Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Are we there yet? Only 25 more sleeps until the Conference!

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to


Member News:

  • Noelene Jenkinson’s WOMBAT CREEK, one of the first of My Weekly’s new longer length Pocket Novels, has recently been released. Noelene was thrilled to share the news on ROMAUS this week when she received her Author’s copies.
  • Annie Seaton has been placed third in the Contemporary Romance section of Central Ohio’s Ignite the Flame Competition.
  • Michelle de Rooy is a finalist in the Heart of Denver’s “The Molly” Contest.
  • Janet Woods has sold the large print rights to her first ever historical, DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, for release back into library circulation.
  • Part Two of Anna Jacob’s Swan River Saga, BEYOND THE SUNSET released in mass market edition, is now available on Amazon.  

Congratulations to all our members on their achievements.


RWA Special Notices:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park,



Claytons Conference:

When? 9am Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14, 2011

Where? On Line

How? Via a Claytons
Yahoo Group

If you haven’t already registered, email Anne Whitfield. Don’t miss


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

Anna is blogging this week about the fascinating research she conducted during the writing of part two of the Swan River Saga, BEYOND THE SUNSET

August 7 – Anne returns to blog at the Australian Romance Readers Assoc

July 19 – Good News Day

July 21 – Magic Thursday: Tracey O’Hara on Supernova

July 22 – What Are We Reading – compiled by Shona Husk

July 23 – Darklight On … Gemma Kettley

July 16 – Special Guest Nicole Murphy with a copy of ROGUE GADDA to give away

July 18 – Guest Author: Ella Drake, SFR Author

July 21 – Who’s that Girl? Interview with Tyree Connor (RWNZ)

July 23 – Conference Highlights 4: Photos – the ‘goings on’ from past conferences

July 25 – *Mark your Diary* Guest Author: Jean Adams

July 17 – Sunday Smooch with debut Medical Author Wendy Marcus and WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH with one lucky commentator in the running to win a giveaway.

July 18 – Sue posts about writing, sitting for hours and exercise

July 20 – Blogging with Soraya

July 22 – Blogging with Natalie

July 20 – Hearts Talk Archives – Sandra Harris

July 21 – Author Spotlight on Ally Blake – Juliet Madison

July 22 – A Day in the Writing Life of Nicole Flockton – Suz Hamilton

July 24 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Sara Hantz

Sue Moorcroft

Suzanne Brandyn

Tamara Gill

Teen Fiction Café

The Journeyman Writer


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Kylie Griffin:

Margie Lawson talks about the power of cadence, rhythm and beats

Start your morning with a laugh – Plot Device

The Ruby Slipper Sisterhood focuses on the Big 6 Publishers

Jessica Faust from Bookends LLC about offers and seeking representation by an agent

  • Kendall Grey

Dr. Charley Ferrer Talks BDSM in a Two Part Interview

  • Rebecca Skrabl

A handy list of links to cover all aspects of writing

  • Rhian Cahill

An interview with bestselling author Maya Banks on Dear Author

  • Juanita Kees

The short story competition for the National Year of Reading 2012 is now open. The theme is: It’s never too late to learn to read


Contests for 2012:

Contest season will be open for entries as follows:

August 13 – September 10, 2011 – HM&B High Five

August 27 – September 23, 2011 – Selling Synopsis

September 9 – October 7, 2011 – STALI

October 28 – November 25, 2011 – Emerald Award

January 6 – January 27, 2012 – Little Gems

January 13 – February 10, 2012 – First Kiss

TBA – Valeri Parv Award

For more information visit the RWA Website.



Dates for 2011 BIAW

July 25 to 31

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


5K in 30 days

Join Jenn J McLeod’s challenge to trim off 5k’s in 30 days in time for the Conference (and she’s not talking words. She’s talking kilos.) Add your *fun* name (Add Record) to the Database in the yahoo files and look out for Friday updates on ROMAUS.
Good luck!


Upcoming Events:

Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1:

Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW

Cost: $460 M, $390 MC, $650 NM

FMI + Bookings:

July 16:

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:

July 17:

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

July 23:

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: email OR (08) 9294 1872,

July 25:

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,

August 13

Put an End to Procrastination ~ Tracy Crisp

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: or (08) 8223 7662 OR

August 16, 23 & 30; September 6, 13 & 20

Become Your Own Best Editor and Make Your Manuscript Shine ~ Linda Funnell

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $380 M, $325 MC, $540 NM

FMI + Bookings:

August 20 & 21

Story Construction: Plotting Your Novel ~ Greg Bastian

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM

August 30

Tuesday Chat: How to market your book on social networking sites ~ Dr Irina & William Webster

When: 1.00pm–2:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings essential on (02) 6262 9191 or

September 4

Marketing your book ~ Aleesah Darlison

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: $100 M, $90 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings on (02) 6262 9191 or online.

September 7, 14, 21 & 28

Planning Your Career ~ Fran Cusworth & Paul Collins

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $170 M, $160 MC, $215 NM

Booking deadline: 29 August

FMI + Bookings:

OR (03) 9094 7855


Online Events:

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

Australian Writer’s Marketplace On-line Learning Centre

Learn the art and business of writing with The Australian Writer’s Marketplace’s Online Learning Centre. Discover inspiring, flexible online courses and learn at your own pace, wherever you are. Interact with fellow writers and get one-on-one feedback from our tutors, who are all published authors and industry professionals. Check out the AWM Online Learning Centre website for course details or give Queensland Writers Centre a call on (07) 3842 9922.

Writing Science Fiction Short Story

Six-week course

Commencing 27 June

Cost $150

Join one of Australia’s most successful authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror, Lee Battersby, for a journey through the fantastic art of the science fiction short story. Over six weeks you will learn how to build worlds, character, voice and mood in this challenging and rewarding form.

Pitching to Publishers with Tiana Templeman

Four-week courses

Commencing 11 July and 10 October 2011

Cost $150

This four-week course, starting 9 May, will show you how to push all the right buttons to attract a publisher’s eye. Discover what commissioning editors love and what they loathe. From writing a captivating synopsis to deciding where to send it, learn about all facets of the proposal process for a range of writing including non-fiction, fiction, and children’s.

Introduction to Creative Writing

Six-week courses

Commencing 20 June, 18 July, 15 August and 17 October 2011.

Cost $130

There are a lot of us out there who write, scribbling ideas on bus tickets, boarding passes and coffee shop serviettes, but who never seem to turn these notes into anything. If you have been scribbling away quietly but have never taken the leap to finish anything or call yourself a writer, clear afew hours a week in your schedule to sit down and rediscover the art of creative writing in this practice-based series of online activities and resources.

Kim Wilkins’ Year of the Novel

Year-long courses

Commencing June and August 2011

Cost $445

Challenge yourself to complete the ultimate writing journey in Kim Wilkins’ Year of the Novel under the tutelage of author of Dust, Christine Bongers. Christine will guide you through this course created by Kim Wilkins and help you get that manuscript finished in a year!


Have a wonderful week.


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1 Comment

  1. Juanita Kees

     /  July 17, 2011

    Glad you enjoyed this week’s post, Nas 🙂


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