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Published in: on October 23, 2017 at 10:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Wednesday’s #notRWA17 Schedule

A virtual conference for those not attending RWA. #notRWA17

Olivia Dade

Here we go! And if I got anything wrong, please let me know. ♥

Not RWA Wednesday ScheduleAM prompt: Best tips for new authors
PM prompt: Pics of current character inspirations

Twitter threads:

Noon EST: Sandra Schwab (@ScribblingSandy)‏ No Dukes Allowed: Writing Unusual Historical Romances

1 p.m.: Suleikha Snyder‏ (@suleikhasnyder) Writing Tips From Soaps & Bollywood

2 p.m.: Ana Coqui (@anacoqui) Demystifying Reviews

3 p.m.: Racheline Maltese (@racheline_m) Are Two Heads Better Than One? Tips on Working Collaboratively

5 p.m.: Michelle Boule (@wanderingeyre) Super Series Planning: How to Plan a Series and When to Let the Plan Go

6 p.m.: Abby Ryan‏ (@AbbyRyanWrites) Writing STEM Heroes and Heroines

sprint graphic Sprinting and accountability partners:

1. Karen Booth (@karenbbooth)
2. Lynn Painter (@LAPainter)
3. K.T. Gilbert (@ktgilbert76)
4. Evelyn Isaacks (@evelynisaacks)
5. CC Bridges (@ccbridgeswriter)
6. Susan Scott Shelley (@Susan_S_Shelley)
7. Amie DontshushMe (@chronic_mom)
8. Adriana Anders (@AdrianasBoudoir)
9. Amy Quinton (@AmyQuinton)
10. Shannyn Schroeder (@SSchroeder_)

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Published in: on July 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Before You Quit

Perfect article regarding the crossroads of being a writer.

Olivia Dade

Hand holding headphones, folders and resignation letter on the desk This is the expression of a woman who only now realized the word “just” appears 347 times in her manuscript.

Somewhere around April 2014, the grayness of my life began to lift. At the time, I was being dragged underwater by the riptide of a depression I’d only just begun to address with a therapist, drowned by anxiety I didn’t even recognize as a problem until two years later.

Nevertheless, I began writing fiction for the first time that month. I sat at my keyboard, desperate for relief from all my troublesome thoughts. For a blissful moment when my mind could occupy itself with someone else’s life, rather than my own.

I wrote with no expectation of publication. No knowledge of how or how well I’d write. No sense of what kinds of stories suited my unknown talents (or lack thereof). And holy shit, I wrote quickly. In the…

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Published in: on July 17, 2017 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Noncompete Clauses in Publishing Contracts – What precisely is an author agreeing to?

Terrific author contract advice from Tina Gabrielle.

The Violet Femmes

The very first time I read a noncompete clause in a friend’s publishing contract, I had to reread it—not just twice like we all should—but a few times. What exactly do publishers want and what are authors agreeing to? How important is this clause to authors anyway?

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Noncompete clauses are also called competing works clauses or conflicting publication clauses. In simple terms, noncompete clauses restrict the right of an author to write or publish another book that is similar to and would unfairly compete with the sold book. Almost all publishing contracts include a version of this clause, and publishers are well within their rights to have the exclusive right to the book the author has entered into a contract with them. But the clause must be fair and authors should check that the clause is not overly restrictive.

For example, if an author writes romantic suspense and sells it…

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Published in: on October 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm  Comments (1)  

Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Deadly Dance)

Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Deadly Dance).

Published in: on September 9, 2014 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Dark Deceptions)

Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Dark Deceptions).

Published in: on September 9, 2014 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Hall of Fame Recipient: Dee Davis

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Hall of Fame Recipient: Dee Davis.

Published in: on September 9, 2014 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Dealing with the Walking Dead

Great article from Jaye Marie Rome on writing.

The Violet Femmes

I’m going to put this out there. I am not a nice person. I can be pretty ruthless. When I no longer have use for someone, I have no problem throwing him out.  

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If I don’t like something that happens, I can easily tuck it away so that I forget it ever occurred. And if somebody says something that doesn’t make sense, I readily say “That’s stupid!”

Such is the life of a writer.

Oh, you thought I was talking about real life? Did you forget this is a blog about writing? Silly!

Let me first say, I’m a Capricorn. We Capricorns are known for being loyal to a fault…until you cross us. Still, I’m inordinately proud of the progress I’ve made in being able to disassociate myself from something that is no longer working in my manuscript. It isn’t easy. Writers become attached to their words in…

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Published in: on August 25, 2014 at 11:37 am  Comments (1)  

In The Mind of Beth Ciotta – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

New Jersey Romance Writers Blog

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and best-selling author, Beth Ciotta!

Beth will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Derring-Do: The Passionate Writer’s Guide to Success is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

Please welcome Beth!

How did you come up with the idea for HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY?

Although I’ve had a few other releases since HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY (2013), I’m highlighting this particular novel because it finaled in the paranormal category of this year’s RWA RITA contest—Such an honor! I’m still reeling!

HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY is the second book in the series: The Glorious Victorious Darcys. The concept was born of a love of fantastical treasure hunts and morphed into a steampunk adventure where two time periods meld—The Victorian Age meets…

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Published in: on June 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Moment to Sit

TimelessKeepsakesFinalCoverThis has been a busy week with the release of Timeless Keepsakes. I want to give a quick shout out to The Violet Femmes for their wonderful post. Thank you so much.

The Scribes are still on a blog tour and I’m appearing at  Pembroke Sinclair today.

Published in: on November 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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