2017 Valerie Parv Award finalists

Congratulations to the 2017 Valerie Parv Award finalists!

Kali Anthony
Fiona Marsden
Emily Michel
Miranda Morgan
Joanna Nell
Meg Quilty

The finalist entries will now be judged by bestselling Australian romance author and superstar writing coach Valerie Parv AM. The placegetters will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Love Gone Wild Conference.

A big thank you to Jo McAlister for organising the contest, and to all our volunteer judges, who have provided some amazing feedback this year.

Congratulations and well done to all our entrants – the VPA is a tough contest and it’s an achievement even to have entered. Entrants will start receiving their scoresheets via email later this week. We hope your judging feedback helps you improve!

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Love Gone Wild – Why writing a series is a smart move.

This is proving to be another popular session at Love Gone Wild. Registrations close soon, don’t miss out.

Do you want to learn how to make the most out of your writing? Do you want to learn how to write smarter?

Come and join Chris Taylor, who was first published in early 2014 and has since sold over 100 000 copies of her hugely popular Munro Family series and Sydney Harbour Hospital series. Chris will show you how putting time into writing a series will pay dividends in the long run.

Register for Love Gone Wild at: http://bit.ly/RWA17Events

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July new releases

It’s the beginning of the month again – which means a slew of new romance titles to pick and choose from. No matter what your preference – sweet or sexy, contemporary or historical, fantasy or paranormal – you’ll find a romance to enjoy.

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Love Gone Wild – Know your characters through astrology.

It’s written in the stars…come to Love Gone Wild to find out more.

Ever hit the halfway mark and feel like the story drags? Often it is because we don’t know our characters well enough. If you don’t understand what drives them, it’s difficult to come up with the right type of crisis to throw their way. Star signs will help you write more believable protagonists; understand their motivation; create conflicts that really matter; and take your characters on the journey they need to go on in order to find their happy ending.

Join Joanne Tracey and find out about this interesting topic to help strengthen your characters.

Registrations for Love Gone Wild close soon – register now at: bit.ly/RWA17Events  

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Love Gone Wild – The Organised Writer

Who needs a little bit of organisation in their author life?

Come and join Ally Blake at conference to gather advice from multiple accomplished writers on how they go about using their time, space and writing brain most efficiently. Ally will load you up with multiple tools with which to make being busy work for you.

Ally is a best-selling romance novelist with more than thirty books published in multiple languages and more than four million copies sold worldwide. See how this busy mum of three, writer, volunteer, book cover designer and graphics creator manages to keep her computer is a zen-like field of organised wonder.

REMEMBER: Registrations close July 15th, 2017 – Don’t Miss Out. Book your ticket at: bit.ly/RWA17Events

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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: bit.ly/RWA17Events 

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Love Gone Wild – Registrations close in 4 weeks.

#RWAus17 is drawing closer and closer. Registrations for Love Gone Wild close on 15th July, 2017. Don’t miss out on this year’s conference and it’s spectacular line up of craft and business development sessions and workshops.

With a bootcamp by Anne Gracie and masterclass by Kate Forsyth, our special Business Hub for emerging and established authors, craft development, pitching and manuscript assessments for all authors, the Love Gone Wild conference in Brisbane August 11-13th, 2017 is a great chance for authors to gain new skills, meet like-minded people and mingle with editors, agents and publishers.

Register now at http://bit.ly/RWA17Events

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Love Gone Wild – Edit like a rockstar.

With only 9 weeks until conference, have you booked your ticket? Better be quick or you might miss out on amazing sessions like this.

Edit Like A Rockstar: Perfect Pacing

Attend this workshop to find out how to keep readers turning the pages of your manuscript by focusing on questions and answers. Lauren K. McKellar will help you tighten the pace in individual scenes and your novel overall.

Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor, having worked in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. She edits for both traditional publishing houses and independent authors, with several of her clients being USA Today and NY Times bestsellers.

Register for the Love Gone Wild conference at: bit.ly/RWA17Events

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Hoot Hoot! It’s OWL time again!

Now, I don’t want to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the fact is, the year is almOWLost half gone.  If you haven’t done as much as you planned on your writing in 2017, it’s time to lift your game!  Fortunately, we can help you do just that, with two fantastic OWLs in July.

The first is all about good beginnings:

Focus on the First Five – Get your first five pages submission ready

Let me quote from the presenters:

‘A reader will not “wait for it to get good”, you must wow them now, immediately and right away.

In Focus on the First Five, Robb Grindstaff and Samantha Bond will shine a spotlight on your first five pages. They’ll teach you how to start your story in a way that grabs your reader and won’t let them go.’

Does that sound good to you?  It does to me!  To register (and for all the info), follow this link.

The second is for when you’ve finished your book and want the world to know about it. It’s on a subject close to all of our writerly hearts – selling books!

How to Sell More Books with Email Marketing

Email marketing Lana‘Whether you are traditionally published or self-published, there’s one challenge common to both: selling more books. With email marketing, not only do you (not your publisher!) have control of your list, but it’s cost effective (one of the cheapest forms of marketing around) and with a little help, easy to do.’

Sounds good to me!  And the presenter is our very own Lana Pecherczyk, RWA webmistress and marketing guru.  It’s never too early to start building a list and never to late to improve your promotion.

To register, click here, or on the course title above.

Both courses run from the 3rd to the 30th of July, so check them out!

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

or

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: http://bit.ly/RWA17PitchAssess

To register for Manuscript Assessments: http://bit.ly/RWA17PDA

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