Welcome to this week's marginally cooler To-Do Tuesday. You can tell I think about this column a bit much because when I saw DH putting on a light jacket before he left at 7, all I could think was, "Darn! There goes the hot weather rant I had planned!" Luckily, that's far from all I've got for you this week.
Our chapter members are enjoying a productive summer, and I've got their latest as well as some reminders, announcements, and links to keep you busy. I've also got a fun exercise for you to try out on your WIP, so be sure to scan to the bottom!
New Cover for Alice Sharpe!
Check out Alice's latest cover on the sidebar! Chapter member and best-selling author, Alice Sharpe's latest release for Harlequin Intrigue, Royal Heir, will be out in October, but the cover has been released and you can pre-order on Amazon. Congrats, Alice!
Karen Duvall Launches Blog
Karen Duvall returned from the PNWA conference with a stack of requests for her WIP! Even better, Karen found the conference inspiring and returned full of great ideas. She writes all about her conference experience on her new blog. Be sure to add her to your links and RSS reader! Way to go Karen!
Trish Milburn Makes First Sale
No, she's not a chapter member, but I've written before on the blog about all that Trish Milburn does for RWA and the PRO chapter. We've all benefited from her tireless advocacy. After winning this year's Golden Heart for YA, she had even more good news to report: her first sale!
Her story is particularly inspiring--she's been writing and submitting for ELEVEN years, with 18 finished MS (EIGHTEEN!!), and has had an agent for three years. It's stories like hers that encourage us to never let go of the dream. Read more of her story here. Successes like hers are what RWA is all about.
Bantam/Dell Launches New Line
Part of never giving up is seizing new opportunities. At the RWA conference, Bantam/Dell announced their new "Discovery" line which launches in Spring 2008. This line will be released in both mass market and trade paperbacks. They are currently accepting queries from both agented and unagented authors and are particularly interested in contemporary romance. Address queries to: Shauna Summers, Bantam/Dell, 1745 Broadway,
Contest Deadline Reminders!
TODAY is your last chance to enter the July contests at Writerspace. There are several contests from best-selling authors, with great prizes! But hurry!
The Golden Rose Contest offered by the Portland RWA chapter is still accepting entries! But, hurry, the deadline is August 4th! No need to worry about the post-office either, because you can submit and pay for your entry online. Click here for more information.
The On The Far Side Contest is desperately seeking Time Travel entries. They've got a great judge (Denise Dumars from the Ashley Grayson Agency), but they need more entries. If you've got a time travel MS or WIP, click here for more details!
2007 Scarlet Boa Contest
The fabulous NYT bestselling authors at Running with Quills are offering their 2007 Scarlet Boa contest. Entries will be accepted between August 1 and September 1, 2007. This year's contest is a single scene where your human character learns that they are enmeshed with a paranormal being--vampire, werewolf, or other fantasy being. For more details, continue to watch the Running with Quills blog!
Exercise of the Day: The Revelation
The Running with Quills contest got me thinking about revelations in general--not just the paranormal kind, but the moments when your hero or heroine learns something vital about the other. Consider your current WIP. Does either the hero or the heroine learn something shocking about the other? Does this serve as a turning point in the story? How do they learn it? From a third party? From their own investigation? Or does the other reveal the secret to them?A scene where the hero or heroine reveals their secret is going to have a much different feel than a scene where the other learns of the secret on his or her own. If you don't have any shocking revelations, consider how your WIP might be enhanced by such a scene. If you do have such a scene (or scenes) consider how they might play differently if the messenger were different. A third party revelation/secret discovery isn't necessarily the only or best way to increase tension. How could a reveal directly from the person with the secret enhance your story? Conversely, how could a third party messenger throw a monkey wrench into your characters' lives?
Share you thoughts and/or snippets of your scene(s)! As always, continue to send me your news, announcements, and links!