Wow, to say the lead up to an RWA Conference is a crazy time is an understatement. Running a multi-stream event takes a heap of organising. The team of fabulous volunteers put it all together over a year of dedicating their time and then some over the three days of conference. I have enjoyed every minute with the wonderful tribe of romance writers of all sorts (and they were out in force during the Twisted Fairy Tale themed Cocktail Party).
Though I was too busy to enjoy conference masterclasses, workshops, seminars, panels, forums and gatherings I did have a chance to meet many amazing writers who all shared their knowledge and stories willingly. I have come away boiling with writing ideas and renewed motivation to finish Elephant Creek (WIP) and start other projects.
Though I missed the panel on Alternative Income Streams: Maximising your skills I realise that is something that I must do. So while my part-time Administrative work for RWA is my focus as well as finishing my latest book Elephant Creek, I also want to use my Graphic Artist skills again. I’ll be designing book covers, business cards, postcards and bookmarks as well as helping other authors with press releases, book launches and other practical marketing tools. Very soon I’ll add a new tab to the website. If you know anyone after some of these services please send them my way.
My gorgeous granddaughter received a ribbon for a running race at her school. I was proud when she rushed over after school to show me. I can’t wait to have a photo taken with her. She’ll be holding her ribbon and I’ll holding my First Sale ribbon (in the pic). Technically my first book sale was in 2017 but this was my first (yep a newbie) conference so I took the opportunity to finally get it. Watching people collect their milestone pins made me realise that I am getting close to receiving the first one (5 books).
To some these badges may seem petty but I believe they encourage authors to move forward with their careers. It’s a token RWA members should be proud of. Some authors have completed over 75 books. I’m a long way off but we all have to start somewhere don’t we? And…as I was reminded by our keynote speaker (and Hall of Famer) Amy Andrews not many people finish a book – “Just get the damn book finished.”
So I will. And if you were looking forward to Elephant Creek I promise I’m setting a new deadline and sticking to it. I’ll keep you posted.
If you missed out on your copy of Kendwa’s Secret I have more in stock now. Go to my Bookstore to purchase or find a copy that suits you (paperback or ebook) on Amazon.
I’m excited to be holding a Online Writing Lab (OWL) for Romance Writers of Australia this April. Please join me as I share my self-publishing journey with tips and tricks without the pitfalls. Learn from my own lessons. I’ll also be sharing plenty of free templates to use in your publishing business – to make life easy.
RWA OWL: Self-Publishing POD – love your own books
There’s no better joy to an aspiring romance author than the arrival of that first book baby. Holding that début book in your hands, flipping the pages, rubbing the cover and staring at your author picture may seem a surreal dream, but it’s not. Advancements in technology make it possible for you to self-publish simply – if you know how.
I’ll eliminate the worries from your self-publishing journey by teaching you tips and tricks; what worked for me and what didn’t.
As an indie author of two romance novels The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa’s Secret and successful freelance writer, I can show you how to take the next steps. I have worked in publishing as a book marketing publicist, developed writer websites and ghostwritten to help other writers achieve their goals. My qualifications include a writing diploma, TESOL certificate, graphic arts, printing, publishing, public speaking, event management and writing for over thirty years.
Let me help you:
- Avoid the common pitfalls.
- Celebrate your ability.
- The A, B, Cs of self-publishing (Aptitude, Belief, Creativity).
- Drafts, edits, re-drafts and re-edits and the tricks to help.
- Network with your tribe for the processes you can’t do yourself.
- The dozen of self-publishing (1. Write, 2. Drafts/Edits, 3. Register, 4. Market, 5. Layout, 6. Book Cover, 7. Proof, 8. Last Edit, 9. Print, 10. Distribute, 11. Social Media, 12. Website and other marketing).
- Enjoy the creative freedom of self-publishing.
- Checklists to make the best decisions to produce a book that mixes it with the traditionals.
- Keeping records that don’t dampen your enthusiasm.
The course will run for four weeks.
Lessons will be disseminated each week in downloadable Word and PDF handouts, along with YouTube videos. The presenter will email all participants once a week before the next lesson.
Prior to the course, a questionnaire will need to be completed so the presenter can see where each participant is at with their romance writing.
To get the most out of this course it’s best to have intermediate computer skills and access to the internet. Anyone who is enthusiastic and willing to learn is welcome to join in.
Donna Munro is the indie author of two adventure romance novels and a successful freelance writer who has been published in national magazines. She has a background in publishing, book marketing, graphic design, printing, WordPress/Wix websites and ghostwriting. She helps other writers aspire to publication through her website http://www.warmwittywords.com.au
Course Dates: 1st to 28th April 2019
Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.
Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)
RWA OWL Courses
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