February 14th Emily Awards and Allison Brennan!

February 14th – Emily Awards and Allison Brennan!

Please join us at our Annual Emily Awards and Presentation featuring guest speaker Allison Brennan!
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Allison Brennan

Allison Brennan is the New York Times bestselling author of many romantic thrillers, including Carnal Sin, Original Sin, Fatal Secrets, Cutting Edge, and Sudden Death. A four-time RITA finalist and Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Brennan enjoys spending her free time reading, playing games, watching high school sports, and researching her novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers. Allison Brennan lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and their five children.

As always, the doors open at 8:30 with our business meeting beginning at 9. After a break to network, at 10:15 Ms. Brennan will motivate us with “You’re Not Normal” then give us an honest opinion of the State of our Industry.

At noon, a delicious catered lunch will be enjoyed by all, followed by book signings from Ms. Brennan, Shana Galen and Donna Maloy, then we will have the Emily Awards!!!
To finish out this wonderfully informative and exciting day, at 1:30,  Ms. Brennan will present Thrills, Chills and Villains: Writing Romantic Suspense and Thrillers.
What makes a compelling thriller? Character, pacing and stakes. But I’d argue that these same elements are needed in all stories, from romantic suspense to erotic romance, from mysteries to science fiction.
For Houston RWA, I’ve combined my two most popular workshops — “Thrills & Chills” and “The Villain’s Journey” — into a multi-faceted presentation that aims to help you take your writing to the next level by focusing on the key elements of great storytelling. Though the focus will be on romantic suspense and thrillers, writers of all genres will benefit from discussions on character, pacing and creating compelling, organic conflict. Designed for both aspiring and published authors.
After a break, Ms. Brennan will wrap up with Breaking Rules to Break In or Break Out.
Putting everything together from today, learn why breaking rules can help you grow your love of writing and withstand the pitfalls of the business.
Last will be your chance to Ask Allison Anything!

January 10th Diane Kelly

January 10th Meeting – Diane Kelly
Death and Taxes

Diane Kelly

A former tax advisor, Diane Kelly inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals. Lest she end up in an orange jumpsuit, Diane decided self-employment would be a good idea. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her “Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series. A graduate of her hometown’s Citizen Police Academy, Diane Kelly also writes the hilarious K-9 cop “Paw Enforcement” series.

Diane’s books have been awarded the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award and a Reviewers Choice Award.

Be the first to receive book news by signing up for Diane’s newsletter at www.dianekelly.com. “Like” Diane on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dianekellybooks, and follow her on Twitter @dianekellybooks.

In this presentation, you’ll learn:

(1) how to determine if your writing constitutes a business or a hobby;

(2) whether incorporating or forming a limited liability company is right for you;

(3) federal income tax forms relating to your writing business and how to prepare the forms;

(4) business expense deductions, including the options available and the pros and cons of each option;

(5) self-employment taxes – what they are and how to compute them;

(6) estimated taxes;

(7) setting up a retirement plan for your writing business;

(8) record-keeping for your writing business;

(9) an overview of state tax issues; and

(10) tips for hiring a tax preparer and minimizing fees.

Plus, you’ll get the pick the brain of Diane Kelly, an experienced CPA/tax attorney and author of the Death and Taxes romantic mystery series from St. Martin’s Press.

Next month don’t miss Allison Brennan and our fabulous Emily Awards Ceremony!

November 8th WHRWA All Day Meeting Presents Jodi Thomas

All Day Meeting – November 8th

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Please, join us for our all day meeting as we welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas!

Jodi will present three workshops throughout the day focusing on writing a series. Her first presentation is World Building in which she will explain how to create a story and characters that come alive. Next is Staying Alive in An Ever-Changing Environment where Jodi will tell us how to write for today’s market with all its changes. And last, World Building: A Career which entails how to create and write a book series.

The price is $15 for West Houston RWA members and $25 for everyone else. A delicious lunch of pasta and salad will be provided by Cafe Express!

8:30 AM – Doors open and check in
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM – WHRWA Business Meeting, Elections and Awards!
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Break and Networking
10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon – Jodi Thomas— “World Building”
12:00 – 1:30 PM – Café Express Catered Lunch, Book Sale with KBB and signing with Jodi Thomas and Marissa Clarke!
1:30 — 4:00 — “Staying Alive in an Ever-Changing Environment” and “World Building: A Career” with short afternoon break and snacks!
Jodi Thomas

A fifth generation Texan who taught family living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

     The stories Thomas has committed to paper have earned her an impressive list of distinguished awards, including being inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. Here are just a few of the latest:

• In 2010, The Lone Texan won the Reader’s Choice 2009 Best Western Romance from Love Western Romances.com.

• In 2011, Jodi won a RITA for Welcome to Harmony (2010) and the Booksellers’ Best Award for Somewhere Along the Way (2010), Romantic Times’ Romance Pioneer Award, Reviewers’ Choice Award and Best Western Romance for Texas Blue (2011)

• In 2013, Jodi won a Holt Medallion for Wild Texas Rose (2012) and the West Texas Books Festival’s A.C. Green Award

• In 2014, Jodi Thomas won the National Readers’ Choice Award’s Contemporary Single Title for Can’t Stop Believing (2013)

     With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

For more information, please check Jodi’s website at www.jodithomas.com.

October 11th – Lynn Lorenz Presents Frontend Loading Your Manuscript for Success

Using corporate techniques, Lynn will show how to gather all the elements of your novel together before you start writing, to insure your manuscript’s success. Using a questionnaire, you’ll walk through all the elements of your story that most writers don’t think about before they start writing, helping you to understand your story and characters and avoiding rewrites and weak characters.

Lynn Lorenz

Lynn Lorenz lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.

Saturday, September 13: DiAnn Mills – CREATING THE ESSENTIAL BACKSTORY

Join us Saturday, September 13 when we welcome DiAnn Mills, who will be teaching us about CREATING THE ESSENTIAL BACKSTORY.
diann mills
This hands-on workshop shows the importance of how everything that happened to your character before chapter one, line one, motivates you character into fresh and compelling action. By learning the backstory of a character, actions in the present are easier for the writer to predict according to experiences and lessons learned.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than sixty books published.  Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational ReadersChoice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2014 president of the Romance Writers of Americas Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.  DiAnn is also a craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.  She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. Visit her website atwww.diannmills.com and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DiAnnMills), Twitter (@DiAnnMills), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/DiAnnMills), and Goodreads(www.goodreads.com/DiAnnMills).
We meet the second Saturday of the month at:
8:30 AM – Doors open and check in
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – WHRWA Business Meeting
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break and Networking

August 9th – Tera Lynn Childs and SCRIVENER 101 (AND BEYOND)

bdvlfkpbm.690[1]Are you frustrated by Microsoft Word? Do you have folders so full of research and notes and images that you can never find what you’re looking for? Have you lost track of which version of a story you’re on? Are you surrounded by stacks of index cards and sticky notes? The amazing developed-just-for-writers program Scrivener may be the answer to all your organization (and production) needs.

Imagine having all your documents, images, notes, web pages, edit letters and more in one easy-to-navigate place. The only thing Scrivener can’t do is write the book for you. Whether you’ve never even heard of this crazy program or you think you’re an old pro, longtime Scrivener convert Tera Lynn Childs will show you how to get it, use it, and make it do things you’ve only dreamed of being able to do. From choosing a template to plotting on the corkboard to writing on the go to exploring ebook formats, this workshop will give you the skills to make Scrivener work for you.

Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My.Gods.and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Schedule for August 9th

8:30 AM – Doors open and check in
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – WHRWA Business Meeting
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break and Networking
10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon – SCRIVENER 101 (AND BEYOND)

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