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Message from the President - May 2023 RWR

Posted on 5/15/2023
I have a confession to make. I live in Northern New England, and my favorite season is not fall. I think fall is beautiful with the colors, and I do get that cozy cuddle in with a cup of tea and read a book vibe, but I don’t like the cold.

Chapter Spotlight: Connecticut Romance Writers Chapter

Posted on 5/15/2023
The Connecticut chapter of Romance Writers of America has been providing quality programming since 1981. Like so many other chapters, they are slowly bouncing back from the pandemic, and although it has taken its toll, it has also helped the chapter

Pen to Paper Guide Spotlight: Kathy L. Wheeler

Posted on 4/26/2023
Which side of the wall are you standing on? The “I write regularly and finish what I start” side, or the “I write slow, labor over every paragraph, sentence, word...

Chapter Spotlight: Coeur du Bois Chapter

Posted on 4/26/2023
The Coeur du Bois Chapter of RWA, known as CBC, was established in 1991. The chapter was co-founded by Robin Lee Hatcher, RWA’s President from 1992 to 1994...

Message from the President - April 2023 RWR

Posted on 4/21/2023
Where did April go? Here in New England the buds are budding, the grass is turning a vibrant shade of green, and the world is coming to life. Like with everything in nature, spring gives us the urge to deep clean and start fresh.

Industry News - April 2023

Posted on 4/12/2023
RWA's Policy Advisory Committee news and updates for April 2023.

Chapter Spotlight: Mosaic RWA

Posted on 3/15/2023
Mosaic CIM Romance Writers of America chapter is a brand-new online special interest chapter.

Pen to Paper Guide Spotlight: Patty Blount

Posted on 3/15/2023
Like most writers, I’d wanted to be an author since childhood. And, like most writers, I tried three or four (hundred) times to write a novel...

Chapter Spotlight: Los Angeles Romance Authors

Posted on 2/28/2023
Welcome to the Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) chapter of RWA.

Steps to Take if Your Publisher Is Ceasing Business Operations or Headed into Bankruptcy

Posted on 2/22/2023
This Article for Romance Writers of America sets forth steps a book author or novelist may take to help preserve authorial and legal rights, when it appears that the publisher...

Bankruptcy of a Book Publisher

Posted on 2/15/2023
Who would ever think that you as an author would need to be concerned with your book publisher going into bankruptcy? Consider the questions you might be pondering.

Chapter Spotlight: Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers

Posted on 1/31/2023
Welcome to the Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers. Fondly known as A2P, we are an online chapter of RWA.

Chapter Spotlight: Southern Magic Chapter

Posted on 12/14/2022
Hello from the Magicians of Southern Magic! The Southern Magic chapter (#178) is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and was established in December 1997. Yes, we’re celebrating our 25th year as a chapter. Our name is derived from the nickname for Birmingh

Dress up Your Stories with Touchstones

Posted on 11/29/2022
Drew Staunton is a 40-year-old widow. Because of the financial shenanigans of her husband’s once wealthy family, she’s also broke. If not for Cana Light, a painting of a lighthouse by a famous artist, she’d have nothing to call her own. Logically, sh

Think Global, Market Local

Posted on 11/29/2022
Content is crucial in the realm of social media. Reusable—evergreen—content is strategic. For authors who’d rather do something than fool around with Canva or the latest TikTok trend...

Keeping the Joy in Your Writing

Posted on 11/29/2022
There’s a popular quote from acclaimed writer and activist Gloria Steinem that says, “Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.” It’s simple and straightforward...

Manage Stress with a New Mindset

Posted on 11/29/2022
How many words? Agents? Query? Will they like it? Is it good? Is it bad? Feedback, feedback, and … feedback. We live a life of constant judgment and the frequent terms: “It’s just not for me;” “I like it, but I’m not the right fit;” or “It just needs

Chapter Spotlight: FF&P

Posted on 11/23/2022
What’s better than an enormous dragon, a hunky alien, and a sassy witch? The authors who write them, of course!

Turning Your Audiobooks into Gold

Posted on 10/26/2022
Romance audiobooks are experiencing a tremendous growth in popularity. According to the Audio Publishers Association, in 2021, in addition to overall audiobook production and sales having “double-digit growth”

Developing Your Characters Using Tarot and Astrology

Posted on 10/26/2022
Characters are the heart and soul of our stories; however, not everyone relishes the task of developing them. Some of us prefer to focus on landscapes, sexual tension, and dramatic plot twists. What we sometimes need reminding of, though, is once we

Chapter Spotlight: Kiss of Death

Posted on 10/26/2022
In 2022, Kiss of Death (RWA Mystery/Romantic Suspense Chapter #144) Celebrated our 30th Anniversary as a chapter in Washington D. C. ...

Live Your Best Author Life

Posted on 10/26/2022
Does your author career make you as happy as it once did? Balance is a critical variable of happiness, but happiness is subjective. We each face unique challenges that throw our day-to-day lives off balance, leaving us overwhelmed and sometimes disco

Three Critical Components of DIY Book Covers

Posted on 10/26/2022
Book covers are one of the more important aspects of your book when it comes to sales. If you’ve decided you’re going to create your...

Ghostwriting as a Career

Posted on 9/29/2022
After announcing that you are a writer, how often have you heard, “I have an idea for a book. You could write it for me.” Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has the fortitude it takes to keep their butt in a chair and pound out the words

Let's Discuss Dialogue Mechanics, She Shouted Gleefully!

Posted on 9/29/2022
If you’ve read past my title, it’s probably to find out if I know what dialogue mechanics are and how dialogue should look. I do. But as a freelance editor, the mechanics of punctuating around dialogue, not to mention our choice of tags, is often a m