Join us Saturday, February 11, 2017 for our monthly chapter meeting. For the program, our own Autumn Jones Lake will present a workshop on Finding and Engaging Your Reader Tribe Using Social Media. We hope to see you there!
Join us this Saturday, January 14, 2017, for our first meeting of the year. Our very own Marie Lark will lead an interactive plotting workshop to help you get your writing year off to a great start:
Plotter or Pantser, 8 elements every novel plot needs.
Whether you’re a detailed outliner or prefer to fly by the seat of your pants when planning and writing your novel, everyone needs a few guidelines to make sure their book hangs together in a coherent way and isn’t a collection of random, unrelated events and characters. This workshop will take you through the eight elements every story needs, from the big, over-arching story goal or the problem your main characters want to solve, to the background, contextual elements that will flesh out your world with compelling, plot- and character-relevant details. Be ready to work with your current WIP or to brainstorm your next project!
We hope to see you there!
Join us this Saturday, December 10, for our annual author celebration. Our members’ accomplishments will be recognized, and we will discuss chapter and individual goals for the coming year.
The celebration begins at 1pm. It will be preceded by a brief board meeting at 12:30pm. We hope to see you there!
Join us this Saturday, November 12, 2016. Our business meeting will include elections for the 2017 board, after which author Karen Rock will present a workshop on emotional writing.
Karen Rock – Creating Genuine, Emotional Scenes that Avoid Clichés
Emotional honesty is the greatest gift an author can give. In this workshop, we’ll drill down past clichés to craft fresh, unexpected and authentic scenes that will move, not manipulate, your readers to laugh, cry, rail and swoon. Access the heart of every scene by delving deeper than ever in your story-telling through authentic character point of view, tension, language, details, dialogue (and sometimes its absence) as well as harnessing personal experiences and observations.
Just a reminder that our all-day master class workshop with the Executive Editor of Harlequin’s Carina Press Angela James will take place this Saturday, September 10. This is your last chance to sign up – registration closes soon!
Before You Hit Send is a hands-on self-editing workshop for authors at all stages of their writing careers, from aspiring to multi-published. This day-long workshop covers everything from the basics of self-editing (punctuation, grammar, adverb/adjective use) to the more advanced topics of pacing, passive voice, overwriting, show versus tell, and more!
A twelve-year veteran of the editing profession, Angela has worked with hundreds authors as a former copy editor, and as the developmental editor of such New York Times Bestselling authors as Shannon Stacey, Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton. She’s sorted through thousands of submissions and contest entries, and in this workshop she’ll tell us exactly how to make our manuscripts shine.
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Ramada Plaza
3 Watervliet Ave Ext, Albany, NY 12206
Join us Saturday, August 13, at the East Greenbush Public Library for our monthly meeting. This month, we will NOT have a business meeting. However, we invite members to arrive at 1pm as usual for an informal chat about the state of the industry and a chance to catch up with your fellow writers about what they’re currently working on.
At 2pm, our own KA Mitchell will present a hands-on, interactive workshop. Bring your current work in progress — no matter what stage it’s in, this workshop should have something for you!
KA Mitchell – Putting Your Characters to Work
You know your character—her flaws, goals, and deep dark past. Maybe you came to January’s workshop and analyzed your character’s enneagram and love type. But now what? How do you turn a character’s goals, flaws, and issues into a story with a happy ending that will satisfy your reader?
In this workshop you’ll learn how to use a character’s incorrect core beliefs, the hole in their soul, to poke them and drive them and their story forward.
Capital Region Romance members had another outstanding month! Congratulations to everyone on their accomplishments.
- Marie Lark’s fourth book, The First Morning After, released from LooseID on June 7.
- Kelli Newby’s book won the Fire And Ice competition in the Contemporary Romance category.
- Debby Nolan’s sweet romance Starting Over is coming out in January 2017 through Desert Breeze Press.
- Sue Ann Porter will have a flash fiction story published in the next issue of Machinery Mag, a publication based in India.
- The fifth book in Lucinda Race’s Loudon Series, Ready To Soar, will be out in four weeks.
- Glen Ebisch’s book about a television meteorologist entitled Stormy Weather will be coming out next year from The Wild Rose Press.
- Rachael Miles’ second book, Chasing The Heiress, released on May 31st from Kensington.
Join us this Saturday, June 11, at the East Greenbush Library for our monthly meeting. Our board will meet at 12:30, followed by a general business meeting at 1 p.m.
At 2p.m., we will be joined by hybrid author Audra North, who will present a workshop on self-publishing.
Audra North – Self-Publishing: A Practical Workshop
Are you interested in becoming an Indie author, but don’t know how to manage the nuts and bolts of the back end? In this workshop, Audra North shares step-by-step instructions and tips on everything behind-the-scenes of self-publishing. Topics covered include: managing organization, marketing strategy, maximizing readership, and series branding.
Please note that we will NOT be meeting in July. We hope to see you before you head off on your summer adventures!
Our guest on the blog is Audra North, contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series from Entangled Publishing, the Hard Driving series from St. Martin’s Press, and the Pushing the Boundaries series from Samhain Publishing. She’s the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards. Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She’s also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.
Cara: Welcome, Audra! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing. What made you want to write romance?
Audra: I’ve been reading romance for nearly 20 years and it’s the only genre I’ve consistently loved. When I had my second child and quit my job, there were a lot of quiet hours for the first couple of months of his life, and I decided to fill them by trying my hand at writing one of the books I loved so much. It probably helps that we don’t watch TV in my house… those long hours required some project to make them pass more quickly!
Cara: For a lot of us romance authors, it all started with our love of reading. What do you like to read?
Audra: I love to read contemporary romance, historical romance, and nonfiction books. I love parenting books, books about marketing, and books full of interesting anecdotes about the history of an object, such as Salt by Mark Kurlansky or Color by Victoria Finlay.
Cara: Tell us about your path to publication. Do you have an agent?
Audra: I do, and she’s amazing. Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary is my agent and has been for two years. She does a stellar job of placing work at traditional pubs and is really supportive of hybrid authors and self-publishing, as well. Not many agents are like her and I’m really lucky to have her on my team.
Cara: When you sit down to write, do you plot your stories or wing it?
Audra: I plot plot plot! I have a heavy writing schedule with a mix of traditional books and self-published ones, so I have to have an efficient plan for writing in order not to fall behind. That includes detailed plots for my works.
Cara: In today’s crowded marketplace, discoverability is all-important. How much promotion do you do?
Audra: I used to do only a little promotion, like a couple of blog posts and release day tweets. But since I’ve started self-publishing more, I’ve learned a lot, and now I understand just how much is required. It’s a lot more than I was doing, I’ll tell you that! I recently hired a PR firm, Barclay Publicity, to help me. The Barclay team has been doing such an amazing job, and I’m so happy to finally have that part of my career moving in the right direction.
Cara: What’s next for you?
Audra: I have a book out on June 14th from St. Martin’s Press. Crossing the Line is the third book in my NASCAR-inspired series. The second book in my Lucky in Love series is due out later this year, and I have a women’s fiction project in the works that I’m hoping to wrap up by the end of the year.
Cara: Wow, 2016 is a busy year for you! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to chat with us. Good luck with all your releases!
Congratulations to our members on another productive and successful month!
- Susie Warren’s new release The Sheltered Heiress is available for pre-order.
- Kathryn Biel’s Jump, Jive, and Wail has been nominated for a RONE by InD’tale Magazine. Her book Killing Me Softly is now available in audio book.