Hearts Talk: Fame, finesse and finance

July edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

RWA Hall of Fame

The inaugural RWA Hall of Fame will induct Helen Bianchin as its first member.  Read about Helen’s contribution to the industry including 60 books in 32 languages with tens of millions of copies sold around the world.

Show Me The Money

Is your palm itchy?  Brenda Hiatt has crunched the numbers and Hearts Talk brings you a summary of payment scales across the industry including advances, royalties and earn outs.

Pitch Process

Wondering how to go about pitching your novel at the conference?  Christine Stinson (It Tales A Village) and Jaye Ford (Scared Yet) have the answers.

Conference Update

Get your conference update in this edition, including Covers Contest, Conference Tour option and advice for First Timers.

Clayton’s Conference

Can’t make it to the Gold Coast – sign up for the Clayton’s Conference.  See details online.

What Monique and Joanne Want

Monique Patterson, St Martin’s Press and Joanne Grant, Harlequin Presents talk to Helen Katsinis about their careers, work priorities and advice for unpublished writers.

Dear Joan

Welcome to Joan Kilby (Gentleman Prefer Nerds) and her new Dear Joan column.

Joan is standing by to answer your questions and meanwhile tackles a cry for help from an introverted writer.

A Writer’s Life – Beyond the Call

Sarah Mayberry talks about her story folder and how you can develop your own.

The Writer’s Journey

Rhyll Vallis talks to Keziah Hill (Chains of Revenge) about her inspirations and fear of the blank page.

Contest Update

Deb Cox gives an update on the Emerald Single Title contest and we’re calling on judges for this year’s contest season.

Contest dates for this year are also in place now with the first contest off the block being High-Five.

And our regular features:

  • From Rachel’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News with Bronwyn Stuart
  • In-person events with Doreen Sullivan
  • July Releases

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