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Our October meeting will be an extended business meeting to discuss the issue of Serious Pursuit with a Common Business Interest as described by Cindy Kirk in the October RWR. This is an issue that will affect our chapter in a number of ways. You are encouraged to read the article and the FAQ that was distributed to the NEC Loop and come prepared to talk about these proposed changes to membership classification.

New York Times bestselling author and twenty-year romance veteran Suzanne Brockmann and her husband, Edgar Award finalist and award-winning screenwriter Ed Gaffney discuss the art of control-freak-friendly collaboration as they share the lessons they learned about writing genre fiction from co-writing and co-producing a romantic comedy movie.

After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a New York Times bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty years, she has written more than fifty novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts. Her latest romantic suspense, DO OR DIE, is available on February 4, 2014, in hardcover and ebook from Ballantine Books, and in audio from Blackstone Audio.  In addition to writing books, Suz Brockmann has co-produced a feature-length movie, the award-winning romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason. She has also co-written a YA novel, NIGHT SKY, set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series, with her daughter Melanie, due out in October 2014 from Sourcebooks Fire.  Find Suz on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SuzanneBrockmannBooks, follow her on Twitter @SuzBrockmann, and visit her website at www.SuzanneBrockmann.com to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.

Ed Gaffney is the critically-acclaimed author of four legal thrillers published by Bantam/Dell, the latest of which, Enemy Combatant, was a finalist for the EDGAR Award. He also co-wrote and produced a full-length play named Looking for Billy Haines, which ran off-Broadway for approximately 10 weeks during the spring of 2010.  And most recently, Ed became an award-winning filmmaker, when The Perfect Wedding, a feature film he co-wrote and co-produced won the Bud Abbott Award for Best Feature Length Comedy at the Garden State Film Festival.  He lives in Florida and Massachusetts with his wife, New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann.

Find out more about The Perfect Wedding at www.ThePerfectWeddingMovie.com

Want to learn a new method for crafting well-rounded romance protagonists? And for using the differences between your protagonists’ personalities to drive your story’s conflict, and avoid having contrived plots push around your characters? This workshop will give you an overview of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a psychometric tool designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions, and will explore how to use MBTI to craft romance characters with individual personalities. We’ll also practice using MBTI insights about our protagonists to develop character-driven conflict.

In preparation for this workshop, you might want to check out one of the online MBTI-like questionnaires—complete one to find out your own personality type, or take it on behalf of a character you have in mind, to find out hers/his.

You can find sample questionnaires online at:

http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

http://personality-testing.info/tests/JUNG.php

Jackie C. Horne (INTJ) has held a myriad of book-related jobs, including typesetter, children’s book editor, English professor, book reviewer, blogger, and independent scholar. She is the author of several books and many scholarly articles about children’s literature, and blogs online at Romance Novels for Feminists (www.romancenovelsforfeminists.blogspot.com).  She is currently in the midst of writing her second historical romance.

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 Belcastro
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!

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