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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 Road and Beltway 8.


January 15, 2019 — Damon Courtney

The BookFunnel Guide to Finding Reader Happiness

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January 15, 2019 — Damon Courtney (The BookFunnel Guide to Finding Reader Happiness)

“What makes readers happy? What makes them unhappy? Knowing the answer can make the difference between readers who just want your free book and true fans. True fans love you and will buy everything you publish. But how do you make a true fan? Some authors just get this stuff, and they make it look so effortless. Most of us need some help.

That’s where BookFunnel comes in. How do we know? Because we’ve delivered over 50 MILLION books to readers, and we’ve answered over 300,000 emails from them. We talk to readers all day, every day, and they are NOT shy when it comes to their feelings. We see what readers love. And what they hate. And, Damon Courtney, CEO and creator of BookFunnel, is here to guide you through the minefield of reader happiness and help you turn those freeloaders into superfans.”

Bio: Damon Courtney is the creator and CEO of BookFunnel, an ebook delivery service for authors and publishers. Though he would like to be a highly successful indie author, he can only lay claim to publishing a single Fantasy trilogy that he does really like, despite its lack of sales. But, self-publishing three novels did lead to the creation of BookFunnel, so he’s got that going for him.

As a lifelong software engineer, Damon is an expert in just about everything technical and can offer unique insight on publishing as it relates to software and technology. In case you haven’t heard, software is eating the world. Our lives as authors cannot survive in this new world without software, so that makes Damon feel really important.

When he’s not writing code for BookFunnel, Damon is probably writing code for some other crackpot idea he has. That, or spending time with his wife and kids and polishing his Super Dad trophies. But, seeing as he’s been writing code since he was 7 years old, he plans to keep doing that for a long, long time. More and more of it as it relates to ebooks and publishing, which are his other passion now.

P.S. He’s also a fantasy writer!



February 19, 2019 — Cheryl Bolen and Shana Galen (Everything You Need to Know about Being in an Anthology)


Two multi-published authors who’ve participated in several anthologies will share their knowledge at the February 19th meeting of the Bay Area RWA chapter meeting. Cheryl Bolen and Shana Galen have provided novellas for a variety of anthologies ranging from publisher published to independently published. They will go over the formation, process, contracts, marketing, and payment methods of launching a successful anthology.


Since her first book was published to acclaim in 1998, Cheryl Bolen has written 39 books, mostly Regency-set historical romances. Several of her books have won Best Historical awards, and she’s a New York Times and USA Today bestseller whose books have been translated into eight languages. She’s a former journalist and English teacher, and a current addict of Masterpiece, college sports, and reading about dead Englishwomen.

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Shana Galen is a three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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March 19, 2019 — Gerry Bartlett (Writing and Editing for the E-Book Market)

The Internet has changed publishing forever and authors must change with it. More books are sold as e-books than as paperbacks these days, even if you are one of the lucky few who get a contract from a traditional publisher. Reading devices range from a large tablet to a smart phone and all of your books must be tailored to the new formats.

What does that mean? Best-selling author Gerry Bartlett will share the tricks she’s learned as she’s worked her way from her first paperback sale in 1998 to a couple of three-book series for Kensington’s digital lines this century. Feeling brave? Email one page from your work-in-progress to Gerry at She will be happy to take her red pencil to your page and see if you need some of the remedies she’s learned during her journey. Warning: Tough love but you will get your page back without public humiliation. Perfect prose? Expect high praise indeed.

Bio: Gerry Bartlett is the nationally bestselling author of the Real Vampires series, featuring Glory St.Clair, a curvy vampire who wishes she’d known she’d be stuck in that full-figured body when she was turned in 1604. Gerry is a native Texan and lives halfway between Houston and Galveston. She has an antiques business there and in Alvin. This former teacher freely admits to a shopping addiction. You can see her purse collection on Pinterest as proof.

Would she like to be a vampire? No way. She’s too addicted to Mexican food and sunlight. Want to try something without fangs? Gerry also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Kensington. Look for the Texas Heat series: Texas Heat, Texas Fire and Texas Pride, available wherever e-books are sold. Texas Lightning, the first in the Lone Star romantic suspense series set in Austin, is her latest release. The bestselling prequel Real Vampires: When Glory Met Jerry (Real Vampires #13), is also available now. You can keep up with her latest news or sign up for her newsletter at or follow her on Facebook, twitter or Instagram.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 16, 2018 — Sara L. Hudson  (Lie Like a Champ; the secret to giving good setting)

November 20, 2018 — Elizabeth Essex (Building Character with Word Choice)



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