Branding for Creatives:
Sell Books Not Your Soul
All authors need a brand, so this session will cover how to locate and then cultivate your audience into passionate fans who BUY YOUR BOOKS!
How can you grow your platform and turn your name alone into a bankable asset? Not as hard as you might have been led to believe.
You DO NOT need to be a tech guru/mega-high-pressure-sales person to excel at this. In fact, best you aren’t.
Yet, the reality is that in the digital age of commerce, consumers rely on brands more than ever in human history. They’re overwhelmed and we can help them out….by finding US.
Consumers (which is code for readers) buy from who they know, like and trust. In a sea of infinite choices a powerful NAME is a tremendous asset.
Can you say “J.K. Rowling”?
The single largest challenge all writers face in the digital age is discoverability and connecting with our audience is a challenge but nothing we can’t handle.
This class will address:
– What is a brand? How to make one uniquely your own.
– How to BE YOU! You’re a writer, not an insurance salesman!
– Harness your imagination & creativity for better results (No one likes SPAM, so don’t serve it!).
– How to use this information to locate, engage and cultivate an audience.
– Myths about exposure.
– Common scams that will wreck your brand and earning ability.
– Why most promotion is a waste of money.
Must Be Crazy by Deborah Garland
No Going Back by Christie Adams
Gift of Honor by Alexa Aston
Federal Agent Under Fire by Julie Anne Lindsey
The Husband Gambit by L.A. Witt
Bewitching Breeze by K. M. Daughters
Join us May 18th for
Juice Box Hero: Squeezing Plot From Character
a presentation by
They say there are only six plots. Maybe seven. But there are a million characters – and a great one can make an author’s career. If you have an AMAZING character (or ten), but are struggling to sustain their storylines – or if your intricate, masterfully-crafted plot feels a bit flat on personality – have no fear. Come on out and discover how to distill a story that readers will remember from characters they’ll never forget. Bring your enthusiasm and all your burning questions!
About Tex: Arianne “Tex” Thompson was once described as “an explosion of 52 enthusiastic kittens latching onto everything at once.” In addition to writing the ‘Children of the Drought’ epic fantasy Western series, Tex is the founder and ‘chief instigator’ for WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. When she’s not leading the charge at home in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of ‘red-penthusiasm’ to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country – as an egregiously enthusiastic, endlessly energetic one-woman stampede. Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com!
Conferences, SWAG, and writing, oh my!!
Programming starts at 10am with our super fun prez, C.A. Szarek, aka Chrissy, sharing her wisdom on attending conferences. As a follow on, our short, but sweet main program will be on SWAG. Love it or hate it, you have to have it.
After that, there will be writing! Because of everything going this month, our write-in for April will happen at La Hacienda the day of the meeting, so bring a laptop, a tablet, or good old fashioned pen/pencil and paper.
Our tentative schedule looks like this:
10:00-10:30 — GetPublished! Speaker, Chrissy on conferences
10:30-11:00 — SWAG Panel
11:00-11:15 — potty break and lunch ordering
11:15-12:00 — writing
12:00-1:00/1:30 — eating and writing
Hope to see you there!
North Texas Romance Writers of America
is proud to announce the
2019 Great Expectations Finalists
Congratulations to all who entered and put your work in the hands of strangers. Best of Luck to the finalists as they submit their work to our final round editors.
*denotes double finalist ~~ Listed in alphabetical order by title
Final Round Editor: Brittany Lavery ~ Assistant Editor, HQN
Debauchery by Kristine Charles
Love by the Numbers by Lucy Lanier
Love on the Books by Betsy Gray
Teach Me by Kat Turner
FANTASY, FUTURISTIC & PARANORMAL
(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Round Editor: Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
2033: Ancestor Resurrection by Deborah DeHaemer
Deal With The Devil by Melissa Shirley
Suspended in Silk by Kyra Dusk
Tremors by Anastasia Abboud
Final Round Editor: Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
A Wild and Wooly Texan by Katie Barrett
Fallen For The Earl by Amy Mackey
How to Steal a Kilt by Gina Conkle
The King’s Secret by Blake Ferre
The Sapphire by Courtney Scalo
Final Round Editor: Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers
A Singular Truth by Loraine Nunley
Abounding Hope by Cindy Stewart
Remember Not by Barbara Ellin Fox
Upon a Hearth of Steel by Amy Grochowski
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Final Round Editor: Cat Clyne ~ Editor, Sourcebooks
Crocodile Tears by Kilby Blades*
False News by Zara West
The Guardian’s Mark by Victoria Mencio
Stand-Up Guy by Miranda Darrow
Final Round Editor: Lexi Smail ~ Associate Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Deadly Aim by Tracy Brody
Hardwired by R.R. Taylor
Spy Vs. Spy by P.A. DePaul
We Can’t Be Friends by Eliza Fyre
Final Round Editor: Gabi Kelly ~ Editorial Assistant, Forever and Forever Yours / Grand Central Publishing
Love In An Elevator by Kilby Blades*
Opposites Attract by Jacqueline Lee*
Played by Melanie Bruce
Under the Ice by Katherine A. Olson
Final Round Editor: Alice Jerman ~ Associate Editor, Forever / Grand Central Publishing
Attractive Forces by Jackie Rutherford*
The Other Brother by Jackie Rutherford*
Periodic Attraction by Lana Pattinson
Types of Triangles by Jackie Rutherford*
When I Found Her by Allison Marlo Hay
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GREAT EXPECTATIONS FINALISTS!
~Angi Morgan & Fenley Grant
2019 Great Expectations Co-Chairs
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- March 2017
- March 2016
- March 2015
- March 2014
- March 2013
- March 2012
- March 2011
- March 2010
- March 2009
- March 2008
- March 2007
- March 2006
- March 2005
- March 2004
- March 1992