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.
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:
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/
Wishing everyone a happy start to 2019 and hoping to see you at conference!
2019 Conference Chair
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.
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
How important is social media?
Reader groups/street teams
Pitching you vs pitching your book
Hiring a publicist
Working with a traditional publisher on publicity + marketing
Helping your publisher help you
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].
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.
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.
Canva 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!
• 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.
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.
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!
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
1st place: Kilby Blades, Snapdragon
2nd place: Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity
3rd place: Karen Stivali, Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5)
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
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)
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)
1st place: Abbie Roads, Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1)
2nd place: Sarah Andre, Capturing the Queen
3rd place: Katie Reus, Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1)
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
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