May 2018 Meeting

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.

April 2018 Meeting

Please join us this Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Bethlehem Public Library (please note the location change!) for our monthly meeting.

Our business meeting will be held at 1pm, to be followed by a special presentation by visiting author Kate McMurray at 2pm.

April 14, 2018  at the Bethlehem Library – Kate McMurray – Revision
You’ve finished the first draft of your novel. What next? Many writers find the revision process daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop, we’ll discuss practical ways to approach revision. I’ll focus on the big picture, rather than the little details, to make sure you’ve got a great story. This includes what questions to ask yourself as you go back over your manuscript to make sure your book has a great hook, tight pacing, and compelling characters. I’m bringing my editorial experience to the table, too, to discuss common pitfalls authors fall into and how to avoid them to make your book the best it can be.

  • Note: Due to meeting space availability, our April meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, located at 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054

March 2018 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, March 10th, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our business meeting will begin at 1pm, followed by a virtual presentation by Skye Warren and Shari Slade on How To Launch A Book:

Do you want your next book launch to be BIGGER? Whether you’re a new author or have an established backlist, building excitement for your book and finding new readers is crucial to continued success in this saturated market. Join two bestselling authors as they share serious strategies for releases. Let’s make 2018 your best year yet!

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. Shari Slade is a USA Today bestselling author with a broad network of colleagues and over five years of experience in indie publishing.

This is sure to be an extremely informative workshop. We look forward to seeing you there!

January 2018 Member News

Congratulations to our members for their accomplishments this month!

·      Deborah Nolan—a novella will be included in an anthology to be introduced at RT in Reno.

·      Autumn Jones Lake—released a novella, One Empire Night (Lost Kings MC #95.) on Dec 31.

·      Rebecca Grace Allen—Finished Legally Bound 2: Her Claim. Also received offers to contract audio rights for Her Claim and Book 3: Their Discovery.

·      Kathryn R. Biel—Queen of Hearts releases1/23/2018. Made for Me is in Amazon Prime Reading.

February 2018 Meeting

Join us this Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our business meeting will begin at 1pm, to be followed by a workshop at 2pm.

Jean C. Gordon – Romancing the IRS
Can I deduct my writing expenses? What can I deduct? Do I have to have writing income to deduct writing expenses? Long-time financial planner and Capital Region Romance Writers member Jean C. Gordon will answer these and other questions you may have about writers’ deductions and taxes—for your 2017 tax filing at least. If information is available at meeting time, she’ll also talk about what may be ahead for future tax years and 2018 tax planning.

January 2018 Meeting

Please join us for our first meeting of the year this Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 1pm at the East Greenbush Public Library. At 2pm, 2017 Golden Heart finalist Kelli Newby will be presenting a workshop on world building.

World Building and Setting, presented by Kelli Newby
Creating complex, dynamic settings is an essential skill for all writers, but fantasy writers take this especially to heart, often describing the setting as the most important character in their stories. In this workshop, Kelli Newby–a Capital Region RWA member who teaches fantasy writing and literature at MCLA–will show attendees worldbuilding techniques and exercises used by fantasy writers and discuss how to create immersive, multilayered worlds for any genre, time period, or reality.

Our new board will be meeting at noon, prior to the meeting. All members are welcome to attend.

December 2017 Meeting and Annual Member Celebration

Join us this Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 2pm at the East Greenbush Library for our annual member celebration!

The board will meet at 1pm to discuss the transition to the 2018 board.

Beginning at 2pm, we will come together to celebrate our members’ accomplishments for the year. Come recognize your chaptermates, allow your chaptermates to recognize you, and eat cake.

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 2017 meeting

Join us this Saturday, at a special date and location for two very special speakers! Tamsen Parker and Teresa Noelle Roberts will be joining us on November 4, 2017 at the Bethlehem Public Library. Our business meeting – including elections – will take place at 1pm, followed by our program at 2 pm. We hope to see you there!

November 4th, 2017, at the Bethlehem Public Library (Note the date and location change!)

Tamsen Parker and Teresa Noelle Roberts: Throw a Kink in Your Romantic Arc: Using BDSM to Build Complex Characters and Advance Your Plot 

When people think about BDSM, the first thought that comes to mind is usually whips and chains. While physical sensation can certainly be involved, much of the power of kink to participants and to you as a writer can be found in the intense psychological and emotional impacts it can have.

In this presentation, Tamsen and Teresa will explore how to use kink to add dimension to your characters and move your story forward. Much like sex, kink can provide moments of intimacy and vulnerability, and can be revealing of even (perhaps especially!) the cagiest individuals.

They’ll also discuss how some of these same principles can be used in your writing even if you don’t write kink. Elements of BDSM can be used in any genre, and don’t necessarily have to be labeled as such. Indeed, kink is leaking into more and more romance, including historicals and what Jenn Proffitt of Heroes and Heartbreakers coined as “kinktemporary.”