Congratulations to 2019 New England Readers’ Choice Finalists!

Please join the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America® in congratulating the finalists in the 2019 New England Readers’ Choice contest! At the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 27, 2019 we will be announcing winners in each category, as well as the winner of our Grand Prize: a $250 gift certificate from Penny Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts!

ROMANCE SHORT STORY

*Elizabeth Chatsworth, Ten Minutes Past Teatime

Piper Malone, Fabulously Tanked

Charissa Weaks, “Silver Heart” in Once Upon the Longest Night

ROMANCE NOVELLA

Barbara Lohr, Christmas Dreams and Santa Schemes

*Jess Vonn, The Summer I Saw You

*L. A. Witt, Christmas Homecoming

EROTIC ROMANCE

V. H. Luis, Fading to Black

*L. A. Witt, Once Burned

*L. A. Witt, Sink or Swim

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Grace Callaway, Enter the Duke

Margaret Locke, The Legendary Duke

Margaret Mallory, Kidnapped by a Rogue

ROMANCE WITH RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS

Oliva Rae, Adoration

Laura Scott, Primary Suspect

Sherri Shackelford, No Safe Place

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI/TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE

Cara Crescent, Wretched

Marie Johnston, A Shifter’s Second Chance

Allie Marie, Hands of the Healer

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Toni Anderson, Cold Blooded

Bev Pettersen, Along Came a Cowboy

Cari Z. and *L. A. Witt, Double or Nothing

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

Kilby Blades, Friended

Julia Day, Fade to Us

*Marissa Doyle, Between Silk and Sand

SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Marie Johnston, Rancher in Training

Heather Novak, Headlights, Dipsticks, and My Ex’s Brother

Radclyffe, Dangerous Waters

LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Penny Jaeger, Dearly Beloved

Sandra Owens, Just Jenny

J. N. Welsh, In Tune

* denotes a NECRWA member

March 17, 2019 Meeting – How the RITA Awards Have Shaped Romancelandia with Corrina Lawson

Corinna Lawson headshot
For the past year, Corrina Lawson has been systematically reading all the RWA RITA Award winners and examining them for trends and influences on the current day romance genre books. The Great RITA Read series can be found at the B&N Reads blog.

BIO

Corrina Lawson is a former newspaper reporter, a mom of four, and the author of nine published books, including a steampunk and a superhero series. She is currently the content director of GeekMom.com.

February 17, 2019 Meeting – Author-At-Large: Face-to-Face Marketing for Fairs, Expos, and Conferences with Satin Russell

Author-At-Large: Face-to-Face Marketing for Fairs, Expos, and Conferences

In this presentation, Satin Russell will cover how events can be a useful way to build your readership and author network, how to find various events, and tips for having a successful and profitable experience. She’ll also discuss the importance of thinking outside the box when looking for shows to attend.
BIO:
Satin Russell is the author of The Harper Sisters Series, a romantic suspense trilogy set in Bath, Maine. Other than writing, she loves getting out and meeting readers and potential fans. Last year, she did quite a few events and is eager to share what she’s learned with her fellow writers in this fun and informative workshop.

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER [January 20, 2019 Meeting – Goal-Setting]

Goal-Setting for the New Year

Bring your best tips and tricks for goal-setting, techniques for staying on top of your goals, apps you like for writing/keeping track of timelines/word counts/etc, and any newsletters or YouTube channels you subscribe to that help keep you motivated or inspire you. We’ll share and discuss, and will collect your ideas into a page on the chapter’s website of helpful resources.

Early bird registration is open for the NECRWA19 Conference!

Registration for NECRWA’s 2019 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference is open! Take advantage of early bird rates ($224 NECRWA member/$244 non-member) and installment payment plans by registering before February 1, 2019.

NECRWA19 will feature:

  • Three amazing speakers: Keynote Speaker Sonali Dev, Luncheon Speaker Penny Reid, and a Friday Master Class with Damon Suede
  • A fantastic lineup of agents and editors who are eager to hear your pitches
  • A diverse schedule of business, craft, and writer’s life workshops (more details to come!)
  • The opportunity to participate in our literacy signing event for readers on Friday night
  • A variety of sponsorship opportunities to get your author brand or business in front of authors and readers
  • Mini Indie UnCon/PAN breakout session and open Writers’ room will be available on Saturday night until 11pm

This year we are pleased to be able to offer five $100 grants for registration fees to conference registrants in financial need who either have not been to the NECRWA conference before, or who have not attended in the last two years (i.e. last attended 2016 or before). If you are interested in applying and meet the qualifications, please fill out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/wlmdT6LXByNVVv1j2. The deadline to apply for a grant is 1/21/2019. You will be notified by 1/25/19, so you will still have time to sign up for early bird pricing and our installment plan. Questions? Email Stephanie Kay at [email protected]necrwa.org

Wishing everyone a happy start to 2019 and hoping to see you at conference!

Sionna Fox
2019 Conference Chair
[email protected]

November 18, 2018 Meeting – Beyond the ‘Zon presented by Alexis Anne

Beyond the ‘Zon: Breaking Out and Building a Diverse Income Stream

Presented by: Alexis Anne

What if I told you Amazon wasn’t the only place to sell your books? And that sometimes you can sell better in other countries? Or that there are other ways to reach new readers other than flinging yourself into the Amazon and social media void? Three years ago I was fed up with being just another author in a sea of authors trying to be seen. That’s when I got a piece of advice that completely changed the way I looked at my books, helped me break out, and grow a diverse stream of income over several book retailers. Stop focusing on Amazon.

The most obvious marketplace is the Amazon.com store in the good old United States. It’s the biggest, filled with the most voracious readers, they sell more books. But it’s also the easiest place to get lost in sea of books. So…

Who else is reading? Where is the ebook and indie market just starting to catch on? It’s easier to “break out” and be seen when you’re one of the few authors instead of one of thousands. There’s also more places to sell your books than to Kindle readers.

In this workshop I’ll walk you through the different retailers, their strengths and weaknesses, emerging markets, and how to rethink targeting your book to readers.

October 21, 2018 Meeting – “Markicity” 101 presented by Jessie Edwards

Workshop in a Box: Markicity 101

Presented by: Jessie Edwards, RWA Marketing and PR Manager

Congratulations, your book will soon be in the world for readers to enjoy! Now is not the time to sit back and relax, though–how will readers know your book is available to be enjoyed if you haven’t told anyone about it? In this workshop, we will discuss a basic overview of where to start in terms of marketing and publicity, or “markicity.” We’ll take a look at your most important marketing and publicity tools, community-building strategies, pitching–your book and you, how to determine what to spend your time on, as well as some tips for working with a traditional publisher to enhance their efforts.

What is Markicity?
Most Important Marketing Tools
Website
Email newsletter
Building Community
How important is social media?
Networking
Reader groups/street teams
Pitching you vs pitching your book
Reviews
Trend pieces
Blogs
Hiring a publicist
Events
Working with a traditional publisher on publicity + marketing
Timeline
Expectations
Helping your publisher help you

NECRWA19 Conference Is Now Accepting Workshop Submissions!

The NECRWA19 Conference, to be held April 26-27, 2019 in Burlington, MA, is accepting workshop proposals now through October 19th.

Pitch us your best! Do you have an amazing workshop? We are looking for a wide variety of panels and instructional sessions that will appeal to authors of all sub-genres and levels of experience. We especially encourage Authors of Color, LGBTQ+ authors, and otherwise marginalized authors to pitch us. Please fill out the submission form at https://goo.gl/forms/q6vpEkBDqTg0bIt52. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tamsen Parker, our workshop chair, at [email protected].

September 16, 2018 Meeting – Using the 4-D Wheel to Build Character Conflict with Sionna Fox

The 4-D Wheel was originally created by world-renowned sex therapist Gina Ogden as a tool for helping her patients rewrite the stories of their problems by considering the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their issues while physically walking a circle around a four-quadrant wheel. What started as an intuitive practice has now been supported by neuroscientific findings about neural networks and the way our brains are “wired for story.” When we change the stories we tell ourselves, we can foster change in our bodies and minds.

What does this mean for your characters? By approaching their conflicts from 4 dimensions, we can deepen their conflicts, and better understand the motivations that stem from them. By having your characters rewrite the stories around their past pains–their hole-heartedness, their voids–you can bring them to a more satisfying happily ever after.

BIO:

Sionna Fox is an author of sweet/hot HEAs, die-hard romance fan, and lover of things nerdy and twee. She has a small problem with washi tape and planner stickers, and tagging her in anything involving foxes, llamas, or women in suits is a surefire way to her heart.

August 19, 2018 Meeting – Can-Do Canva for Writers with Jennifer Hallock

Headshot of romance author Jennifer HallockCanva is an online graphic design tool that can help you create book teasers, promos, covers, slides, and more. Learn how to make this software work for you—for free!

Topics include:
• the best templates to use for everything from social media to series pitches;
• how to work around some of Canva’s awkward defaults;
• a free plug-in to color match any element;
• branding with colors, transparencies, logos, & images;
• using your own free graphics instead of their paid ones;
• overlays that make your text pop;
• and much more!
Bring your computers to this practical workshop, good for everyone from beginners to advanced content creators.

BIO:

Jennifer Hallock spends her days teaching history and her nights writing historical happily-ever-afters. She has lived and worked in the Philippines, but she currently writes at her little brick house on a New England homestead—kept company by her husband, a growing flock of chickens, and a border collie mutt puppy who likes to chew computer power cords.