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August OWL | Treat Backstory Like a Pungent Spice with Sandy Vaile

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Sprinkle and blend the flavours of your character to achieve an irresistible aroma. Do you feel that your stories are lacklustre? Have you been accused of too much telling? Does your character have a fascinating history, but you’re not sure how best to convey it? Back story delivery could be your problem. Learn how much to use and when to reveal it for the best effect. This course best suits modern fiction writers with a developed character and story idea, so Sandy can tailor feedback. During this workshop: · learn how to determine which parts of your backstory is important, …

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Now Available for Pre-Order – Tattoo – Spicy Bites Anthology 2017

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We’re please to announce the new Spicy Bites Anthology is available for pre-order. The paperback copy will be available for pick-up at the conference, or for postage after the launch date. Have you ever had a secret life? Ever done something you wouldn’t normally dare to do? Ever received something you hadn’t bargained for? Join us for Romance Writers of Australia’s newest anthology offering, Spicy Bites. Only the steamiest of stories have made it through to the 2017 edition where passion and pleasure walk hand-in-hand during the daylight hours but fetish and fantasy linger long into the night. You’ll meet …

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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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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. …

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Little Gems Anthology Now Available for Pre-Order

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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

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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

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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

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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 …