Join the West Houston RWA chapter on November 14, 2015 for a day of workshops and sessions on craft and being an author in today’s market. We’ll discuss how to get noticed in a saturated market, trends and how they impact craft, as well as collaborations and new opportunities in digital. This all-day event is designed to offer support for unpublished authors considering their path, for traditionally published and hybrid authors, as well as career indies.
From Zero to Sixty: On Launching and Winning with a New Author Brand
Romantic suspense author Susan Stoker published her first book in 2014. Since then, she’s published over ten more books and hit the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Susan will share insider tips on marketing, momentum, and writing from the heart.
About Susan Stoker
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.
The Game’s Afoot:
Mystery/Suspense Techniques to Intrigue, Deceive, and Delight Your Reader
In this craft-oriented workshop, RITA-nominated author Colleen Thompson shares techniques authors of any genre can adapt to create a more involving, surprising, and engaging story. Included topics: laying down clues, developing red herrings, using MacGuffins, and misdirecting reader attention while “playing fair” with the reader.
About Colleen Thompson
A former teacher and prolific speaker on the craft of writing, Colleen Thompson is the RITA-nominated author of 27 books, from the fast-paced romantic thrillers she has written for Harlequin, Montlake, and Dorchester Publishing to the action-packed historical romances she wrote as Gwyneth Atlee for Kensington. Other honors include the National Readers’ Choice Award, multiple Romantic Times’ Top Picks, KISS Awards and a Reviewer’s Choice Award, Publisher’s Weekly starred review, and appearances on the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, Bookscan and Amazon bestseller lists.
Upcoming releases include “Rescuing the Bride” in Cowboy Christmas Rescue (Harlequin Romantic Suspense, 11/15) and The Off Season (Montlake, 08/16). Visit Colleen online at www.colleen-thompson.com
Two Heads Are Better Than One: Co-writing, Boxed Sets, and other Ways to Collaborate as Authors
Collaborating is a powerful way to jumpstart creativity, build a bigger platform, and sell more books. Hear from multiple authors on the challenges and successes of their collaborative projects, in terms of both craft and marketing. Find out what happens when a solitary job becomes a team effort.
About Skye Warren
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Houston, Texas, with her loving family, three dogs, and one evil cat.
About Libby Austin
Libby Austin is a wife, mother, and lover of the written word, and she uses all of them to entertain through the stories she tells. As a reader, Libby has always had an active imagination. One day some words came to mind, so she wrote them down. Soon the words became sentences, which formed paragraphs, which, in turn, formed chapters. Before long, those words had become a book. Libby has self-published two novels and a novella.
About Anne Conley
Anne Conley has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing three romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. In Pierce Securities, she gives us Ryan, Evan, Miriam, Zack, Quinten, and Simon. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.
How to Craft Characters with Soul
Where do those swoony book boyfriends come from? We’ll discuss how to create true heroes and unforgettable characters that readers can’t get enough of using subtext, deep POV, and strong character arcs, as well as some general manuscript pitfalls from the viewpoint of the editor.
About Shauna Allen
Shauna Allen is the award-winning author of the Cupid Chronicles series and the new Jack ‘Em Up series. Shauna also writes emotional Contemporary YA novels as SC Montgomery and works as a freelance editor. She has worked as an acquiring editor for a small NY press and been editor-slash-Virtual Assistant Goddess for two NYT Bestselling phenoms. She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.
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