Writer Wednesday – Request

Last week, right after I posted my rejection post.   I received a request for an additional 50 pages from another Agent.   The Universe must have a plan.  

I had met this agent at an RWA conference a couple of years ago when the manuscript was just getting started in my head and on paper.    She had given a talk on agents and how they help you in the business.  That talk made me look at querying agents for this book that was an idea in my head.     Especially since what I had written was such a bit of a departure from my current work.   

I will still have to wait a few more weeks before I hear back, but this is exciting news.  I remember listening to her talk, and getting a good vibe.  

As you read this, I’m heading to the airport to go on my annual retreat with the WZG Founders.   And plotting my next book.   More on that next Wednesday. 

~Tina

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Tina’s Teaching

****Please Forward to your Writing Groups****

S.E.N.D presented by Tina Holland
Workshop begins: August 7, 2017
Class length: Two weeks
Cost: $15 (free to RWA® Online Chapter members)
Registration opens July 24, 2017

Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466

Workshop Description:

Submit your work

Establish your brand

Next book

Discover your strengths.

Are you struggling to find a home for your finished manuscript?   Have you submitted your book, but have no idea where to go from here?   Tina Holland’s SEND workshop may be for you.  In this class, you’ll learn:

1) How to research and SUBMIT to a publishing house and get what you want.

2) How to ESTABLISH your brand, even when writing different genres or standalone books

3)  The importance of working on the NEXT book

4)  DISCOVER your strengths as a writer and learn to use them to your advantage.

About the Presenter:

Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany and is now settled in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. She lives on a hobby farm and enjoys horseback riding, camping, travelling, and reading books by her favorite authors.

Tina has been published since 2005, and continues to release books as her schedule allows. Tina is a member of RWA Online, Zen Writer’s Garden and the F-M Word Weavers. She hosts a blog at https://tinaholland.wordpress.com/ and you can reach her at  tina@tinaholland.com
Deadline to register is August 7, 2017

FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=466

Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

You do not need to be a RWA® member to take the class.

Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

AuThursday – Elise Noble

Headshot1Please welcome my fellow RWAOL member, Elise Noble.  Elise, tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I haven’t always been a writer, that’s for sure. At school, I was a science geek, and when I went to university, I did an engineering degree. That was followed by a stint in IT, then I trained as an accountant. I bumped into my old English teacher the other day, and believe me, nobody was more surprised that I’ve become a novelist than her!

Away from work, I can usually be found riding my horse, who eats all my money, or walking my dog, who prefers to eat car keys. I also enjoy scuba diving and wakeboarding, as well as track marshaling at various motor races in the UK and France.

Q: What genre are your books?

A good question, and one which I sometimes struggle to answer myself. I’ve got a terrible tendency to break the rules, so rather than sticking to the usual romance tropes, I cross over into mysteries, thrillers, and humor as well.

My stories range from straight-up contemporary romance to romantic suspense, to romantic comedy, to romantic thrillers, and usually, they’re a mix of all of them. I write the books I want to read.

Q: What are you working on at the minute?

I’ve just finished drafting my twenty-first novel, which is a romance about a rather uptight property lawyer who secretly lusts over the hot model at her life drawing class. He’s got secrets, while she comes with three cats and a creepy next-door neighbour.

I’m taking a break for a couple of weeks to catch up on reading and research, then I’ve got two ideas fighting for headspace – the tenth book in my Blackwood Security series, and a possible project about the outrageous goings-on in London’s investment banks, which would be based on real events.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding the time to fit everything in around my day job. It’s a real push to get it all done – not just the writing, but the editing, formatting, and the hardest part: marketing.

Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

My first draft of my first book took close to six months, but after twenty-one novels, two novellas, and a bunch of short stories, I’ve refined the process a little. I don’t write every day. Instead, I write in blocks, and when I start, I write quickly.

My record for a novel is six days, although I was off work at that time so I had more free time. Usually, it takes me closer to a month. Before I start, I’ll spend a few weeks thinking about the plot and characters, do some research, and write out a loose outline, chapter by chapter, of one to two thousand words.

Once I start, the first half of the book is slower as I get to know the characters, and most of the time the second half just flows. I do have a tendency to rush the endings, but now I force myself to slow down a little.

My first drafts come in a little shorter than the finished product, centered around the dialogue, but I self-edit as I go so they’re quite readable. I let them rest for a while, then read through with fresh eyes and add detail where it’s needed.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Not really – sometimes I’ll take a day to think over the best way to write a particular plot point, but I never get completely stumped. I always begin a writing project with an outline, although that has been known to change it as I go because the characters don’t always behave themselves!

Q: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Take some time out to think. Give your brain a rest and do something else rather than getting stressed over it.

Q: I see you write two series; Blackwood Security and Trouble? What do you like about writing series?

Pitch Black front only 7Feb16With Blackwood, it’s like visiting old friends each time I write a new book. I’m up to sixteen novels in that world now. Although each story features a few new characters, many of the others are recurring, which makes planning and writing so much easier. I don’t have to spend hours thinking about the characters’ backgrounds and motivations – I know them all already. I’ve got another five books planned, but three of the main characters have already appeared in other stories, and I’ve been setting up for those stories since the early books. My readers just don’t know it yet!TiP cover v3 front only

The Trouble books are more loosely connected, with just a little bit of crossover. I actually wrote the third book in that series before I wrote the second.

Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I have a website, which usually has some freebies and contests as well as a bit more information about me and my books:

http://www.elise-noble.com

I’m also around on Facebook and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/EliseNobleAuthor/

http://www.elise-noble.com

As well as Instagram, because I like to play with my camera in the little spare time I have:

https://www.instagram.com/elise_noble/

Okay, I confess. I’m mainly on Instagram to look at the hot men.

Join  me on Saturday when we look at some of Elise’s sexy teasers. ~Tina

 

 

 

 

Sunday Submissions-Southern Heat Writing Contest

The East Texas Chapter of Romance Writers of America is proud to announce that Southern Heat Writing Contest is back. One of the best contests to enter has returned. We have secured some of the best final round judges possible and kept entry fees low. Southern Heat Writing Contest has always had numerous entries requested full or partial ms’s from the judges. Don’t miss this one.
The contest opened on Feb. 14 with the entry deadline March 31, 2012. For complete contest rules, score sheet, paypal and/or address information visit our website at www.easttexasrwa.com or contact cbraswell2@netzero.net
 
ELECTRONIC ENTRIES ONLY
Entries include the FIRST 15 PAGES plus a 5-page max double-spaced SYNOPSIS.
Entry Fee:
Members of RWA-ETC $20
Members of RWA $25
Non-Members $30
 
Final Round Judges
Paranormal – Ethan Ellenberg  –  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Ann Leslie Tuttle – Senior Editor, Harlequin Paranormal
Historical- Courtney Miller-Callihan – Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Laura Bradford – Bradford Literary Agency
Contemporary Single Title – Rebecca Strause – McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press
Inspirational – Mary Sue Seymour – The Seymour Agency
Melissa Endlich – Senior Editor, Harlequin Inspirational
Contemporary Series – Nicole Resciniti– The Seymour Agency
Alicia Condon – Kensington Books
Romantic Suspense – Aubrey Poole – Sourcebook
Maria Carvainis – Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.
Young Adult – Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency
Leticia Gomez, Sawy Literary Services
 
Questions?
Contact Carol Braswell, Contest Coordinator: cbraswell2@netzero.net