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Meet Tricia Stringer

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South Australian author, Tricia Stringer, has taken the rural romance sector by storm, penning six books in the genre over the last seven years, and another three historical sagas set in the Flinders Ranges. Prior to writing full-time, Tricia worked as a teacher, librarian, as well turning her hand to small business, running a post-office and bookshop in the Copper Coast region. Read More

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Star Cross’d Lovers

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#ROM-COMMENTARY is a series of posts exploring romantic comedy films and delving into some of the mechanisms that help make the genre so enjoyable to me. I’m a firm believer that there’s something to learn in all aspects of life, so join me on my journey exploring these so-called ‘girly movies’ as I strive to wind their lessons into my writing. Read More

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Why we joined RWA

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The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are a collective of romance authors who met – and bonded – through the RWA Conference in Brisbane in 2017. Join them on their writing journey towards imminent stardom! Marianne Bayliss I’d always loved reading category romance and in the mid-1990s I thought “I could write that!” (Ha!). I attended a workshop given by Lynne Wilding and she said: join RWA… So I did! Receiving Hearts Talk was a highlight of each month and I felt like I was ‘in the loop’ with the Australian romance writing industry. Then life took some twists …

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Cover Crush | January

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Happy new year! Romance Writers of Australia has gone out guns blazing this year and has recruited a number of new bloggers who are set to grace your social media feeds with exciting new content. I’m Annabelle McInnes and I’m going to be your 2018 Cover Crush blogger. What’s a Cover Crush blogger you ask? Well, every month, I’m going to look at RWA member’s New Release announcement in Hearts Talk and discuss the cover I love the most. Like most of you, I’ve read and enjoyed Romance novels for many years. In my case, it’s now been over a …

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

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Before you get all excited and start explaining your great plans for the coming year, ones that are sure to be fabulous, I wanted to confess. After all, this is Confessions of a Romance Writer. So I’m confessing. Out loud. In writing. Don’t get me wrong. I’m usually eager to put my best foot forward, determined to keep to my good intentions and succeed. Properly this year. Not like last year or the year before that, where by March I’d forgotten all about what I’d set out to do because something new, or more interesting had come along. Or I …

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Genre Con Experience

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RWA member Renee Dahlia attended Genre Con 2017 in November, and spoke on a panel called ‘What Writers Get Wrong’. The event is put together by Queensland Writers Centre in conjunction with the State Library of Queensland, to celebrate writers across all genre fiction. Nearly three hundred people turned up to the biggest ever Genre Con this year, more than double the size of the first conference held five years ago. Renee gives us the low-down on her Genre-Con experience. Q. Why Genre Con? I heard about the conference via my publisher Kate Cuthbert of Escape Publishing, and thought it would …

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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 …

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Ten Simple Ways to Improve Author Emails by Lana Pecherczyk

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For some reason, a lot of authors are a little bit afraid of email marketing. But I see email as just another format of writing stories for your readers … only with a sales focus in mind. Emails provide a direct link to your readers, and when you have a new release coming out, this is invaluable. No one else controls this list. Not your publisher, not some social media platform, but you! And these days, you can achieve great email marketing at virtually zero cost, making the return on investment the highest out of any e-marketing channel. So what are you waiting for? Here’s …

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6 Ways to Network Like a Pro at Conference

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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

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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. …