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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.

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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.

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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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January Volunteer of the Month | Julie-Anne Carter

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Our volunteer for January is Julie-Anne Carter, the RWA Aspiring loop guest author coordinator. Julie-Anne does a fabulous job of inviting guest authors to join the Aspiring loop for a weekend each month. This is an opportunity for loop members to ask them any questions at all about their writing journeys, marketing, promotion, craft – anything, really! This year we’ve had a terrific line up of authors, including Anne Gracie and Nalini Singh. Thank you to Julie-Anne for all she does, and to all the volunteers that keep RWA the great organisation and resource for writers that it is.

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Ripping Start finalists 2018

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Our annual Ripping Start contest is well underway, with Aspiring and Emerging members having submitted their first 1,500 words of an unpublished 10K+ romance or romantic elements manuscript (novel or novella) plus a mini synopsis (300 words). The contest closed for judging on 25 September, and we are pleased to announce the following finalists for 2018: Andra Ahe Ree Andersson Suzie Jay Rachel Armstrong Gina Hollands Maya Linnell Dianna Wilson Kristine Charles Sara Land These finalists will now be judged by Carrie Feron, Executive Editor, Senior Vice President from William Morrow/Avon. The first place winner will receive a  manuscript assessment of up to …

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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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Get Your Books Into Australian Public and School Libraries

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Get your paperbacks into libraries across Australia. Ebony McKenna will show you how to getyour books into print and into the hands of avid readers right across the country. Bonus, you’ll qualify for Lending Rights – money in your pocket! Course Details Ebony will take writers by the hand and show them how to: Get their books into print using either Blurb, Ingram Spark or others – and the processes involved. (including formatting etc) How to get Australian ISBNs and the best way to use them. (Thorpe Bowker) Advice on pricing to make books affordable and attractive to library suppliers. Advice on …

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Hide and Seek with Frank Ahearn

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Privacy expert and skip tracer, Frank M. Ahearn introduces Hide & Seek, a class on how to disappear and how to find people in the digital age. Frank will first present how skip tracers and private investigators locate people. He does this by sharing actual cases of how he utilizes pretext, social engineering, search engines and social media to find people and information. Frank will demonstrate how vulnerable your information is at banks, phone and cable companies, as well as other organizations that have information about you. He will also offer suggestions on how to protect your information. After learning how to find people, Frank turns …

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Just Keep Plotting Along – Sarah Gates

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Many writers identify as one or the other: plotter or pantser (a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ writer). Or maybe the pantsers just haven’t found their perfect way to plot yet? This workshop will introduce you to different methods to plot a romance. Sign up with an entire story in mind, the spark of an idea, or nothing at all. You’ll learn several tropes and character archetypes, plot techniques, and checklists to get your through from ‘Chapter 1’ to ‘The End’. This is a four-week course. Course Dates: 5th February 2018 to 4th March 2018 Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non …