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August 26, 2017: The Business End of Writing/Navigating Kindle Direct Publishing

The Business End of Writing

So you’ve written a book… now what? It’s not just publishing that book – it’s the entire world that revolves around it, a world of marketing, of business practices, and of branding yourself as an author. All things go hand-in-hand as USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Le Veque tells you what you need to know about what happens ‘after’ you write your novel. Treat your novel-writing as a business – because it is!

Navigating the Kindle Direct Publishing Platform and Kindle Unlimited

Charter Amazon All-Star Author Kathryn Le Veque takes you through the ins and outs of navigating the KDP platform. A large part of this discussion will involve understanding Kindle Unlimited, so bring your questions for this interactive workshop involving all things Kindle Direct Publishing.

About Kathryn Le Veque

Kathryn Le Veque is an American USA Today bestselling independent author of Historical Romance fiction novels. She is the author of over 60 historical romance novels, as well as ten contemporary romance novels. She is most known for writing The Dark One: Dark Knight, Rise of the Defender, The Wolfe, The Savage Curtain, and Island of Glass. Visit her at www.kathrynleveque.com.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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July 22, 2017: Strip Search Your Prose

Strip Search Your Prose

After an author has honed the big-picture areas in his manuscript—character, plot, stakes—it’s time to take a closer look at the details of the writing. This presentation encompasses an in-depth exploration of “microedit” areas—those places where authors may need to clarify, polish, and streamline their prose prior to seeking an agent or publisher, or indie publishing. This workshop covers the nitty-gritty areas of writing—both fiction and nonfiction—where, in more than twenty years as an editor, Tiffany Yates Martin seen many manuscripts need polish:

  • Tension and suspense
  • Pacing
  • Telegraphing/Stealing your own thunder
  • Show versus tell
  • Point of view
  • Tightening up the flab

She also does “live edits” in this workshop; this has been extremely popular. Authors read a page of their work, and she edits it on the spot, using a projector so that everyone can see the process, and demonstrating in action the concepts she has just presented (many of which almost uniformly turn up in most authors’ work). Anyone who’d like to participate should bring a printed page of their WIP, courage, and a sense of adventure.

About Tiffany Yates Martin

Tiffany Yates MartinTiffany Yates Martin has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. As a developmental editor she works both directly with authors through her editorial consulting company, FoxPrint Editorial, as well as through major publishing houses. As a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, she has worked with major New York publishers, among them Random House, the Penguin Group, and HarperCollins. She holds a BA in English Literature from Georgia State University and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., lunch is included in the fee. For RWA members, the meeting fee is $25 and for guests the fee is $30. Please reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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March 25, 2017: Sharon Hamilton

Recent changes in Facebook (FB) and FB advertising have affected visibility. Authors today need to do more to reach out to their readers, and many are finding a “captured” email list is the only way to get their message out to their fans.

But how do you maintain a newsletter that is interesting, looks good, and is opened? I’ve grown my newsletter from just under 1000 to over 32k in a little over 3 years’ time, and not by buying leads or subscriber lists, but from a variety of sources that encourages signups. I’ll share my methods–and realistically show you what did and didn’t work for me.

If you have specific questions, please submit them to your program chairman, Amylynn Bright, so I can tailor my remarks to exactly what you want to hear. Or, if you have any other questions about Indie publishing you want answered, I’ll be there to answer those questions too if we have time.

About Sharon HamiltonSharon Hamilton

Sharon Hamilton is a NYT and USA/Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun.

Sharon’s Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.

All of Sharon’s books are available on eBooks (most formats), print and Audible.

A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Visit Sharon on the web:
Author FB Page ** Sharon’s Blog ** Sharon’s Website ** Facebook ** Twitter  ** Goodreads
(New!)Sharon’s Online Store **Join Sharon Hamilton’s Newsletter

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February 25, 2017: Kristin Ashley

Indie vs. Traditional Publishing, Why I Adore One but Stay with Both

Kristen will give a brief history of her experience as a hybrid writer, starting out independently published, then taking on traditional contracts with Grand Central Publishing and St. Martin’s along with her self-published work. She’ll share what she feels are the pros and cons of each and what the future might bring. She’ll also invite attendees to share their own experiences, opinions and advice and ask questions.

Luck and Work, You Need Both

After writing for fifteen years and being rejected (or ignored) by every publishing house and agent she submitted to, Kristen will explain how she continued to write, submit, and lay the foundation of what would become a career where she (so far) has sold over two million books. At the end of the presentation, Kristen would be delighted to take questions about her journey.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashleyristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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January 28, 2017: Sara Megibow of kt literary

Making Money in Romance Publishing

Romance readers are voracious consumers so how do you match your romance novel with a business strategy to make money in romance publishing? Agent Sara will discuss profitable business strategy by evaluating formats, distribution and subsidiary rights. What role does social media play in profit and how do authors capitalize on that? How should each writer evaluate what’s best for their career based on their personality, how quickly they write, in what sub-genre they write and their backlist? How does an agent strategize for an author’s profit?

Query Letter Cold Reads

Those who follow Sara on Twitter know that she can quickly and succinctly provide her expert opinion on query letters. Saguaro Romance Writers will take advantage of that skill by having Sara provide feedback on cold reads of several query letters from SRW members and other event attendees as time allows.

Sara Megibow
Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow is a Literary Agent at kt literary with over 10 years experience in publishing. She represents New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance authors including Roni Loren, Ashlyn Macnamara, Tiffany Reisz, Maggie Wells and Jane Kindred. As an agent, Sara specializes in representing debut authors who write in these genres: middle grade, young adult, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Within the romance genre specifically, she represents absolutely all sub-genres of work, including (but not limited to!) contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, historical, erotica, new adult, young adult, and steampunk.

Director of Communications Info:
Here is a Pinterest board showing Sara’s romance authors and their books:
https://www.pinterest.com/saramegibow/saras-romance-authors-and-their-books/

Sara is on twitter @SaraMegibow where she tries hard to answer professional questions as time allows.

The kt literary website, including submission guidelines, clients, books and a helpful blog, is: www.ktliterary.com

Finally, Sara’s Publishers Marketplace site (sales, clients and more info) is here:
http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/SaraMegibow/

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October 22, 2016: Jessica Watterson (Special Event)

In the Trenches: Query Letters

The Saguaro Romance Writers are excited to welcome Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency to our October Special Event. She’ll provide an “in the trenches” look at all things query letters. Join us for tips, tricks and an inside look at the elements of a query letter and what makes a good one. Then she’ll put that advice into action with cold reads of several query letters from SRW members and other event attendees as time allows.

About Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson, Agent
Jessica Watterson
Jessica is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica has made books a serious part of her life for many years. During college, she started an indie review blog that has featured author interviews and has reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list. Jessica is actively building her list and is most interested in all genres of romance, especially historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal. She greatly enjoys romance novels with strong characters that jump right off the page and a plot that stays with the reader long after the book has finished.

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September 24, 2016: Pamela Tracy

War of the Words
Are adverbs really bad? And, just who gave the word “said” such a bad reputation? Besides writing for Harlequin and whoever else will snatch up her books, Pamela Tracy is an English professor who not only spends her romance writing hours wrangling with words, but she also spends her classroom hours instructing the next generation that “You can paint the world with words.” Come hear what she has to say about tags, repetition, and fragments. Wait! It’s not just what she says; the truth is in the pages of the books by our favorite authors.

Pamela Tracy
Pam Tracy

Pamela Tracy is an award-winning author who lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again – only this time – it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel. First published in 1999, she has since published more than thirty books/novellas and has sold more than a million copies. She’s written contemporary, historical and suspense – all in the romance genre. Her 2007 suspense, Pursuit of Justice, was a Rita finalist. Her 2009 suspense, Broken Lullaby, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the year award.

RWA 2016 National Conference Catch-up!

We had so many great stories to share about our experiences in San Diego that we couldn’t get to them all in August. From reader retention rates to all the swag and anything else we can squeeze into our second session, stop by and listen to more fantastic lessons from RWA 2016.

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Nov. 21: Kerri Buckley Acquiring Editor for Carina Press & Chapter Elections

In November, Kerri Buckley, editor with Carina Press, will be presenting two talks:

Carina Press 101/An Introduction to Carina Press

An in-depth look at the Carina Press publishing schedule, publishing plan, and team, as well as insight into what Carina has to offer authors, the marketing and promotion they invest in, and answers to your questions.

Self-Promotion for Authors: A Primer

Learn the main points authors can focus on to improve your marketing and publicity skills as you build your readership and sales.

About the Speaker

Kerri Buckley got her first taste of the great editorial adventure during an internship at The Feminist Press in 2001. Thoroughly hooked, she joined Bantam Dell where she edited both fiction and non-fiction for eight years. She was thrilled to go to work for Carina Press in May, 2013, which is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction single-title imprint, publishing first in digital, with releases in audio and print as well.

Kerri, on behalf of Carina Press, is actively acquiring across all genres. In particular, is interested in:

  •  Super Sexy Contemporary
  • Erotic Romance – 70,000 words and up
  • Male/Male Romance
  • Romantic Suspense: Real danger, high stakes, and/or total alphas
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Mysteries
  • New Adult
  • Historical Romance

For more information, visit  http://carinapress.com/blog/author/kerri_buckley/

November General Meeting & Elections

November is Saguaro Romance Writer’s official annual general meeting. It is also the month we will be adopting the new (mandatory) uniform RWA bylaws and holding elections for the 2016 SRW Officers and Directors.

See the member’s-only section of our website for more information.

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins includes lunch selected from a menu of three items during Saturday morning check-in. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting  .

LUNCH ORDERS ARE COLLECTED AT 10am. If you plan to be late, contact reservations@tucsonRWA.org so we will be prepared to order on your behalf.

This event takes place at our regular venue, the Clarion Hotel, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson & will include a chapter business meeting.

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October 24: Rod McKenna Johnson on Special Forces (program change)

Due to an emergency, Special Forces will be taking over the Saguaro Romance Writers meeting this Saturday!

In the morning, Rod McKenna Johnson will save the day by talking about what types of men become and survive Special Forces. What sort of outlook and focus will they have? What are the different types of special forces? Every branch of our military, even the Coast Guard, has at least one.

Afternoon talk: Fight Workshop

The first rule is we don’t talk about Fight Workshop…. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)  We will indeed be talking about planning and blocking fight scenes.

  • Bring your fight scenes that need help.
  • Ask about which style of Martial  art or weapon your character should use.
  • Learn why a shoulder shot will irritate anyone who actually knows weapons and anatomy.

October Fundraising Raffle

October is also our big fundraising raffle. Every year, chapter members donate amazing goodies that can be won (potentially) for the price of a one-dollar ticket. In the past we’ve had weekend vacations, alpha-smarts, exquisite jewelry, and many fun baskets.

The raffle is 100% member supported and goes to fund chapter speakers and activities, so if you’ve got something special to donate, bring it along. Contact  waysmeans@tucsonrwa.org with any questions, and bring cash!

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins includes lunch selected from a menu of three items during Saturday morning check-in. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting  .

LUNCH ORDERS ARE COLLECTED AT 10am. If you plan to be late, contact reservations@tucsonRWA.org so we will be prepared to order on your behalf.

This event takes place at our regular venue, the Clarion Hotel, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson & will include a chapter business meeting.

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