Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Panel: The Shark in Your Story

Welcome to a conference spotlight from the Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Shannon Curtis, Sandy Curtis, Bronwyn Parry and Helene Young who will be presenting their panel

THE SHARK IN YOUR STORY.

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Shannon Curtis has worked in diverse roles such as office admin manager, customer service rep, logistics supervisor, distribution coordinator, dangerous goods handler,  event planner, switch bitch and betting agent, and decided to try writing a story like those she loves to read when she found herself at home after the birth of her first child. Now she spends entirely too much time daydreaming about hunky heroes and malicious murders – for her books, of course! She loves reading, loves writing, and loves hearing from her readers, so visit her at www.shannoncurtis.com and say hi!

Sandy CurtisSandy Curtis lives on Queensland’s Central Coast, not far from the beach where she loves to walk and think about the complex plots, hunky heroes and gutsy heroines in her novels. Her novels have been nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. Her latest book, Fatal Flaw, is published by Clan Destine Press, and all her novels are available as ebooks from Amazon Kindle and Clan Destine Press. Sandy also organises WriteFest, the Bundaberg writers festival. You can find out more about Sandy’s books at http://sandycurtis.com/blog/

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Bronwyn Parry writes gritty romantic suspense inspired by the dramatic landscapes and resilient people of rural and outback Australia. A Golden Heart and ARRA winner and RITA and R*BY finalist, Bronwyn’s fourth novel will be published in September 2013. Despite writing about murder and crime, Bronwyn lives peacefully on 100 acres of beautiful bushland with her husband and two energetic border collies and loves to travel in Australia’s wild places.

Helene Young 2012 Author photo by Charlotte Rose (LR)Helene Young, grew up reading Enid Blyton Mysteries. While she’s moved on from the Five Find-Outers and Dog she hasn’t lost her love of suspense and intrigue. Twenty-two years later she’s a Captain with Australia’s largest regional airline, juggling flying and writing.  Her first book, Wings of Fear, won the prestigious R*BY award in 2011, and Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel, 2010. Shattered Sky, her second book, won Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel, 2011 and recently won the 2012 R*BY.

Burning Lies, the third and final book in her Border Watch series and set on the Atherton Tablelands, is out now.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

We’re Australian Romantic Suspense authors passionate about writing memorable villains!

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

We’ve all presented sessions at previous conferences and all run workshops for writing organisations around Australia. We love writing and sharing that knowledge with other writers, both emerging and established. RWA conferences are a wonderful way to give back to the organization and help other writers on their creative journey.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Riding The Waves”?

Compelling villains make for another layer of depth in a story. If you can make your readers care about your villains, or at the very least empathize with their motivation, then you’ve created a memorable antagonist. We believe a great villain is the key to not only riveting Romantic Suspense but to any good story. We also believe that strong villains demand strong heroes and heroines for an epic good vs evil battle, and make readers care, so that by creating a great villain you feed the quality of your protagonists, as well as your overall plot.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

We like to see our audiences work for the session *grin*

So, while it may be a panel, there’ll be plenty of interaction, loads of examples, some exercises, and opportunity to ask questions.

 

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Anyone who is writing a character in their stories who is an antihero, villain or antagonist will benefit from this discussion on how to bring out the best or worst in a character.

 

Any advice for conference first-timers?

 Jump right in and enjoy yourselves! Ask questions, chat to people next to you in the queue at breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoy every minute of the weekend.

Make sure you go along to the session for new members at the start of conference as you’ll meet other writers who will become life long friends and it’s great to have some familiar faces at other sessions.

 

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What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

We’re all working on new novels for release later this year.

 

Half Moon Bay’ by Helene Young will be released in June 2013

Grevious Harm’, by Sandy Curtis is due out later in 2013

Shannon Curtis has several new projects in the pipe-line for 2013

‘Darkening Skies’ by Bronwyn Parry will be released early in 2014

 

Finally, we are so delighted you’re visiting us in Western Australia. Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing or doing while you’re here?

 Drinking some of those fantastic Margaret River wines!  And checking out the beautiful beaches, lapping up the wonderful WA ambience, and diving into Freo’s fascinating history!

 

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Thank you ladies!

Our next conference spotlight will be featured Saturday 16th March.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico, Clint and I had an amazing time at our first RWA Conference. A huge thank you to Team Diamond for organizing this incredible event and to our sponsors for their support. We celebrated with hugs and happy dances with each of our members over four glorious days as they announced competition wins, manuscript submission requests and exciting publishing opportunities.  Perhaps the most exciting announcement of all was the conference coming to the West Coast in 2013!

That’s right,  Fremantle Western Australia will play host to this not-to-be missed RWA event in August 2013, so start saving your pennies for the trip out West. You won’t be disappointed! Look out for more information coming soon on the blog, social media and RWA Website.

We would love to hear more about your 2012 Diamonds are Forever Conference Experience, so if you’ve blogged about it please share the link with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

Conference News

New Contracts

  • Victoria Black is delighted to tell everyone that her new novella HEAVENLY REVENGE has been contracted to Secret Cravings Publishers. This erotic fantasy will be e-published next February.
  • Sandy Curtis has signed a contract with Clan Destine Press for her seventh romantic suspense novel GRIEVOUS HARM. Release date is planned for late October/early November.

New Releases – August 2012

  • WOMBAT CREEK by Noelene Jenkinson, Linford Romance in large print from Thorpe Publishing
  • TAMING THE TYCOON by Amy Andrews from Entangled Publishing
  • SHIFT INTO PLEASURE by Cathleen Ross from Spice Briefs
  • FREAKS IN THE CITY (sequel to FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH) by Maree Anderson is now available at Smashwords and Amazon

True love isn’t a cake-walk when your girlfriend’s a cyborg!
The timing couldn’t be worse for Jay and Tyler to take the next step. Tyler’s secrets come back to bite him, his destitute ex shows up on his doorstep, and someone is manipulating her behind the scenes. Then Tyler’s family is threatened, forcing Jay to confront a ghost from her past. And this time, the weapon he’s chosen to take her out with really could be the death of her.

To celebrate, Maree is giving away an eBook of FREAKS IN THE CITY as part of two eBook prize packs on her website. Giveaway runs to 31st August 2012 NZ time.

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

August 25 – Blog Bites with Sami Lee – Kerri Williams

August 26 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

August 27 – Conference Spotlight on Covers – Eleni Konstantine

August 28 – New Releases with Nicole Flockton

August 29 – Author Spotlight on Annie Seaton – Juliet Madison

August 30 – Cruisin with RWA – Juanita Kees

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

August 24 – This week on Friday Feast:

It’s party time on Friday Feast this week, and I mean pa-a-a-rty. After all, it’s not every day you get to celebrate a first birthday. Yes, it’s been one year since the release of my debut rural romance PROMISES and I plan to whoop it up. There’ll be a bit of Birthday Beefcake, a Goodie Giveaway and more, so come and join the fun. I PROMISE a good time!

We will be on hiatus from August 7th to September 1st. Conferences are a-calling and we are heeding the call!

August 21 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with…Anita Joy – members of RWAustralia & New Zealand fill you on what to look forward to at the annual conferences.

RWA welcomes Sandy Curtis to our member blog roll with her site “Where Crime and Passion Collide”.

August 21 – BETWEEN THE COVERS: Welcome YA reviewer Devin E. to the K2C team with a review of DARK KISS by Michelle Rowen

August 28 – MISSION ROMANCE: What’s the Buzz? What a writer’s conference can do for you. Look out for a competition and a giveaway to celebrate our new look website and blog, The Other Side!

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Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Magical Gains
  2. Nicola Marsh
  3. Phillipa Fioretti
  4. Rhian Cahill
  5. Sami Lee
  6. Teen Fiction Cafe

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Enrico’s quote of the week

A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
A rosy dot placed on the “i” in
loving;
‘Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
~Edmond Rostand

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Conference Spotlight ~ Romantic Suspense panel

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.


At Diamonds Are Forever,  Helene Young is moderating a panel aimed at ALL writers (especially those targeting the romantic suspense market) called

 LOVE IN THE FACE OF DANGER: ROMANTIC SUSPENSE


WORKSHOP BLURB:

Find out how far these writers have gone in pursuit of their stories, their tips on finding unusual sources and methods of research, and what publishing avenues exist in Australia for Romantic Suspense stories. Learn what makes Romantic Suspense different to Crime novels with love stories, and how to balance romance with suspense. Uncover which careers work best for the heroes and heroines and if there’s room for ordinary people doing extraordinary things.



Love In The Face of Danger panelists


Helene Young started reading mysteries and adventure stories as a child.  Her favourites were Enid Blyton novels. She has moved on from the Five Find-Outers and Dog, but hasn’t lost her love of suspense and intrigue. Twenty two years later she’s a Captain with Australia’s largest regional airline and writes action-packed Australian romantic suspense stories.

Her first book, Wings of Fear, won the prestigious 2011 R*BY award, and Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel, 2010. Shattered Sky, the second book in her Border Watch Series, won Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel, 2011.

Her third book, Burning Lies, will be released in July, 2012.


 Bronwyn Parry writes gritty romantic suspense inspired by the dramatic landscapes and resilient people of rural and outback Australia. Bronwyn grew up surrounded by books, with a fascination for places, people and their stories, and she’s now an occasional academic, passionate about the richness, diversity, and value of popular fiction. Despite writing about murder and crime and putting her characters through daunting experiences, she lives peacefully on 100 acres of beautiful bushland with her husband and two energetic border collies and loves to travel in Australia’s wild places.


Sandy Curtis lives on Queensland’s Central Coast, close to the beach where she loves walking and thinking about the complex plots, hunky heroes and gutsy heroines in her novels. Her novels have been nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. Her latest book, Fatal Flaw, is published by Clan Destine Press, and all her novels are available as ebooks from Amazon Kindle and Clan Destine Press. Sandy also organises WriteFest, the Bundaberg writers festival. You can find out more about Sandy’s books at http://sandycurtis.com/blog/


Karlene Blakemore-Mowle writes romantic suspense for American publishers, Whiskey Creek Press, and Eternal Press, with three titles released this year.

Having lived in Mt Isa, Townsville and central NSW, Karlene now calls a small town on the mid-north coast, home. In between cleaning up after her husband and children, wishing she had a housekeeper, and stupidly volunteering for tuckshop duties, she’s happiest when left to think up exciting stories with a distinctive Australian flavour but set in locations around the world.

Karlene has an ongoing rivalry with alter ego Karly Lane who writes rural fiction for Allen & Unwin.


Shannon Curtis has worked in diverse roles such as office admin manager, customer service rep, logistics supervisor, distribution coordinator, dangerous goods handler, event planner, switch bitch and betting agent, and decided to try writing a story like those she loves to read when she found herself at home after the birth of her first child. Now she spends entirely too much time daydreaming about hunky heroes and malicious murders – for her books, of course! She loves reading, loves writing, and loves hearing from her readers, so visit her at www.shannoncurtis.com and say hi!



Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

We’re writers who love pushing our characters off the edge!



Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?

We’ve all been panelists before and four of the five of us regularly run workshops for writers. Sandy even runs her own festival in Bundaberg called WriteFest! Bronwyn and Helene are both presenting workshops at “Diamonds Are Forever.”  There’s something very special about being part of an RWA conference and sharing experiences with new and established writers alike.


What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?

Helene is certain Romantic Suspense is finally gathering momentum in Australia. Hachette Australia, Clandestine Press, and now Penguin Australia have all recognized the appeal of local settings. It’s important to spread the word and grow the genre even further by making new writers aware of the opportunities. Rural romances with suspense elements are topping bestseller lists so attending the session will be a great way to learn more about the genre and sub-genres.

 

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

We definitely want an interactive panel. Feel free to ask us anything about the genre and our writing journeys. While we’ll have some topics we want to talk about there will be plenty of question time. And Bronwyn Parry always has wonderful pearls of wisdom.


Which members will benefit most from this session?

The panel is for anyone who wants to know more about romantic suspense, but we’ll also be talking about our writing styles and habits and they are relevant to writers of all levels.  And we may be biased, but have you seen Shannon Curtis on a panel before?? Don’t miss it, the lady should be doing stand up comedy. *grin*


Any advice for conference first-timers?

Karlene’s advice for first timer is chat to everyone and anyone. We all have one thing in common – the love of stories  – so that makes it easy to start a conversation. And we’d also recommend taking advantage of all the wonderful opportunities RWA provides for new members. It gives you an instant team!


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

More details on Bronwyn Parry’s DEAD HEAT, can be found at bronwynparry.com

Find Sandy Curtis and FATAL FLAW at www.sandycurtis.com

Shannon Curtis will knock your socks off at http://www.shannoncurtis.com/index.html where you’ll find links to VIPER’S KISS.

Find more about Karlene Blakemore-Mowle and OPERATION WILLO QUEST at http://karlybm.blogspot.com.au/ or http://www.karlylane.com/books.html

Helene Young’s latest release is BURNING LIES and details can be found at http://www.heleneyoung.com



Thank you, ladies.


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Our next Conference Spotlight is with Rochelle Manners on 14th April.


The Short Story Market

Please Note: This article first appeared in RWA’s official monthly newsletter, Hearts Talk, in December, 2008. Due to the passage of time, some information in the article may no longer be relevant. Please ensure you research your chosen genre thoroughly before submitting.

Go into any large newsagency – heck, go into the super- market even – and flip through the women’s magazines like Woman’s Day. You’ll often find romantic short stories within.

UK magazines like Women’s Weekly report that fiction is a major draw for its readers. According to their writers’ guidelines, Our readers talk about “relaxing” with our short stories. 

Why write short stories?

Short fiction can earn a writer between $90 to $1,000 per story. Shorts also work as a cross-promotion if you’re a novelist. If the reader enjoyed the story the reader may seek the novels out and vice versa. Also, if you’re an aspiring novelist, published stories look good in your query letter.

Sandy Curtis has published stories in Woman’s Day, Take 5, Fresh and Australian Women’s Weekly. She “wrote short stories before I started writing novels. Writing short stories is also a refreshing change from writing novels – you get to the end so much quicker :)”

With over 50 short stories published, novelist Janet Woods finds that writing them is “completely different to writing novels. The effort it takes is intense, but less sustained, so I get the feeling I’ve achieved something in a much shorter time span.”

In 2008 Anna Campbell published stories in Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day. “Actually I find short stories really difficult and I think I’d rather write a whole book! I like immersing myself in a whole world which is hard to do in the shorter format.”

Anna Jacobs has published stories in Woman’s Day and elsewhere since 1994. “I get ‘little’ ideas that wouldn’t make a whole novel, but are nice incidents, so I tell them in short story form.”

Types of Stories

Women’s magazines publish short stories in several genres, including romance, women’s fiction, and confessions or trues. Trues’ writers do not get a byline.

Sandii Manning, published in Woman’s Day and True Story notes, “Another market that is easier to break into is the True market. True confessions, True Story and True Romance. These stories are told in first person as if you’re sitting down with a friend, telling all.”

Word Count

Stories published in the weekly magazines usually have a tight word count of between 800 to 2000 words.

Janet Woods says, “Story space has shrunk. When I started out it was easier to place longer stories of about 3,000 words.”

Fiction Specials

Longer stories of up to 6,000 words can be found in the specials. Depending on the magazine, 10 to 25 stories are published at one time. Specials include:

  • That’s Life! Fast Fiction, published quarterly
  • Women’s Weekly (UK) fiction special, published bi-monthly.
  • My Weekly has just started to publish fiction specials of around 15 stories.

Serials

Sandy Curtis has published two-part serials in Woman’s Day. “As a child I loved reading the long serials in the women’s magazines and lamented their demise.” Some markets for the serial remain, and these include Woman’s Day, My Weekly, People’s Friend and Women’s Weekly (UK).

Serials are divided into parts. For example, Women’s Weekly (UK) accepts submissions of two-part to five-part serials.

Anna Jacobs is attracted to writing serials because, “Some of my ideas make for longer ‘short’ story ideas and I find putting them into a serialised form very interesting. It’s challenging to find a way to end each episode on a cliffhanger and keep up readers’ interest.” Around February 2009 she will have a historical serial tale published in My Weekly to coincide with release of her novel Freedom’s Land, which has “the same era and background”.

First Serial Rights

First serial rights (FSR) are where a magazine buys the right to be the first to publish the work. After publication the writer is free to sell the work elsewhere.

Janet Woods says, “Ten years ago I’d pursue multi-markets, and sell overseas rights to the same story I’d had published in Australia.”

Sandy Curtis addresses FSR in her cover letters. “I keep it professional, and make sure I give the genre and word length. Don’t forget to state which rights you are offering, e.g. first Australian rights. Some magazines want New Zealand rights as well.”

Researching the Markets

Look at the entire magazine to see how the stories fit in. Examine the advertisements too, as these will suggest the magazine audience. In People’s Friend advertisements for stairlifts suggest an older reader demographic. But read the fiction too. A recent issue had characters at grammar school through to retirees.

Sandii Manning says, “My advice no matter who you’re submitting to is send away for the guidelines. A lot of the info on the Internet is outdated and incorrect. Also read, read and read the magazine you’re targeting. I know that can be hard if you’re submitting from another country but it really does help.”

Janet Woods says, “Before approaching any magazine or writing the story, you should take time to analyse the target market for content and style, and try and pinpoint the age range of the readership. If you can tailor your story to the publication, it will have a much better chance of acceptance.”

Competitive Markets

Publishing stories in women’s magazines is, as Anna Jacobs notes, “fiercely competitive”.

The Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s World (US) are tough markets to enter. Woman’s World pays $1,000 for an 800-word romance. From Woman’s World, Sandii Manning received “some encouraging feedback from the Editor saying that although my story was lovely it wasn’t suitable for their market and requested that I submit any others I had.”

Easy? Maybe not. Achievable? Yes.

December Hearts Talk Wrap Up

The latest edition of Hearts Talk is here. This is available only to members, but here is a little peek….


Beverley Eikli chats to R♥BY winners: Tracey O’Hara & Sophia James

Tracey O’Hara

Huge congratulations, Tracey, on winning the RBY Mainstream with Romantic Elements category with Night’s Cold Kiss. Can you tell us a little about the book, please? What was your main inspiration for the plot and how did your characters and world evolve?

Thank you for the congratulations, though I am still finding it hard to actually believe it all happened. Every now and then I just have to touch my trophy to make sure it’s real, but I’m extremely honoured and humbled by it.

Night’s Cold Kiss is about a “vampire” hunter and a vampire and a whole lot of other stuff. Although in my world they aren’t your run of the mill undead vampires people are used to reading about—they are very much alive and a different race. And the “vampire” hunter isn’t the run of the mill destined-to-be-ahunter either—she very much chooses her own vocation.

Sophia James

Congratulations, Sophia, on winning the RBY long romance with Mistletoe Magic. Can you please tell us a little about the book and your inspiration for writing it?

I’d love to answer some questions and thank you for even thinking of me. It’s a treat to be able to speak about my own writing journey and my books. Mistletoe Magic was a book Linda Fildew had asked me to write as a Christmas special. It was strange having constraints on me when writing it because as Christmas is a time of joy and family and happiness I knew I had to get this into the story.

Then I wondered how a person who felt marginalised and isolated might feel to be dragged into enjoying Christmas by a woman who expended a great deal of energy into making the festival perfect.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.


Credible Villains  by Sandy Curtis

Villainy, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder.

Just as readers judge a hero or heroine by their thoughts and actions, so will they judge a villain. The writer has to ensure their villain is credible, so readers believe that what that person does, and why they do it, is not only possible and probable, but logical given the personality and background created.

Determine the degree of ‘badness’ your villain needs to have in order to be a credible force against your hero/heroine. The stronger your h/h, the stronger your villain will need to be to battle against them. But be careful – readers are not usually willing to suspend their disbelief very far or often. Exceptions are fans of Matthew Reilly’s books as their belief in the laws of physics is often wholly suspended in the name of exciting entertainment. (If you prefer a movie analogy, think the Die Hard series.)

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

 

 

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Remembering Mary Ann By Hilary Weisser

I first saw Mary Ann Stresau on television in 1986. I was crossing my living room one morning when I saw two ladies  talking about romance writing on one of the morning shows—they were Mary Ann and Ann Kelleher. I was excited; I’d worked as a journalist and wanted to be a writer. I contacted Mary Ann, I’d run conferences on other topics so I suggested that we run a Romance Writers’ Conference. From these conferences Romance Writers of Australia was born.

Letter from the Editor – Rachel Bailey

I’ve been your friendly neighbourhood Hearts Talk Editor for just over two years, but the time has come for me to move on.


For the full articles, go to our website. For members only.


Three Ps and a Few Right Angles with  Terri Green

Lying down, standing up, on the kitchen table, stopped at a set of lights, I’ve tried it all and come to the same conclusion. When it comes to the physical task of writing, the following equation rules:

Writing = Sitting.

Lots of sitting. Sitting with pen in hand or fingers on keyboard, word after word, hour after hour, day after day.

And yet…too much sitting is a pain in the butt. Ditto, pain in the neck, back, shoulders, head, (insert whichever is applicable). That’s when writing = sitting becomes the equation of misery. So what to do? You don’t want to have to stop writing but you do want to avoid pain so you need to learn to work smart not hard.

For the full article go to our website. For members only.


To Market, To Market by Anna Campbell

Recently I was in the Romance Writers of Australia tent at the Brisbane Writers Festival where I was enthusiastically distributing bookmarks for my latest release, My Reckless Surrender. That yellow cover with the girl ALMOST wearing that beautiful gown really is eye-catching. Thank you, Avon Art Department!

There were some RWA members in the tent and my bookmark frenzy prompted a discussion on what marketing materials I’ve found most effective since I sold in 2006. Michelle invited me to share my thoughts in an article—so here it is, with the proviso that all of this is based completely on personal experience. When you sell a book, news goes out far and wide

For the full article go to our website. For members only.


Happy Christmas and Happy Mango Trifle by Marion Lennox

It’s December. Aagh! How did that happen? I’m not ready for December madness. I’m sure we missed out a couple of months this year. I have things to do, stuff to sort, deadlines.

But it’s Christmas so I need to stop.

I stop because Christmas is part of who I am.

As a romance writer I write dreams. I tap into a load of sensuous pleasure every time I sit down to write, and that well of pleasure needs feeding. Christmas does it nicely.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

Of course don’t forget our regular columns:


  • From the Prez with Alison Ahearn
  • Member Announcements (News & New Releases) with Rachael Blair
  • Member Spotlight with Doreen Sullivan > This month featuring Melissa Smith
  • Events Calendar with Doreen Sullivan
  • Contest Page with Deb Bennetto > This month featuring the 2010 Valerie Parv Award Report  with Contest Manager, Pam Collings
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • The Last Word with Christina Phillips
  • The Writer’s Life with Marion Lennox > see above snippet on Happy Christmas!
  • Practicalities, Technicalities with Michelle Wood >This month on marketing with Anna Campbell (see above)
  • Ask Auntie Fi with Fiona Lowe

Dear Auntie Fi,  I have recently completed a manuscript and am keen to move to the next step. The advice I have been given so far is that I find a Literary Agent, or that I send an introductory letter/ synopsis to a relevant publisher and ‘hope for the best/ plan for the worst’. Is this good advice? If so, how and where do I find an appropriate Agent for Sweet Romance stories? ~ Inspired Newbie

Dear Auntie Fi, I love your column, witty and wise. How does one find a decent AGENT. There is a lot of information about how to write a book but none on finding an agent, once it is finished. ~ Frustrated in Adelaide

 

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