TWO Magnificent OWLS in March

Whether it’s your manuscript or your writing business that needs work, we have you covered with our next two OWLS.  They start next Monday, so don’t delay or dither – decide!

lanaBuilding Your WordPress Author Website
From the Ground Up

with Lana Pecherczyk

Take control of your career and learn how to manage a simple WordPress website and blog then turn it into a successful self-managed powerhouse for your author business. Learn via easy walkthrough videos as Lana builds an author website before your eyes, and talks about content creation, e-commerce, traffic acquirement and more. Downloadable PDFs and worksheets will be available so you can revise at your leisure. Whether you’re a digital immigrant or an author just wanting the latest hot tips on WordPress, you can get the author targeted advice from the current RWA Webmistress Lana Pecherczyk. Each student must be prepared to either set up a free WordPress.org account, or purchase a domain and hosting (explained how to inside the course).

Register and get more details here

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Bring your story into focus:
why ‘show don’t tell’ is a layer cake

with Sandy Vaile

Bring your story into focus

Why ‘show don’t tell’ is like a layer cake.

‘Show don’t tell’ is the lynch-pin of great writing. I’m sure you’ve all heard the term, but are you applying it effectively? Delve into the vivid realm of showing, and realise a balance between description and brevity that will captivate readers and not let them go.

This course best suits modern fiction writers.

Register and get more details here

September OWL: Selling your book!

It’s nearly conference time here in RWA-land, but when our lives go back to normal, many of us will need to submit our books – a process that is about as popular among writers as getting a root canal.

But don’t despair!  Because riding to the rescue in the nick of time is our September OWL!  And here’s the presenter, Samantha Bond, to tell you how… (for more info, and to book, click here)

Samantha BondYou’ve written a stand-out story and now it’s time for (gasp) submission. Eek! You know if you don’t get this part right, the agent or publisher won’t even get to that manuscript you’ve just spent the last year (or ten) slaving over. Oh, the pressure!

Relax. Breathe. It’s OK.

Most writers know they need to provide a “book package” that varies slightly from publisher to publisher, but will inevitably contain a synopsis, cover letter, author bio and perhaps blurb. The good news is you can prepare a kick-arse package that’s ready to go, and tweak it to suit the individual specifications of your intended submittee.

When I was starting out some years ago, I thought whoever devised the concept of the synopsis must be a complete sadist. I mean, what kind of cruel and unusual torture involves reducing 400 pages of novel to two 1.5 spaced standard A4s?! This task necessarily means you have to leave stuff out. Lots of stuff. So what parts do you leave out, what bits do you leave in, and how should you write the darned thing? Just what makes a good synopsis that will hook your ideal agent or publisher and MAKE them pick up your amazing manuscript?

I asked all these questions and more of the many mentors I’ve had and I can thankfully report that, with some examples, an explanation of the theory behind the synopsis and other tools, it’s not the hand-wringing task it at first appears. Which brings me to the OWL I’m teaching in September called “Synopsis, blurb, cover letter, bio — your book selling tools”. I work best when I understand the purpose of a thing, and have good examples to work from, so that’s the approach I’ve taken with this OWL. I’ve included lots of theory and I’ve called upon my network of writer pals to provide me with examples of their materials. You’ll get to see what different types of synopses, cover letters, author bio’s and blurbs have worked for a variety of published authors. I’ve also strong-armed my longstanding mentor and editor, Robb Grindstaff (http://robbgrindstaff.com/writing/) into providing a bit of assistance, and he’s going to be available on our forum to answer your questions — many of Robb’s clients have landed agent and publishing deals, so make good use of him!

Also, because I teach in the Professional Writing stream at TAFE, I’ve seen first-hand that one-on-one feedback is often the most useful part of a course. So I’m also offering all participants the opportunity to submit their synopsis to me in week four (after we’ve covered the theory, done some exercises, and seen examples, of course) for individual feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. Feedback can pickpocket Dear Writer of their blind spots which is always helpful, not necessarily painless, but I do promise to be gentle! For this reason, I’ve capped the number of participants or I may drown under a sea of synopses — yet another reason they are instruments of torture — so book in quick!

If you want to know more about me and my creds to teach you this stuff, head over to my website: www.samanthastaceybond.com. Hope to see you in September!

For a full course outline and to book, see the RWA website: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/owl/24

Event Announcements

*Ed’s Note: The Cruisin Crew will be taking a break for the week of the Romance Rocks Conference but we’ll be back on August 14 on Cruisin’ with RWA to bring you up to date on all the good news and announcements. In the meanwhile, keep the good news and events coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com*

Claytons Conference 2014

Registration is now open! Registrations close midday 7th August.

The Presentersclaytons14_sml

  • Shona Husk

Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.

Shona’s presentation will be about using Tarot Cards for characterisation, plotting and inspiration.  A lot of it will be hands on and interpreting the cards to make sense for a story. By the end the participants should have two characters and an outline. All you need to bring is your imagination, a genre or a spark of an idea to work on and a set of cards.

  • Zana Bell

Zana grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After traveling for several years doing a wide range of jobs, she immigrated to New Zealand where she now lives with her family and cats in a small harbourside community.

She began writing, just for the fun of seeing whether she could actually complete a novel and immediately became hooked. Research is her primary love and writing gives her an excellent excuse to be obsessive or just plain nosy. She enjoys writing in a variety of genre but has a particular fondness for all things historical.

Zana will be exploring World Building at The Claytons.

  • Jamie Meadows

As a child, Jamie Meadows escaped small town life through a vivid imagination. While having actually escaped the small town as an adult, Jamie’s imagination still loves to dream up other lives and other worlds with fabulous adventures.

Jamie’s love of writing and is matched by her love of marketing. Twenty years of marketing experience have made the marketing side of self-publishing a unique challenge that she’s still finding exciting strategies for.

When not off traveling to find new exciting locations for stories, Jamie lives in Washington, DC.  She has just published her first novel, Against All Odds, a gay romance on Amazon.

She will be sharing her marketing and Amazon self-publishing experiences with The Claytons delegates.

  • Gwenna Sebastian

Gwenna lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three cats. She has been writing since she was a teenager and over the last ten years has developed a keen interest in all things related to the Vietnam War.

Gwenna’s true love is creating complicated characters who are active or former military and writing about the relationships they form under the duress of war. More specifically, about military men who are gay, be it back in Vietnam or in the present.

When Gwenna isn’t writing or researching the time period for her next novel, she’s busy helping support our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan by raising awareness and helping to organize both care packages and Christmas card events. She supports both the NY State marriage equality act and gays in the military, including the abolition of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Gwenna writes in a very niche market.  Her historical gay romances are generally set in the Vietnam era, and are also e-published.  She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you.

  • Louise Carter

With an imagination that knows no limits, Louise Carter is an emerging writer who spends her days toiling with her other passion, education.  Her visionary tales are romance entwined with mythology that is heavily influenced by her love of nature and travel.  Whilst she is not yet published there is no doubt that she will find her own niche in the published world sooner rather than later.

Louise is a wiz with social media and is eager to share that knowledge with you.

  • Lexi Bryant

Lexie lives in rural Queensland and has always dreamt of being a writer.  After seventeen years in government servitude she’s finally getting her chance.  She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and working diligently on her first manuscript.

She will be giving everyone a refresher on what the RWA can do for you.

We’d love to have you with us.  Please register as soon as you can.

See you there.

The New Romantics @ Mansfield

What makes romance the most popular, best selling genre on the planet?

Romance has evolved from its early bodice ripping beginnings to a sophisticated and diverse genre reflecting our modern experiences of love.iPad pictures 170
The New Romantics are four popular local authors who each write different kinds of love stories, from the comic, to rural and environmental, to the dark and sensual. They will share their experiences of writing and reading in this diverse and popular genre and explore the changing ways women and love are represented in modern romantic storytelling. What makes a good love/sex scene? What defines a happy ever after ending? And where do they draw the inspiration for their diverse work?
During this interactive discussion they will encourage you to explore the important place love holds in our hearts and in the literary landscape.

  • Kath Ledson – suspense/thriller romance; author of the Erica Jewell series Rough Diamond and recently released Monkey Business (Penguin)
  • Margareta Osborn –rural romance; author Bella’s Run, Hope’s Road and Mountain Ash (Random House)
  • Jennifer Scoullar – environmental romance; author Brumby’s Run, Currawong Creek, and Billabong Bend (Penguin)
  • Kate Belle – dark, sensual (even erotic) love stories; author The Yearning and Being Jade (Simon & Schuster)

When: Friday 29th August
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Mansfield Library
Cost: FREE
Includes drinks and nibbles, door prizes, and book signing and sales.

Beijing International Book Fair

Take your book to Beijing!Beijing Book Fair

When: 27 – 31 August 2014

The Australian Self-Publishing Group simply shares the costs of the stand with as many authors as possible, making it economical for all authors to send their book along.
The more authors who give us their books, the cheaper will be the cost to individual authors.
At the end of the fair, your book will be given to our Chinese literary agent partner, who will promote it for you if that is what you decide to do.
English books are booming in China. Books that sold last year were novels, romance, historical fiction, kids, business, teaching and self-help.
Contact: William Webster
Phone: 02 62912904
Mobile: 0414467500
Email: publish@publishaspg.com
http://www.australianselfpublishinggroup.com

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

Times
From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

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Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

Online Events

 

owlRWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
Rebecca Timmis is the Creative Manager of a new online education business, ASPIRE Online Courses. We are seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
This is real, paid work and a great opportunity to build a profile name and get exposure as an author. We are offering flat fee or royalty-based payments for course material, and a per-assessment fee for tutors.
Our online team is creating a dynamic website and we will be investing heavily in online and offline marketing strategies.
I am a writer for children and young adults and have seen so many aspiring writers try and take on the world of self-publishing without first learning the craft of writing. I am passionate about education and want to establish a team that will bring the best out of our students.
If you would like to apply or wish to share this opportunity with a qualified colleague, please visit ASPIRE online courses and complete an application form.

Writers Festivals 2014

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

RWA Conference 2014 – Romance Rocks!

ARRA Book-signing event, Saturday 9 August

The Australian Romance Readers Association will be hosting a book-signing event in Sydney this August. It will be held in conjunction with the Romance Writers of Australia ARRA logo_CMYKconference, and will run from 5-6 pm on Saturday 9 August at the Pullman Hotel in Olympic Park. This is the seventh group signing we have hosted, and it is shaping up to be the biggest yet with 88 authors signing.

The list of signing authors is available here: http://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/book-signing-event-in-sydney/

The event will be open to the public, with an entry fee of $20 – or pre-purchase your tickets online for just $15. Entry will also include the opportunity to score some free books, plus the chance to win one of several prize baskets.

Remember – if you are an RWA delegate entry to the signing is NOT included in your RWA registration fee.

Buy your ticket here: http://www.trybooking.com/76424

Newbies!

We love Newbies and want to make sure your first conference is welcoming and inclusive. If you are feeling nervous and don’t know what to expect our First Timers Liaison, rwa14logoedit-light-300Donna Gallagher is here to help donnag63@iinet.net.au For everyone else, please make all newbies welcome.

If at any time during the conference you face any issues or queries, please feel free to approach the conference committee or volunteers, and we’ll work to resolve the issue.

Romancing the Festival

Byron Bay Writers Festival will reveal the realities of writing romance with multi-published and award-winning authors Amy Andrews and Jennifer St George in discussion AmyAndrews_HOFAHwith, and at the mercy of, local celebrity comedian Mandy Nolan, says Festival Director, Edwina Johnson.
Chairing the session Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance, Nolan will explore the world of romance writing and discuss what it’s like to be a contemporary romance author.

Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance will be held on Festival Sunday.
Where: The Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July.JenniferStGeorge_The-Love-Deception-Love

For more Festival information or to purchase tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.

For further information or interviews contact: Jennifer St George, m: 0418 134 543, e: publicity@nrwc.org.au

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

Times
From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Writers Festivals 2014

The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.

When: July 17–20

Early Bird Tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival are on sale. Workshops commencing on 28 July. The Early Bird tickets are only on sale until the full program is announced on 6 June, so now is the time to pick up a discounted Festival pass. For more Festival information or to purchase Early Bird tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

When: August 1–3

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

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