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]

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.

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.

June 24, 2018 Meeting – Craft & Business Working Groups

By the popular vote of our members, our meeting on Sunday June 24th will be craft and business working groups! PLEASE bring your pages to be critiqued, your query letters to be workshopped, your marketing plans for your upcoming book launch, your newsletter and FB ad questions, and of course all of your knowledge to help your fellow writers. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 New England Readers’ Choice Awards!

Please join the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America® in congratulating the winners of this year’s New England Readers’ Choice Awards!

 

CONTEMPORARY – LONG

1st place: Shelly Alexander, It’s In His Arms (Red River Valley #4)

2nd place: Rose Grey*, Waiting for You (Durrell Brothers #1)

3rd place: Maria K. Alexander, Awaken My Heart (Tangled Hearts #3) and Jo McNally, She’s Far from Hollywood

 

CONTEMPORARY – SHORT

1st place: Jen Doyle*, Holiday House Call (Calling It series)

2nd place: Kate James, Home to Stay (San Diego K-9 Unit #4)

3rd place: Angela Quarles, Earning It

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

1st place: Kilby Blades, Snapdragon

2nd place: Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity

3rd place: Karen Stivali, Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5)

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

1st place: Patricia Barletta*, Moon Shadow (Book #2 Auriano Curse series)

2nd place: Abigail Dane, The Viscount and the Valet

3rd place (tie): Lisa Berne, The Laird Takes a Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty #2) and Michelle Sinclair, Never Kiss a Highlander

 

NOVELLA

1st place: Miranda Liasson, Can’t Miss Christmas (Mirror Lake Christmas series)

2nd place: Nancy Herkness, Second To None (Second Glances series)

3rd place: Maria K. Alexander, Believe In My Heart (Tangled Hearts #4)

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI/TIME TRAVEL

1st place: Nadine Mutas, To Enthrall the Demon Lord (Love and Magic #4)

2nd place: Gabi Stevens, Mystic

3rd place: Saharra K. Sandhu, Fire in Ice: Tale of the Dragon Rider

 

ROMANCE WITH RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS

1st place: Dana R. Lynn, Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1)

2nd place: Dana R. Lynn, Amish Christmas Abduction (Amish Country Justice #3)

3rd place: Karen Foley, A Hummingbird Christmas (Glacier Creek #1)

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

1st place: Abbie Roads, Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1)

2nd place: Sarah Andre, Capturing the Queen

3rd place: Katie Reus, Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1)

 

SHORT STORY

1st place: Gina Conkle, To Steal a Viking Bride

2nd place: Sionna Fox*, Etudes, in Symphony Amore: Erotic Stories of Love and Music

3rd place (tie): Jean C. Joachim, The House-Sitter’s Christmas and Madame de Boudoir, King of the Sea

 

YOUNG ADULT

1st place: Ann Gallagher, Having Her Back

2nd place: Meg Kassel, Black Bird of the Gallows

3rd place: C. C. Hunter, The Mortician’s Daughter

 

GRAND PRIZE ($250 certificate from Barclay Publicity)

Dana R. Lynn, Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1)

 

* denotes a NECRWA member

May 20, 2018 Meeting – Lend Me Your Ears: Getting Started in Audiobooks, with Amy DeLuca

Lend Me Your Ears: Getting Started in Audiobooks

Interested in turning your novels into audiobooks? How difficult is it? How much does it cost? How do you find the right narrator? Author and audiobook narrator Amy Patrick has been on both sides of the equation and offers tips for getting started, from selecting the right narrator to working with your narrator/producer to where and how to sell the finished product.

BIO:

Amy DeLuca has been writing professionally since three weeks after college gradation, working as a TV news anchor/reporter in four different states–Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and Rhode Island. Then she retired from writing true stories and started making them up. Hers have way more kissing.