2015 Wrap Up — Another Great Year For CR-RWA Members!

I’m once again honored and privileged to share the success of the authors in the Capital Region RWA chapter. We had another fantastic year in 2015. I’m truly amazed at this hard-working group. Most of our forty members reached some goal for the year, whether it was word count, attending the National Conference in New York City, or publishing their first book. I couldn’t be more proud.

Our word count totals were truly amazing. Collectively, we wrote over two million words from January to December. Forty percent of our writers individually penned over a hundred thousand words—a remarkable accomplishment for anyone. Seventy percent of the group completed a manuscript. Two of our members, Jenna Kendrick and Kari W Cole joined the PRO community, and two, Autumn Jones Lake and Marie Lark joined PAN.

Fifty-three percent of members had new book releases—actually eleven contracts were signed and nineteen books were released. Yes, nineteen.

Check out these covers!

The Lady Who Lived Again - CoverThomasine Rappold’s debut novel, The Woman Who Lived Again, was published in November. Congratulations to her on this achievement.
MMBCoverJenna Kendrick also had a debut shorty story, Make Me Believe, released this year. Congrats, Jenna!
His ContractRebecca Grace Allen released her first full-length novel, His Contract, this year. She also released a novella, The Hierarchy of Needs, in July 2015.
Seven Nights of SurrenderWhen the stars alignThrough the static 
Jeanette Grey had a great year, releasing three books including her premier paperback, Seven Nights of Surrender. Through the Static and When the Stars Align also were published this year.
ML_third take is the charm_coverlgMarie Lark released her third book, Third Take is the Charm, in August this year.
Strength from Loyalty - CopyTattered on my sleeveAutumn Jones Lake had two books released this year, Tattered on My Sleeve and Strength from Loyalty. She also contributed to two anthologies, Rev the Engine and Pink: Sexy and Hot for a Cure.
Winnig the Teacher's HeartholidayHome comingJean C Gordon had two titles released this year—a Christmas tale, Holiday Homecoming, and Winning the Teacher’s Heart. Both books are part of her Donnelly Brothers series.
ready to rockCara Connelly released the contemporary romance novel The Wedding Band and the novella The Wedding Gift, and also self-published her first book, the Golden Heart winning prequel to her Save the Date series, Ready to Rock.
9781432831141_p0_v1_s192x300-125x193-1Glen Ebisch released his sixteenth book, The Bad Actor, in July.
Hope Dawns EternalJulie Lomoe, one of our newer members, released her book, Hope Dawns Eternal this year.
Put a Ring on itKA Mitchell’s latest title—her twentieth book–Put a Ring on It came out in September.

In other news, our own Anna Bowling also had a stellar writing year. She sold over twenty-five articles, twenty-three of which were about the romance writing industry.

Last but not least, Kari W. Cole cleaned up with contests this year. She won the Daphne du Maurier in both the paranormal category and overall. She also won the Paranormal category for Toronto Chapter’s The Catherine, achieved second place in the Chicago North Chapter’s Fire & Ice and Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland Rocks.

Congratulations to all our authors listed here and those too shy to share their accolades. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this chapter. Happy writing!

Christine Dreidel, CRRWA President

January 2016 Member News

Congratulations to our members for all of their accomplishments this month!

  • Rebecca Grace Allen completed the third novella in the Portland Rebels series, The Theory of Deviance. She also accepted an offer of representation from Tara Carberry of Trident Media Group.
  • Susie Warren released  her book The Chosen Heir on January 1, 2016.
  • KA Mitchell released the audio version of Put a Ring on It. Her new book Risk Everything On It came out on January 8, 2016.
  • Kathryn R. Biel’s book Live For This is now available for pre-order. It releases March 8, 2016.
  • Autumn Jones Lake released White Heat (Lost Kings #5) on January 6, 2016.

January 2016 Meeting with K.A. Mitchell

Join us Saturday, January 9, 2016, for our first meeting of the year. Our very own K.A. Mitchell will present a workshop on characterization. 

Getting More Bars: Creating Deep Reader Connections with Your Characters
This hands-on workshop helps participants develop layered characters with strong motivations for action. Developing this level of characterization makes the emotional conflict of a story stronger because the characters have real obstacles to an HEA, not something that can be solved through external compromise or rational conversation. Knowing what motivates the character at his or her core identity creates an opportunity for the kind of emotional conflict and the character growth arc that keeps readers and editors coming back for more.

Note: This will be a hands-on workshop! Bring your story file or a notebook and pen, and come prepared to work.

We hope to see you there!