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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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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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February 27, 2016: Vicky Loebel & Michael Petersen

Plot Points for Pansters
(And the Outliners who Love Them)

Morning Session:
Are you confused by story climax and big black moments? Does rising and falling action make you want to shove your characters off a cliff? Do turning points spin your head, and does the thought of filling out pages and pages of scene lists and character questionnaires make your day job look pretty good?

Whether we’re outliners or pantsters who plot as we go, most authors reach the point sooner or later of asking “am I doing this right?” And one of the keys to evaluating your work is understanding classic three-act structure.

In our February morning session,  SRW author Vicky Loebel will draw on her history as honorary “queen of false starts” to show how mastering few basic plot concepts makes novel-writing faster. We will review the basics of plot structure (drawing from K.M Weiland’s Structuring your Novel,  Michael Hauge’s The Hero’s Two Journeys, and James Scott Bell’s Superstructure), banish sagging middles, consider ways to combine plot, character, and setting to make a story stronger, and debate the usefulness of constructing a simple plot grid.

To illustrate plot structure, we’ll do a quick analysis of Romancing the Stone, Pride and Prejudice, and (time permitting) The Wizard of Oz.

About Vicky Loebel

FB PhotoVicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of offspring, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.

Vicky is the author of two humorous urban fantasy/romances, Keys to the Coven and Speakeasy Dead. Her latest book, Vacation Bride, is a contemporary marriage of convenience set in the tropical paradise of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

It was the subject of several false starts.

Michael Petersen: The Romance Writer’s Business Guide

Afternoon Session:
What is the writer’s cost-benefit analysis of traditional vs self publishing? What advertising avenues give you the best bang for your buck? What is the best price point for your novel series vs your standalone? Is it worthwhile to register as an LLC as a writer? And taxes are coming….how does a writer handle filing taxes best?

Michael Petersen will address these questions and more as he outlines the business side of a romance writer’s life.

About Michael Petersen

headshotMichael Petersen has a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University and a Masters of Business Administration from Illinois State University. Before retiring from Microsoft at age 35, he worked in various roles including program manager, technical account manager, and technology strategist. He currently manages the business strategy, marketing and production for his wife, USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels.


Meeting fee of $25 members $30 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

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January 23, 2016: Mary Buckham Teleconference

This January, USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham will be joining SRW via  projected teleconference to present two of her well-known writing workshops.

Active Settings for All Fiction Genres

WritingActiveSettingCover-2Give your setting an active role in your story. Use Deep POV to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose. Find out if you’re writing passive  or active setting and if you are maximizing the setting possibilities in YOUR story. Also discover:

  •  How does setting impact your story?
  •  What is the difference between active and passive setting?
  •  What exactly is setting in a story?
  •  How can setting show characterization?
  •  How can setting impact your conflict…both internal and external?
  •  What does a reader need from a setting vs. what they don’t need?

WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS or
How Many Hooks Are Enough?

WritingActiveHooksBook1_300pxBased on Mary’s best-selling book series: WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 and 2.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantster (seat-of-pants writer), the simplest way to avoid a sagging middle is to understand how to continually build hooks into your story. So how many hooks are enough and where should you use them? Knowing the answer to that question can be the difference between a compelling story and one that drags.

  • Which types of hooks work best in different genres?
  •  Which are the 5 most universal hooks and why.
  • What exactly is a hook and how do they work?
  • Where should you place your hooks in a manuscript?

Based on Mary’s best-selling book series: WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS Book 1 and 2.

About Mary Buckham

MaryBuckhamphotoUSA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham writes the Amazon best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She is also the co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION with NYT author Dianna Love and has taught online and live writing workshops to writers of all genres around the US and Canada. Her next non-fiction release: A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings published by Writer’s Digest will be released in January, 2016.

Mary doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series! Her Sci-Fi, Adventure YA novels are co-authored with Dianna Love under the pen name Micah Caida.

Meeting fee of $25 members $30 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on  our payments page or by emailing reservations@tucsonRWA.org no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

 

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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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September 26th, 2015: Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

September 26th, SRW welcomes bestselling author Brenda Novak for our full day Special Event
This special event takes place at the Visount Hotel (4855 East Broadway) from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Cost is $30 members, $45 nonmembers and includes a deli buffet.

Come and learn from New York Time and USA Today Best Selling Author Brenda Novak with her full day special event.
Recharge Your Creative Battery
Learn Brenda’s secrets for Enhancing Creativity, how to bring more creativity in your life, to enrich your writing and your characters, and help overcome writers block.

Emotion = Reader Participation
In Brenda’s second session Emotion: The Heart of the Novel learn tips to add emotion to your novel’s plots, to enhance your characters relationships and authenticity, and to weave your way into your readers hearts.

Be prepared to take notes, share ideas, laugh, and learn.

Brenda Novak, Tucson Writers Workshop, Tucson Writers Groups
About Brenda
It was a shocking experience that jump started Brenda Novak’s author career. “I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then I decided that I needed to do something from home.
Many of Brenda’s books have been designated an RT Book Review Magazine “Top Pick” and have gone on to place in contests such as the Romance Writers of America RITA™ Award, the National Readers’ Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best.

Brenda has given writing workshops at various RWA events, RT Book Review Magazine conventions, California Fiction Writer meetings, women’s groups and library events. She’s also
done television and radio, including GOOD MORNING AMERICA, YOUNG ICONS, a nationally syndicated show she did with her son, Thad, Fox 40 News, News 10, KCRA, GOOD
DAY SACRAMENTO, GOOD DAY ARIZONA, Booklover TV and KFBK News Talk Radio.

Publishers Weekly says Brenda’s novels are “richly dramatic.” According to Library Journal,
“Her work will appeal to those who like their romances with a “sophisticated touch.” In addition,
RT Book Review Magazine says, “Brenda Novak skillfully blends richly developed characters
and emotionally intense issues to create a powerful romance. This is an author destined for
stardom.”

For more about Brenda, visit www.brendanovak.com, where you can find excerpts of her work, prize drawings and information about her online auctions for diabetes research, which she holds most years in the month of May in honor of her son and the many others who face this terrible disease.
This event takes place at the Viscount Hotel (4855 East Broadway). from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. There will be no chapter meeting, and there is no restriction on guest attendance.
Special Event fee of $30 members, $45 guests and walk-ins includes a sandwich buffet lunch. 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 event.

 

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