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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.


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

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

April 2018 — Abigail Owen (Organize Your Writing Life)

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

June 2018 — Cheryl Etchison Smith (Building a Series)

July 2018 — Gail Dayton (Dialog as Action)

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

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

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


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