The 2017 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference will be held on April 7-8 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. Check out our Facebook page for the latest announcements about speakers, workshops and workshop submissions, agents and editors, and more.
So you’ve written a book, now what? Where do you start your revisions? How can you analyze your book to know the revisions you make are the right ones? In this workshop, we’ll talk about using a storyboard to analyze your book and plan your revisions.
Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door.
Are you stuck in your manuscript? Searching for new ideas? Anxious to talk to other writers about what you’re working on? We’ll breakup into small groups on June 26 and talk about our work. It is not necessary to bring pages, but do so if you think it will be helpful. Just be prepared to talk about your work or help someone else brainstorm theirs.
Representatives of Instafreebie (https://www.instafreebie.com/) will give a workshop on using their service to build your audience by giving away free copies.
First Place Tie: Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cage
First Place Tie: Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cuff
Second Place: VL Locey: Clean Sweep
Third Place Tie: Christina James – Desire Me
Third Place Tie: Renea Mason – Cursing Doctor Vincent
First Place: Tanya Michaels – Falling for the Sheriff
Second Place: Heidi Hormel – The Surgeon and the Cowgirl
Third Place: Kathy Lyons – The Player Next Door
First Place: Katrina Snow – Forbidden
Second Place: Joanna Shupe – The Courtesan Duchess
Third Place Tie:Brooke Newton – Letting Myself Go
Third Place Tie:Nancy Raven Smith – Land Sharks: a Swindle in Sumatra
First Place: Nancy Herkness – The CEO Buys In
Second Place: Cathryn Parry, The Secret Garden
Third Place Tie: Lauren Gallagher – The Saint’s Wife
Third Place Tie: Holly Jacobs – Carry Her Heart
Leslie Jones – Night Hush
Second Place: Marta Perry – Where Secrets Sleep
Third Place: Cate Beauman – Reagan’s Redemption
First Place: Crista McHugh – Tell Me True
Second Place: Tanya Michaels – New Year’s Resolution: Just a Fling
Third Place Tie: Karen Rock – Winter Wedding Bells: The Kiss
Third Place Tie: Marie Tuhart – Red Club Temptation
First Place: Joanna Shupe – The Lady Hellion
Second Place: Meg Hennessy – A Pirate’s Command
Third Place Tie: Anna Campbell – A Scoundrel by Moonlight
Third Place Tie: LR Olson – A Dangerous Temptation
First Place: Angela Quarles – Must Love Chainmail
Second Place: Allie Marie – Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story
Third Place Tie: Angela Quarles – Steam Me Up, Rawley
Third Place Tie: Katrina Snow – Forbidden
Cynthia Johnson, writing as Evelyn Richardson, fell in love with the Regency period when she first discovered “Pride and Prejudice” stuck at home on a snow day in junior high school. She has followed that interest through college (where she wrote her honors thesis on Fanny Burney) and graduate school, and continues to indulge herself with membership in the American Society for Eighteenth Century studies and writing Regency set historical novels.
Cynthia has also been a librarian and library administrator for many years, which is reflected in her meticulous period bibliography and lists of reference resources. Living in the Boston area, she has access to, and haunts (electronically or in person) several of the country’s major research libraries.
Find her at evenlynrichardson.net
We will also take part of this meeting to discuss what to expect at the conference.
Winners will be announced at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference Awards Breakfast
Christina James – Desire Me
VL Locey – Clean Sweep
Renea Mason – Cursing Doctor Vincent
Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cage
Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cuff
Heidi Hormel – The Surgeon and the Cowgirl
Tanya Michaels – Falling for the Sheriff
Kathy Lyons – The Player Next Door
Brooke Newton – Letting Myself Go
Joanna Shupe – The Courtesan Duchess
Nancy Raven Smith – Land Sharks: a Swindle in Sumatra
Katrina Snow – Forbidden
Lauren Gallagher – The Saint’s Wife
Nancy Herkness – The CEO Buys In
Holly Jacobs – Carry Her Heart
Cathryn Parry – The Secret Garden
Cate Beauman – Reagan’s Redemption
Leslie Jones – Night Hush
Marta Perry – Where Secrets Sleep
Tanya Michaels – New Year’s Resolution: Just a Fling
Crista McHugh – Tell Me True
Karen Rock – Winter Wedding Bells: The Kiss
Marie Tuhart – Red Club Temptation
Anna Campbell – A Scoundrel by Moonlight
Meg Hennessy – A Pirate’s Command
LR Olson – A Dangerous Temptation
Joanna Shupe – The Lady Hellion
Allie Marie – Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story
Angela Quarles – Steam Me Up, Rawley
Angela Quarles – Must Love Chainmail
Katrina Snow – Forbidden
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 [email protected].
The board is looking forward to receiving your nominations.
Past award recipients are:
1996: Neringa Bryant and Jo Ann Ferguson (joint recipients)
1997: Terri Pino
1998: Blanche Marriott
1999: Betsy Eliot
2000: Michelle Drosos
2001: Lori Lotti
2002: Katy Cooper and Cindy Jachrimo (joint recipients)
2003: Barbara Wallace
2004: Lesley Mathews
2005: Jessica Andersen
2006: Liana Dalton
2007: Cathryn Parry
2008: Barbara Keiler
2009: Jessica Smith
2010: Tara Holt
2011: Hannah Howell
2012: Myretta Robens
2013: Valerie Harris
2014: Mary Reiber
2015: Sandy Tabor
If you write historical romance, part of what you are selling is the chance to live in someone else’s skin. Maybe your character is Marianne, a half-Jamaican hotelier seduced by a spy during the Crimean War; or Laura, a diplomat’s daughter who rescues a wounded American Marine in the Boxer Rebellion. Either way, flat descriptions from encyclopedias won’t cut it. You need to mine primary sources for the convincing details of everyday life. Where else will you learn how Marianne chased off a thief with her rusty horse pistol, primed only with coffee? Or how Laura saved her favorite white pony from becoming dinner for starving Americans in Beijing? This workshop is designed to introduce the writer to primary sources: how to find them, how to assess their reliability, and how to keep track of the information within them. The emphasis will be on free resources found online, including books, memoirs, newspaper articles, magazines, maps, photographs, and note-taking software. Any period of study is possible, but the best online materials are found for the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, including Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, British India, and American Western periods.
Jennifer Hallock is the author of the Sugar Sun Series, historical romance set during the Philippine-American War. 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 two geriatric border collie mutts. She spends her days teaching history and her nights writing historical happily-ever-afters. Before the internet made it easy, Jen worked as a fact-checker for several academic publications. She also researched and published an article on human trafficking for a peer-reviewed journal. These days she teaches generations of history students how to write research papers, and she has even helped a handful of these teenagers get their own work published.
This year, agents and editors at our conference will be reading the five pages in which your hero and heroine meet. Even if you’re not pitching, this is a great chance to get some feedback on this important moment in your book. Bring five copies of the first five pages where the heroine meets the hero.