Hearts Talk Wrap – August 2012

August edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Hearty stories to warm your creativity – Recipes to build your career

Lynne Wilding Award Nominees

Volunteer spirit is the backbone of the RWA and in this issue we celebrate the nominees for the Lynne Wilding Award:  Alison Ahern, Catherine Evans, Fiona Gregory, Bronwyn Jameson and Helen Katsinis.

Nikki Logan’s Romance with Nature

Nikki  Logan (Slow Dance with the Sheriff) won the 2008 Selling Synopsis competition and has gone on to write fifteen books since 2010 with twelve of them published.  Nikki talks about her writing process in our Author Interview.

Conduct Unbecoming

Stories about writers behaving badly are the stuff of legend and the rise of social media has made the world a smaller and easily referenced place.  Check out Bronwyn Jameson’s guide to managing social media and face to face situations while keeping your reputation intact.

Conference Update

Get your conference update in this edition, including ARRA book signing and Author Cafe.

Read our spotlight on Helen Breitwieser of Cornerstone Literary Agency who braves 400 submissions a week!

Clayton’s Conference

Can’t make it to the Gold Coast – sign up for the Clayton’s Conference.  Our program included in this issue.

How do I Juggle Life and Writing?

Between them Rachel Johns, Fiona Palmer, Scarlet Wilson, Nicola Marsh, Loretta Hill and Maisey Yates have written over sixty books, creating them around full time work, families and social commitments.  Read about how they make magic happen.

Calling all Designers

The RWA logo is due for a make over.  Read about our design competition opening September 1.

Pitch Perfect – a Different Approach to Pitching

Diane Hester (Believe in Me) was a musician before she became an author and talks about how pitching to an editor is a lot like going for an audition.

A Writer’s Life

Sarah Mayberry talks about dialogue in this month’s article called He said…She said.

Dear Joan

In this edition Dear Joan talks to Puzzled over Pinning about using Pinterest and Wondering in Wangaratta about the benefits of entering competitions.

The Writer’s Journey

Sara Hantz talks to Vanessa Barneveld paranormal and contemporary teen fiction author about her writing life, representation and contest wins.

Contest Update

Congratulations to our Valerie Parv Award  finalists:  Madeline Ash, Bridget Gray, Anita Joy, Cornelia Kamp, Bronwyn McEvoy and Cassandra Samuels.

See this year’s contest dates.

And our regular features:

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

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