October Hearts Talk Wrap Up

The latest edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Our monthly member-only magazine has the latest news and information for writers.

Here is a little peek….

Hearts Talk chats with Urban Fantasy Author, J.F. Lewis

J.F. (Jeremy) Lewis is the author of The Void City series published by Pocket. In a genre known for fast-talking take-no-prisoner-heroines, his jaded, witty, centre stage male character and use of multiple first person POVs are just a few of the bold choices he’s made during his writing career to date.

Q: How did you come to write Urban Fantasy? You mention on your website that you have other projects underway—are these UF or something different?

A: When I started writing Staked (then called “Welcome to the Void”) I didn’t know there was such a genre as Urban Fantasy, I thought it either Fantasy or Horror, that I was writing a vampire book. I’d been trying to sell some more ‘all audiences’ friendly fiction, but no one seemed particularly interested, so I thought: okay, I do have a vampire story I’d like to tell… and I wrote Staked.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

5Day Intensive 2011: Report by Jodie Morphett

From the 9th of July to the 15th of July 2012, twelve ladies arrived at Griffith University at Mt Gravatt in Queensland, excited and nervous and ready to commence a five day intensive workshop where their only focus was their writing. Families and work were left behind and under the mentorship of the wonderful and talented Sophia James and Marion Lennox, the ladies were put through their paces.

They were divided into two groups: Category, led by Marion, and Historical/Single Title, led by Sophia. Over the course of five days and under the guidance of their mentors, these brave women pulled apart, rewrote and polished their manuscripts to the exclusion of all else.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

Online Opportunities with Doreen Sullivan

Author Trish Morey believes “Writing is an occupation where you never stop learning, whatever stage of this crazy profession you’re at.”

Many RWA members find their learning communities online, through classes, critiquing and contests. Here, some of our RWA writers at various stages of their writing careers discuss how they lived and learned online.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

Conference Bonus

HeartsTalk caught up with some of our international guests at the conference in Melbourne last month, and asked them to share their conference impressions & their tips for writing for publication with RWA members.

International guests: Kelley Armstrong, Angela James, Bob Mayer, Kristin Nelson

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

Contest Judging: What’s in it for you? by Beverley Eikli

You may have entered one of RWA’s contests to get feedback, as much as the chance that making the final can be a fast-track to an editor or agent’s desk. But have you considered the benefits of judging?

I’m not qualified

The ‘ I’m not qualified’ response is one of the misconceptions many people have when it comes to judging. As Harlequin Romance author Trish Morey wrote in an earlier article on the benefits of judging, “Do you write romance? Do you read romance? Then you’re qualified. You don’t have to be published.”

But I don’t read Sexy/Fantasy/Historical/Whatever

When you volunteer to judge you can nominate the type or entry you like to read and the excellent RWA score sheets make the process easy.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

RWA Noticeboard

Members Assistance Fund

Many of our members, due to their location or other circumstances, can’t afford to attend RWA events such as conference, 5DI and roadshows. Each year RWA’s Members Assistance Fund is used to help several such members. You can help by contributing to the fund.

Conference 2012: Diamonds Are Forever

Mark the 16-19th August 2012 in your calendar for the RWA conference on the Gold Coast.

For full notices, go to our website. For members only.

Of course don’t forget our regular columns:

  • From the Prez with Rachel Bailey – >Rachel’s first column as president
  • Events Calendar with Doreen Sullivan
  • Contest Page with Lis Hoorweg > Featuring The Emerald Award
  • News and Releases with Bronwyn Stuart
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • The Last Word with Jo McAlister
  • Ask Auntie Fi with Fiona Lowe

>from Angsty in Australia

For full columns, go to our website. For members only.


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

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