One of the most important tools in a Romance Writerâ€™s toolbox is the ability express true emotion on the page. Emotion is the glue that binds a reader to your characters, and to you, as an author.
Laura will explain the tools youâ€™ll need to achieve and refine this skill, including pacing, visceral responses, and expanding and contracting time. Sheâ€™ll illustrate their use by breaking down examples from Best Selling authorâ€™s novels. Whether youâ€™re new at this, or skilled, I hope youâ€™ll join us. Romance writers canâ€™t afford to let their tools get rusty!
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Laura Drake decided to write a novel. Three years later she completed it, and decided what she really wanted was to hold a book in her hand with her name on the cover. 500 queries, three novels, and ten years later, Laura hit pay dirt. She finally achieved her dream, signing a three-book deal with Grand Central for her romances, set in the world of professional bull riding. The Sweet Spot was released in May of 2013 and Her Road Home is releasing in this month. She has since sold Road Song, a â€˜Biker-chickâ€™ romance, to Harlequinâ€™s Superromance line.
AFTERNOON SESSION: HARLEQUIN EDITORS
OCC/RWA welcomes Harlequin Editors Gail Chasan and Malle Vallik to the August meeting!
The editors will be taking pitches after the meeting.
Topics: Publishing Strategy
Digital Publishing & You
Why consider digital publishing as part of your career
What digital publishing offers both published and unpublished authors
Overview of how digital operates differently: acquisition teams, speed to market, marketing, social media, etc.
Gail Chasan â€“ Senior Editor
A New York native (yes, Brooklyn counts), Gail Chasan’s worked at Harlequin for a long time–nineteen years and counting. But she still loves the thrill of discovering new talent, or–just as important–enjoying a beautiful book written by one of the many incredible authors in her domain. (Clearly, she will go out of her way to avoid using the word stable in this sense.)
Malle Vallik — Director of Digital Editorial Initiatives
Malle Vallik leads the development of Harlequinâ€™s new Series Digital First programs including Cosmoâ€™s Red Hot Reads from Harlequin and oversees Carina Press. As well, she focuses on author services including the recently launched Harlequin Author Network which provides up-to-date sales information and marketing tips and a full-time concierge to answer questions. Industry firsts include : creation of online author social media training; launch of prequels/bridges to support author growth; launch of the first digital-first imprint (Carina Press) by a large publisher; lead in ebook revolution as first publisher to offer 100% frontlist in digital format in 2007; and developed original serial content in 1999.
Along with being a fan of romance novels, Malle has written seven romances under the pen name Molly Liholm. Malle is a frequent speaker at conferences like Tools of Change, Digital Book World, Book Expo of America, International Digital Publishing Forum, and Romance Writers of America. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail, and â€œSparkâ€ a CBC Radio show.
Many symbols are universal but can be interpreted in different ways. In one culture white is considered virginal and pure, and in another it represents death. Weâ€™ll examine ways we can discover the concepts inherent in our stories and look at how to develop them to bridge divides, or explore the confrontations when they can add depth to our characters or plots. What mythic metaphors resonant like music? What symbolic language do they share? How do they weave their magic into our stories and how can we use them to highlight magical elements in ours?