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Register for the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart In A Book Conference

Don’t  miss out on one of the best writers’ conferences on the east coast. For more information visit: http://njromancewriters.org/index.php?/conference/put_your_heart_in_a_book_conference/

NJRW’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference

Dream Big – Write Now!

October 18-19, 2013

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ

NJRW Member – $230 Non-member – $250 Pre-Conference 3-hour workshop: $35

Click the following to link to the registration page and follow the instructions on the MyRWA event system: http://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=202.

For questions/concerns, please contact Nicole Doran (Conference Chair) or Penni DePaul (Asst Conference Chair)

Featured Speakers

We will be joined by:

Keynote speaker — Diana Cosby

Diana Cosby

Luncheon speaker — Connie Brockway

Connie Brockway

Special Presentation speaker — Eloisa James*

Eloisa James

Along with a special pre-conference event with Margaret Mallory

Margaret Mallory

*First 100 Registrants only!

Eloisa James and Connie Brockway will be conducting the Special Presentation together!  Don’t miss their workshop: The Fabulous, Sexy Novella.  Register early to ensure your ticket.

Workshops presenters include…

  • Gina Ardito
  • Leanne Banks
  • Shea Berkley
  • Terri Brisbin
  • Kelsey Browning
  • Jaci Burton
  • Christine Bush
  • Karen Chaplin
  • Thea Devine
  • Morgan Doremus
  • Vicky Dreiling
  • Leigh Duncan
  • Tina Gabrielle
  • Deborah Gilbert
  • Adrienne Giordano
  • Shirley Hailstock
  • Anne Hawkins
  • Treva Harte
  • Gwen Hernandez
  • Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Madeline Hunter
  • Joyce Lamb
  • Joan Leacott
  • Virginia Kantra
  • Laura Kaye
  • Julie Kenner
  • Lou Kroeck
  • Sally MacKenzie
  • Tracy March
  • Susan Meier
  • Cathy Maxwell
  • Carla Neggers
  • Alysia Palacios
  • Jane Porter
  • Hope Ramsay
  • Eric Ruben
  • Phil Sexton
  • Shiloh Walker
  • Rebecca York
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Open Critique Session – Bring Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Whether you’re plotting a storyline and don’t know if it works, wondering if your opening scene has enough sizzle, stuck in the middle, or just want feedback on your manuscript, this is the meeting for you. The August session is a “bring everything but the kitchen sink” kind of share, where you’ll share aloud with fellow members in a warm, collaborative environment and receive constructive criticism (and praise) for your work.

Needed: Brave sharers, open-minded critique members, and manuscripts, synopsis, or query letters that have some plumbing problems.

Participants are invited to stay with their laptops for a hands-on afternoon session to revise their work.

Date: August 17th

Put Your Heart in a Book Contest Extended

heartIf you think you missed the deadline to submit your entry to the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Contest — you didn’t. The contest has been extended to 11:59 p.m. (EST) July 5, 2013

Official Information

Entry Fee: $25 ~ NJRW members, $35 ~ All others

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.

•Official rules
•Entry Form

Categories

Computer counts should be used to determine length. These are projected final word counts for your manuscript.

Contemporary Series Category romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.

Single Title Contemporary Romances set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.

Historical Single Title and category romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.

Paranormal Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. 40,000 word minimum.

Young Adult Romance Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.

Romantic Suspense A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take
the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

Please submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. Submission should not exceed thirty pages total, including text and synopsis. See Official Rules for details.

Prizes Awarded in each category
•1st Place: $50 + plaque
•2nd Place: $35 + certificate
•3rd Place: $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges

An agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.

Short Contemporary
Agent: Pattie Steele-Perkins, Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
Editor: Lauren Ruth, Entangled Publishing
Multi-published Author: Katherine Garbera

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: LaToya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Multi-published Author: Margaret Mallory

Historical
Agent: Jordy Albert – The Booker Albert Agency
Editor: Tessa Woodward, Avon Books
Multi-published Author: Connie Brockway

Paranormal
Agent: Eric Ruben, Ruben Literary Agency
Editor: Melissa Johnson, Carina Press
Multi-published Author: Eloisa James

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Multi-published author: Keri Mikulski

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
Multi-published author: Diana Cosby

Contest Timetable

Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 18-19, 2013). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Janet Pepsin or Lita Harris 2013 PYHIAB Contest Chair at pyhiab@njromancewriters.org.

Please put PYHIAB Contest – Your Submission Category in the subject line of your email.

FMI: http://njromancewriters.org/index.php?/njrw_contest/put_your_heart_in_a_book_contest/

New Jersey Romance Writers 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

New Jersey Romance Writers 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

Official Information

Entry Deadline: Entry period is from June 1, 2013 until July 1, 2013. Entries must be sent electronically and received by 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2013.

Entry Fee: $25 ~ NJRW members, $35 ~ All others

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.

•Official rules
•Entry Form

Categories

Computer counts should be used to determine length. These are projected final word counts for your manuscript.

Contemporary Series Category romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.

Single Title Contemporary Romances set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.

Historical Single Title and category romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.

Paranormal Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. 40,000 word minimum.

Young Adult Romance Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.

Romantic Suspense A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take
the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

Please submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. Submission should not exceed thirty pages total, including text and synopsis. See Official Rules for details.

Prizes Awarded in each category
•1st Place: $50 + plaque
•2nd Place: $35 + certificate
•3rd Place: $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges

An agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.

Short Contemporary
Agent: Pattie Steele-Perkins, Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
Editor: Lauren Ruth, Entangled Publishing
Multi-published Author: Katherine Garbera

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: LaToya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Multi-published Author: Margaret Mallory

Historical
Agent: Jordy Albert – The Booker Albert Agency
Editor: Tessa Woodward, Avon Books
Multi-published Author: Connie Brockway

Paranormal
Agent: Eric Ruben, Ruben Literary Agency
Editor: Melissa Johnson, Carina Press
Multi-published Author: Eloisa James

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Multi-published author: Keri Mikulski

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
Multi-published author: Diana Cosby

Contest Timetable

Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 18-19, 2013). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Janet Pepsin or Lita Harris 2013 PYHIAB Contest Chair at pyhiab@njromancewriters.org.

Please put PYHIAB Contest – Your Submission Category in the subject line of your email.

FMI: http://njromancewriters.org/index.php?/njrw_contest/put_your_heart_in_a_book_contest/

2013 NJRW Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors

NEW JERSEY Romance Writers presents

2013 Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors

*Deadline: June 17, 2013*

*Eligibility: Open to NJRW members (regardless of where they live) and RWA members living in Region One* published in novel-length romance fiction who are eligible for either RWA Published Author Network (PAN) or NJRW PUB. Romance novels with a first copyright date or first North American printing date of July 2012 through June 2013.

* Entry Fee:

Non-NJRW Members who live in Region One*: $30 for first entry and $25 for subsequent entries
NJRW Members: $25 for first entry and $15 for subsequent entries
* RWA Region One Boundaries: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT. In Canada: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

*Categories:*

* Best First Book: any romance novel from a first-time author not previously published in book ­length romantic fiction, regardless of publishing medium.

* Contemporary Series: category length romances and romantic suspense set in the present day. 40,000 – approximately 70,000 word minimum.

* Contemporary Single Title: romance novels which focus primarily on the romantic relationship, targeted for release as individual titles, not as part of a series. Approximately 70,000 word minimum.

* Historical: category and single title length romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.

* Novella: short pieces of romantic fiction between 20-40,000 words. (Trade magazines do not normally fall under the proper word count; however, if your novella does, the acceptability of such work will be the decision of the contest chairperson.)

* Paranormal: any romance novel in which either time travel, futuristic, fantasy world or paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot. 40,000 word minimum.

* Romantic Suspense: any romance novel in which suspense is a major element of the plot, not as part of a series. 40,000 word minimum.

* Romantic Elements: a work of fiction in which romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

* Young Adult: novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.

Winners will be announced at the Golden Leaf Awards Ceremony and Reception on Friday evening, October 18, 2013 at the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference.

For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.njromancewriters.org or contact Contest Chairs, at GoldenLeaf @ njromancewriters.org (remove spaces before sending email).

Register for the New Jersey Romance Writers Special Event

New Jersey Romance Writers is excited to announce a full-day special event on Saturday, May 18, 2013 that you won’t want to miss:  

Before You Hit Send – Editing Workshop

Featuring the renowned Angela James, Carina Press Executive Editor, Before You Hit Send is a self-editing workshop for authors at all stages of their writing career. Based on Angela’s three-week online course, which she has presented to thousands of authors over the past three years, this all-day special event takes the same valuable
material and condenses it into a seven-hour workshop.

Before You Hit Send covers everything from handy word-processing-program tips, punctuation and grammar to more advanced topics such as pacing, passive voice, show versus tell, and more! Plus, you’ll get handouts to support all of her tips and suggestions—all from a respected industry veteran.

Join us at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for this can’t-miss event. (A buffet-style lunch is available onsite; lunch is on your own.)

Registration costs are $20 for NJRW members and $30 for non-members.

Registration closes May 11, 2013. And, space is limited, so be sure to act now!

To register, or for additional information, go to:  http://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=232 

Payment can be made via PayPal or by check. If you are paying via check, once your online registration is complete, please send a check made out to:

NJ Romance Writers

PO Box 513,
Plainsboro, NJ 08536-0513.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Another Reason to Join NJRW

“Come Into My World,” Said The Writer To The Reader. Speaker Janet Lane Walters will talk about world building for all authors and some of the things one has to consider when creating a world whether it is contemporary, historical or science fiction and fantasy. The workshop will consider such things as Tone, Settings, Characters, History and anything else that might occur to the speaker. Audience participation will happen, particularly during the presentation part.

Janet Lane Walters has been writing stories since the days of typewriters and carbon paper. First short stories published in 1968. She turned to novels when an editor remarked that her short story sounded like the synopsis for a novel. Since 1972, she has published 33 novels, and a dozen or so novellas plus four non-fiction books. She was a ghostwriter for a time. During the 1980s she took a dozen years to return to work as a nurse, earn a BA in English and a BS in Nursing. Janet returned to writing in 1993. She belongs to RWA, Hudson Valley and NJ Chapters, EPIC and Broad Universe. She is also a member of a critique group that started in 1990. Though the members have changed over the years she and one other member remain from those first days.

For those who wish to explore more, in the afternoon session Janet will listen, and discuss with those who want to bring in the first page of their current story, to see if your invitation into your world draws her in.