Love Gone Wild – Registrations open March 29, 2017

We are excited to let you know that registrations for RWA’s 26th Annual Conference open this Wednesday, March 29th 2017 at 12.00pm AEST (midday QLD Time). Full program and session details will be available online on Wednesday and in next month’s Hearts Talk.  See you in Brisbane for Love Gone Wild.

Who’s excited?

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Love Gone Wild – Author round tables

At the Love Gone Wild conference, come along and meet an author. These intimate round table sessions will enable you to ask an author about their work, processes, their publisher and publishing experience, their genre, and more.

We have twenty successful and sought-after authors, covering a broad range of genres for you to select from during registration. Participating authors will be listed on our website when registrations open.

Come and spend time with an author who specialises in rural, historical, suspense or contemporary romance; or maybe choose to spend time with an author who publishes with Penguin, Mills&Boon, Hachette or Harlequin; or you could spend time with an author who’s had self-publishing success, written series after series or has over 100 books published. Your choices are broad and exciting.

You will also have the option to be added to a waitlist if you miss out on your first choice. We will let you know if a place becomes available closer to conference.

 Author round tables – where knowledge and experience is shared.  Don’t miss out!

Love Gone Wild – Dance as an expression of love.

Ever wanted to capture the essence of dance into your scenes? Come and experience this amazing session at this year’s conference.

In this DANCE AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE workshop, come and explore how the medium of dance can add impact to your writing, stories and characters.

Presented by Diane Demetre, this workshop will have live dancers, Pauline Thompson and Ian Watt (National and State Ballroom Champions), illustrate the triggers of love, show you how to escalate attraction, highlight the importance of breathing, and how you can turn up the heat with touch. The dancers will demonstrate the synchronicity needed to dance, and love, as one. This workshop will deliver a rare glimpse into one of storytelling’s oldest forms of communication…the dance.

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Love Gone Wild – Simply Synopsis

Another exciting session announcement for this year’s conference.

Simply Synopsis: A stress-free method for synopsis creation.

Most authors would rather compose an 80k+ word novel than summarise their story into 2-5 pages. Why? Because they’ve never learned an effective yet easy process for crafting a synopsis.

In the Simply Synopsis workshop, Michelle Somers will teach you a step-by-step strategy to pare a story down before building it back up, paragraph-by-paragraph, into synopsis form. The process is simple, systematic and straightforward, and is a fail-proof way to ensure all the vital elements that make a great story are present in the final product.

Michelle Somers is an award-winning romantic suspense author. She’s a professional killer and matchmaker, a storyteller and a romantic. Words are her power and her passion. Her heroes and heroines always get their happy ever after, but she’ll put them through one hell of a journey to get there.

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Love Gone Wild – They’re back!

Another exciting Love Gone Wild conference announcement.

So are you ready to duel? Duelling in the ages of romance was a hit last year in Adelaide and we are lucky enough to bring them again to this year’s conference.

Get to know the differences between a Longsword and a Side-sword, or the Rapier and the Sabre. When violence in your story is necessary, come and find out what your best options are.

Shay McAulay, founder of the Brisbane Duellist Society, and Nic Harrison will have you step back in time and demonstrate historical combat.

This interactive session is not to be missed.

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Awards Night Results 2016

Once again, our conference organisers hosted a wonderful conference dinner and glorious award presentation.

Thank you to our conference committee for organising and managing such a great event.  We must also thank our lovely president, Leisl Leighton, who MC’d the evening for us.

We started by congratulating the winners of the Cover Contest, the Ripping Start, Selling Synopsis, First Kiss, Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Awards, all of which were decided and announced during the year.  (If you would like to revisit the winners and finalists, there are links at the end of this post.)  Thank you to Michael Hauge, Erica Hayes, Joanne Grant, Pauline Johnston, Sarah E Younger, Tricia Sargant and Lis Hoorweg for presenting those awards.

Then we moved onto the awards that are saved for the big reveal at the conference, which this year included the ROMA, The Valerie Parv Award, The Emerald, The Emerald Pro, The Ruby (in all its various categories), the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award and a Life Member Award. We also announced the covers from our members’ books that we voted as our favourites in several categories.  Thank you to Leisl Leighton, Valerie Parv, Jo McAllister, Esi Sogah, Erica Hayes, Kerri Lane, Michael Hauge, Annie Lynch, Nikoo McGoldrick, Jim McGoldrick, Amy Andrews and Anita Joy for presenting these awards.  Thanks too, to Anne Gracie for the famous and much-loved ‘stand ups’!

I must also take this opportunity to thank Erica Hayes and all the volunteer members of the contest team of RWA, without whom, our contest season could not happen.

And now, for the results, drumroll please…

The Cover Contest competition, judged by our members.  As authors, we often have very little control over our covers, so we are always grateful when the cover fairies (otherwise known as the artists and publishers who create the art) bless us.  This year, our most blessed books, as judged by our members, were: (if you’d like to see the covers in question, you can find them here.

Favourite Contemporary Romance Cover:

Operation White Christmas – Nicki Edwards – Pan MacMillan

Favourite Erotic/Sexy Romance Cover:

The Veiled Heart – Elsa Holland – Self Published: Artist, Hang Le

Favourite Historical Romance Cover:

The King’s Man – Alison Stuart – Escape Publishing

Favourite NA/YA Romance Cover:

The Finn Factor – Rachel Bailey – Entangled Embrace

Favourite Paranormal Romance Cover:

The Shattered Court – M J Scott – Penguin/ROC

Favourite Romantic Elements Cover:

Pretty Famous – Carla Caruso – Harper Impulse

Favourite Romantic Suspense Cover:

Storm Clouds – Bronwyn Parry – Hachette Australia

Favourite Rural Romance Cover:

Summer and the Groomsman – Cathryn Hein – Self-published. Artist Kellie Dennis, Book Cover by Design.

Congratulations to all these members for having great luck with the cover fairies and to the publishers who commissioned and artists who created these gorgeous covers.

 

The Roma Award for Media

The finalists for the ROMA Award 2016 were:

Danielle Binks; 

It takes a village to write a romance: the surprising rise of collaborative fiction.”

and

By any other name: the secret lives of romance authors.

 The Wheeler Centre

“The F word: A live podcast, featuring Kate Bell, Kat Mayo and Beth Driscoll”

The ROMA is an award to recognise professional, positive media coverage of the romance industry. It was launched by Romance Writers of Australia (Inc) (RWA) to help recognise and acknowledge those members of the media who reach beyond the cliché in their reporting on romance writers, releases or industry. In determining the winner, the award selection panel look at the angle of the article, the quality of research, the representation of romance and the ‘reach’ of the piece.  Any RWA member can nominate a media piece that they feel stands out as particularly worthy.

And the ROMA was awarded to:

Danielle Binks, for BOTH her pieces – they tied!

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The Valerie Parv Award (VPA) 

Highly Commended:

Bloodlines – Jess Langhorne

By Love Undone – Samara Kelly

His Bargained-for Bride – Jodie Morphett

3rd Place: Starborn – Samantha Wicks

2nd Place: Demon Curse – Raewyn Bright

And the winner and the new minion is…

1st Place, VPA – Fighting Spirit – Chris Weston

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The Emerald Award

3rd Place: The Shooting Star – Frances Dall’Alba

2nd Place: Alpine Kisses – Laura Boon

1st Place: Island Redemption – Suzanne Cass

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Emerald Pro

1st Place: A Suitcase, a Smile and a Lie – Katy Scott

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The Lyn Wilding Meritorious Service Award.

The LWA is named in honour of RWA’s first president, Lyn Wilding, and honours our wonderful volunteers.  In this sense, it is not won, but awarded, as all our volunteers and all the nominees are winners in our eyes.  This year, those nominated included Linda Brown, Daniel DeLorne, Imelda Evans, Erica Hayes, Delwyn Jenkins, Jillian Jones and Vicki Vuat.  We would like to thank all of them for their service, and the members who took to the trouble to nominate them.  We appreciate all your efforts.  But the award can only go to one and this year the recipient is:

Daniel DeLorne

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New Life Member

In honour of her long history of sharing her expertise and experience with RWA, we are delighted to announce our newest Life Member:

Valerie Parv

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Ruby Award for Romantic Book of the Year

Ruby Novella Finalists:

Misletoe Maverick – Shannon Curtis – self-published

Silk and Scars – Cassandra Dean – Decadent Publishing

What a Bachelor Needs – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

Pursued by a Rogue – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

And the Ruby goes to:

What a Bachelor Needs – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

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Ruby Short Sweet Finalists:

The Secret Son (Retitled as The Montana Son) – Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing

You for Christmas – Madeline Ash – Tule Publishing

Still Married to her Ex – Lucy Clark – HM&B Medical

Home to Bindara Creek – Juanita Kees – Self Published

Reach for the Stars – Kerrie Patterson – Self Published

And the Ruby goes to:

The Secret Son (Retitled as The Montana Son) – Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing

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Ruby Short Sexy finalists:

Tribal Law – Shannon Curtis – Australian Romance Readers Association

The Wedding Bargain – Yvonne Lindsay – Harlequin Desire

Pretend It’s Love – Stephanie London – Entangled Lovestruck

Never Surrender – Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite

Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter – Annie West – HM&B Sexy

And the Ruby goes to:

Never Surrender – Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite

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Ruby Long Romance finalists:

Rise – Karina Bliss – Self Published

The Spring Bride – Anne Gracie – Berkley/Penguin Random House

Kakadu Sunset – Annie Seaton – Pan MacMillan Australia

Lethal in Love – Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

And the Ruby goes to:

Lethal in Love – Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

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Ruby Romantic Elements finalists:

A Dangerous Arrangement – Lee Christine – Escape Publishing

The Patterson Girls – Rachel Johns – Harlequin MIRA

Pay the Piper – Mary Brock Jones – Self Published

Between the Vines – Tricia Stringer – Harlequin MIRA

And the Ruby goes to:

The Patterson Girls – Rachel Johns – Harlequin MIRA

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Finally, here are the links for the previously announced competitions:

Ripping Start Results 2016

Selling Synopsis Results 2016

First Kiss Results 2016

Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Results 2016

 

And then we all boogied our celebrations at the Escape after-party till they kicked us out!

Congratulations to all the winners and recipients and to all those admiring them from afar, make sure you enter next year.  You have to be in it to win it!

 

 

From The Big Apple to Adelaide – and the RWA conference!

From New York to Adelaide

Some big names will head to South Australia for RWA’s annual conference in August, including Esi Sogah and Sarah Younger, coming all the way from the Big Apple. We interviewed the pair in the lead-up to our annual gathering.

Sogah RWAEsi Sogah, senior editor at Kensington Publishing

Have you been to Australia before? If not, what are you expecting?

I haven’t! I’ve wanted to go to Australia for years and years, so I’m incredibly excited (as is my father. He’s been giving me tips pretty much non-stop.) I’m definitely looking forward to exploring some of the cultural institutions. I love art, dance, and theatre, and I hear Adelaide is just bursting with culture. I’d also like to learn more about the history of Australia, so I guess all this means is I’ll be heading to a lot of museums. And if anyone has tips on avoiding the legendary insects I’ve heard about, please let me know!

What will you be doing at the conference?

I’ll be participating in panels as well as holding a workshop. The main thrust will be our changing roles in this new ‘digital age’ of publishing and how everything old is new again. I’m also looking forward to what are sure to be delightful parties. I love getting dressed up!

Will you be taking pitches? And tell us the kind of stories you’re currently looking for.

I will be taking pitches! I’m definitely looking for romantic suspense, as well as romantic mysteries (so, like suspense, but less violence, more fun). I’d also like to see more historical romance in ‘unusual’ settings, as we say. For general fiction, I really like ‘book club’ books—novels that tackle big issues in interesting ways and leave you thinking about your life in a new way.

Are there any romance fiction trends you’re predicting for 2016 and beyond?

I’m seeing a lot more romance with a lighter tone and I think we may see a return of the romantic comedy—though it might not be called that. But I think the pendulum is starting to swing away from the dark, angsty days of paranormal romance and New Adult. I think this is what drove the explosion of contemporary romance over the past few years, and as editors look for different types of stories within that genre, light-hearted plots and witty voices begin to break through.

Tell us about some of the projects and authors that have currently got you excited.

I’ve got so many that I love! One that I’m especially excited about is a series with [Aussie] Alli Sinclair. She’s already published two books in Australia, and the first one, Midnight Serenade, came out in the US in July. The series is three women’s fiction novels, each featuring a different kind of dance and a generational family story. It’s exactly the kind of fiction I love.

I’m also really excited about a series launching in April 2017 by Alyssa Cole. Set during the American Civil War, the first, An Extraordinary Union, tells the story of Elle, a freedwoman who goes back into slavery to serve as a spy for the Union, and the Scottish agent who becomes her partner in espionage and love. Each book in the series takes place during one year of the war and they’re just fantastically written while bringing to light stories that don’t often get told. As you can see, when it comes to my historical fiction, I love rich detail and big themes.

I’ve also got a really delightful erotica series, set at a kinky dude ranch! The first book, [Delphine Dryden’s] Ride ‘Em, is on sale now. So my list really runs the gamut 🙂

New York is the pinnacle of the publishing world. What’s it like to be a part of that scene? An average week?

Ooh, boy. It can get pretty crazy. I’m lucky to be at Kensington, where editors are really encouraged to spend their time editing manuscripts and reading submissions. But that doesn’t mean we don’t also have meetings with the art, marketing and sales departments; plenty of emails; copy to review; contracts to negotiate; and the myriad other things that go along with being an editor.

The strangest part of being based in NYC is that few authors are, so most editor/author relationships are digital or over the phone. I had an author I’d worked with for almost eight years before we met in person! So you have to get pretty good at understanding your writing tone, and I spend a lot of time making sure what I’m trying to communicate to my authors comes across. And, yes, we do get to have fun lunches with literary agents and attend fancy parties every once in a while, too.

What can you be found doing when you’re not working? We hear you’re partial to theatre!

It’s true. You’ll most likely find me in a theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, converted church, outdoors—I love it all. If not there, then honestly, I’m probably on my couch. Netflix gets quite the workout in my apartment! Also Acorn.tv. Basically, if it’s a mystery, British, or historical—or even better, all three—I’m watching.

Sarah E. Younger, agent at Nancy Yost Literary Agency

Hello, have you ever been to Oz before?

Sarah YoungerI have not been to Australia before and I’m thrilled to be headed down later this year. I’m expecting lots of friendly faces and great conversations. (Along with some fabulous wine!) I’m also looking forward to checking out traditional tourist-y sights, because why not?

What will you be doing at this year’s conference?

I expect that I will be quite busy! But the mini list that I can rattle off the top of my head includes, of course, meeting with my clients, and with some of Nancy’s/NYLA’s local clients, taking pitches, doing a workshop, and participating in a panel. And if that doesn’t fill up my time, whatever Amy Matthews and Linda Brown (the organisers who I met at our Romance Writers of America national conference last year in NYC), ask of me…as long as I get to sleep at some point.

Will you be taking pitches? And tell us the kinds of stories you’re looking for right now.

Yes, I will be taking pitches. I quite enjoy taking pitches because you never know what exciting new project will come along. I’m looking for all kinds of romance projects. I’m not sure what’s at the top of my romance wish list at the moment, so I hate to say ‘I’ll know it when I find it’, but again I’m open to all varieties.

I’m also looking to add more women’s fiction to my list, in particular cross-generational stories that highlight relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren. I think that there is something special about that bond, and would love to read something that makes me laugh…and cry. But to find out even more about my tastes and what I represent, feel free to check out my page on our agency’s website, http://www.nyliterary.com.

Are there any romance fiction trends you’re predicting for the future?

This is a hard one, but I think that for a while some were saying historicals were down. I have always loved historicals—in fact, they were my first romance love and they got me my job with NYLA—but I think that they are, and will be, making a resurgence of sorts in the next few years. Also, I think that there is going to be a shift away from straight-up contemporaries to contemporary with something else to hook readers, so the subgenres are going to come into play. And then, I think, and hope, that the diverse aspects that colour our own lives will make themselves even more present in the fiction works we read.

Please tell us about some of the projects and authors you’re most excited about currently.

This might be the hardest question you’ve asked and it’s not because I’m lacking in excitement. It’s because I have too many options, and to be quite frank, I’m a little superstitious and I don’t want to jinx any projects that I’m getting ready to go out on submission with. However, I will say that I’m very excited to be working with my ladies from Australia and New Zealand, Ms Bronwen Evans, Ms Angela Bissell and Ms Bronwyn Stuart (all of whom I’m hoping to see when I head down later this year). And if that doesn’t satiate your curiosity on what I’m excited about, feel free to check out my Twitter feed @seyitsme.

What’s it like being part of the New York literary scene?

I hate to pull back the curtain on Oz with this answer, but I find my week to be consumed with emails from authors and editors, the sorting royalty statements and reviewing contracts, and in general, working out ways to solve any problems that arose over the previous week/weekend. We all work long hours, and most of us are doing it because it’s an industry that we’re passionate about.

However, I will say that yes, we do have exciting moments when a book launches or hits a list. And you really can’t quite compare the feeling one gets when I get to call a debut author to tell them that a publisher has offered on their work. And the work lunches are usually quite fun and enlightening, though I will say those lunches do not happen every day. But, all in all, it’s really not how they depict it in the movies, or even on cable TV—at least as far my experience goes. There are no cigars and very rarely does one find themselves with a tumbler half-full of whiskey or other strong spirits.

What can you be found doing when you’re not working?

Well, I grew up on a horse farm, so once upon a time my answer would have been out riding or at least in the barn. But now that I’m in the city, if I’m not working and/or work-reading, I’m usually enjoying a stroll through Central Park, walking my way down the halls of museums that are becoming more and more familiar, going to movies or concerts, reading for pleasure, and last but not least, enjoying a nice meal with friends and family.

If you haven’t booked for the conference but would like to, there’s still time, but it’s running out fast.  Hie thee to the RWA Website and book now!

Conference dithers? We have a Maggie for that!

Heading to Your First RWA Conference? Meet Maggie!

RWA’s 25th anniversary conference, themed Ain’t Love Grand, is being held in Adelaide from 19 – 21 August – and SA contemporary and paranormal romance author Maggie Mundy is in charge of showing the ropes to all the conference ‘newbies’. We chatted to her.

Maggie Mundy Maggie, tell us about yourself as a writer and your role helping newbies. I came to writing later in life after doing a degree in drama and creative writing. I found joining RWA was one of the best moves I made in my journey to publication. I write paranormal romance and have been published by Soul Mate Publishing in the US.

My role will be to help the newbies before conference with any questions they have. I will be available on the weekend of the conference as well. Many writers chat on the Facebook group leading up to conference, so this means they’ll already know each other come conference time.

How can newbies connect up pre-conference? We have a closed, newbies-only Facebook group, where you can sign up to meet new people, develop pre-conference friendships, and ask heaps of questions in a safe, private environment. If you have not received an invite, then contact me on maggiemundy@bigpond.com.

scarredPROTECTOR_805x1275 (2)Are there any newbie events held at the actual conference? We will be having a get-together for a pre-cocktail chat with the president, Leisl Leighton, who’ll take the opportunity to welcome people to their first romance conference. I’m sure it will not be their last! I will give details of the time and place nearer to the conference.

In the past, what have been the experiences of newbies getting together? Many of the newbies from last year, when I also helped out, have kept in contact through Facebook. And I am sure many of them will be catching up with each other again this year!

Being a conference ‘virgin’ can feel a little daunting. Your top tips?

  • Wear layered clothing. The venue is climate-controlled but we all have different temperature thresholds.
  • Be polite and be engaged. When someone takes an interest and opens a conversation, share the talking.
  • RWA members are a friendly lot and most of the time they’ll be happy to chat. But if they don’t engage with you, don’t take it personally—it may be they’re talking to their editor about their book, or they’ve just caught up with a friend they haven’t seen in 12 months and in their excitement to see each other, they accidentally leave you out. Just smile and move on to the next person/conversation.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • If you’re pitching, be professional. Do your homework on the agent/editor you’re pitching to, dress appropriately, have your pitch polished to a gleam, and be on time.

I’m so looking forward to meeting everyone in person at the conference. See you in August!

To book for RWA’s annual conference—which is all set to razzle-dazzle in marking 25 years—or for more information, visit http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/229/Adelaide-16.

Contest Results from the Gala Dinner, Get Fresh Conference 2015

Once again, our conference organisers hosted a wonderful conference dinner and glorious award presentation.  Ask someone who was there about our lovely ‘butlers’ (who were present entirely to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, honest), the almost impossibly limber ‘Gene Kelly’ (Matt Mitchell) who opened proceedings and Paul Fennel and partner from You Can Dance Studio with the swing dancing.

Thank you to our conference committee, and especial thanks to Frano Graco, Patsy Poppenbeek, Leisl Leighton and Helen Katsinis for organising and managing such a great event.  We must also thank the very lovely Jane Porter, who MC’d the evening for us, very beautifully (and with the admirable crowd control skills of someone who used to teach 13-year-old boys).

We started by congratulating the winners of the Ripping Start, Selling Synopsis, First Kiss, Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Awards, all of which were decided and announced during the year.  (If you would like to revisit the winners and finalists, they are listed at the end of this post.)  Thank you to Anita Heiss, Claire Boston, Kate Cuthbert, Jo McAlister, Ali Wattas, Margaret Midwood, and Lis Hoorweg for presenting those awards.

Then we moved onto the awards that are saved for the big reveal at the conference, which this year included The Valerie Parv Award, The Emerald, The Emerald Pro, the ROMA, The Ella, The Ruby, the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award and a Life Member Award. We also announced the covers from our members’ books that we voted as our favourites in several categories.  Thank you to Sarah Fairhall, Valerie Parv, Erica Hayes, Pippa Roscoe, Marnie St Clair, Kerri Lane, Leisl Leighton, Raewyn McGill, Courtney Miller-Callihan, Margie Lawson, Michelle Laforest, Annie Lynch, Graeme Simsion, and Angela Ackerman for presenting these awards.

(Please note that I may have left a couple of presenters off this thank-you list – I will update as I confirm that, but if anyone knows one I’ve missed, let me know!)

I must also take this opportunity to thank Erica Hayes and all the volunteer members of the contest team of RWA, without whom, our contest season could not happen.

And now, for the results, drumroll please…

The Cover Contest competition, judged by our members.  As authors, we often have very little control over our covers, so we are always grateful when the cover fairies (otherwise known as the artists and publishers who create the art) bless us.  This year, our most blessed books, as judged by our members, were:

Favourite Contemporary Romance Cover:

Luna Tango – Alli Sinclair – Harlequin MIRA

Favourite Historical Romance Cover:

Road to Ruin – Bronwyn Stuart – Harlequin MIRA

Favourite Paranormal Romance Cover:

Circus Escape – Lilliana Rose – Less Than Three Press

Favourite Romantic Elements Cover:

Shooting Butterflies – TM Clark – Harlequin MIRA

Favourite Rural Romance Cover:

Red Dirt Duchess – Louise Reynolds – Destiny Romance, e-Penguin

Congratulations to all these members for having great luck with the cover fairies and to the publishers who commissioned and artists who created these gorgeous covers.

 

The Valerie Parv Award (VPA) 

Highly Commended:

Believe in Fairy Tales – Dee Scully

Reciprocal Chemistry – Kat Colmer

Alpine Kisses – Laura Boon

3rd Place: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades – Dave Sinclair

2nd Place: The Norman Bride – Anna Romaine

And the winner and the new minion is…

1st Place, VPA – Momento Mori – Carly Main

 

The Emerald Award

3rd Place: Polly’s Patisserie – Kerrie Paterson

2nd Place: At First Fight – Joanne Robertson

1st Place: The Hermit Next Door – PJ Vye

 

Emerald Pro

3rd Place: Twined – Morgan Cole

2nd Place: Bound for Eden – Tess LeSue

1st Place: The Soul Weaver – Heidi Catherine

 

 

The Lyn Wilding Meritorious Service Award.

The LWA is named in honour of RWA’s first president, Lyn Wilding, and honours our wonderful volunteers.  In this sense, it is not won, as all our volunteers and all the nominees are winners in our eyes.  It is awarded and this year it was awarded to a very deserving recipient, namely:

Diane Curran

 

The Roma Award for Media

The finalists for the ROMA Award 2015 were:

Danielle Binks  “Things No-one Tells you About Romance Readers”   (Dailylife.com.au)

Evana Ho “Interviews at the 2015 ARRA Convention” (ArtSound FM / EvanaHo.com)

Stephanie Pegler Romance Novel Explores FIFO Love  (The West Australian Newspaper/News.Yahoo.com)

The ROMA is an award to recognise professional, positive media coverage of the romance industry. It was launched by Romance Writers of Australia (Inc) (RWA) to help recognise and acknowledge those members of the media who reach beyond the cliché in their reporting on romance writers, releases or industry. In determining the winner, the award selection panel look at the angle of the article, the quality of research, the representation of romance and the ‘reach’ of the piece.  Any RWA member can nominate a media piece that they feel stands out as particularly worthy.

And the ROMA was awarded to:

Danielle Binks  “Things No-one Tells you About Romance Readers”   (Dailylife.com.au)

 

New Life Member

In honour of her work as a volunteer, but especially for her part in the committee that saved RWA during a very dark time for our organisation, we are delighted to announce our newest Life Member:

Jennifer Brassel

 

Ella Contest for Published Novellas

The Finalists Were:

Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell

Home for Christmas by Fiona Greene

Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett

Sympathy for the Devil by Kelly Hunter

In a very exciting result, we had an equal first, so the Ella was awarded to both:

Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell

AND

Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett

 

 

Ruby Award for Romantic Book of the Year

Short Sweet Finalists:

Dr. Perfect On Her Doorstep – Lucy Clark

Waves of Temptation – Marion Lennox

A Little Christmas Magic – Alison Roberts

The Maverick Millionaire – Alison Roberts

The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner – Kandy Shepherd

And the Ruby goes to:

Waves of Temptation – Marion Lennox

 

Short Sexy:

Wanting What She Can’t Have – Yvonne Lindsay

Romance For Cynics – Nicola Marsh

Tycoon’s Temptation – Trish Morey

Damaso Claims His Heir – Annie West

And the Ruby goes to:

Damaso Claims His Heir – Annie West

 

Long Romance:

Risky Business – Amy Andrews

Deadly Secrets – Sarah Barrie

Moonlight Plains – Barbara Hannay

Attraction – KM Golland

And the Ruby goes to:

Risky Business – Amy Andrews

 

Romantic Elements:

Flight to Coorah Creek – Janet Gover

The Trader’s Reward – Anna Jacobs

Outback Ghost – Rachael Johns

The Lace Balcony – Johanna Nicholls

Riverboat Point – Tricia Stringer

And the Ruby goes to:

The Lace Balcony – Johanna Nicholls

 

Finally, here are the links for the previously announced competitions:

Ripping Start Results

Selling Synopsis Results

First Kiss Results 2015

Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Results 2015

 

And then we all boogied and photo-boothed our celebrations at the Escape after-party till they kicked us out!

Congratulations to all the winners and recipients and to all those admiring them from afar, make sure you enter next year.  You have to be in it to win it!

 

 

 

 

The Self Pub Hub is coming to RWA’s Get Fresh Conference!

Demystifying Self Publishing

Do you have a publishable story in your bottom drawer? Perhaps it’s time to pull it out, blow the dust off, polish it up and offer it to the world. You could be one of ninety authors who will self publish original works of romantic fiction as part of a new innovation to the Get Fresh in ’15 RWA annual conference.

The Scarlett Rugers Self-Pub Hub is designed to help step authors through the self publishing process to successfully publish a manuscript (short story, novella, or novel) over the conference weekend.

The Scarlett Rugers Self-Pub Hub will operate for three sessions daily over the core conference days. For a small fee you will be guided through each step, live and online, with the hopeful result that your work will be successfully published and available for sale during the conference.

Your guide is award winning book designer and director of srugers picthe Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency, Scarlett Rugers. Scarlett has worked with both traditional publishing houses and self-published authors, and has been recognized for providing the best website for self-published authors. Her goal is to help authors, through service and design, be the best they can be and to drive the self-publishing industry to grow into one of great quality. Empowerment, support and creativity are her tools to connecting with writers and helping them reach the heights of success scarlettrugers_logo2_s_2015they have dreamed of.

Mystified? Nervous? Don’t be. We asked Scarlett who should join in:

Who should give the Self Pub Hub a try?

Any author, from new to established, who is ready and willing to send their first book into the hands of readers. The Scarlett Rugers Self Pub Hub works with authors who are unfamiliar with the self publishing process and want a walk through for their first time, and want to learn so that they can do it themselves next time, as well as author’s who have confidently prepared their files ready for publishing. The aim is to keep the process easy and effortless. 

What skills will people take away from the Self Pub Hub?

They’ll get experience wielding awesome Kindle publishing power, understand how the system works, learn the potential trip ups and how to prepare their files so they can minimise errors or mishaps next time around.

Do people have to publish at the end, or can they just join in and walk through the process with the group?

While the Self Pub Hub is set up for you to push the button and go live with your new work, there is no obligation to do so. If pushing the final PUBLISH button is a bit too frightening, you can stop there, knowing you have the tools to go away and do it in your own time at your own desk.

Can you guarantee my work will publish successfully?

Self publishing can be a tricky business and sometimes there are hidden problems or errors in files which prevent them from being successfully published. All participants will receive a detailed checklist with links to websites providing advice on how to best prepare their material and optimise their chances of successfully publishing on the day. For first timers, we recommend you start with shorter works to minimise any potential formatting problems with the files. Even if you don’t manage to successfully self publish, you will still gain the hands on experience of working directly with the system and have your many questions answered by an experienced self publishing expert.

REGISTRATIONS: SCARLETT RUGERS SELF PUB HUB

Registrations are via TryBooking.com and will open 6 – 24 July 2015.

Cost: $15

Days: Saturday 22nd August & Sunday 23rd August

Times:   9.15am – 10.45am | 11.15am – 12.45pm | 1.45pm – 3.15pm

Venue: The Library, Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne

For more information on Scarlett Rugers Self Pub Hub check the conference website: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/228

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