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October OWL: SARA HOOD – GETTING THE SHIP MOVING

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SARA HOOD – GETTING THE SHIP MOVING  (7 steps to the best marketing plan ever!) Baffled about how to start your book marketing? Or looking to turbo charge your early stage (or early-ish)book marketing?  This online workshop is for you. We’ll go through 7 simple, proven steps to create a book marketing plan that is easy to create, easy to implement and won’t break the bank.  It will be the foundation for the rest of your career as a writer. And also solves the eternal problem of ‘what do I write about?’ on social media! Yay! Using a learn-at-your-leisure format, there is …

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October OWL | Resolution and the HEA with Rachel Bailey

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As Mickey Spillane said, “The first page sells your book. The last page sells your next book.” Readers might love your opening, but when they’ve finished reading your book, it’s the ending they’ll remember. So, how powerful is your story’s resolution and HEA? This workshop, “Resolution and the HEA: Make Them Cry & Leave Them Smiling” will show you practical ways to increase the impact of your final scenes so readers will be keen to buy your next book. About the Presenter Rachel Bailey developed a serious book addiction at a young age (via Peter Rabbit and Jemima PuddleDuck) and has never recovered. …

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NSW Writing Retreat

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Need some motivation to kickstart your writing? Want some quiet time with like-minded writers away from chores and distractions? This retreat may be just what you’re looking for. This will be a self-directed retreat in that participants are free to structure their time as they like. Our Retreats Host will put participants in contact with each other before the retreat so they may discuss how they want to spend their retreat. Note that some participants will be taking part in the International 3 Day Novel Contest, so please be mindful of this. Location: Albury, NSW Dates: 1 – 5 September, …

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RWA Award Results 2017

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The winners of our annual awards were announced on Saturday 12 August 2017 at a gala awards dinner during our ‘Love Gone Wild’ conference. Highlights of the evening included inducting the incomparable Marion Lennox into our esteemed Hall of Fame, and the ever-popular Escape After Party. Congratulations to all of our nominees and award winners. We are incredibly proud of the calibre of talent across RWA, and look forward to receiving entries for our 2018 season. Ripping Start Award 3rd place – Tania Holland, Framed 2nd place – Tamar Sloan, Make It Count Selling Synopsis 3rd place – Bree Verity, The Unwilling Smuggler …

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September OWL | Simply Synopsis with Michelle Somers

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With special focus on romance, you will learn how to simply and succinctly construct an engaging and fresh synopsis that contains all vital information while hooking the reader, maintaining tension and emotion. The course will run over 4 weeks. Over the course of these weeks, we’ll break down the key components of the synopsis and we’ll spend each week structuring and refining each component, by working through exercises, then posting and critiquing. Feedback will be given by the group as a whole, as well as by the presenter. This way, the group will learn how to analyse a synopsis and …

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September OWL | Craft 101: Back to Basics with Anita Joy

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Writing is a craft, not a gift. It can be learned and perfected with practice. In an industry where we’re constantly reminded of the importance of having a fresh and unique voice it’s easy for new writers to persuade themselves that their innate writing voice (and enthusiasm) will be enough to draw an editor’s interest. But getting the craft right matters. Problem is: how do you know what you don’t know? Craft 101: Back to Basics will provide a broad overview of the key craft elements of fiction writing and cover a number of common craft terms and concepts—point-of-view, voice, …

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ROMA Finalists

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The ROMA is Romance Writers of Australia’s (RWA’s) annual award for excellence in Australian media coverage of romance genre or themes. Each year, RWA members nominate pieces that represent the strongest and freshest reportage of a romance-related subject. They are read and assessed by a member-panel that includes a journalist and experienced marketers/communicators. Entries are assessed against criteria including quality, innovation, bias/objectivity and reach. This year, two very different approaches have made the finals: A pair of pieces based on an interview with 2016 RWA Conference keynotes, Jim and Nikoo McGoldrick, syndicated to The Mercury (TAS) and The Advertiser (SA) but which featured market-specific authors and …

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Going to Conference on a budget

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If you haven’t already organised your Love Gone Wild experience, don’t despair! Time is still on your side, and with some careful planning and these nifty ideas, you can come and kick it at Conference in Brisbane this August. Registering The first thing you will need to do if you’re intending to come along to Conference is buy a ticket. A core program ticket will cost $550 (members) and $580 (non-members). Included is the ticket to the ‘Bring Out the Animal in You’ Harlequin costume cocktail party on Friday night, the core conference program, and access to our exclusive pitching …