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New England Chapter congratulates the finalists in our Readers’ Choice Bean Pot contest and our First Kiss contest for unpublished authors.

Join us at the Awards Breakfast at The Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference when we announce the winners.

And many thanks to Karen Henry and Jean Viola Ryan for coordinating these contests.

Our finalists are:

Bean Pot:

Contemporary:
Earth Angel by Siri Caldwell
Unbridled Temptation by Elle Saint James
Studs and Stilettos by Bev Pettersen

Romantic Suspense:
Running on Empty by Colette Ballard
Hard as It Gets by Laura Kaye
Behind the Lies by Robin Perini

Historical:
The Lotus Palace by Jeanne Lin
Love & Other Scandals by Caroline Linden
The Chieftan by Margaret Mallory

Futuristic, Fantasy, Paranormal & Time Travel:
Shenandoah Crossings by Lisa Belcastro
Shenandoah Nights by Lisa Belastro
Spark by Anthea Sharp

 

First Kiss:

Christina Alexandra – A Duchess Does
Sarah Bailey – The Ren
Angela Bissell – When in Rome
LynneRose Cannon – Doing Good
Marianne Stephenson – Summer Rayne
Tara Wyatt – Off Guard

Join us for the annual conference primer, as well as an opportunity to present your ideas for future NEC programming. Don’t miss this important meeting as we countdown to conference!

Registration is open for our 2014 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference. Register early to get your choice of agent/editor appointment.

REGISTER HERE

The New England Chapter of RWA invites you to submit workshop proposals for our next Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, to be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. If you’d like to be part of the 2014 conference, please submit the Online Workshop Form. Our workshop chair, Katy Cooper, will also accept proposals and questions at conference_workshops@necrwa.org until October 1, 2013. You may also submit your workshop using our printable form.  Mail to forms to NECRWA Workshops P. O. Box 560223 Medford, MA 02156-0223 The conference fee will be waived for one speaker per workshop. For more information on the conference, visit Our Conference Page

Join literary agent and attorney, Eric Ruben, for an informative discussion about the future of publishing. Publishing is now going through the same technology driven changes that film, music and TV have gone through, and are still experiencing. Find out how this affects you as a writer and learn ways to navigate this new landscape. Eric will open up the floor to a Q&A discussion after the workshop.

Eric Ruben is an attorney and literary agent with over twenty-five years of experience. Among his clients are authors in numerous genres. He is also an award-winning performer and writer who has appeared in films, commercials, and Off-Broadway theatre. His experience gives him a unique perspective that benefits all his show business clients. You can follow him on Twitter at @RubenAgency

The New England Chapter, RWA, is now accepting workshop proposals for
the 2014 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, to be held at
the Burlington Marriott, Burlington, MA, on May 2 and 3, 2014. We are
looking for submissions for workshops on craft, career, writer’s life,
and research. If you have a meaty topic you’d like to share with our
conference attendees, we’d love to hear from you.

Please submit your proposal at
http://necrwa.org/blog1/conference/conference-workshops. The deadline
for submission is Tuesday, October 1, 2013. For more information on
the conference, visit http://necrwa.org/blog1/conference, and if you
have questions about the submission process, email
conference_workshops@necrwa.org.

We’ll kick off our 2013-2014 series of meetings with an old favorite:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

We all know the feeling… that point in our manuscript where we take our hands off the keys, and think, now what? For those of us who plot our books to the final chapter, these moments may be few and far between. But what about those of us who fly by the seat of our pants; who don’t know what the end will be until we actually type it? Is there a wrong or a right way to get your book finished? Or, can we be both, successfully?

We’ll discuss the pros and cons for plotting and pantsing, and find out what tools and prompts help us out along the way, no matter what your process. Do you use Scrivener or other writing programs? What about Pinterest , collage and vision boards?  Bring your questions and ideas and be ready to have a lively discussion!

The NECRWA Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference is right around the corner. Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie, we all know conference can be a bit overwhelming. We’ll discuss the ABCs of making sure you get the most out of it.  Topics will include (and are not limited to):

Choosing Workshops
Meeting New People
Self-Promotion
Agent/Editor Appointments
Book Fair
Proper Attire

This is an open forum style meeting, so be sure to come prepared with your questions (and answers)! 
Reviews can be an author’s best friend or biggest down-fall. It’s important to learn the proper way to request reviews, how to handle less-than-glowing ratings, and how to best utilize reviews as a promotional tool.
Join Jennifer Porter of Romance Novel News and Penny Watson of Penelope’s Romance Reviews for a discussion of book reviews and how they can work for you. Jen and Penny will give a comprehensive summary of the review business, and then open up the workshop to specific questions.

Penny Watson is an author of quirky fiction, reviewer of romance novels, and lover of dachshunds, plants, and beards. (Not necessarily in that order).She lives outside of Boston with one fly-fishing crazed husband, two lively Filipino kids, and a wiener dog.

Jennifer Porter is a co-owner of the review siteRomance Novel News,
which launched in April 2010. She manages the site, coordinates author
interviews and guest posts and schedules reviews, as well as writes
them. She has been reviewing romance novels and blogging about them for almost 5 years, but has been reading them for much longer.In her “real” life, Jennifer is a librarian at a local college library.
She does indeed spend the majority of her life surrounded by books. She believes that happily ever afters make the world a better place.

 

The trick to high-concept, best-selling books is creating unique
protagonists who stand out in the crowd, on editors desks, and in
readers hearts. Join New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
Sarah MacLean as she discusses the way she develops unique characters,
the questions writers should ask before committing to a hero and
heroine, and how to keep readers coming back for unconventional,
utterly memorable characters.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah MacLean grew up
in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance. Her love of all
things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and
Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her
first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their
dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.

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