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Houston Bay Area chapter #30 of Romance Writers of America meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Kirkmont MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Rd., Houston, TX 77089. See map.

Meetings begin at 7:30 PM, with social time starting at 7:00 PM.
Join us for dinner first at 9ers Grill, at the intersection of Blackhawk Rd. and Beltway 8.

HAPPENING SOON in 2018

February 20, 2018 — Nicole Flockton (So You Think You Can Write A Kindle World)

In this workshop Nicole Flockton will guide you through the steps of writing in one of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. From finding the right world that fits your writing style to making sure your work compliments the world created by the origin author. Whether to release in an official author launch or release on your own. Making sure you’re still true to your author brand. At the end of it you’ll not think, but know you can write a Kindle World.

Bio: USA Today bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love. On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Now with over 20 books published she hasn’t looked back. Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

  • Website: http://www.nicoleflockton.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicoleFlockton
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicoleFlockton

March 20, 2018 — Cheryl Bolen (There’s Gold in Those Subsidiary Rights)   RESCHEDULED

Cheryl Bolen, a publishing veteran who has sold to New York publishers and who has blazed a trail as a successful indie author, will offer tips on how authors can strike gold with the audio and translation rights to their books. Authors who hold onto those rights are in a position to make more money in audio and foreign editions than they’ve made with the English print and eBook editions.

Many authors are venturing into audio and translations in a big way — and without a penny’s investment on their part. Cheryl will explain the easy processes involved in expanding into audio and foreign translations at the September meeting.

Bio: Since being named Notable New Author for 1997, Cheryl Bolen has published more than 35 books with Kensington/Zebra, Harlequin, Love Inspired Historical, Montlake, and independently. She has broken into the top 5 on the New York Times and hit the USA Today bestseller list. Her 2005 One Golden Ring won Best Historical, Holt Medallion, and her 2011 My Lord Wicked was awarded Best Historical in the International Digital Awards, the same year her Christmas novella was chosen as Best Novella. Her books have been finalists for other awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into eight languages. She’s also been the number 1 bestselling historical romance author in Germany.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Her favorite pursuits are reading diaries of dead English women, traveling to England, and watching the Texas Longhorns play football and basketball. She and her recently retired professor husband are the parents of two sons. One is an attorney, the other a journalist.

COMPLETE 2018 SPEAKER CALENDAR

January 16, 2018 — Cheryl Bolen (There’s Gold in Those Subsidiary Rights)

CANCELLED DUE TO ICE STORM / RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 20, 2018


February 20, 2018 — Nicole Flockton (Kindle Worlds and All Things Amazon)

In this workshop Nicole Flockton will guide you through the steps of writing in one of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. From finding the right world that fits your writing style to making sure your work compliments the world created by the origin author. Whether to release in an official author launch or release on your own. Making sure you’re still true to your author brand. At the end of it you’ll not think, but know you can write a Kindle World.

Bio: On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.
It wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter and after having fun on the community board of eharlequin.com that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. She writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. She enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them. Apart from writing, she’s busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and her two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

  • Website: http://www.nicoleflockton.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicoleFlockton
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicoleFlockton

March 20, 2018 — Cheryl Bolen (There’s Gold in Those Subsidiary Rights)   RESCHEDULED

Cheryl Bolen, a publishing veteran who has sold to New York publishers and who has blazed a trail as a successful indie author, will offer tips on how authors can strike gold with the audio and translation rights to their books. Authors who hold onto those rights are in a position to make more money in audio and foreign editions than they’ve made with the English print and eBook editions.

Many authors are venturing into audio and translations in a big way — and without a penny’s investment on their part. Cheryl will explain the easy processes involved in expanding into audio and foreign translations at the September meeting.

Bio: Since being named Notable New Author for 1997, Cheryl Bolen has published more than 35 books with Kensington/Zebra, Harlequin, Love Inspired Historical, Montlake, and independently. She has broken into the top 5 on the New York Times and hit the USA Today bestseller list. Her 2005 One Golden Ring won Best Historical, Holt Medallion, and her 2011 My Lord Wicked was awarded Best Historical in the International Digital Awards, the same year her Christmas novella was chosen as Best Novella. Her books have been finalists for other awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into eight languages. She’s also been the number 1 bestselling historical romance author in Germany.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Her favorite pursuits are reading diaries of dead English women, traveling to England, and watching the Texas Longhorns play football and basketball. She and her recently retired professor husband are the parents of two sons. One is an attorney, the other a journalist.

April 17, 2018 — Abigail Owen (Organizing Your Writing Life)

Details TBA.

Bio: Paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories).

10 years since finishing her first book, Abigail has published 16 novels/novellas under two pen names with more to come. An award-winning author, several of her books have won, placed, or finaled in multiple awards. She is also the owner/operator of Authors On A Dime, a company which provides a la carte services to help authors like herself. Abigail loves every part of the publishing journey and considers herself lucky to be living out her dream every day.

Abigail currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero (and she married that guy!) and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

  • Website: http://www.abigailowen.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abigail.owen.12

May 15, 2018 — Dana Pittman (Building Your Author Email List on Any Budget)

Whether traditionally or self publishing, creating, nurturing, and growing an author email list is vital to your publishing career. In this workshop, we will focus on growing your email list with any budget. Specific topics include: newsletter swaps, newsletter list builders, content ideas for engaging your readers, and an affordable technique to boost your open rates.

Bio: Dana Pittman writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and sweet romance laced with strong women and stronger men. My happily ever afters are meant to inspire. So, if you’re looking for a page turner that will leave you blushing, with your heart racing, and lying to yourself about reading “just one more chapter” then grab a book one (or all). She has published, or had a story featured in, over twelve books. 


June 19, 2018 — Cheryl Etchison Smith (Building a Series)

Details TBA.

Bio: Cheryl Etchison graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Journalism and began her career as an oil and gas reporter. Bored to tears and broke as hell, it wasn’t long before she headed for the promise land of public relations. But that was nearly a lifetime ago and she’s since traded in reporting the facts for making it all up.  Currently, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and three girls.

Her novel ONCE AND FOR ALL: AN AMERICAN VALOR NOVEL has been named by Romance Writers of America® (RWA) as the 2017 Best First Book, and was a Rita Award finalist in the Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length category.


July 17, 2018 — Gail Dayton (Dialog as Action)

Details TBA.

Bio: Gail Dayton began telling stories when she was five, when Bambi came home with her from the movies, but she didn’t write any of them down until she was in fourth grade–a story about a cat. She discovered fairy tales not long after that, and her horizons expanded.

A RITA finalist for Best First Book in 2002 with Hide-and-Sheikh, a contemporary series romance from Silhouette Desire, Gail won the Aspen Gold award for Her Convenient Millionaire (another Desire), and was a Prism Award finalist for The Compass Rose. She won the Best Fantasy Prism Award the next two years, for The Barbed Rose and The Eternal Rose.

Gail lives with her husband, youngest son, and granddog Dolly the Princess Pitbull, on the Texas Gulf Coast, two blocks from the beach. The problem with living at the beach is that you have to LIVE at the beach. You still have laundry and housework and such, only with sand. However, the beach makes up for it.

For more information about Gail, see her Amazon page at: https://www.amazon.com/Gail-Dayton/e/B001IU0W9A


August 21, 2018 — Kerrelyn Sparks (Stop the World, I Want to Make a New One!)

Every time you develop a story, you are building a world.  Whether it’s a Regency ballroom, a contemporary office boardroom, or futuristic intergalactic game room, you are building a complicated world that you hope your reader will love. Kerrelyn presents an extensive guide to help you with the task. Great world-building skills can turn a good story into a great one!

 

Bio: Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.

Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.


September 18, 2018 — Elizabeth Holland (Building Community: How to be a Great Beta Reader or Critique Partner)

As writers, it’s incredibly important that we build community. Otherwise, this art we pursue can prove to be a lonely endeavor. Yet there is a lot of ambiguity around how to grow with, and support other writers. Here are concrete tips for being a great beta-reader or critique partner.

Bio: Elise Holland is the editor of 2 Elizabeths, a literary magazine focused on short fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on romance and women’s fiction. She’s written for Writer’s Digest, Jane Friedman, DIY MFA and Darling Magazine. When she’s not curled up with her laptop either writing or editing, she can usually be found spending time with her sweet husband and very feisty Chihuahua. 

Website: https://2elizabeths.com/

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PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

January 17, 2017 — Julie Glover (Using Grammar to Enhance Your Voice)


February 21, 2017 — Entangled editor Robin Haseltine (The Secret to Writing Romance that Sells)


March 21, 2017 — Tracy Goodwin (Indie Publishing – be bold, be brave, and realize your potential)


April 18, 2017 — Jennifer Bray Weber (Got Alpha? — what makes heroes larger than life)

 

May 16, 2017 — Gerry Bartlett and Nina Bangs (That Critical First Impression)


June 20, 2017 — Susan Muller (Digging deep–Enhancing your manuscript with deep POV)


July 18, 2017 — Shana Galen (How to Get the Most Out of Any Conference)


August 15, 2017 — Kristi Gold (on Dialogue)


September 19, 2017 — Jami Albright (How to Have a Successful Book Launch


October 17, 2017 — Julia Justiss (Keeping Track of Your Story — a hands-on workshop)


November 21, 2017 — Mary Lindsey/Marissa Clarke (Whose Story Is It Anyway? – a hands-on workshop)


December 19, 2017 — Annual Christmas Party


ANNUAL CHAPTER-SPONSORED

WRITERS CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2018

Friday evening through Saturday

Agenda details to come

 

Registration will open in June, 2018. See conference tab above.

 

ANNUAL CHAPTER CONTEST

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JABBIC CONTEST

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Contest is now closed to entries.

 

Thanks and good luck to all who entered the 2017 JABBIC!

The Grand Prize judging is currently underway and the Readers’ Choice judging will start on February 1, 2018.

Check back here for the link to the Readers’ Choice on February 1!

Both Grand Prize and Readers Choice Winners will be announced on February 16, 2018.