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RU’s Changing of the Guard – Big News and Giveaways!

A few weeks ago we quietly celebrated RU’s third birthday. We are so proud to look back over the array of talented visiting professors who have shared their craft knowledge, their publishing journeys and sometimes just their thoughts on surviving as an author. In the beginning, we set out to help writers advance their careers. We didn’t count on having such terrific readers and making friends.

So, as RU moves into its fourth year, Kelsey, Adrienne and Tracey have decided the time has come for them to take a small step back and let Carrie, Becke, Jen and Robin steer the ship. Tracey, Adrienne and Kelsey aren’t going away, but like any growing entity, sometimes a change in direction helps keep content fresh.

Today, we are celebrating RU’s first three years before we launch into the next chapter of our beloved blog. Along with the celebration we have some great giveaways, so hang out with us as Kelsey, Adrienne and Tracey tell us what they’ve learned on their RU journey.

Adrienne Giordano

This is an easy question. :-) Aside from the knowledge I’ve gained from not only our generous visiting professors, but from our readers as well, I’ve learned I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I’ve also learned that the right group of people working together can be an inspiring process. Kelsey, Tracey and I had a vision of what we wanted our blog to be, and we spent six months planning before we launched. The three of us may not write in the same genres, but we were as one in our vision of what RU should be. I’m thankful for that. I’m also thankful for the support Kelsey and Tracey have given me, not only with the blog, but with whatever crisis may have cropped up in the past four years. They’ve become an integral part of my support system and I’d be quite lost without them!

In its three years, our “little” blog has grown into a wonderful resource for writers at all levels. The fact that I made lifelong friends along the way is the added bonus. Yes, I’m a little sad to be handing over the reins, but I’m also thrilled about the plans Carrie, Becke, Jen and Robin have for RU.

Tracey Devlyn

The shorter question would be what haven’t I learned, but I’ll share some things that were real turning points for my career. First off, RU showed me that women could work closely together and not kill each other. No, no, I kid. Well, only a little. I recall Kelsey making a statement once that if the three of us could get through all the decisions of building the website without “breaking up” then we could get through anything. She was right.

RU also taught me how to be fearless. How to stick my neck out there no matter how sharp the ax. For the blog, I contacted numerous publishing professionals and found that they’re as generous and genuine as any of our other Visiting Professors (Pssst, they’re not scary!). And speaking of generosity, RU showed me, on a whole new level, how fabulous the romance community is to its members…and beyond. I love everything about the business and writing process—even the icky and disappointing parts. Because I have the two best buds—Adrienne and Kelsey—at my side.

I’m so incredibly happy that Carrie, Jen, Becke, and Robin are keeping Romance University alive and have all manner of new programming planned (more on that Friday). A huge thanks to our readers for visiting us often and sharing your journey. And an even bigger thanks to all our Visiting Professors and monthly columnists who have given of their knowledge and precious time. Muwah!

Kelsey Browning

Oh, to name only one thing I’ve learned by creating and running RU with these fabulous women? Impossible! I’m going to pull the Southern girl card and claim long-windedness is in my blood. :-)

I’ve learned teamwork and trust are two powerful forces when it comes to accomplishing goals. If you have other people rooting for you and watching your back, you can concentrate on doing your very best work. But if you don’t trust the people watching your back? Sure hope you hid the kitchen knives. Just saying. Tracey, Adrienne and I trusted each other to devote the time, money and hard work it took to launch and maintain RU. I’m glad to say we’re all still on speaking terms, continue to be CPs and even share hotel rooms with no fear of being smothered with a pillow during the night.

Lesson two is decide on your definition of quality and don’t compromise those standards in your work. When we brainstormed RU, we knew we wanted it to be a high-quality learning site for genre writers. We didn’t want to accept advertisers or monetize the site in any way. Call us crazy, perhaps. But our definition of quality was educational and enjoyable, without commercial distractions. Looking back over the posts from the past three years, I feel we’ve upheld those standards and know Carrie, Jen, Robin and Becke will do the same going forward.

Here’s a biggie and one I forgot for a while in my own writing work: Do not be afraid to ask for what you want. When we started RU, we asked editors, agent and writers—some biggies!—to be visiting professors by selling them on our premise alone. Know what? The majority said yes. And once they saw the site, they definitely said yes. In three years, I’d bet we’ve had less than 10 people say no.

And last? I’ve learned professionalism is always in style. Do what you tell people you’ll do. I don’t believe we’ve ever missed a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday post because that’s what we promised our readers from the start. And we’ve certainly tried to treat our guests and commenters with respect and appreciation. So I want to say to you all—fellow faculty members, many visiting professors, monthly columnists and wonderful readers—thank you for supporting this site we love so much. We hope you’ll continue your support as the other ladies take RU to new heights!

You’ll still see the three of us around RU as Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin have been kind enough to let us sign on as quarterly columnists. But for now, please help us celebrate three fabulous years and raise a toast to the new RU!

To help us celebrate, we’ve recruited some of our friends to help. Our fabulous pals are offering some great giveaways. Here’s the list of what you could win. Just leave a comment and your name gets thrown in for all the drawings. To keep it fair, each person will only win one gift. Here’s the list of what you could win:

  1. $10 Barnes and Noble gift card from Becke Martin Davis
  2. $10 Barnes and Noble gift card from Carrie Spencer
  3. Free class on “Blurbing Your Book” from Laurie Schnebly Campbell
  4. One copy of Sweet Tea and Secrets and one copy of Out of Focus along with an adorable Noritake tea cup candle in a lunch-size tote bag from Nancy Naigle.
  5. $15 iTunes gift card from Kelsey.
  6. A copy of One-Night Prince from Rebecca J. Clark.
  7. A book bundle from Laurie London.
  8. Two – One-year memberships to Author EMS from Amy Atwell.
  9. Two copies of Negotiating Point from Adrienne.
  10. A copy of A Lady’s Revenge from Tracey.
  11. A digital copy of A Night of Southern Comfort from Robin Covington.
  12. A $20 Amazon gift card from Jennifer Tanner
And finally, the BIG GRAND PRIZE—drum roll please–a COLOR NOOK, with ebooks from the following authors: LJ Charles, Julie Rowe, Misty Evans, Wendy Marcus, Ann Macela, Tara Kingston, Laurie London, Amy Atwell, Nancy Naigle and Rebecca J. Clark.

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Quite a list, ay? Well, get to it and leave those comments before midnight Friday night! Winners will be drawn on Saturday. Thank you again to all of our wonderful readers for taking this journey with us. You’ve inspired us in so many ways.

We’ll see you around campus!

Adrienne, Kelsey and Tracey

PS – On Friday, the ladies–Carrie, Jen, Becke, and Robin–will unveil their plans for RU for the rest of the year! You don’t want to miss their announcement or another fun day at RU!

RU Crew, now that you’ve heard what Adrienne, Kelsey and Tracey have learned, is there something you’ve learned recently that might help others? We’d love to hear from you.

Tracey Devlyn writes writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending). An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters.  Her debut novel, A LADY’S REVENGE, hits the bookstores in April 2012 (Sourcebooks Casablanca). For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at: TraceyDevlyn.com | Twitter.com/TraceyDevlyn | Facebook.com/AuthorTraceyDevlyn

Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). Adrienne’s Private Protectors romantic suspense series is available fromCarina Press. For more information please visitwww.AdrienneGiordano.com.  Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Kelsey Browning writes contemporary and paranormal romance with a hint of southern sizzle. 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. She’s currently at work on the first book in a new contemporary series. For more information, please visit www.KelseyBrowning.com.

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199 Responses to “RU’s Changing of the Guard – Big News and Giveaways!”

  1. Hello to all RU crew!

    I’ve connected with RU over time and found you all to be very professional and curteous.

    Congratulations on this three fabulous years and here’s more to come!

    Thanks for the great giveaways!

    Posted by Nas | June 6, 2012, 2:33 am
  2. RU is such a wonderful resource. Thank you for all the hard work you all do behind the scenes, and I look forward to more inspiring posts. Happy third birthday!

    Posted by Shelley Munro | June 6, 2012, 2:53 am
  3. Thank you ladies for three great years! I’m a bit of a lurker here and appreciate this site so much.

    I can’t wait to see else is in store!

    Congrats and thanks!

    Sabrina Shields

    Posted by Sabrina Shields | June 6, 2012, 3:25 am
  4. Sabrina, we love lurkers! You’re gonna love Friday’s big announcement of RU’s new programming.

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 4:19 am
  5. Hello everyone,

    Just wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone and to thank our giveaway contributors. So many wonderful prizes!!

    I hope the authors who donated a book for the NOOK will pop in and tell us a little about their story. So awesome to see their covers flashing above.

    Hugs, Tracey

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 4:28 am
  6. You guys know how much I love you. Thank you for Romance University!

    Robin

    Posted by Robin Covington | June 6, 2012, 4:33 am
  7. RU is an amazing resource especially for us new kids. Thanks for all you do!

    Posted by Lynn Cahoon | June 6, 2012, 4:49 am
    • Thank you, Lynn. Tracey, Kelsey and I were newbies when we started RU. Our goal was to have one resource where we could find answers to all the questions we had to bounce around looking for. It makes me proud to hear someone describe the site as amazing. :)

      I’m so glad you enjoy the site.

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | June 6, 2012, 6:46 am
  8. Good luck in the transition!

    Posted by Anna | June 6, 2012, 4:53 am
  9. Ladies, thank you for such a wonderful resource in RU. Congratulations on a job well done!

    Posted by Sharon Marie Lightsey | June 6, 2012, 5:06 am
  10. *group hugs* =) Cheers and Happy Birthday wishes to three of the best ladies I know! Love ya!

    =)

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | June 6, 2012, 5:19 am
    • Back at ya, sister! I’m not sure what we would have done without you these past couple of years. You were such an amazing addition to the blog and saved our butts on many occasions. You helped us build RU into the resource it is and I’m incredibly grateful to you for that.

      Now, I’m having this problem with my website…kidding!

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | June 6, 2012, 6:48 am
    • Amen to not knowing what we would’ve done without Carrie these past two years. She’s our technical rock and just tons of fun to boot!

      Carrie – thanks for coming along on this ride with us. I can’t wait to support everything the RU crew will do from here on out!

      Hugs,
      Kels

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:46 am
    • Carrie, you’ve been a gem since the first day RU opened. Thanks for all your support and friendship.

      Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 10:53 am
  11. I’m a lurker too but wanted to say big congrats on a fantastic first three years and may the next three be even better!! :D

    Posted by Xandra James | June 6, 2012, 5:20 am
  12. Kelsey, Tracey, and Adrienne,

    You three have been a huge inspiration the last three years. I’m so thrilled for all your successes and coming successes. You’ve given the romance community a wonderful gift, and I’ll always respect and admire each of you for it.

    Wishing you all the very best!!!
    Jamie

    Posted by Jamie | June 6, 2012, 5:26 am
    • Okay. Now I may cry. These comments are killing me! LOL.

      Jamie, thank you. It’s been an amazing few years. When we started RU I was an unpublished, unagented author trying to break in. Three years later I have four books out and have a terrific agent. Kelsey, Tracey and the RU Crew have been there with me the whole way, so even though I’m a little sad today, I’m appreciative of the gifts in my life.

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | June 6, 2012, 6:53 am
    • Jamie –

      You just snuck right here in the middle and dropped a big compliment. For those of you who don’t know, Jamie is another of my fab CPs.

      Thank you! It always makes me happy to know when you pop by RU.

      We need to Skype soon!

      Hugs,
      K-

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:48 am
      • Definitely on the Skyping!! :)

        All three of you ladies deserve big compliments, and I meant to add earlier, I know you’re leaving RU in fantastic hands. I’m a self-confessed lurker, and I’ll still be here Friday.

        -j

        Posted by Jamie Farrell | June 6, 2012, 12:42 pm
    • Thanks, Jamie! It’s been such an honor to be part o the RU community. Thanks for all your support!

      Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 10:56 am
  13. Best wishes for the group moving on and the new group taking over.

    Posted by Susan Jaymes | June 6, 2012, 5:27 am
  14. Good luck with the transition and major congrats to the ladies who are taking up the lead for the future :-)

    Posted by Sandra Sookoo | June 6, 2012, 5:28 am
    • Sandy –

      Thanks so much for your support of RU! Although I don’t post on the GIAM loop as often anymore, I always love hearing what you’re up to because your productivity is such an inspiration to me. Hmmm…I sense a guest post here somewhere – :-).

      Kels

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:49 am
  15. The three of you have done a great job and will be missed. Good luck to the new kids on the block. Marian

    Posted by Marian Lanouette | June 6, 2012, 5:29 am
  16. I love Romance University! I’ve found it to be most helpful as I progress in my writing career, and you three have been largely responsible for making it such. Good luck in your future endeavors.

    Posted by Becky Lower | June 6, 2012, 5:30 am
  17. I count myself lucky to have found RU, both as a Visiting Professor and a reader. You all have brought so much enlightenment and fun to the romance community. Thank you, Adrienne, Tracey and Kelsey. And here’s to continued success under the new leadership!

    Posted by Amy Atwell | June 6, 2012, 5:38 am
  18. Thank you for all the amaing information you so graciously share with all of us.

    Looking forward to what is coming up next!

    Di

    Posted by Di R | June 6, 2012, 5:46 am
  19. Best of luck for the future!

    Posted by Liese Sherwood-Fabre | June 6, 2012, 5:51 am
  20. I have loved your site for three years and I know Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin will do an awesome job!

    Posted by Sharon Wray | June 6, 2012, 6:15 am
    • Sharon –

      You couldn’t be more right about Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin doing a fabulous job. They’ve brought so much energy to RU over the past year or so. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the future!

      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:53 am
  21. Wow! You and your friends are so generous. :)

    I have only been following RU for about 6 months (when I learned about it) and as a reader only I have really enjoyed it. It is almost a “behind the scenes” look at what writers do so it has been very educational to me, too! I have enjoyed it so much that I have recommended my sister follow RU. When I learned that she was writing a contemporary romance story I immediately told her about this website. She tells me she is just writing as a creative outlet and doesn’t plan to do much but thought she could definitely learn some things even if she is just writing for fun. Thank you for all you do for your writers (and readers)! I look forward to the future of RU!

    Posted by Amy Remus | June 6, 2012, 6:17 am
  22. Thanks ladies for three great years! I’ve been a follower for a long time, first as a bright-eyed hopeful who soaked up all the wisdom I could, and now as a bright-eyed pre-published author. Who still soaks up the wisdom. :) I can’t even begin to tell you all I’ve learned – every post teaches me something. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you and I’m looking forward to the years with Carrie, Becke, Jen and Robin! Good luck to you all.

    Posted by Kat Cantrell | June 6, 2012, 6:40 am
    • Kat –

      Thank YOU for being a frequent commenter. It’s folks like you that helped us keep going over the past few years. We can’t wait to hear about when you go from bright-eyed pre-pubbed author to NYT bestselling author!

      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:54 am
    • Kat, thanks! It’s been a joy watching all of your successes this past year. Thanks for sharing your fab turning points with us. So inspiring!

      Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 10:58 am
  23. Kelsey, Tracey, and Adrienne,

    Thanks so much for the last two and a half years or so that I’ve been visiting RU. I no longer remember how I heard about this site, but I know it was soon after I first wrote “Chapter 1″.

    Since then, I’ve learnt a tremendous amount from the visiting professors and the RU crew.

    Good luck to the ladies taking over the helm.

    Cia

    Posted by Cia | June 6, 2012, 6:51 am
  24. Tracey, Kelsey and Adrienne – Your inspiration and effort in creating RU has helped so many writers (myself included) improve their craft. THANK YOU!!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | June 6, 2012, 6:51 am
  25. Thank you guys and congratulations! I’ve learned a lot from your posts and also recently got picked to sub a full to Entangled, so I truly appreciate all you’ve done for the community!

    Posted by Angela Quarles | June 6, 2012, 6:53 am
  26. I hope we’ll still be seeing you three around on a regular basis. You’ve done a wonderful job at creating a supportive and educational site for writers and authors. Thank you!

    Posted by Wendy S. Marcus | June 6, 2012, 6:53 am
  27. Tracey, Adrienne, Kelsey,

    You cannot imagine how very much you have helped me over the past two years. Tracey handed me an RU bookmark at my first Windy City RWA meeting and I’ve been an obsessive follower since.

    I’m also an avid fan, not only are you women wonderul writers but your generosity, your bond, your sheer capacity for making things happen is inspiring.

    All the very best to you and to Jen, Becke, Robin and Carrie, who I have no doubt will keep the RU banner flying high.

    Hugs Tears and Kisses

    -Sonali

    Posted by Sonali | June 6, 2012, 7:01 am
  28. You have created a resource I have come back to again and again. I always learn something new here, or I add to my “process” in ways that make my writing better. Thank you all.

    And I’m looking forward to what the new management comes up with. Very interesting, every one of them.

    Cheers,
    Ann

    Posted by Ann Macela | June 6, 2012, 7:01 am
  29. I’ve only come to visit and LOVE RU in the past year, I feel a sense of loss knowing these amazing voices won’t be hanging around!
    The positive side is that I adore the remaining crew and can’t wait to see what’s to come.
    Best wishes to all!

    Posted by Kelly Wolf | June 6, 2012, 7:02 am
    • Oh, Kelly –

      You won’t get rid of Adrienne, Tracey and me that easily! Be prepared to see each of us once a quarter as columnists! It’ll be fun for us to be on the other side of the chalkboard :-).

      Hugs,
      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:40 am
  30. I had the pleasure of being a visiting professor along with Simone Elkeles in the first year of this blog but really I’ve been a student here. I think I get an idea from every post about this business. It’s exciting that the three of you have become so busy with your own successes and it will be fun to see the new directions here too. Congratulations to all!

    Posted by Amy Alessio | June 6, 2012, 7:20 am
  31. Ladies-your blog is fabulous, as are all of you (hugs to fellow giam-ers) We wish the new-guard as much success as the founders.

    Posted by r r smythe | June 6, 2012, 7:26 am
    • RR –

      The support of the GIAM community has been a huge part of RU’s success over the past few years. It’s no surprise that we’ve recruited faculty and visiting professors from the GIAM ranks!

      Thanks so much!
      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 9:38 am
  32. Hi RU crew,

    What have I learned from you? To step out of my shell and engage with people on the Internet. I will not admit how many times I would stalk this website and not respond. You made it easy and comfortable for me. Many thanks and great success in the future.

    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | June 6, 2012, 7:29 am
  33. I’ve followed RU for a while and learned a lot about craft, but I also learned what talented generous people the ‘permanent’ crew are.
    Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin will be awesome as the new captains – I’m curious about this new direction – but I’m glad y’all will still be on board. :)

    Posted by Cathy Perkins | June 6, 2012, 7:35 am
    • Cathy –

      Thanks for being a continued supporter of RU!

      There’s no other folks besides these ladies that Tracey, Adrienne and I would rather entrust our “baby” with. They’re going to help that baby grow and improve!

      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 8:13 am
  34. Congratulations and happy anniversary. Three years is like forever in the blogosphere, and RU is still the same great, instructive site that it was in the beginning.

    I applaud your efforts and look forward to reading the next generation of blogs.

    Keena

    Posted by Keena Kincaid | June 6, 2012, 7:44 am
    • Keena –

      Thanks so much for recognizing how hard it can be to maintain a quality blog. I believe this changing of the guard will bring a renewed energy to RU, allowing for even more fabulous programming.

      I can’t wait to see what all Carrie, Becke, Jen & Robin have up their brilliant and generous sleeves!

      Kels

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 8:11 am
  35. I’ve found so much inspiration from this site (and have learned so much for my “how-to” file) that RU is a daily “must visit” for me. I know its future is in good hands, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Thanks to all you lovely ladies for founding this wonderful blog and for keeping it going!

    Posted by Linda F | June 6, 2012, 7:55 am
    • Linda –

      Thank you for loving RU as we do.

      What won’t change is the quality of the posts and the behind the scenes professionalism. Tracey, Adrienne and I will also be around, as our roles are changing to columnists. It will be tons of fun for us to share some more lessons learned with the RU readers!

      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 8:08 am
  36. I discovered RU a few months ago, but I have been diligently going through the archives to catch up on the lectures. This website is a wonderful resource for those of us starting out!

    And the second place I got in the April Showers contest was the encouragement I needed to believe in my writing. Thank you!

    Posted by Patricia Moussatche | June 6, 2012, 7:58 am
    • Patricia –

      That is absolutely the reason we began RU…to give writers encouragement. We’re also proud to have provided a place for writers to improve craft without having to pay for all the great resources.

      Best of luck on your writing!
      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 8:05 am
  37. Congrats for your continued successes and upcoming changes. And best wishes for future endeavors.
    It was really fun to be a guest professor with you–I’m still getting hits on my site from the lecture.

    Carry on!

    Franzeca

    Posted by Franzeca | June 6, 2012, 8:07 am
  38. Thank you for all you do!

    Posted by Melinda Dozier | June 6, 2012, 8:19 am
  39. Wow, has it been that long? I’m a lurker on a lot of sites, but this is one of my faves. Great job, guys.

    Sheila Polansky/Raven Raye

    Posted by Sheila R Polansky | June 6, 2012, 8:24 am
  40. Three years? Already? That went by fast! I’ve always enjoyed the information here, and was thrilled when I got to do a guest post recently — it was like hitting the big time. :)

    You’ve created a wonderful resource and community, and I have no doubts it will continue to be a great place for many years to come.

    Posted by Donna Cummings | June 6, 2012, 8:45 am
  41. Congratulations on 3 years! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already, and doubly impressive that you’ve managed to maintain the same high-quality, informative nature throughout! Sad to see you ladies go, but excited to see what the others have up their talented sleeves!

    Posted by Cris | June 6, 2012, 8:47 am
  42. I’ve been a lurker, but I’ve always valued all the lectures of you wonderful ladies. Though you’re just dropping to the background (not vanishing altogether), your presence will be sorely missed. :)

    Tory

    Posted by Tory Michaels | June 6, 2012, 8:49 am
  43. Kelsey, Tracey, and Adrienne

    Thanks for the inspiring blog, I have learned a lot here and I find it brave of you to let your baby go. Congratulations and every good wish for the future. I know you aren’t leaving but wanted to say it anyway. :)

    Dawn

    Posted by Dawn in NL | June 6, 2012, 8:56 am
  44. As both an avid blog reader and a visiting professor, RU has meant many things to me. I started as an unpublished, unagented writer, reading the first visiting professor post by…Brenda Novak, right? RU helped me kickstart my career, not only by providing high quality writing and publishing advice day in and day out, but also by inviting me to write about my debut author’s journey as my first book came out.

    Let’s face it, with all the “noise” on the internet, it’s hard to cherry pick the good stuff. RU is that good stuff.

    Thank you, Tracey, Adrienne and Kelsey. I value your friendship and have so much respect for what you’ve built here. And best of luck to Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin. I know you’ll continue to do a great job!

    Posted by Laurie London | June 6, 2012, 8:58 am
    • Laurie, If I wasn’t typing on my bitty phone keyboard, I’d write a thesis on how important you are to us at RU. For an entire year, you allowed us to follow your debut year. I can’t tell you how useful those posts were for me while I traversed. The same path not long ago. Thank you so much!

      Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 11:16 am
    • Laurie –

      I can’t tell you how much it means to have you describe RU as “the good stuff.” It has been so wonderful to see your (and others’) career grow. I hope RU helps many more writers improve their craft and enhance their careers!

      Thanks for being here with us for this journey!

      Many, many hugs,
      Kelsey

      Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 5:19 pm
  45. You all created a fabulous resource and a wonderful community. And even better to know it can continue while you move on to different roles! Congratulations and best wishes all around.

    Posted by Blythe Gifford | June 6, 2012, 8:58 am
  46. You have created such a wonderful place that is so full of energy and information – you all are incredible. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

    Posted by Vicky Burkholder | June 6, 2012, 9:04 am
  47. Farewell, congrats and thanks to Adrienne, Tracey and Kelsey for bringing this fabulous resource about. All the best in your new endeavors.

    I found you only recently (thanks Robin!) but you’re on my must-check list every day. The information you provide is solid gold and has helped me with everything from craft to pitching (and getting a request – yay!) and everything in between.

    You’re leaving RU is great hands, but it’s still sad to see you go.

    Posted by Willa Blair | June 6, 2012, 9:08 am
  48. No giveaways for me. I’ve followed this blog off and on for a long time and have learned so much. Thank you, ladies, and good luck to you and the new chicks.

    Posted by Vicki Batman | June 6, 2012, 9:38 am
  49. Ladies, has it really been three years since RU started? What an amazing site and resource you have built in that time.

    I was honored to be the designer who helped build the original blog, the logo and was privy to the goals and dreams that Adrienne, Kelsey and Tracey had for R.U. It’s inspiring to see that your dreams for this blog have become more than a reality – in fact, I would say that you’ve exceeded them greatly.

    It takes so much time and forethought to run a site like this smoothly, and you all have done that with constant, meticulous attention, fresh content and an engaging connection to your readers. You have given back to the writing community in a big way. I’m honored that I was able to play a small part in its beginning, and I know the fabulous ladies taking the helm will do an amazing job!

    I wish you three all the best! And I hope we can share drinks again at RWA this year. ;)

    Posted by Jeannie Ruesch | June 6, 2012, 9:49 am
  50. Hi, all –

    I wanted to let you know Tracey, Adrienne and I will be in and out today. But please know that we will respond to all comments. Thank you so much for your support of RU today and for the past three years.

    We’re fortunate to have made such wonderful friends through Romance University!

    Kelsey

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | June 6, 2012, 10:06 am
  51. Thanks so much for all your hard work in the past, and all the new crew will do in the future!

    Joanie

    Posted by Joan Rhine | June 6, 2012, 10:17 am
  52. Kelsey, Adrienne, and Tracey – I’m a big-time lurker here but have enjoyed so many of your columns.

    Your frequent postings will be missed.

    Lots of luck with your writing endeavors!

    Posted by Barbara White Daille | June 6, 2012, 10:29 am
  53. Carrie, Becke, Jen, and Robin – congrats on your new roles, and thanks for taking over the helm.

    Looking forward to your posts!

    Posted by Barbara White Daille | June 6, 2012, 10:32 am
  54. I’ve had a blast at RU and loved doing guest blogs as well as reading your contributions–you all have created a wonderful, informative home on the web. Congratulations on the accomplishment and the legacy you’ll leave behind as you pass the reins to a wonderful new group of ladies.

    Cheers!
    Inara

    Posted by Inara Scott | June 6, 2012, 10:56 am
  55. What a great resource. Thanks for everything you do.

    Posted by Stephanie | June 6, 2012, 10:57 am
  56. An amazing journey and an amazing crew.

    I remember when RU started. So exciting to see it blossom. I know the next few years will be just as helpful and inspiring. Although I visit frequently, I usually don’t comment, but today I just want to say Great Job, Adrienne, Tracey and Kelsey. Good luck.

    And I’ll be looking forward to more terrific offerings as Carrie, Jen, Becke and Robin carry on.

    Posted by Barb Bettis | June 6, 2012, 11:01 am
  57. Ladies~
    Your time and work on RU has been tremendous! Incredibly supportive and friendly, and even though I rarely commented (unless I was a visiting guest author! :)) I know your work here has been incredibly valuable. And that it will go on past your time, in such competent hands? Brava!

    You will be missed.

    ~Kris

    Posted by Kris Kennedy | June 6, 2012, 1:10 pm
  58. Congrats on 3 years!! That’s quite an accomplishment! Thank you for creating such a fabulous site. :)

    Best wishes to Carrie, Jen, Becke, and Robin! I know you’ll continue to make RU’s star shine bright.

    Posted by Sarah Simas | June 6, 2012, 1:22 pm
  59. Hi Ladies!

    How bittersweet this is! I have really enjoyed being a part of RU for these wonderful years…as a writer and a visiting prof. There’s always something to learn in this crazy publishing industry and RU is a dependable, entertaining, and trustworthy place to come for valuable information, and to make treasured friends.

    Thank you Adrienne, Kelsey and Tracey for establishing this wonderful and welcoming resource. Here’s wishing you even more well-deserved success in your careers!

    And to Becke, Carrie, Jen, and my fellow Entagled author Robin–may you continue to florish in fine fashion here at RU. I’m looking forward to hearing about your big plans!

    Thank you all!

    Posted by Tracy March | June 6, 2012, 1:33 pm
  60. I’m late as usual! I’d like to express my thanks to Kelsey, Tracey and Adrienne for asking me to join them at RU. Many thanks for your patience in showing me the ropes and answering my questions.

    I know passing the torch can’t be easy, so thanks for having faith in us staffers to carry on. We’re looking forward to carrying on the tradition.

    Great to see all you “lurkers” here today! Thanks for dropping by.

    Posted by Jennifer Tanner | June 6, 2012, 2:57 pm
  61. I’ve been more of a lurker than a participator on RU, but have learned so much here. What a great group of writers that have helped so many…good luck as you step back and good luck to the ladies moving to the forefront!

    Posted by ChristineWarner | June 6, 2012, 3:05 pm
  62. First time I’ve been to your site. Looking forward to finding out what you are all about.

    Posted by Pamela Porterfield | June 6, 2012, 3:08 pm
  63. Happy Birthday RU! I always enjoy your posts. Keep on truckin’!

    Posted by Larissa Reinhart | June 6, 2012, 3:08 pm
  64. Wow, three years! I was so honored to be asked to be a guest blogger early on, and though I haven’t spent nearly as much time here as I’ve wanted to since then, I always find excellent, helpful, heartwarming posts.

    I’m very impressed with all you three have accomplished, both with RU and individually, and wish you tremendous success.

    Posted by Natalie J. Damschroder | June 6, 2012, 3:18 pm
    • Natalie, it’s so great to see you! Yes, thank you for helping us launch RU. I remember the early days when we were terrified no one would accept our invitation to provide FREE lectures. Wow, did we underestimate the power and generosity of writers. :)

      Posted by Tracey Devlyn | June 6, 2012, 6:51 pm
  65. A huge surprise! Congratulations on all your success during the last few years, and welcome to the new team!

    Posted by Linda Jo Martin | June 6, 2012, 3:49 pm
  66. I am pretty new to RU, but I am so glad I found this site several months ago! I love what I’ve found so far and can’t wait to see what is to come. Thank-you for sharing, ladies, and enjoy the road ahead!

    Posted by Janel Gradowski | June 6, 2012, 3:55 pm
  67. Hey, Adrienne, Tracey & Kels ~ I learned to love y’all at GIAM x4. Then I met you guys in NY last year, and learned to love you more. I’m so impressed with what you’ve done with RU. It’s one of the few sites I visit regularly.

    Thank you all for your hard work, professionalism and dedication. It’s good to pass the torch, and I know Carrie, Becke, Jen & Robin will bring new energy to an already rockin’ site. All I can say is: WOW!! & THANKS!!

    Sit back and bask in the glow of a job damned well done. :-)

    Posted by Jo Anne Banker | June 6, 2012, 4:04 pm
  68. This feels like watching a graduation ceremony — such a blend of joy and nostalgia.

    I’m amazed RU is only three years old, because this is such a well-run and high-powered site that it feels like you’ve been around for ages!

    Thanks to the original vision of the creators, and the new excitement of the continue-ers, it’ll always be a treat to visit this fabulous group.

    Posted by Laurie Schnebly Campbell | June 6, 2012, 4:40 pm
  69. You three gals have left some very big shoes to fill. I look forward to what Robin, Becke, Carrie, and Jen have planned for us.

    Posted by Joan Leacott | June 6, 2012, 5:23 pm
  70. Thanks for the time you’ve put in so far!

    Posted by Kris Bock | June 6, 2012, 5:54 pm
  71. Hi Tracey, Adrienne, and Kelsey,

    I can’t tell you how much I’ve come to value Romance University over the last three years. Always informative and entertaining, your posts and visiting professors have helped me grow as a writer and keep up with the writing community as a whole. I’ve also valued the opportunity to form friendships with the three of you! You ladies rock!!!

    Hugs,
    Tara

    Posted by Tara Kingston | June 6, 2012, 6:48 pm
  72. I’ve really enjoyed this blog and have learned alot. Good luck in the transition and thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted by Sherrinda | June 6, 2012, 7:36 pm
  73. Congratulations and wishing you many more years!

    Posted by bn100 | June 6, 2012, 10:21 pm
  74. Thanks for the tips and mucho congratulations on your successes. Best of luck that they continue !!

    ~Angi

    Posted by Angi Morgan | June 7, 2012, 7:30 am
  75. I’m mostly a lurker but have found RU to be very helpful! Thanks to the ladies of RU for all your hard work. Best of luck to the new guard of RU in the future. I’m sure great things are in store!

    Posted by Marlo Berliner | June 7, 2012, 7:35 am
  76. Congrads on 3 years! I love your site and come here often. Thanks for the great giveaway too!!

    Posted by Kay Swederski | June 7, 2012, 9:14 am
  77. Thanks so much! I’m so thrilled to have found RU last year! Terrific group of writers and I love learning from them!

    Posted by Susie Sheehey | June 7, 2012, 12:43 pm
  78. Love being a member of this group. Also love being offered a chance to win a Nook. Thanks for offering.
    Cheryl

    Posted by cheryl | June 7, 2012, 1:53 pm
  79. Wow, I remember when RU started – hard to believe it’s been 3 years! Congratulations Adrienne, Tracey & Kelsey on what you’ve built here.

    Posted by Gail Hart | June 8, 2012, 7:13 am
  80. Congradulations on your work for writers with the RU. I love the generosity of published authors willing to help others achieve their dreams.
    May you have many, more years of RU.
    margie tomlin

    Posted by margie tomlin | June 8, 2012, 9:35 am
  81. Wow, congratulations to all of you on such a robust and thriving community at RU! What an amazing thing to have had a hand in creating! Best wishes to you three, Tracey, Adrienne, and Kelsey, as you step back a little and watch your “baby” go off a bit with a little less of your help :)

    Posted by Fedora | June 8, 2012, 9:38 am
  82. Oh what fun! Seems like I missed a great opportunity. Congratulations and best wishes on the anniversary!

    Posted by Lena | June 9, 2012, 12:30 pm
  83. This is my first visit to RU, but I’m looking forward to coming back often!

    Posted by HiDee | June 12, 2012, 7:29 pm
  84. I’ve mostly lurked but have enjoyed watching this site take off and turn into something really priceless for us writers. Thanks for all the time and hard work you ladies put in here.

    Looking forward to reading about the future plans on Friday!

    Posted by Terri Osburn | June 13, 2012, 11:06 am
  85. Love this blog site, and I know the new ladies in charge will keep up the high standards that have been set. Best of luck going forward.

    Posted by Becky Lower | August 18, 2014, 6:37 am

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