Januar 2019 Meeting

Happy New Year, Capital Region!

Join us this Saturday, January 12 for our first meeting of 2019. Our business meeting will begin at 1pm. At 2pm, jump start your year with an interactive goal-setting workshop led by our own Jeanette Grey. Bring your hopes, your dreams, your crushing disappointments and a notebook!

January 12th, 2019 – Jeanette Grey – Goal-Setting For The Chronically Disappointed Writer
Self-help gurus and life coaches will tell you to think positively and success will fall into your lap. But if that worked, would they still have jobs? If thinking positively hasn’t gotten you on any best-seller lists, maybe it’s time to try something new. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, multi-published hybrid author and experienced self-re-inventor Jeanette Grey will challenge you to probe your darkest depths for the sources of your disappointments and resentments in your writing career. Then, we’ll tackle those issues head-on, discussing the fallacies that keep people barking up the wrong trees, and strategizing how to both harness and silence the Debbie Downers that live in all of our heads. Participants will leave armed with new areas for improvement, refreshed serenity to accept what they cannot change, as well as actionable, concrete goals for how make progress and find more joy in their careers—and their lives.

December 2018 Meeting + Member News!

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.

November 2018 Meeting

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 TwitterInstagramFacebook, and at her website

October Meeting

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 storyThe 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.

August 2018 Member News

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.

August 2018 Meeting

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!

Romancing The Beat with Gwen Hayes – Registration is now OPEN!

Romancing The Beat With Gwen Hayes graphic 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!

Latest member news

Please join us in congratulating our members for their many accomplishments this spring!

  • Kathryn Biel appeared in BookBub for a contemporary romance in March
  • Kari Cole set up a new website, set up a newsletter, and turned in her second book.
  • Christie Logan released a short story, “Dear Acquaintance”, available through instafreebie
  • Jean C. Gordon had a cover reveal for Sweet Entanglement (multi-author Indigo Bay series). It releases on 6/11/18.
  • The first book from Rebecca Grace Allen’s Legally Bound series, His Contract, became an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestseller last month. Book 2, Her Claim, was released and got starred reviews by RT books and Library Journal.
  • Natalie Hart became a member of the PRO community

June 2018 Meeting

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.