaway

Thur 16th June – Magic Thursday – Shona Husk with giveaway, Tasting Thanatos

Fri 17th June – What We Are Reading post, now brought to you by Shona Husk

Sat 18th June – Darklight On… Amanda Ashby

Kylie Griffin

This week two WTG?interviews!

MON 13th June – GUEST AUTHOR: Jane Beckenham – Regency romance

THURS 16th June – Who’s That Girl? interview with Cody Young (RWNZ) –
a Kiwi who writes YA & historical romance

SAT 18th June – “Who’s That Girl? interview with Linda Lovely (RWA) –
a South Carolina romantic suspense author

MON 20th June *Mark your diaries!* – GUEST AUTHOR: Barbara Elsborg
(sci-fi romance for Ellora’s Cave & Loose ID)

LoveCats DownUnder

SUN 12th June – This week’s Sunday Smooch – Robyn Grady is offering a giveaway when featuring her book, BILLIONAIRE’S BEDSIDE MANNER.
MON 13th June
– Anna Hackett (TBA)
WED 15th June
– Soraya Lane (TBA)
FRI 17th June – Mel Teshco interviews special guest medical author, Wendy Marcus.

RWAus Blog

MON 13th June – Author Spotlight on … – Juliet Madison

WED 15th June – HT Archives- Sandie Hudson

THUR 16th June – Helen Katsinis is the Conference Virgin

FRI 17th June – Blog Bites with Littl Gems 2011 Author, Nea Bovill – Jenn J McLeod

SAT 18th June – Best Seller list – Sandie Hudson

SUN 19th June – Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Sue Moorcroft

WED 1st  JuneLindsay’s Romantics
FRI 3rd  June –  British Romance Fiction


Cassandra Cornell

Cathryn Brunet

Christina Phillips

Denise Rosetti

Eleni’s Taverna

Elizabeth Rose


Creative writing tutor, comp judge and writer, Sue has a ‘Manuscript Presentation’ page on her blog which might be helpful to those looking to submit a query.

Some good examples of how to pitch & how to write a pitch over at the
Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood for anyone revving up for conference

This from Kristin Nelson today on her blog The New Buzz Word: Speculative

A chuckle-funny post at the Blood-Red Pencil about the pests we
stumble across when writing.

Some really great points here to consider when creating your own blog

  • Dale Beynon  

Has a ‘useful resource for pitching virgins’ planning to pitch at the Melbourne Conference, or Claytons.

  • Zoe Younger

Says she ‘has subscribed to The Writer for a few years now and has yet to see a more impressive set of links’.

  • Rebecca Skrabl

Found a page of links and articles for anyone who’s interested

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.



Running a contest or giving away a prize on your favourite Blog Spot? Share it here at Cruisin’.



Leonie has shared that Susy Rogers, a talented and multi-prize winning writer and member of her critique group, placed second in the Sheila Competition. Susy writes crime fiction with a romantic thread.

Janet Woods’ latest historical romance, LADY LIGHTFINGERS has been released and is available, post free, from Book Depository.

Rebecca Skrabl got an email saying she’d won the paranormal section of the Sheila and got a full MS request (plus synopsis and ‘ideas for other books’) from the judge, Leah Hultenschmidt of Sourcebooks!

 Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Please email me if you have exciting news to share.

CONTESTS for 2011

All contests are now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries. Watch this space for more competition news for 2012.


Date for 2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings


(Costings Code: M-member, MC-Member concession. NM-Non-members)

Wednesday 8 June
Law and Order: The Business of Writing ~ with Robyn Ayres, Nic Pullen, Colin Golvan SC & Nicolas Brasch
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: Free
FMI + Bookings:
OR (03) 9094 7855

Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June
Bridgetown Words in the Valley Writers’ Festival
When: 5.30pm Friday to noon Sunday
Where: Various locations in Bridgetown, WA.
Cost: Various, some free. Workshops around $20 each
FMI: Bookings through Bridgetown Visitors Centre on (08) 97611740 OR

Thursday 16 June
Anna Campbell Talks about Midnight’s Wild Passion
When: 5:30pm
Where: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree, Qld
Cost: $6 (includes refreshments)
FMI + Bookings: Essential on (07) 5475 8900

Saturday 25 June
Creating Colourful Characters ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $90 M, $80 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings:
OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Saturday 25 June
On Hearing Voices: An Introduction to Capturing Voice in Your Writing with Lee McGowan ~ Lee McGowan
When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 OR

Thursday 30 June
Publishing Perspectives: Facts about Fiction Publishing ~ with host Melanie Dankel
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings:
OR (03) 9094 7855

Thursdays, 7 July, 4 Aug, 1 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec
Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis
When: 6.30pm–9.30pm
Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW
Cost: $460 M, $390 MC, $650 NM
FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 9 July
Paving Your Path to Publication: getting organised, getting strategies and getting out there ~ Phillipa Fioretti
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 16 July
Editorial Expertise and the Publishing Process: What you need to know ~ Alice Barker
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, Vic.
Cost: $60 M, $90 NM
FMI + Bookings:

Sunday 17 July
Conquering Your Inner Critic ~ Edwina Shaw
When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 OR

Saturday 23 July
Perfect Pitch: 10 Tips for Selling Your Writing to Agents, Publishers & Editors ~ Peter McAllister

When: 1:00am–4:00pm
Where: Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, WA
Cost: $25 M, $40 NM
FMI + Bookings:
 OR email OR (08) 9294 1872

Monday 25 July
Digital Publishing Talk: Retool and Remix: Get A Digital Life! ~ David Reiter

When: 5.30pm
Where: Orange City Library, Byng Street, Orange, NSW
Cost: Free
FMI + Bookings:
. Bookings on (02) 6393 8132.



Announce Online Writing Classes with Julia Rowe

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail


Have a wonderful week!

Juanita 🙂

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