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6 Ways to Network Like a Pro at Conference

In Guest Articles by Events Coordinator

Aside from experiencing the exciting program and fabulous opportunities on offer at Love Gone Wild, many of us will have another common goal: networking with our peers! While social media allows us the chance to ‘meet’ and engage with other writers, Conference about coming together as a collective and passionate community as well as enjoying the stellar professional development opportunities crafted by our dedicated Conference team. Networking is an essential part of a developing writing career. Meeting people who write in your sub-genre, or who are at the same level of their career as you are, or who just understand …

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Focus on the First Five — A tale of seduction by Samantha Bond

In Guest Articles by webmistress

If you’re like me, before committing to a book, you’ll open it and read the first page in a store, or download the free excerpt of an ebook, before buying it. That’s also what an agent or publisher does with your manuscript. Needless to say, there’s massive pressure on your first few pages because their job is to hook your reader (be that agent, publisher or eventual everyday reader) and convince them to commit to reading the rest of your story. A reader will not “wait for it to get good. You must wow them now, immediately and right away. …

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Little Gems Anthology Now Available for Pre-Order

In Contests by webmistress

We’re pleased to reveal the cover for the Little Gems Onyx anthology! Have you ever defied a pharaoh to run off with a prince? Ever fallen for a customer who buys beautiful flowers every week but appears unattached? Ever lusted after a colleague knowing the world would condemn you for it? In this year’s collection of short stories where lost dogs can unite strangers, the death of a loved one really can be a blessing in disguise and a fallen woman does what she must to protect a family member, Romance Writers of Australia’s best of the best for 2017 …

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First Kiss 2017 placegetters

In Contests by webmistress

Congratulations to our 2017 First Kiss placegetters! As judged by Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency: 1st: Tamar Sloan 2nd: Sheridan Kent 3rd: Miranda Morgan 4th: Nicola Bernard 5th: Kym Wojtasik 6th: Emily Michel Thanks to Haylee Nash for providing such generous feedback for our finalists. Big thanks to Cat Whelan for her time and effort in running an efficient and timely contest, and to all our judges who volunteer their time and effort to help other writers. And well done to all who entered!

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RWA Writer’s Retreat | BOOKINGS CLOSE 20 JUNE

In Events by Web Assistant

Do you know that there is an east coast RWA Writers’ Retreat happening in July? Have you ever wanted to spend a weekend with writers who live near you – sharing ideas, writing together? You can! Have you ever wished there were more opportunities to socialise with fellow RWA members? There are! The inaugural RWA Writers’ Retreat will be hosted at Bawley Bush Retreat, a picturesque lake-side site approximately halfway between Canberra and Sydney. The event will begin in the afternoon of Friday 14 July and end in the evening of Sunday 16 July. The cost is $224 per person, …

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July OWL | How to Sell More Books with Email Marketing with Lana Pecherczyk

In OWLS by Web Assistant

Whether you are traditionally published or self-published, there’s one challenge common to both: selling more books. With email marketing, not only do you (not your publisher!) have control of your list, but it’s cost effective (one of the cheapest forms of marketing around) and with a little help, easy to do. Expect to learn how to set up your own email e-newsletter using the free email tool, Mailchimp. Get ideas on how to grow your list, and what content to produce to keep your readers engaged. This course is unique because it’s tailored towards authors and will provide specific examples …

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July OWL | Focus on the First Five – Get your first five pages submission-ready with Samantha Bond & Robb Grindstaff

In OWLS by Web Assistant

Are you ready to submit your work to an agent or publisher? Want to ensure your work has the best chance to impress? Then you’d better make sure your fist few pages sing. We all know that publishing professionals receive thousands of submissions each year and they’re often so busy that if your work fails to grab them in that first page or two, they won’t persist past that. Sending your work out into the world is a harrowing experience, but if you get those first five pages right, it has a far better chance of success. The focus of …

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

In OWLS by webmistress

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

In OWLS by webmistress

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 …