May 2018

RWA Blog #5 – Attending a writers’ conference? You’re not alone

For our May 2018 post, the Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers  thought through our experiences from attending the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference – what we learned, was it intimidating, was it amazing … You can read our article on the RWA blog here, or the full text is reprinted below. (If the graphic image seems perplexing – the theme for the cocktail party on the opening night of the RWA Conference 2018 is Tiaras & Tuxedos.) As the 2018 Sydney Conference is currently a hot topic in the RWA world The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are tackling the issue in this month’s RWA blog.   Firstly, Lou Greene addresses The Big Question: To attend conference or not to attend.   I’ve been trying to talk myself out of buying a ticket for the RWA Conference this year. I’m not strictly a romance writer and it seems somewhat self-indulgent, and no, it’s not cheap. But first I thought I’d better consider the reasons I might want to go… Last year, one of the rash decisions I made was to share a taxi from the airport with a fellow RWA member who I didn’t yet know. Fortunately, she was no axe-wielding murderess and from that one point of contact, I became part of a small circle of writing friends that has since become my writing bedrock – yes this Upcoming Crew. I’m keen to reconnect this year, hear their writing journeys first hand, and enjoy company and conversation that we otherwise conduct over Facebook and Skype. Plus I don’t really want to think about the fun they might have without me. Then there are the presentations, workshops and breakout sessions to consider. Well quite frankly the main frustration is having too much choice, not being able to…

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RWA Blog #4 – Writers share the best and worst advice they’ve received

For their April blog, the Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers looked at the best and worst advice they’d received along their writing journey.   You can read the blog on the Romance Writer’s of Australia website here, or below is the full text.   “Do you want a piece of advice?” Isn’t it funny? When people ask you if you want a piece advice, the chances are you’re going to hear it regardless of how you respond.   This is especially the case for anyone who happens to let it slip they’re attempting to write fiction. Suddenly everyone – from the next door neighbour to the barista at your local coffee shop to your Great Aunt Sally seems to brimming with advice – even if they’ve never written a manuscript. Everyone has an opinion on how to be the next best-selling author.   When you are first starting out, this is extremely daunting. What’s useful, what’s not? What should you listen to? What should you disregard?   This month, our group looks at the ins and outs of advice we’ve been receiving, seeking and how it is guiding the decisions we’re making in our writing.   A special thank you to all the wonderful contributors who added to our recent post on the RWA Community Facebook group for their advice, which unlike Great Aunt Sally’s, was actually very useful.   First up, Jayne Kingsley looks at putting into place a routine to get the words out of her and on to paper. This is the advice she’s put together:   Write every day   ‘Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.’ – Ralph Keyes   Every published (and unpublished) writer I’ve ever spoken to has told me you…

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BIG NEWS: Stowaway by Stella Quinn is an Emerald Award Finalist 2018

There are green fireworks going off on the Romance Writers of Australia blog with the announcement of the 2018 Emerald and Emerald Pro finalists for 2018. Winners are announced at the Conference in August. You can read the RWA blog here. Congratulations to all the other finalists! I feel pretty chuffed for Ben and Sabrina (Stowaway’s fab main characters) – really, they did all the hard work.  

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Instafreebie giveaway!

Over on instafreebie, author Ebony McKenna has organised an Aussie Kiwi Author Showcase for the month of May 2018. My short story, Finding the Betsy-Jade, is one of the giveaways. Here is  your free link to read the story If you enjoy it, please join my mailing list so I can let you know when other releases come out. (I won’t bombard you with emails, I promise). Stella xx  

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