February Hearts Talk Wrap Up

The February edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Here’s a sneak peak of our member-only news and views.

Our Keynote Speaker Eloisa James chats to Hearts Talk

New York Times bestselling author of historical romances (Harper Collins) and Fordham University, Shakespeare professor, Eloisa James is our keynote speaker for Diamonds are Forever (our 2012 National conference  on the Gold Cost in August 16-19).

Read more about Eloisa James and her views on writing, sleep and having a thick skin in Helen Katsinis’ interview.

Monique Patterson confirmed as Conference Special Guest

Get your pitch patter ready.  Monique Patterson, Executive Director of St Martin’s Press will be joining us on the Gold Coast. You’ll never guess what Monique’s favourite activity is – yes, that would be reading.

St Martin’s acquires contemporary, historical, paranormal and erotic romance.

Alex Miller Admires Romance Writers

Miles Franklin Award Winner and literary author Alex Miller talks to Hearts Talk about his career, his writing technique and his admiration for what romance writers do. Read more about Alex’s methods and books.

Wondering what to do while on the Gold Coast?

When you’re not attending one of the fabulous sessions or pitching your latest novel there are lots of amazing things to do on the Gold Coast.  Helen Katsinis gives us the low down on what you can expect.

Vale Leonie Knight

Claire Boston writes about the life and career of Leonie Knight, a member of the Fine Print critique group in WA and Harlequin Mills & Boon medical author.

The Fabulous World of the RWA Forum – Everything Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Kerrie Ptolemy provides a guided tour of the RWA Forum, designed to give Newbie users a heads-up on how to use forums and navigate the site.

If you’re not yet registered –  what are you waiting for?  Read our ‘How do I’ and sign up today.

Member Spotlight – Sue Price

Fantasy/sci-fi and contemporary romance author, Sue Price, comes from the foothills of Adelaide and has been an RWA member for 12 months.  She talks to Suzanne Brandyn about her goals for the year, including getting those query letters out.

Grammar with Anna

Language is a dynamic force but when it’s mangled, Anna Jacobs isn’t happy.  See why she’s hot under the collar about past continuous tense.

Technique with Auntie Fi and MJ Scott

Life is complicated and then there is exposition.  What do you do when you need to explain a whole new world to your readers?  MJ Scott has the answer in four easy steps.

Meanwhile Auntie Fi is finding POV  a slippery fish.  Do you head hop or scene and sequel, get the low down on both styles this month.

Guilt Free Reading – But of Course

In A Writer’s Life, Sarah Mayberry talks about refilling the word well, her internal Nag and the towering pile of books on her bedside table.

Fiction is a business

Beverley Cousins of Random House talks to Phillipa Fioretti about the business of publishing women’s fiction in Australia.

According to Beverley, anyone can write a novel, but not everyone can write a novel good enough to be published.  Read more about the publishing industry and what you need to know to succeed.

High Five Contest Report

Deb Bennetto reports that this battle was closely contended and that the quality of writing was solid across the board.  Read more about the impressions of the 40 judges involved.

And all our regular features:

  • From Rachel’s desk
  • Contest update:
    • Get those First Kiss entries in now.  Closes Feb 17
    • Changes to the Valerie Parv Award
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • Member News and New Releases with Bronwyn Stuart
  • Events with Doreen Sullivan
  • Online Events:  Can this manuscript be saved –  with Susan Meier

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website


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