Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Tuesday Talk Time - The Romance Writing Community

Pink Heart Society regular, Stefanie London, is extolling the virtues of the romance writing community.

“Online class $25; Conference fee $200; support and input from your writing peers? Priceless.” – Megan Ryder, author and giver of wise words.

Relatively speaking, I haven’t been part of the romance writing community for that long. I only started writing romance in late 2012 but I quickly learned one thing:

Romance writers are the loveliest, friendliest and most helpful bunch of writers you’ll ever meet.

I’ve realised this more than ever in the past few months when I signed on to do a box set with eight other authors, most of whom I didn’t know. In the time we’ve all worked to
gether I have learned so much—everyone has been so incredibly generous with sharing their time, information and expertise. No question was too dumb, no suggestion went ignored.

Over the three years I’ve been writing I’ve had so many people help me. Whether it was the lovely group of gals who read my latest novella and helped me weed the Aussie-isms out of my US based story, or the established authors who encouraged me from the get go. I’ve been included in groups, welcomed to meetings and treated like I belong.

For a writer (many of whom can be shy, introverted and a little awkward…or maybe that last one is just me) this generosity of spirit is incredibly welcome.

Since the ladies of the Small Town Summer Box Set inspired me to write this post, I thought it would be fun to get them to share their positive experiences with us:

Chilling with my book buddies
“Romance writers are always willing to help plot or build a character. If you're stuck, most writers, even on deadline, usually finds the time to take a few minutes and help. The best group I've ever worked with is a plotting brainstorming group. Critiquing is great but to get input on plots and character before you've written them is priceless.”Megan Ryder, Her Last Shot

“Things change so fast in publishing that there would be no hope of keeping up if we didn't communicate with each other. I admit to being horrified by how much there is to learn about these changes--indie-pubbing being the prime example--I am everlastingly grateful to the community for being so willing to share what they know.” Liz Flaherty, Summer in Stringtown Proper

“Truly, the best thing about writing romance is becoming part of this wonderfully supportive community of (mostly) women. Whether you're published or unpublished, floundering in the mid-list or NYT best seller, you're welcomed with open arms and give access to a wealth of knowledge and information to guide you along your journey.”Regina Kyle, Summer Stock 

“Without my friend (and now writing buddy) constantly telling me I was a writer and that I could do this, I wouldn't be where I am today. It's that simple. I'd like to think I would have figured it out on my own, but thank the heavens she saw what I didn't and kept kicking and pushing until I got off my butt and did it.”Terri Osburn, Awakening Anna

The Small Town Summer Box Set is almost here and it includes novellas from nine bestselling, award winning and rising star authors.

Pre-Order now to get it at a special introductory price:

From warm sunny days to long sultry nights, spend your summer falling in love in a small town. These nine contemporary romances featuring sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and lots of heart-warming romance make the perfect beach read. 

Whether your pleasure is sweet small town romance or smolderingly sexy love stories, there's something in the Small Town Summer box set for everyone!

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  1. Great post, Stefanie. Looking forward to the release of Small Town Summer.

    I have belonged to several different local chapters (having lived in several different places) and there are usually members who don't write romance but belong because they say basically what you've said. Romance writers are the most helpful and are the most willing to help educate other writers.

    1. Thanks Carol! You know, I've heard that from quite a few people. We're just so warm and fuzzy haha

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Stefanie. I've been in RWA since 1995 (or so) and the helpfulness of the community--no matter what else is going on within it--has never subsided one little bit.

    1. No problem at all Liz! Thanks for letting me quote you ;)

  3. Great post, Stefanie!