We’re on Instagram!

In our continuing campaign to spread love (see what I did there?) across the internet, we have expanded our social media presence to Instagram!

You can find us here, or search @rwaustralia on Instagram to find us.  If you are on Instagram, please share your handles in the comments so that we can follow you.

We’ve also created a searchable Instagram hashtag, #loveozromance, which we’d love you to use when posting about romance on Instagram, so that we can build our  community of lovers of Australian romance.

And just so you know, you can also find us on

Pinterest

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Instagram

We also have several private gathering spaces on social media for members only.  If you are a member and would like more info, contact Imelda at online@romanceaustralia.com

 

 

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Friday Night Chat Renovations

The Friday Night Chat room has become an institution and a regular hang-out over the last 12 months. It is a place to party and let your hair down, chat about writing, get to know other RWA members, unwind or kick your heels up at the end of the work week.

On a Friday night, you could be in the mood for a quiet drink and some serious conversation, or you could be in the mood for cyber-cocktails, cyber-firemen and the occasional cyber-male-stripper.

Friday Night Chat now caters for both of those moods. Like a sophisticated club, RWA chat now has a room for chilling out and a room for partying.

Friday Night Party

is the place to go wild,  turn the music up loud, tease the barman, flirt with those cute bare-chested waiters, and cheer on the other cyber men who have been invited in for your entertainment.

But every wild party needs a place where you can have a quite conversation without screaming over the music to be heard.

Friday Night Lounge

is the place for relaxing, winding down and conversation, where we can guarantee that the music will be a serenade rather than a rock concert.

The Friday Night Chat runs from 8pm to 10 pm AEDT.

Pop in and say hello!  Newbies are recommended to start their Friday night experience in the Friday Night Lounge.

Friday Night Chat is available to RWAus members only, on the members section of the Romance Australia website.

Twitter – why Tweet?

Following on from Kiki’s informative article in Hearts Talk about How to Twitter, here comes a blog post for writers about why you would want to Twitter.

I’m on Twitter tonight and there’s a conversation going back and forwards between several RWA members suggesting concepts for reality TV shows featuring writers. It started when Nicola Marsh described a dish that she had made tonight, someone suggested she should be on Celebrity Masterchef, then a couple of us tweeted ‘Writer Masterchef.’  It has snowballed from there.

So far we have:

Writer Island (funny, I’m in an e-group called that)  (@chickollage)

Australian Writer (Idol)  (@traceyohara)

Writer’s Got Talent (@traceyohara)

The Amazing Writing Race (@chickollage)

Writer House  (they all have to live together!)  (@chickollage)

Big Book Brother  (@eleniskafe)

Write Your Ass Off (if only we could)  (@chickollage)

So You Think you Can Write? (LOL)  (@meltescho)

Writing with the Stars  (where illiterate celebrities are coached by stars to write a chapter a week) (@SueBT)

Ready Steady Write  (@meltescho)

With Twitter’s limit of 140 characters, we’re having an instant brainstorm, connecting in real time,  and having fun. It’s not as big an effort as writing a blog, and the reaction is far more immediate.

Some further suggestions have just tweeted in – this time from @TezMillerOz

MasterScribe, Talkin’ Bout Your Imagination, Spicks & STET

There’s a common perception for those not on Twitter, that’s it consists of one long status update about what you had for breakfast. When you log on, Twitter asks “What are you doing?’ but you don’t have to take the question literally. The 140 characters are only limited by your imagination.

There are writers who are tweeting whole novels, 140 characters at a time. Definitely a social media experiment in serialisation.

Others have characters on Twitter. I am guilty of this one. In fact, I had so many characters on Twitter that I ran out of email accounts. (Unfortunately, it is only one Twitter account per email account). My most outspoken character is @kirstymcinnes, who often berates me for writing any other story that doesn’t involve her. It is an interesting exercise to tweet in character, and occasionally my characters will have conversations between themselves.

Hashtags have been invented to group conversations under one topic and to make tweets on the topic easy to find. One popular hashtag is #iamwriting when you want to declare your writing goals. You can then search ‘#iamwriting’ and find everyone making writing declarations, including the people that you don’t normally follow. In the right hand menu of Twitter, there is a list of the most popular trending topics at any time. A glance at this list may tell you what’s showing on television right at the time, hot topics from the States or even which celebrity has recently passed away.

There are a lot of writing industy people on Twitter: writers, editors, agents. Sometimes it can be like walking into a party where a dozen conversations are going on all at the same time, and you just catch snippets of them, and work out who you want to tune into.

I heard someone describe the various social media applications as follows: Facebook is for the people you used to know, and Twitter is for the people you would like to know.

There have been pitching competitions on Twitter (pitch you novel in 140 characters or less) and @RWAus may well run such a competition in the near future.

The main thing to remember on Twitter is that it’s not just an opportunity to promote yourself. People will quickly unfollow you if it seems that you’re there just to broadcast ads for your book or whatever it is you’re selling.  You need to engage, converse and interact. Tweet links to interesting stuff you’ve found on the net, congratulate people on their successes, ‘retweet’ other people’s tweets.

Inkygirl covers this very well in  her  Writers Guide to Twitter

If you’re on Twitter, please leave a comment and tell us about some of the Twitter features that you enjoy.

And of course, you can follow @RWAus on twitter, right here .

Social Media & the Top 50 Australian Writing Blogs

6gc4d2quzj  – no, it’s not gobbledygook, but it’s the code I need to prove to Technorati that we have a claim to the RWA blog. And why would we want Technorati to know that? So we can climb the charts of the Top 50 Australian Writing Blogs compiled by Jonathan Crossfield.

It’s all part of the Social Media strategy to expose Romance Writers of Australia to a wide audience, promote the benefits of membership and romance writing in general.

Have you checked out the Top 50 Australian Writing blogs?  RWA are very well represented:

9. Romance Bandits

30. We Love YA

43. Bronwyn Parry

46. Anne Whitfield

47. Nicola Marsh

and the runners-up

60. Phillipa Fioretti

61. Christina Phillips

69. Eleni Konstantine

81. Write on Track (that’s me)

82. Outback Romance – Fiona Lowe

87. Kiki Fu – Kiki Lon

90. Bootcampers 101 Writing Drills

94. Yvonne Lindsay’s Weblog

98. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld

99. Elisabeth Rose

101. Sara Hantz

108. Suzi Love

109. Sami’s Scribbles – Sami Lee

118. Ramblings of a Romance Writer – Rachel Johns

119. Stumbling Along – Monique Wood

120. Moyna Mary Clayton

121. Writing Romance – Sandie Hudson

122. Romance Bootcampers 109

124.    Jenna Anastais who can now be found at Jess Anastasi

There’s a lot of other great writing blogs on the list, and it’s well worth a browse.

BUT…

Of a list of 126 blogs, RWA members represent 24 of them. That’s nearly 20%.  Well done, ladies.

The list is published at 3 monthly intervals so is due to be updated late December/early January.  If you have a writing blog, that’s not on the list, register it with Techonorati.com and let Jonathan know of its existence.  Let’s show the world that Romance Writers rule!

This is the first of a series of Social Media posts brought to you by your blogmistress and Social Media Manager.

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