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Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Recipients of the RWA Academic Research Grant

Posted on 8/1/2020
The RWA Academic Research Grant has extended monies to independent scholars for projects related to romance writing, reading, and cultural impact for the past fifteen years.

Who You Gonna Call? A Ghostwriter!

Posted on 5/6/2020
“To be, or not to be” may have been Hamlet’s question, but what readers have been asking ever since was whether Shakespeare truly authored this famous line, his humble origins inciting doubtful critics.

Yes, Freelance Creatives Can Have Financial Plans

Posted on 5/6/2020
The financial coach Dave Ramsey says, “There are more than fifteen million Americans who are self-employed, and many others who work on straight commission. That means these people deal with an irregular income on a regular basis.”

Protecting Your Mental Health When Working Solo

Posted on 5/6/2020
Humans are social creatures. For hundreds of thousands of years, we’ve lived in complex family units. Before World War II, it was still common for multiple generations of family members to live together...

Are You Taking Romantic Publicity “Travels”?

Posted on 5/6/2020
So there you are figuring out how to get your novel to a place where you’ll be the next Debbie Macomber or Suzi Weinert or Nora Roberts. Some of you may be nervous wrecks.

Let’s Get Emotional

Posted on 5/6/2020
I’m about to get emotional with you. Because, after all, emotion is at the heart of every great romance. Without it, our stories would read like textbooks.

Here’s to Your Health!

Posted on 4/7/2020
The cost of health coverage seems to be constantly increasing, and everyone is looking for ways to reduce their health care costs.

World Building: The Story’s Foundation

Posted on 4/7/2020
What is world building? After developing your characters and identifying the plot, world building is an essential element to a good story. It is the foundation and glue that binds the reader to the tale.

Side Hustles to Boost Your Income Stream

Posted on 4/7/2020
When it comes to writing, the opportunities for side hustles are endless—think beyond writing novels to new ways to generate income using writing as a foundation.

The Literary Craft of Accessibility

Posted on 4/7/2020
What makes an “easy read” easy? Why are some books so popular? The answers to these questions lie in the concept of accessibility. An “accessible” book is one that is easily understood...

Create Your Signature Workshop

Posted on 3/4/2020
For an author or professional, having a signature workshop is a great tool and calling card to increase visibility in the industry. The key to building a submission that will get you accepted into conferences—and invited to speak to fellow writers—be

Digital Housekeeping for Creativity

Posted on 3/4/2020
In the spring, many people greet the new season with a thorough housekeeping. Sweeping out the cobwebs is a wonderful way to revive our spirits after the long winter months. Spring also can be an excellent time to do a little digital housekeeping.

Robots Are Coming to Take Our Jobs

Posted on 3/4/2020
Since the first version of this article was submitted in early January, there have been two major developments regarding artificial intelligence and publishing. As someone who works at the bleeding edge of technology, I shouldn’t have been surprised.

Content Marketing Smarter, Not Harder

Posted on 3/4/2020
With authors taking on more and more marketing responsibilities—and with so many channels for reaching readers—it’s hard to know where to begin. Figuring it all out takes time and energy—time and energy you probably want to spend on your stories.

Find the Right Place for Your Project

Posted on 2/3/2020
When I started my romance-writing journey in 2000, most agents, editors, and publishers only wished to hear from aspiring authors in a very narrow and specific way.