Instafreebie show case: what happened and what next?

In May, Finding the Betsy-Jade joined a bunch of other romance stories in an Aussie Kiwi showcase. Over 10,000 claims were made (as in, free stories downloaded). End results: 405 of those claims were for my story, which is fun. And thankyou to those people who signed up to my (very infrequent) newsletter. I’m one of those people who find newsletters a bit of a pest cluttering up my inbox, so I will only ever send one out to alert readers of a new release. I’ve left the story up on Instafreebie as a solo giveaway until the end of June. The link to the story is here   If that doesn’t work, here’s what you need to type into your browser: https://claims.instafreebie.com/free/h3Mf46oh

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What exciting announcement is happening on Saturday August 18?

Romance writers from Australia and beyond will be gathered in the ballroom of the Sydney Sofitel on Saturday, 18th August, 2018, to hear the results of RWA Australia’s annual competitions. Thrillingly, Stowaway is one of the finalists for the RWA Emerald Award. The award’s criteria are (according to the RWA website): The Emerald Award is our major contest for unpublished writers, and offers a unique opportunity to have your full manuscript judged if you make the second round. Initial entry is the first 10,000 words of your manuscript. The Emerald Pro is an equivalent contest for published writers who wish to try a new sub-genre they’ve never published in before. This year the final round is being judged by Liz Pelletier, CEO of Entangled Publishing. Fingers crossed! (If you’re wondering why I have a  book cover for an unpublished book – I love making them. I often make the book cover…

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RWA Blog #6: Cracking the W.I.P

This month, the Upcoming Fabulous & Famous Romance Writers turned their minds to their WIPS. What is making them tear their hair out? What’s working? Check out the full blog on the Romance Writers of Australia website here. Or … read it in full below 🙂   Challenges new writers face with their Works In Progress Everyone has a WIP on the go, right? A Work-In-Progress? Or maybe you have three on the go, or eight, and a hard-drive stuffed with gigabytes of words you’ll never deem fit to print. This month, the Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers thought we’d share our current WIP dramas and triumphs with you. We especially hope that any newbies out there who are feeling a little flayed will find some encouragement in our words. You’re not alone! HELP NEEDED! STELLA QUINN’S WIP FELL INTO A PLOT HOLE I started the new year feeling pretty…

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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…

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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,…

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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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Tips & Tricks I learned from the Writers Group Convention, Brisbane 2018

Writers Group Convention, Brisbane 2018 I spent last Saturday morning attending this terrific event. For a humble $20 outlay, I gathered some fabulous information. Quick summary of bits and pieces that interested me: Covers and Merchandise I am a keen proponent of indie-publishing, so spent a lot of time checking out covers, bookmarks, book interiors etc on the display stands. Tips that worked for me: I prefer matte covers for fiction, gloss for non-fiction I prefer a simple interior rather than one with curly wurly graphics Bookmarks are fab giveaways! I’m using mine already (and I came straight home and made some – they are winging their way to me from the online printer as I type – fingers crossed they look okay Some booksellers had their table “themed”, e.g. with coloured cloth, and it looked terrific Events I have been asked to speak at a writers’ event later in…

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