Today, we’re delighted to announce an incredible addition to the Romance University faculty, unveil details about what RU has in store for you during 2011 and share the deets on RU faculty members’ goals for this fantastic year.
Adrienne, Tracey and I have been so fortunate to find three terrific writers (and friends!) to join the Romance University faculty in the past year. Carrie Spencer has been with RU as a reader and regular commenter since the beginning. Carrie always brings energy, a witty joke and sometimes iced tea and vodka (just joking!) to the group. Jennifer Tanner and Heather Long have been spending time behind the scenes learning all the functions that keep RU up and running. However, you’ll see more of these two talented ladies this spring when they help bring you a stellar line-up of visiting professors.
Most recently, we lured Becke (Martin) Davis into the fold and are tickled pink to have her. Becke is an RWA-PRO, writing (or attempting to write!) contemporary romance, paranormal and romantic suspense. She’s a long-time garden writer and the author of six non-fiction books. She moderates Barnes & Noble’s Mystery Book Club at BN.com. Please help us welcome, Becke!
Now, I’m going to share a little secret with you…I was quite the high-kicker in my day, at least as high as a girl this short can kick. And I’m absolutely kicking up my heels at what 2011 means for Romance University. Sourcebooks will release Tracey’s debut book, A Lady’s Revenge, in October, and Adrienne will have two (yes, two!) books published by Carina Press. What could be better than all that?
Well, this year, RU will expand our focus to attract more of the reader (non-writer) population. One way we’ll do that is by hosting author chats, kicking off on January 20th with Carina Press author Amy Atwell. Expect our Behind the Publishing Scenes series to begin soon with Deb Werksman’s post on the acquisitions’ process. If you’re wondering what it takes to get published these days (I sure am!), be sure to tune in to our Debut Author series where we’ll talk with writers who will have their first books released this year. We will also be polling you, the RU readers, on what you like about RU and how we can improve. That survey will come with the chance to win a prize or two. For those of you who are social media butterflies, we’ll see you on Twitter and Facebook more often.
Lest you think all the RU faculty members do is craft an (hopefully) educational and entertaining site for you, we wanted to share our main individual goals for 2011.
- Finish Billy and Jillian’s story by October 1
- Sell a ton of books so Carina will know they made the right choice by taking a chance on a newbie
- Take at least three workshops to improve my writing
- Expand the RU audience to include readers as well as writers
- Complete the revisions on my current story and push it through to the end
- Treat my writing with respect by scheduling more time for it
- Keep plugging away even when Imposter Syndrome strikes
- Finish three half-completed manuscripts
- Start the agent search
- Take plotting classes until it sticks in my head
- Oh, and wait patiently by the phone for Jen Enderlin. I’m here, Jen!! just waiting for your call!! =)
- Continue the weight loss begun in 2010 (lost over 50 lbs) by exercising regularly and eating healthy – Whoot! Way to go, Heather!
- Read and write every day
- Continue my graduate studies in my pursuit of an MBA
- Add to my two January 2011 releases with a new Chance Monroe novel, another anthology (or three) and much more
- Start my new manuscript
- Start submitting my completed manuscript
- Continue to write every day
- Seek out ways, writing or non-writing, to enhance and express my creativity
- Plot and write draft of a new book
- Assess writing weaknesses, make plan to improve, and implement
- Deliver two finished manuscripts on deadline
- Develop and implement a marketing plan for Book 1 to help grow my readership
- Write and submit a proposal for a new series to my editor
RU crew, what do you love about RU and how would you like to see us improve? Also – share your 2011 goals and help us welcome Becke!
Be sure to stop by Wednesday when radio personality Bruce Allen will illustrate differences in gender communication through dialogue. Sure to be enlightening!
Kelsey Browning writes contemporary and paranormal romance with a hint of southern sizzle. She’s a co-founder of Romance University blog where the mission is to empower writers, entertain readers and understand men. In her former life, she worked at one of the ten largest universities in the U.S., raising money and teaching students how to land their dream jobs. Now, she pursues her dream job of writing, which provides excellent benefits such as unlimited coffee and an office dress code that includes flip flops. Originally from Texas, and after four years in the Middle East, she now lives in Southern California with her IT-savvy husband, baseball-obsessed son and seriously spoiled dog. Visit her at: www.KelseyBrowning.com.
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