Love Gone Wild – Self-publishing success stories and how to get it right.

Thinking or self-publishing and/or want to learn more about it? This session at this year’s conference will provide you with some very beneficial insights.

Amy Andrews, author of over 60 books, will moderate this panel of hugely successful Australian indie authors to discuss a diverse range of issues involving their self-publishing journeys as well as advice and debunking myths.

Come and hear from Clare Connelly, who has published over 42 titles and seen over 500 000 paid downloads, Chris Taylor, who turned down a deal with one of the big 5 has now written 19 romantic suspense books with over 100 000 paid downloads, and Rachel Amphlett, who has sold Italian rights to her indie published debut thriller and has seen six figure downloads of her breakout romantic suspense novel.

These three hugely successful Australian indie authors talk business. Find out what worked, what didn’t and everything in between.

Remember, registrations for Love Gone Wild close on July 15th, so don’t miss out. Register now at: 


Love Gone Wild – Changes to Manuscript Assessments selection criteria.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Taking on board feedback provided by many of our members who want to take advantage of this opportunity of having their work assessed by their choice of agent, editor or publisher, we are pleased to announce we have broadened the submission criteria for manuscript assessments.

The submission criteria for ALL authors is:

Manuscript Assessments criteria is now the same for all. Aspiring, Emerging and Established may submit:

  1. A one page synopsis, bio, optional photo and your full manuscript


2. A one page synopsis, bio, optional photo, a minimum of your first 3-Chapters (full manuscript may be submitted) and a two-page proposal.

For further details please visit the web for further terms and conditions and formatting requirements. Visit:

To register for Manuscript Assessments:


Love Gone Wild – Early Bird Closing

Early Bird Registrations for Love Gone Wild close May 28th, 2017

To save on Core Conference ticket prices – register now.

You must also be registered for Core Conference to register for pitching and manuscript assessments. Registrations for pitching/manuscript assessment open Thursday 12.00pm May 25th, 2017.

Remember you can register for core conference now and book in workshops and/or gala dinner at a later date if you wish.

To register for Love Gone Wild – please visit


Conference Info – Opportunity to Advertise.

Due to space limitations at the venue this year, there will be no marketing table for paraphernalia like business cards, bookmarks and giveaways. So, if you would like the opportunity to get in front of over 400 delegates, why not advertise and promote your latest release, business or services in the Love Gone Wild conference booklet?

We have a limited number of advertising spaces. First in best dressed.

Conference Booklet Advertising – Current advertising spaces in conference A5 booklet are:

Size Dimensions Price
Full Page 148.5mm wide x 210mm high


Half Page 148.5mm wide x 105mm high


Quarter Page 74mm wide x 105mm high



NOTE: All ad placement is at RWA’s discretion. Back, front and inside covers are excluded from this offer.

All prices include GST. All bookings and payments are required by 1st June, 2017.

Artwork is to be provided by sponsor/advertiser in CMYK .AI, PS, Print-ready PDF or JPEG format, 300DPI

Book Your Space

To book your advertising space, please contact:

Tania Joyce
#RWAus17 Love Gone Wild Conference Media and Marketing Coordinator

See you at:

Love Gone Wild
RWA’s 26th Annual Conference
August 11-13th, 2017
Pullman King George Square Hotel



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



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

Submissions close on Dec 31st, 2016.

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August 11-13, 2017


#RWAus17 Workshop Submissions are open.


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

Submit your workshop proposal via this form at:

If you have any questions, please email


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.

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