Lynn Wilding Award nominations open

The Lynn Wilding Meritorious Service Award is now open for nominations. This award recognises and honours an individual’s outstanding voluntary contribution to RWA in the past twelve months. As well as remembering a very special founding member and president of RWA, nominating for the annual Lynne Wilding Award is a wonderful way of acknowledging a member who has gone above-and-beyond and really contributed to your (or another’s) experiences in the past year. Please let us know if the member you are nominating has a long history of volunteering but also focus firmly on what they have done in the past 12 months to enrich …

Love Gone Wild – Participating Agents/Editors & Publishers

The Love Gone Wild conference team are excited to announce our amazing line up of agents, editors, publishers and screen writers for pitching and manuscript assessments. And we’ve secured the most EVER at a conference! This gives you more opportunities than ever before to pitch your stories and/or get professional feedback from industry professionals. REGISTRATIONS FOR PITCHING AND MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENTS OPEN THURSDAY 25TH MAY, 2017, 12.00PM Before you register, please research the attending Agents/Editors/Publishers. For your convenience, you can see each attending Agents/Editors/Publishers wishlist online, what they’re looking for, and conversely, what they don’t want pitched. PLEASE NOTE: You must …

Love Gone Wild Conference Info – Opportunity to Advertise.

Due to space limitations at the venue this year, there will be no marketing table for paraphernalia like business cards, bookmarks and giveaways. So, if you would like the opportunity to get in front of over 400 delegates, why not advertise and promote your latest release, business or services in the Love Gone Wild conference booklet? We have a limited number of advertising spaces. First in best dressed. Conference Booklet Advertising – Current advertising spaces in conference A5 booklet are: Full Page – 148.5mm wide x 210mm high (Portrait) $390.00 Half Page – 148.5mm wide x 105mm high (Landscape) $215.00 …

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June OWL | Sink Your Teeth into Appetising Characters with Sandy Vaile

Develop memorable individuals, tailored to your story. Being a brilliant wordsmith isn’t enough. You need a character who is interesting and flawed enough to hook a reader and make them want to stick around long enough to unravel their mysteries. Do you love your imaginery friends, but aren’t sure how best to convey them? Then this interactive workshop is just the inspiration you need to make them come alive on the page. This workshop will be conducted on the RWA Moodle platform and will run over four weeks. It is designed as the ideal prerequisite to Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice workshop which will …

June OWL | Pitch like a Professional: Conference primer with Anita Joy

About the Course Gearing up for the RWAust conference in just a couple of months? Excited but silently terrified about the opportunity to pitch your book to an editor or agent? “Pitch Like a Professional” is a four-week conference primer designed to get your synopsis, query letter, in-person pitch (and you!) glinting with readiness. The course will be delivered via Moodle in a series of weekly ‘lessons’ at the start of the week and an ongoing Q/A and discussions as well as critique of participant examples through each week. Each week will focus on one aspect of the pitching and …

Love Gone Wild – Want to know how to build a review team?

Are you frustrated when you publish your book and see it get very few reviews? Whether you are self or traditionally published, the responsibility of getting more reviews for your books usually falls to you. So how do you find reviewers without emailing lots of bloggers or begging on Facebook? How do you find reviewers who like the kind of books you write? And how do you get them to leave reviews? Learn how to build and engaged a Review Team and manage the logistics of interacting with them. Anna Hackett, USA Today bestselling author who’s written over 40 short …

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The Black Moment: When All Is Lost with Rachel Bailey

Course Dates: 1–28 May, 2017 Cost: RWA Member—$30. Non-RWA Member—$80. The Black Moment is the point in your story when all hope is lost, when crisis peaks, when things seem bleakest and we start to think the characters won’t be able to find their HEA. But how do you make it powerful while still being the right one for your story? And how do your characters deal with their loss during the following scenes—the Dark Night of the Soul? Using examples from romance novels and movies, we’ll explore the techniques authors use and apply them to your own work. The …

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The Dark Art of the Blurb with Ainslie Paton

Course Dates: 1–28 May, 2017 Cost: RWA Member—$30. Non-RWA Member—$80. They are tricky those few sparkling sentences, groovy phrases and quick-baked emotions that comprise a blurb. They’re the pitch, the deal, the promise and the shortcut to satisfaction. Like a cover, they can heavily influence a book buyer’s perceptions and actions. Powerful for all their 150-word punch because of their ability to make us do things: one-click that link, open that wallet, pay that pal, read that sucker. Blurb-writing uses the techniques of copywriting, and the more you blurb, the easier it gets. Come learn the dark arts. Course would …

Love Gone Wild – Weapons Session Update

Love Gone Wild #RWAus17 Conference Update.  We are happy to provide more information on the Weapons through the ages – Session 9 & 14, Part A and B in our program so you can decide if you want to attend one of the sessions or both. The weapons covered in each session are: Session 9: Weapons through the ages (A) – will cover Longsword, Sidesword (and Buckler), and Rapier. Session 14: Weapons through the ages B) – will cover Sabre, Smallsword, and other weapons. Duelling in the ages of romance was a hit last year in Adelaide and we are lucky enough to bring …