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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Below I've listed some of my favorite resources. I'm not going to post the links to all of them because it's just too time consuming, but I will add to it from time to time, so please check back often. For additional resources check out my favorite blogs and links on the sidebar of this page. If you find a site you're interested in visiting and the link isn't on my sidebar or listed below, do a google search. 99% of the writing eloops and groups that I have listed are hosted on Yahoogroups. You can do a search for any of the groups right from the Yahoo Groups home page. If you do the above, you shouldn't have a problem finding any of these resources on google or yahoo groups, but if you do, just leave me a comment and I'll be glad to point you in the right direction. And, if you know of any resources that I haven't mentioned or that you think might be of interest to me or if this post has helped you in any way, please leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear from you (plus, I'm working on my writing karma and I'd like to know how that's coming along). :) Again, I'll be adding links and resources as time allows, so check back often. Happy writing! Contests (These are all free or, at the very least all they ask for is a donation)
- Chase the Dream Contest
- First Line Contest
- Gather First Chapter Romance Writing Competition
- American Title
- 2007 Brava Novella Contest
- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
- Wild Rose Press Through the Gate Contest
- Cata-Romance and Cata-SingleTitles.com Board and email loop CoffeeTime Romance Board and email Loop Author Vicky Hinze Website- Lots of good articles and she offers the email list AIDS FOR
- WRITERS. It's not very active, but the mini courses you do get are great. Lovestory-L Critique Group - This online/email critique group offers separate eloops for other genres as well
- NOR - Night Owl Romance Forum (also offers a newsletter)
- Between Your Sheets - Forum and newsletter
- Western Romance Writers
- Romantic Times Magazine - offers free newsletter, tips and more
- Writer's Digest Magazine - offers free newsletters, market news, wititing tips, home of the 101
- Best Writer's websitessites, forum and much, much more
- Write Literary Magazine
- The Writer Magazine - offers free tips, forum, newsletter
- Stephie Smith, Internationally Published Author - Great writer's resource website, including
- contest listings, articles and more
- RWA Site - Lists publishers, Agents and more
- P&E - Preditors and Editors Book Publisher Listings
- eHarlequin - Learn to Write
- Historical Romance Club
- Rom Critters - Critique Group
- HollyLisle.com - Great Resources, articles, workshops, free ebook downloads and more
- The Internet Writing Workshop - Critique group
- Romance Writer's World (RWW)
- Charlott Dillon's Resources for Romance Writer's
- Romance Writing Tips - MSN Group
- Agent Query - Online Agent Database
- The Agent List
- Authorlink.com About Editors-Agents-Writer's-Books-Author's
- The Muse Online Writers Conference - Online conference
- Character Building Workshop
- Tara K. Harper Writer's Workshop
- He Wrote, She Wrote: How To Write Workshop
- Vivian's Notebook
- Author Mia Zachary - Great Resources
- Writing in the Margins The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation - Link to order the book, but website has links to grammer rules, resources, articles and a newsletter
- Lisa Gardner - Lisa has a great lecture packet, The Dreaded Synopsis
- Critique Circle - A really nice critique forum. You have to register, but it's free. They also offer a paid membership, but the free one is just as good.
- WriteRomance Critique Group
- Historical Fiction Books Forum
- Novel Sisterhood (Forum)
- Novel Sisterhood (Yahoogroup)
- Rose Colored Glasses (Yahoogroup)
- Write,Read,Romance (Forum)
- WriteReadRomanceWriters (Yahoogroup)
- Cynthia Sterling Market News - This is the best market newsletter I've ever come across. If you don't do anything else, make sure you sign up for this newsletter. Publishers Lunch (paid & free)
- Funds for Writers
- Fiction Factor
- Freelance Writing Organization
- Literary Liaisons
- The Write Way
- The Writer Gazette
- Write Success
- Writer's Digest Newsletter(s) - there are several Romantic Times Newsletter
- All About Romance
- Literary Liaisons
- Scribe & Quill Newsletter
- Vision A Resource For Writers (online newsletter)
- FinishTheDarnBook-writers support group
- RW-C - Charlotte Dillon's group. Also, check out her romance writers resource website. This is a great starting point, one that helped me in the beginning (and still does). Charlotte also offers a critique group.
- Carmel's Group
- Western Romance Writers - also offers Western Romance Wrtiter's critique group
- Marketing for Romance Writers - also offers free courses
- Samhain Cafe
- Wester Romance Writers - and critique group, too
- World Romance Writers
- Writers Resource Central
- Contest Alert
- Earthly Charms
- Edit Tips
- WRW - World Romance Writers
- Romance Contests
- Bookends, LLC - right now Bookends agent Jessica Faust is offering a FREE Pitch critique.
- The Knight Agency
- The Rejecter
- Single Titles
- Miss. Snark
- Lit Agent X
- Writer Beware!
- Cruse'n With Lonnie
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Believe me, I miss my RWA Membership. I miss the sister chapters I belonged to. I miss the camaraderie and I miss the RWR (Romance Writer Report), which is RWA's official monthly Newsletter, which is chock full of valuable information. It lists the current market changes, upcoming contests, contest winners, who's had their first sale and just about everything else you can think of. Joining RWA is the best thing an aspiring romance writer can do to learn and grow in her or his writing career. But, sometimes things happen. They just do. You, your husband or God forbid, you both get laid off. The business or corporation you work for go under. Someone falls ill. There are a million and one things that can happen and when/if it does, you're forced to prioritize.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had the misfortune to find herself in this position. Hopefully, it's temporary and before long, I'll be able to join RWA again. But, until then, what do you do? How do you learn and grow and keep up with the highly competitive romance writing industry? Believe it or not, there are a LOT of things you can do. Just because you're not a RWA member doesn't mean it's the end of the world. It doesn't mean that you won't have the same opportunities and tools that a RWA member has. It only means that you'll have to take a different route to find them.
The opportunities are out there. There are lots of romance writing groups and lists and many offer free writing courses and workshops. They have author and agent speakers, offer up tips, articles, advice and just about anything else you can think of. But what about contests? Are the only contests available to romance writers RWA sponsored contests? The answer is no. There are quite a few contests available these days that are not RWA sponsored. And a perfect example is the two contests I've been talking about the past few weeks here on my blog.
Six years ago when I first started writing romance, I didn't know that other contests, like the ones I just mentioned, existed. And maybe at that time they didn't. Or maybe they did but I just never knew about them. Whatever the reason, I discovered that they do indeed exist. And, the majority of them are free. Sure, there are RWA contests offered for non-members, but there's still the entry fee. And those fees can add up. And if you're unable to afford the entry fee, much less the $100 RWA first time enrollment fee just to become a member, this is the route to go.
Besides the many non-RWA writers lists and egroups and courses available, there are also non-RWA contests available. And, these contests are just as good or BETTER than some of the RWA sponsored ones. And, as with the RWA sponsored contests, they're also great opportunities to get your MS in front of an editor and/or agent.
Take Leah Michaels and Rachelle Chases' Chase the Dream Contest. Both Leah and Rachelle are established, well known, published authors. They know they're stuff. I was honored to have my little 1,000 word entry critiqued by them. And, who better to get a critique and get advice from than published, well established authors like Leah Michaels and Rachelle Chase? I learned a lot, possibly more in that critique than I learned in a long time. And, not only is that, IMHO, an invaluable experience, just the fact that they (and other contests put together by other well established authors) have a wonderful line-up of judges is reason enough to enter.
This is one of the best ways for a pre-published author to get noticed, whether your a member of RWA or not. This is a way to get your manuscript in front of an editor and/or agent without the help of a RWA sponsored contest. Just look at the line-up of judges for this years Chase the Dream Contest:
- PAULA EYKELHOF, Executive Editor, Harlequin Everlasting
- HILARY SARES, Editor, Kensington Publishing
- RAELENE GORLINSKY, Publisher, Elloras Cave and Cerridwen Press
- ELAINE ENGLISH, of Elaine P. English PLLC — Attorney and Literary Agent
- CHERYL FERGUSON, of Ferguson Literary Agency — Literary Agent
- CHRISTINE WITTHOHN, Agent, Book Cents Literary Agency
Not too shabby, aye?
End of Part 1
Because this post ended up being so long, I decided to split it into two separate ones. Please check back in a couple of days for part 2 of my article on Resources for the Non-RWA Newbie
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Woo-hoo! I did it again - I made it to round #4 in Karin Tabke's First Line Contest! Yes!
Another week of waiting to look forward to. I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm just amazed!
My entry is #6 if you want to check it out.
Wish me luck - again!