Event Announcements

GenreCon 2013

Details for this year’s program of industry workshops, discussion panels, and feature events are now live on their website. They’re covering everything from the craft of writing, selling your work, building your career, and researching the little details that keep your stories ticking. More importantly, the program will feature over forty writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals who have agreed to donate their time and expertise to make the GenreCon weekend a fantastic experience. Still haven’t got your GenreCon pass? They’ll be taking online registrations until October 8 and tickets will be available at the door.

FMI: http://www.genrecon.com.au/category/genrecon-2013/

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Promotional Opportunities

  • The Romance Reviews

Let’s end the year with a bang! With a YEAR-END SPLASH (YES!) PARTY in the month of November! More exciting games and prizes for readers, and at the same time, more exposure for your books.

DATE: November 1 to 30, 2013

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $100 GC. Other Prizes: GCs, book giveaways, etc.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS:

If you wish to participate in this promotional opp contact Carole at carole@theromancereviews.com or visit the website at http://www.theromancereviews.com. Due to the expected huge volume of email, please allow me to get back to you within 10 days before sending a follow up email.

*** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED ***

  • Hearts Talk for RWA Members

If you have good news or a New Release, for the November issue of Hearts Talk, could you please send them to htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com before 8th. If you are sending a new release, please include – RWA Member number, TITLE, AUTHOR NAME, PUBLISHER and a cover image. If you also let Catherine know if it’s an e-book, or print.

  • Cruisin’ with RWA (Thursdays on the RWA Blog)

Come Cruisin’ with our two chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, and visit your fellow RWA Members. Email Juanita Kees at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Member News

Share your ‘Happy Dance’ moments and we’ll help you celebrate: a new release or re-release, new contract, new agent, competition wins etc.

Cruisin’ the Blogs

This is your opportunity to have the spotlight on your blog. Share the dates, sites and subject matter of your blog here and drive traffic to your blog spot.

If you’ve visited a blog that you think might be of interest to our members, send me the link and the title.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Every week we spotlight 6 member blogs. Ask to list your blog under Members Blogs and your site will be promoted on a rotational basis too.

  • Event Announcements (Sundays on the RWA Blog)

If you have a library talk, workshop, book-signing, competition or any other writing-related event to share, please send us the information to: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

ContestsA list of all the RWA Contests and dates for the year

Challenges

Helping you achieve deadlines or simply providing support to drive you forward in challenges like BIAW and 50K in 30 Days

Upcoming Events

Craft specific workshops and events to assist you on your writing journey

Online Events

Online Workshops, Webinars and courses of interest

  • RWA Member Promotional Blogs

New to RWA? Introduce yourself and your writing. Here are a few other promo opportunities for our members. For more information, email  blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

A Day in the Writing Life of… 

Author Spotlights

Blog Bites

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Library Events & Workshops

October 2013

  • RWAmerica University Classes – Social Media and Promotion via Goodreads

Romance writers know that there is a big community of romance readers on Goodreads, and this course will outline how to reach those readers using the Goodreads Author Program. Topics covered will include optimizing your author profile and book page, running a successful giveaway, increasing awareness of your book with paid advertising, and guidelines for interacting with readers. Drawing from actual data and real-world case studies, the course will illustrate how other authors have successfully promoted their work on Goodreads. The class will take place on an RWA U forum in myRWA.

When: October 7–11

Presenter: Cynthia Shannon, author marketing coordinator at Goodreads.

Cost: no cost to members.

FMI: http://rwa.org/rwau or e-mail RWAUniversity@rwa.org with questions.

  • Savvy Authors

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This course will teach you, the writer, how to best use Scrivener for everything from planning your scenes to generating output for your critique group, e-reader, or publisher. Lectures will be presented in a video format with written summaries. One evening a week the instructor will have a live question/answer period using audio/video and screen sharing to best answer those tricky problems.

*Please note: This class applies equally well to Scrivener for Windows and Mac

When: September 30 – October 27, 2013

Where: The Savvy Forums

Cost: Premium Members $25 / Basic Members $35

FMI: http://savvy.citysoft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventId=1858

Mary Hawkins loves to share with other romance writers. She is presenting a workshop at this year’s CALEB Conference. The CALEB is the yearly conference for Christians who write for the general or Christian Bookshop markets. Her workshop is called Masterclass – Romance and she will be sharing what romance readers – and editors – expect and look for in sweet and inspirational romance books, and hints how the writer can give romance readers page-turning, satisfying reads.

When: October 11-12, 2013

Where: Riverglenn, Indooroopilly

FMI: http://wordswithwings.net and http://www.omegawriters.com or contact Mary via her website: http://www.mary-hawkins.com

Fiction Fundamentals – a one-day writing intensive workshop. Inform. Excite. Ignite. Register for Fiction Fundamentals

Are you committed to writing, but not sure how to get started? You have a story idea, and are overwhelmed by the complexity of the header narrowtask? Or you’ve started, maybe even published, and you want to explore and improve your craft? Perhaps you’re considering the path of self-publishing?

The Write Chicks are multi-published romance fiction authors, Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe. Together, they have over 12 years’ writing experience. They will be joined by Jennifer Brassel, published author and creative writing instructor and for one day these professional authors will share their experience and techniques for writing and publishing in an intensive seminar designed to boost your own skills and knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or wanting to hone your craft, this writing boot camp will deliver value for money. Three authors. Intense, comprehensive sessions. One event.

When: Saturday October 19

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Novotel Parramatta, 350 Church St, Parramatta.

Cost: $120

  • Rhythm and Pace ~ Toni Jordan (Melbourne Writers Guild)

Thanks to Romance Writers of Australia’s Grant Scheme Melbourne Romance Writers Guild have Toni Jordan, an acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing at RMIT University, presenting a seminar on Rhythm and Pace, in Melbourne.

When: Sunday October 20

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, Fitzroy Library, Moor Street, Fitzroy (please book early).

Cost: No charge (RWA approved grant workshop and free to RWA members)

Contact: Elvina Payet via melbournerwg@gmail.com

*Places are limited so please get in early.

November 2013

In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: November 02 – 23

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.

Online Events

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers.

To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!

4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014
Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Contests

RWAus contest season is now open. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Ripping Start 6 September 2013
Selling Synopsis 22 November 2013
Emerald Award 22 November 2013
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014

Awards

The EllaPrint

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

The RUBYPrint

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

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