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

By Jon Tandler and Taylor John, Sherman & Howard L.L.C. (1)
Posted 2/22/2023

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Bankruptcy of a Book Publisher: Basics for Authors

By Jon Tandler, Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Updated version published in February 15, 2023

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Chapter Spotlight: Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers

Highlighting RWA chapters

by Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers chapter
Posted 1/31/2023

Welcome to the Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers. Fondly known as A2P, we are an online chapter of RWA.

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The Literary Caldo Is Simmering

Welcoming a different type of story

By Cherisa I. Jerez
Posted 1/31/2023

I quit. After almost seventeen years as a military officer and operations leader, I closed my eyes, held my breath, and plunged into the bottomless, inky-black waters of a writing career with no life raft, no dingy—not even a doughnut-shaped water-wheely to wrap around my chest and float to safety.

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The Clowning Linguist: How to Write Comedy

Tips and techniques to writing romantic comedy

By Sarina Dorie
Posted 1/31/2023

When I was a child, my younger sister used to have perfect comedic timing with her comebacks. She also used to get in trouble for being sassy. Despite the consequences of my sister’s jokes, I was so jealous of how sarcastic, quick-witted, and funny she naturally was. I had to work hard at jokes, thinking ideas over in my head and jotting my ideas down in my introverted way. I still keep a notebook of funny ideas so I don’t forget them. A lot of those ideas make it into my books.

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Publishing with a Small Press

Is publishing with a small press right for you?

by Katherine Smits
Posted 1/31/2023

Years ago, I joined a local RWA chapter and met mentors who helped and supported me to finish my novel. Thanks to Sunshine State Romance Writers, I knew what I wanted to do when I was ready to submit. (Unfortunately, the chapter folded several years ago.)

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Chapter Spotlight: Southern Magic Chapter

Highlighting RWA chapters

by Southern Magic chapter
Posted 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 Birmingham, “Magic City,” which the city earned because of its growth between 1881 and 1920. We strive to promote excellence in romantic fiction through educational opportunities to improve both our members’ writing and their marketing skills. Those educational opportunities include everything from individuals sharing their experiences to more formal workshops with experts in various fields.

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Making Contact: First Steps in Media Coverage

How to court media coverage

By Dayna M. Reidenouer
Posted on 12/14/2022

In my previous article, I discussed how to find organizations that align with the themes of your writing to create visual content for your social media pages and websites. Once you have the ideas and are beginning to put plans for collaborations in place, you’ll need to court media coverage.
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“No”: A Small Word with Big Impact

Increase productivity and decrease your stress by using one simple word

By Tenesha L. Curtis
Posted on 12/14/2022

Time management is a critical component of any successful authorship. Writing that’s rushed and messy will be more difficult to sell, and readers will be less satisfied with it. Writing that is so slow that a single novel takes multiple years to complete may leave fans waiting so long that they start to turn their attention to other writers who can give them more of the content they love in a faster time frame. Finding and holding on to a sweet spot means blocking out distractions so that your writing time remains sacred.
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Growth from Career Disappointments

How to handle career disappointments and setbacks

By Debayan Dasgupta
Posted on 12/14/2022

I am usually quite all over the place. In fact, I am spilling my coffee on my pajamas as I type this. There are few topics on which I hold any kind of expertise, but this one, right here, I sure know a thing or two about.
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Dress up Your Stories with Touchstones

Use touchstones to make your story stand out

By Virginia McCullough
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, she should sell this valuable piece of art to kick-start a new life, but Drew is determined to hang on to this painting for as long as she can. Preferably forever.
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