June 23, 2019 Meeting – The Power of Author Collaboration: Working Together to Increase Discoverability in Niche Genres with T.B. Markinson

T.B. MArkinson One of the biggest mistakes that authors can make is looking at other authors in their genre as competition instead of as a powerful tool for collaboration and success. The truth is that readers are hungry to discover new books and authors, especially when they are fans of niche genres with few sources of marketing. By working closely with other authors in your sub or niche genres, it’s possible for everyone to benefit.

BIO:

T. B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

May 19, 2019 Meeting – History Ever After: Fabricated Historical Chronotopes in Romance Genre Fiction with Jennifer Hallock

Jennifer Hallock headshotOver eighty percent of bestselling historical romance books published in the first half of 2018 were set in Britain, either during the 19th century or the medieval period. These two fabricated chronotopes are selectively accurate to history and narrowly focused on high ranks of the nobility—in other words, they are “escapism.” This presentation will consider what escapism means in this context, who it serves, and who it harms. While any reader can enjoy a good duke Regency every once in a while, the net impact of the most popular chronotopes may be to corrode our understanding of history, marginalize anyone writing from a wider palette of settings and characters, and exclude authors of color.

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 an uncooperative mutt.

Call for Goldrick Service Award Nominations

Each year at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, we present the Goldrick Service Award to a deserving New England Chapter member.

The Goldrick, first awarded in 1996, is given in honor of the late Bob Goldrick who, along with his wife Emma, wrote as Emma Goldrick for Harlequin. They were longtime chapter members who generously volunteered their time, knowledge, and help to the chapter and their fellow members. Upon his death, it was decided to create a service award that would annually celebrate a member whose contribution to the chapter exemplified the service and cooperation among fellow writers that so characterized Bob’s legacy.

The Board encourages the membership to nominate any member they feel promotes the best of what the chapter is about, in particular those who have given their time, energy, and emotional/mental stamina to the chapter, especially those unsung members who so quietly give of themselves. Current Board members are not eligible.

The Board will review all the nominations and choose a recipient. The award will be presented to the winner in a special presentation during the conference.. There is no formal nomination submission process for the award. You can simply email or mail your nominations to any member of the board. However, please include a detailed statement as to why you have nominated a particular member since this will help the Board during the selection process.

If you have any questions, contact NECRWA’s President.

The Board looks forward to receiving your nominations.

Past award recipients are:

2017-18: Kristen Strassel
2016-17: Myretta Robens
2015-16: Sandy Tabor
2014-15: Mary Reiber
2013-14: Valerie Harris
2012-13: Myretta Robens
2011-12: Hannah Howell
2010-11: Tara Holt
2009-10: Jessica Smith
2008-09: Barbara Keiler
2007-08: Cathryn Parry
2006-07: Liana Dalton
2005-06: Jessica Andersen
2004-05: Lesley Matthews
2003-04: Barbara Wallace
2002-03: Katy Cooper and Cindy Jachrimo (joint recipients)
2001-02: Lori Lotti
2000-01: Michelle Drosos
1999-00: Betsy Eliot
1998-99: Blanche Marriott
1997-98: Terri Pino
1996-97: Neringa Bryant and Jo Ann Ferguson (joint recipients)

April 14, 2019 Meeting – How To Meet Your Biggest Writing Goals with Sarra Cannon

We all want to do big things in our careers, but in order to be a big success, we have to juggle so many different things. It can be overwhelming, and sometimes, it can feel like we’re busy all the time but not actually moving forward. In this workshop, author Sarra Cannon shows you how to focus in on the most important items on your to-do list and start conquering those big writing goals you’ve had on your vision board for years.

BIO:

Sarra Cannon is the indie author of more than twenty-five Young Adult contemporary fantasy novels, including her bestselling Shadow Demons Saga. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

With close to three-quarters of a million books sold, Sarra is also passionate about helping fellow authors learn to self-publish in a way that puts joy and creativity at the forefront. She is the host of the successful YouTube channel and blog Heart Breathings, where she talks about everything from productivity to plotting. Sarra lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

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.