Our annual member celebration will take place this Saturday, December 8.
The board will conduct its final board meeting of the year at noon. Members are welcome to attend, or they can contact Kari with any items they would like to see the board discuss.
The member recognition and appreciation celebration begins at 1pm. Be sure to fill out the survey sent out last week so your achievements can be recognized! (Check your email, the Facebook group, or KA if you need the link.)
November Member News
KA Mitchell — Stuffed Stockings is coming out Dec 19. Bad Habit was released in October.
Our monthly meeting is just around the corner! Join us this Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the East Greenbush Library at 1pm.
We will be continuing our ongoing discussion of diversity in writing and publishing with special guest speaker Adriana Herrera. We will also be voting for our new executive board for 2019. This meeting is not to be missed!
November 10, 2018 – Adriana Herrera – Better Writing Through Empathy -Building Community
Empathy–understanding other people’s feelings–is the cornerstone of good writing. In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for understanding the experiences of people who may have very different lives than you. We’ll talk about the places people get stuck and how to be aware of them as we work toward being more empathetic as writers. We’ll also take a close look at our own community and discuss ways that we can build empathy as a group.
Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last sixteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.
When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Her debut novel, American Dreamer, will be out in March of 2019 from Carina Press. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and at her website.
Join us this Saturday, October 13, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our business meeting will take place at 1pm, and will include a discussion of our upcoming election. At 2pm, our own Jean C Gordon will lead us through her interactive synopsis-writing workshop.
Jean Gordon – Gone In 60 Minutes
A hands on synopsis-writing exercise that can turn your idea into a fully developed story. The workshop opens with a short introduction and then goes through nine steps, giving attendees 3-5 minutes to jot down information for each step.
For Amazon bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner and financial writer, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles for college, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 175-year-old farmhouse on 12 acres just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.
Registration for our special, all-day workshop with Gwen Hayes closes on September 3! We must have a final headcount for the venue at this time. If you’re planning to attend, please register as soon as possible!
Need more info? Check here!
We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to our authors on their accomplishments with their writing this month!
Jeanette Grey–“Taking Aim,” a short story, was published in Rouge Passion, part of the Resistance Romance anthologies.
Ginny Frost– Her debut novel, The Bar Scene, was published on August 1 with Wild Rose Press. She made PAN in July.
Autumn Jones Lake–Warning and Wildfires was released July 24
Kari Cole–Her debut, Hunt the Moon, came out June 2nd with Carina. The sequel, Touch the Sky, comes out Sept 24.
We hope everyone has been having a fun and productive summer! We reconvene this Saturday, August 11 for our monthly meeting. Our very own Autumn Jones Lake will be presenting a workshop on managing a great Facebook reader group.
Friendly reminder: Be sure to sign up for our September program ASAP! Much sought-after speaker Gwen Hayes will be conducting an all-day workshop based on her brilliant book, Romancing The Beat. Registration is open now through September 2, and registration is required to participate in this event.
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: Albany Ramada, 3 Watervliet Extension, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $45 for members, $75 for non-members
Coffee, tea and lunch will be included.
Don’t miss out!
Registration is now open for our special all-day program with Gwen Hayes. The workshop will be held at the Albany Ramada; coffee, tea and lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $45 for member and $75 for non-members. Seats are limited, and registration closes September 2nd. Don’t miss out!
Click here for full details and a link to register. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our next meeting will be held this Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the East Greenbush Library. The business meeting will begin at 1pm, to be followed by a special workshop from visiting speaker Judith Utz. We hope to see you there!
June 9, 2018 – Judith Utz, Marketing Professional
Blogging is a mainstay in books and whether you want to get noticed by a huge name in review blogging or hook up with a site owner who has the same taste in Romance, knowing how to talk to, and meet, bloggers is important, especially in light of an upcoming release. This workshop will cover crafting a new release strategy then drilling down and understanding how blogging and bloggers fit into current literary marketing and release efforts with an aim at understanding the whys of blogging; finding sites and bloggers who fit your brand; making those critical blogger relationships; crafting pitches; and getting your book noticed.
Join us this Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the East Greenbush Public Library! Our business meeting will begin an 1pm, followed at 2pm by a special program by visiting guest speaker and double RITA finalist Alexis Daria. We hope to see you there!
May 12, 2018 – Alexis Daria – Building a Strong Platform Before (Or After) You Publish
As authors, a lot of things are outside our control. We can’t control sales or reviews, but we can control how we position ourselves before we go to market. Whether your goal is traditional or indie publishing, there are things you can do to build your platform for a strong start, strengthen it before your next release, or make the shift to a different publishing model. This workshop will cover: using social media to expand your network and engagement, creating an effective web presence, casting a wide (but targeted) net to boost your publishing odds, buiding your skills, and focusing on the promotional elements that are fun for you.