“Covering” Our Books

Musing of an indie author virgin

By Sydney Brianna
Posted 7/25/2023

We are not supposed to judge, but we do. Stores line bookshelves with eye-catching depictions that beg to be picked up, admired, and—in a perfect world—purchased. In the big business that is selling our books, the artwork surrounding the manuscript is almost as important as the creative work inside because it is the component that draws the reader’s gaze. All of us in this industry know it. Thus, selecting a dynamic cover that will help catapult your work to stratospheric sales is at the forefront of most authors’ minds. Because if they buy it, they will read it and love it, right?

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Message from the President - July 2023 RWR

Happy July! As I sit here post conference looking at the dreaded blank page, I have a confession. I struggle most months with deciding what to say in my messages to the RWA membership. But this month as I recover from jet lag after the RWA2023 conference, I am happy to tell you all, I know what to share.

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Tension: Where the Past, Present, and Future Collide

How to write a page-turner that will keep your reader riveted till the end

By Joy Hammond
Posted 7/25/2023

Tension is about the tenses: the past (experience), the present (decision/action time), and the future (expectations) collide together to form a question or questions that grip the reader (page-turner).

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Revising Romance: A Layered Approach to Editing

Elevate your early draft into a romance designed to capture your reader’s heart

By Elise Chidley
Posted 7/25/2023

So, you’ve finished the first draft of your romance novel. Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back, reward yourself with your favorite latte from that cute barista who always draws a heart in the foam, but don’t crack open the champagne just yet. The real work has yet to begin—and revision is where the magic happens.

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Marketing Tips for Romance Writers

When and how to start marketing your book

By Jan Goldberg
Posted 7/25/2023

The big question: When is it time to engage in marketing?

Sometimes, authors write their book (or books) and then begin to think about how to market it (or them). Is that the best approach? When is the right time to begin performing marketing for your book?

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News & Updates - July 2023

Check out the Policy Advisory Committee's monthly column, "News & Updates," rounding up news and articles of importance to writers.

Posted 7/7/2023

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Those Characters We So Lightly Call Secondary

Enrich your story with secondary characters

by Virginia McCullough
Posted 6/30/2023

Think about your favorite movie or series and call up a secondary character—or, as I prefer to call them, the so-called secondary character. Really, would whatever movie or series you chose hold a place in your heart without that character? In books, it’s the same principle. Those of us writing series, a group that includes a vast number of romance authors, rely heavily on secondary characters. Along with other genres, we have good reasons for carefully shaping secondary characters because they often turn up as our protagonists in subsequent books in a series. In fact, one of the best compliments we get as romance writers occurs when a reviewer says, “I hope we see Corinna again,” or, “I’m looking forward to Carter’s story.”

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Base-Hit-Style Book Pitching: Or, Hit ‘em Where They Ain’t

Picking the right team for your book

By Janet W. Butler
Posted 6/30/2023

People who “speak baseball,” as we do in our family, have a wealth of slang particular to that sport and some terminology that can be—to put it mildly—a little confusing.

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Making Sense of Sensitivity Readers

What are sensitivity readers, and do you need one?

By October K. Santerelli
Posted 6/30/2023

Representation matters. There’s been a huge surge of authors wanting to include diverse viewpoints and characters in their stories the past few years, and it is beautiful. It’s amazing how many books are on the shelves these days featuring or written by minorities, when a decade ago it seemed like there were only a handful. There are more options in the market today than there have ever been.

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Message from the President - June 2023 RWR

Happy summer! I am in full conference prep mode. I can’t wait to get to Anaheim and feel the energy that a room full of like-minded romance authors puts out. I swear you could run a car on all those positive vibes! This year has already been busy in the publishing world, and it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down any time soon. Changes are coming hard and fast. Taking a week out to just immerse myself in such a connected environment and fill the well is going to be very important.

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News & Updates - June 2023

Check out the Policy Advisory Committee's monthly column, "News & Updates," rounding up news and articles of importance to writers.

Read more...
 
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