Love Gone Wild Conference Announcement

Registrations for the 26th Annual RWA Conference will open at the end of the month (fingers-crossed), so in the meantime, we thought we’d give you a few teasers about what’s coming your way.

Our first major announcement…

We have been across the globe in search of something truly unique to present at the Love Gone Wild conference and we are excited to launch RWA’s very first Business Hub. The Business Hub will be restricted to authors (emerging and established) with published novels (self or traditional). The sessions will focus on marketing and expanding your reach across the globe.

To get you excited, let us drop the names who are coming to Love Gone Wild. (And there will be more surprises revealed at conference, but we can’t publish their name!)

Google | Draft2Digital | Bolinda | Neilson BookScan.

You can look forward to learning how to use Google Adwords and analytics effectively, self-publish and market globally with Draft2Digital, expand your reach with Bolinda, and gain industry knowledge and understand your sales data with Neilson-Bookscan (sales territories permitting).

 

FINAL CALL – #RWAus17 Workshop Submissions Closing

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LOVE GONE WILD WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS CLOSING

Submission for #RWAus17 close on December 31, 2016.

We have been mustering a diverse herd of talented professionals for the 26th RWA Annual Conference – Love Gone Wild.

But are you the stray runaway we’re waiting on to join the pack?

We are cracking the whip one last time.

Our team is planning #RWAus17 to be the best conference ever and want to utilise our community of talented authors and professionals. Stop grazing out in the pastures, frolicking in the ocean or flitting about in the skies – get your workshop, panel or roundtable submissions to us now.

This is the final call for submissions before we dust off our boots, shut the gate and finalise our tremendous program.

Jump in – hooves, feathers, scales and all … Don’t miss out. Because come December 31st the opportunity to submit will be GOING, GOING, GONE!

Submit Now at  http://bit.ly/RWA17WSP

Submissions close on Dec 31st, 2016.

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August 11-13, 2017

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#RWAus17 Workshop Submissions are open.

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We hope you have all recovered from this year’s conference (August 2016), but it is time to be bold and set foot out into the wilderness again.  New territories are waiting to be discovered. Love Gone Wild is calling for you.

Workshop Submissions for #RWAus17 are NOW OPEN.

We will have a strong focus on accommodating all genres and all level of authors – aspiring, emerging and established. We want to use the amazing talent contained within our RWA tribe and will source external expertise when required.

If you are passionate and want to submit any ideas/suggestions for a workshop, or if you would like to head up a round table discussion, put together a panel etc, please register your interest now.

For full workshop details visit our website at http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/279

Submit your workshop proposal via this form at: http://bit.ly/RWA17WSP

If you have any questions, please email Conference2017@romanceaustralia.com

 

May new releases

The cooler temperatures of Autumn have finally arrived – better late than never. If you’re looking for a new book to curl up with indoors to enjoy a bit of ‘me time’, there’s no better place to start than with this month’s new releases from our members. There are so many I have been looking forward to across several sub genres. In historical romance, there is The Wife’s Tale by Christine Wells (who also rights under Christina Brooke), The Master of Strathburne by Amy Rose Bennett and Shrouded Passions by new-to-me author Faye Hall. There’s also a new sci-fi from Valerie Parv, Earthbound,  new rural romances from Trish Morey, Kerrie Paterson and Jenn McLeod, romantic suspense and a feast of contemporary romance titles covering everything and everyone from female jockeys to rock stars, doctors, cowboys and highlanders. Is there a particular new release that has your finger depressing the one-click button?

New releases May 2016

New title releases July 2014

Congratulations and thanks to the 26 RWA members with a new book out this month.  They have given us a wide variety of genres to choose our next read from!

July new title releases

New titles from RWA members

A Day in the Writing Life of … Sharon Sherry

Today we welcome, Sharon Sherry, who has kindly agreed to share a day in her writing life. Sharon writes in the category Sexy line and is looking forward to her trip to NYC in September where she hopes to get more great ideas for her writing.

What time of the day do you write?      Mornings now. I used to try and write at night after coming home brain dead until I read one of the RWA ladies say that if you have a busy job that requires you to think a lot, write BEFORE you go to work.

Where do you write? Do you have your own special place?      I hadn’t written for the longest time and have recently started again. I have an office that I rarely use as I often find myself sitting at the kitchen table.

 Is there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse?      I think about all the wonderful women I’ve met who are successful…and want to be amongst them as a published author. To do that, one needs to actually write! And so it goes. 

What’s the first thing you do before you begin to write?      I make that heart-starting first cup of coffee. There’s no point talking to me until then.

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?      I have morphed into a plantser…that’s a pantser who’s trying hard to become a plotter (they’re so much better organised). I used to edit as I went until Cath Evans got me out of the habit during an early BIAW. Now I go hell-for-leather while the muse is on my shoulder and worry about editing later.

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time?      As I said, I hadn’t written much – only just returned to it in the past few months – so the schedule is simply to put something on the page.

What writing tools do you favour? Long hand, computer ….. I love the computer…and the message area on my smartphone where I put those little thoughts that occur on the bus on the way to work. A fun toy I enjoy is Write or Die (set a word goal and a time frame and go for it!). I have downloaded Scrivener but haven’t had time to learn how to use it and I don’t want to waste a day of the 30 day trial they give you.

Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?      I have a GMC laminated page that I’m trying to use as outlined in Deb Dixon’s GMC book… as well as an image board to keep my characters and settings firmly in mind (gotta love the McGrath home sales book…wonderful inspiration for all those mansions I like to write about).

Do you take time out to stretch, rest your eyes etc and if so do you do any exercises at your desk or between sessions?      By changing my writing time to before work, it’s write, write, write, rush into the shower and get ready and get out the door. That is my exercise for the day!

Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write?      Different coloured fine pens for editing and doodling, a vase of glass roses from my Mum, headphones to drown out distractions, the post-it notes I use when rogue thoughts appear or a GMC needs changes, the image boards to keep my characters in my sights when my thoughts wander.

What is your favourite form of procrastination?      Procrastinate? Me? I confess that reading works by other writers (aka “research”) is my favourite. There’s that old hint (and I paraphrase) “You can fix up something you’ve written, but you can’t fix an empty page”…so I start with a mind map to get the creative juices flowing again. Sometimes a mind map takes me to some cool places.

What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session?     A word count and a big, fat sigh of satisfaction that I’ve done it!

I don’t have a website yet but finally have a Twitter presence “@ssherryaus” but it’s mostly about following my author friends and supporting them by re-tweets and comments. It’s good practice for the time when I’m announcing great news.

 Sherry, thank you for sharing your writing life with us.

A Day in the Writing Life of … Amanda Ashby

Today we welcome, Amanda Ashby, who writes young adult and mid-grade books about killer fairies, zombie students and troublesome djinns.

What time of the day do you write?    I write whenever I can fit it in. When my kids were babies I mainly wrote at night but now they are in school I tend to do most of my writing during the day. Except of course when I’m on deadline and then everything changes!!

 Where do you write?   I’m an orphan! I’ve never had a proper study so it’s basically me and my laptop! Most of the time I use the kitchen table but when I lived in NZ I spent a lot of time sitting on my bed because it was the sunniest spot in the house, so I guess you could say that I’m like a cat!!!!

Is there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse?   Not really. My books are always on my mind so by the time I sit down to write, I normally know what I want to do. I do use playlists though, which I find really helps me capture the mood and the feel of the book.

What’s the first think you do before you begin to write?     Like most writers, I have a bad habit of checking my emails. Especially since my publisher and agent are in the US so lots of things can happen overnight (not saying that they always do, but why ruin a perfectly good excuse with the truth?!)

 Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work?     Yes, I always read over the previous day’s work and check I’m happy with it before moving on. Which of course sounds very civilized but since I do a LOT of rewriting, it often involves scraping the previous day’s work and starting again (which means I then have to try and recapture yesterday’s word count as well as the current day’s word count).

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?     I’m a panster who desperately wants to be a plotter! This means that I try very hard to be organized and figure everything out, but then my organic panster side takes over and keeps coming up with new shiny ideas. Because of this I’m always editing and redoing things and I basically HATE when people talk about fast drafting because while I’m thrilled for them that they can get through a manuscript so neatly, unfortunately that way doesn’t work for me.

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time?      I aim to write 2000 words a day when I’m working on a new book and sometimes I might get that in an hour or two and other times I’m still up at midnight desperately trying to squeeze the words out so I can go to sleep!!

What writing tools do you favour? Long hand, computer …..I use both! I write directly onto my laptop but I’m a big fan of long hand and do a lot of my brainstorming and plotting by pen. Also, I’m not sure what it is but the moment I turn off my laptop I tend to get a load of new ideas, so I’m constantly writing myself notes (and I then spend far too much time trying to decipher my messy writing!!!)

Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?     If it’s been invented, then there is a good chance that I’ve tried it, but unfortunately none of it has really stuck with me. However, one thing I have been using for a couple of years and I still really love is OneNote, which is in Microsoft Office. It’s just a way to easily see a lot of notes and documents at once so that’s where I keep all of my character notes and research. Plus, while I’m hopeless at doing real collages, I will often put lots of digital images there to help prompt me.

Do you give yourself any writing rewards for achieving goals?     Yes, I reward myself with the joys of housework and cooking dinner and any other task that I have been ignoring in order to get my work done. Actually, I think I might need to rethink this ritual…

Do you take time out to stretch, rest your eyes etc?     I don’t tend to sit down for long periods of time because I get easily bored (and always feel the need to check the cupboard in case chocolate has magically appeared since the last time I looked). I also make sure I walk each day so that I don’t get too sedentary.

What is your favourite form of procrastination?      Pink is the New Blog is my favourite procrastination! It’s a gossip blog and I’ve been reading it for years. Anyway, normally when I have a writing break that’s the place I head to!

What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session?     Rip out some hair and swear that I will do a better job tomorrow!!!!!

 Thank you, Amanda, for kindly sharing a day in your writing life. Please visit, Amanda’s website for more information about her books.

http://www.amandaashby.com/

Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic book 1 Wishful Thinking ~Puffin ~June 2012

Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic book 2 Under a Spell ~Puffin ~June 2012

Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic book 3 Out of Sight ~Puffin ~ September 2012

A Day in the Writing Life of … Margaret Midwood

Today we welcome, Margaret Midwood, another of our amazing volunteers. Margaret, who is the RWA Judge Co-ordinator, has kindly agreed to share with us a day in her writing life.

What time of the day do you write?

I set my alarm to get up at 6.30am, I find it peaceful and I can write undisturbed while the family sleep.  Definitely a morning person, too much noise and too many interruptions throughout the day. I have been known to sit at my computer into the early hours only to wake with my head on the keyboard and rows of the same letter.

 Where do you write?

I have a large messy desk where I surround myself with books, stationery, pictures of my kids, storyboards and a wall covered with images of where I’d like to travel. I’m not lucky enough to have a room with a door I can close, but I do my best writing at my desk, which is downstairs in the rumpus room.   I carry my laptop with me mostly and I’ve tried to write in parks, in the car while waiting to pick up the kids but I find it distracting and difficult to read the screen with the glare.

Is there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse?

With coffee in hand I head downstairs, put the washing on. I assure myself I’ve done some housework, start up the computer and check my emails before I open my file to write. I’m a very visual person and like to look at pictures of my characters, settings, even a pair of sexy stilettos. I focus on my characters and think about how I can torture this beautiful hero and heroine.

Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work?

I’m a compulsive reviser and it drives me crazy. This is where I have to confess I’m stuck in the re-editing rut.  As long as I have quiet and order with all the things buzzing in me head dealt with or jotted down I’m ready to write. Sometimes the words are ready to flow, other times I reread the lovely rejection letter from Lucy Gilmore or just have a little daydream or meditate.

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?

When I started writing I plotted to the very last detail, writing fifteen to thirty thousand words and the story was finished in my mind – dead in the water and I lost interest. Now, I’m a pantser through and through. Once I have my idea, I work out my characters’ internal and external conflicts and my story unfolds as I write – love it!

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time? Are you a goal setter with your writing?

I like to write early every morning and get frustrated if I don’t get my fix. I’m also a member of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, a fantastic, supportive face to face critique group and we meet monthly to set our goals for the coming month and share how we did last month. I find this goal process is very motivating and makes me accountable. And the chocolate rewards are a great incentive.

What writing tools do you favour? Long hand, computer …..

A computer is the only way I write now and I love my iMac. I still write ideas or scenes in the notebook I carry, but am always keen to get them into my computer. I love storyboards, everything is there before my eyes, which means I don’t have to remember details. I use pictures as a way to feel the characters pasts or the differences between them in a blink. A picture of a palatial mansion against a rundown old cottage tell me a lot about where the characters come from or their internal conflicts.

Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write?

My storyboard, pictures of my kids and my dear friends, a few favourite how-to books, my frog collection, and a book cover, for my yet to be published manuscript, a beautiful friend made for me!

Is your writing space messy, organized or somewhere in between?

My writing space is very messy! I do try to be organized and file things away but with an ever-growing pile of books along with the pictures, articles and magazines I keep it’s a challenge. I know anything I have in hard copy can be found on the net but I’m from the generation that likes to hold the real item in their hand.

What is your favourite form of procrastination?

Researching, reading articles, Facebook and emails are all good avoidance tools. I sometimes wish we didn’t have wireless internet and I could keep one computer internet free. I find my MRWG goal setting and writing buddies keep me on track, knowing I have to face them is a good deterrent to procrastination. Also reminding myself of my desire to see my Mills and Boon Sexy or Nocturne on shelf! I want to hold that book, nearly as much as I wanted to hold my firstborn.

What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session?

Usually I have to stop because of family, not because I want to, and I don’t have much time, but I always, always, back up on usb and email the file to my hotmail and yahoo accounts. I’ve lost too much work in the past.

 www.margaretmidwood.com/  To learn more about Margaret, please visit her website.

Thank you very much, Margaret for sharing a day in your writing life.

A Day in the Writing Life of … Anne Gracie

Welcome everyone for our first post in A Day in the Writing Life of one of our fellow members of RWAus. We are starting off 2012 with a bang. Please make welcome…Anne Gracie.

What time of the day do you write? Are you a morning, night-owl or anytime writer?

First thing in the morning is my best time to write. I often wake up with a scene flowing in my head and I scribble it down straight away, or I lose the freshness. That said, the more I get into a book the less the time matters. If I haven’t done my word count for the day and the deadline is looming, I’ll make myself sit down at the computer at 10pm and … the time just flies, and so do the words.

 Really,  starting is always the hardest part.

 Where do you write? Do you have your own special place? Does the location vary?   I write in all kinds of places; in bed, when scenes or scraps of dialogue come to me as I’m falling asleep or just waking up, at my main computer in my office, on my laptop, and by hand in the library, cafes, or even sitting in the car waiting for someone. I always carry a notebook.

Are there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse?   I have a few rituals that work for me when the muse is recalcitrant. Handwriting in the library is a good one — I take myself off to a quiet, public place and tell myself I can’t leave until I’ve written 3 pages at least. If I’m stuck, I start by asking myself (in writing) questions and notes about the wip and the scene to come — which don’t count toward the 3 pages, btw — or sometimes I’ll start by brainstorming opening lines. Usually one of them takes off. I use music sometimes — I often have a song that’s my song for the story – a different song for each story.  I also have a cd that always helps me sink into the zone, the same every time. (It’s Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater — the Academy of Ancient Music)

What’s the first thing you do before you begin to write?   Close my eyes and think of where my POV character is in the story, what’s just happened, how he/she is feeling.

Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work?    I try not to. When I’m trying to write fresh words I don’t want the internal editor on my shoulder, criticizing, and if I started by editing, well, that’s an invitation, isn’t it?

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?    All my stories are character-driven. I have an idea of where my story starts, or ends, or maybe of some significant scene in the story somewhere, but I don’t pre-plot. I can work out really good plots and characters to go with them, but the minute I start writing, the characters become different people with different issues and desires, and they take the story in different directions.

Do you edit as you go or prefer to edit after completion of the ms?   Both. I edit as I go, and some things will nag at me until I know what I need to change or fix, but as the story evolves and I understand the beginning better and the motivation of my characters more deeply, there are things I have to change. I usually don’t do that until I’m nearly at the end of a book. Once I’ve finished a story, or know how it’s going to end, I know how it needs to be set up, and I’ll go back and edit. Then I’ll finish the last few scenes in a rush. I’m always left wishing I had more time to polish.

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time? I keep a daily word count. I always round down to the nearest 100 words, so if the count is 1670, it’s recorded as 1600 words. It has two advantages — often it tempts me to do that last 30 words so my total will be higher, and I’ll often do more, and end up with an extra few hundred words.  If I don’t do that, well, I’m starting with runs on the board the next morning.

Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?   I have a chart blocked out into chapters and sticky notes on it. I also make a collage for each book to help me create the world of the story. There are some examples on my website.

 Do you give yourself any writing rewards for achieving goals?   I usually celebrate with friends, when I’ve finished a book. And then do housework! But in future I’m planning to take a short holiday — by which I mean going away — after every book.

Do you take time out to stretch, rest your eyes etc and if so do you do any exercises at your desk or between sessions?   I do. I take regular breaks and stretch and do exercises to limber up. I usually do regular hand exercises, too, but I neglected this recently and ended up with tendonitis and carpal tunnel problems.

Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write?   Two snow-globes with photos of some of my writing buddies in them (ie, a miniature staff room),  a “finish the damn book” mug from the first Gold Coast conference, usually with some cold green or peppermint tea in it, hand cream, notebook, a timer, all sorts of other crap..

 What is your favourite form of procrastination? Do you have any tips to beat off that old foe “procrastination”?   I get sucked into email and surfing the internet. Solution: take yourself to the library, away from the internet.  Second solution: use a timer to get started. Third solution — make a time/word pact with on-line friends.

 What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session?   Back up whatever I’ve done that day.

Thank you, Anne, for taking the time to participate on our blog. We wish you all the best with your new release.

Anne’s latest book, A Bride by Mistake is available from January 2012.

For more information on Anne, please visit her website : www.annegracie.com

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