Tag Archives: Saguaro Romance Writers

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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June 24, 2017: Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV

Chris Redding will take you on a funny and fun journey of discovery about men, including why they act the way they do and how they express emotions. She’ll talk about how our society has socialized them and the stages they go through in life. At the end of class you will be able to write more realistic male characters while keeping them larger than life heroes.

Layering: Not Just for Cakes

In this class, you will start with two pages of dialogue and transform it into a fully functioning scene. By adding each element of what needs to go into a story individually, you will see how it all makes the whole. You will also be able to add all the elements seamlessly, including description and character emotions. Instead of deconstructing a scene, you will be constructing a scene from the ground up. I will provide the two pages of dialogue.

Chris Redding grew up in a neighborhood with more boys than girls and learned to love baseball and hate Barbies. She spent much of her life in male dominated professions, including pizza delivery and emergency medical services. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. She has five books published, all romantic suspense.

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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May 20, 2017: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey

From Aspiring to Professional Author: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey

As I journeyed from writing my first crappy draft to publishing five novels, I learned a lot and had to re-do many things, which cost time and money. My goal is to help authors create a strong foundation in preparation for their professional careers. By understanding what your career will look like and require you can establish key components from the beginning.

In Aspiring to Professional Authors: Creating Your Unique Writer’s Journey, you’ll figure out what steps will benefit you most, how to stay focused on your goals without becoming overwhelmed, and set up a supportive framework for when you are a successful author.

Alica McKenna Johnson lives in Southern Arizona with her kids, her cats, and the many voices in her head yammering for their stories to be told. Fueled by her love of people, travel, and cultures, Alica writes emotionally rich stories. Snark, humor, and magic are woven through her books. When not writing, Alica supports other people’s writing dreams. Through individual and group coaching programs she gives back the support, skills, techniques, and passion that other writers gave, and continue to give, to her. During her free time, which you need a magnifying glass to find, she can be found binge watching Netflix, at the movies with friends, or getting her yoga on.

In the afternoon, there will be Table Talks – each table having a discussion lead by fabulous RWA authors.  Rose Ortiz  will be talking about Scapple by Scrivner; Vicki Loebel will discuss some Promo Strategy (what’s worked so far, what hasn’t); Amanda Gordon has hints about Social Media; JC DeLorenzo will give us some insights into branding and new cover trends.

The price for attending is $25 for members and $30 for guests. Please reserve your spot before Wednesday of the week of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

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April 22, 2017: Writing the Other

Please join the Tucson RWA for a look at writing characters that are different on April 22, 2017 at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. Guests welcome!

Your characters can represent the essential beauty of the romance world–including its diversity.  Crafting demographically different characters means  more than just avoiding cliches.  In this class we’ll explore in-depth techniques for constructing living, breathing, sympathetic “Others” that won’t make your readers cringe.  Through exercises, lectures, and class discussions, we’ll cover the difference between stereotypes and tropes, and expand your vocabulary for describing the “Other.”

This renowned workshop is the basis for the classic text Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. In it, authors and editors Nisi Shawl and K Tempest Bradford teach students to write sensitively and convincingly about characters of diverse backgrounds. Appropriate for all fiction writers from all backgrounds and any skill level, this seminar combines lectures, discussions, and writing exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

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Special Event November 18, 2017: Michael Hauge

Story Mastery Workshop

During this special, all-day seminar (9 a.m. until 4 p.m.), Michael Hauge will present his unique approach to creating compelling stories for film and fiction.

Drawing on his decades as a Hollywood script consultant, author and lecturer, he will show the most powerful methods for eliciting emotion in your readers and audiences through story concept, plot structure, character development and theme.

Michael will then reveal his proven method for getting the people in power to read your manuscript.Michael Hauge

You will learn:

  • The primary goal of all story
  • Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story
  • The power of desire, need, longing and destiny
  • The essential conflict all characters must face
  • Novel structure vs. movie structure
  • The single key to creating character arc and theme
  • The secret to creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories
  • The single biggest mistake writers while pitching their work
  • The key components of a powerful pitch

If you want to elevate your novels to the highest possible level, this event is a must.

This entrance fee for this event is tiered.
For Tucson RWA members: $100
For RWA members (not Tucson chapter): $125
All other guests: $150

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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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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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November 19, 2016: Liz Pelletier

Edit a Bestseller Like a Pro

I’m going to share a little secret with you… Editors typically consider the mechanics of your writing only if they’re truly horrible, but that’s only after they decide if they can sell your story, if they love your voice. In the history of publishing, I don’t think anyone has ever lost a book deal due to a missing comma or over-usage of adverbs. If you can write a story that a reader can’t put down, even despite grammatical errors… Now that’s a bestseller.

With that in mind, during this workshop we’re going to focus on both the big picture and line edits, but we’ll be focusing on concepts that will help you craft a bestseller: How to review your book through the standard three pass editing structure used by professionals, how to evaluate character growth arcs and story structure, how to peel away those bad writing habits to reveal your voice, and how to refine your writing style so a fluid and engaging story emerges. By the end of the day, I hope everyone will have the tools they’ll need to “Edit a Bestseller Like a Pro.”

Query Letter Cold Reads

Liz will bring her bestseller editor skills to practical application as she reviews query letters from Saguaro Romance Writers. These cold reads will be open to other event attendees as time allows.

About Liz Pelletier

Liz PelletierLiz Pelletier co-founded Entangled Publishing in 2011. Over the past 4 years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a bestselling romance publisher, with more than 17 NY Times bestsellers and 39 USA Today bestsellers. Her out-of the-box approach to everything from pricing strategies to marketing to editorial allows Entangled to be both disruptive and agile within a dynamic publishing landscape. Liz continues to disrupt the publishing business with her launching of Entangled Music in 2015, where stories come to life through the extension of music. You can find her on Twitter at@Liz_Pelletier.

 

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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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