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July Meeting Announcement: Virtual ONLY

As things are rapidly changing, RCRW is adjusting to be able to keep our community connected while also doing what is best for our members. PCC has cancelled our room reservation. RCRW is still having our monthly meeting but as a VIRTUAL option only. I would like to thank RWA (and Leslie) for giving us a virtual platform for our meeting. The meeting link and phone number has been posted to the RCRW Forum for member access. Thank you, Jessie

Resource Links:  CDC | Oregon Health Authority | WA State Dept. of Health  

Draft July Chapter Business Meeting Agenda

  • Board Reports
    • Programming
    • Membership
    • Communication
    • Treasurer
    • PRO
    • PAN
  • Diversity Segment
  • Kudos
  • Shared Knowledge

July Programming Announcement

Topic: Overdrive Overview

Speaker: Lateefah Zawistowski

Length: 30 Minutes (approximately 11am to 11:30am)

Lateefah Zawistowski will share with RCRW how Romance authors can best utilize their services to connect with readers through the local libraries. Topics will include how to get your book on OverDrive, selling to libraries, and merchandising opportunities on OverDrive.

Bio: Lateefah Zawistowski is an Account Manager on the Publisher Relations team at OverDrive. Lateefah is responsible for maintaining the day to day relationships with existing publisher partners and for developing new content partner relationships. She represents mostly US based publishers of all sizes, as well as video suppliers. Lateefah is a proud Midwesterner that enjoys knitting, crafting, true crime, rich bad boy secret baby romance and is always up for a good book or podcast recommendation. She resides in Cleveland with her husband, Mike and dog, Braxton.

July Bonus Programming Announcement

Speaker: Barratt Miller

Length: 30 Minutes (approximately 11:30am to Noon)

Your e-book has been uploaded to OverDrive and print copies been released into the wild…now how do you get your book onto library shelves? Learn how libraries decide whether or not to purchase a book, how to contact your local library about adding your book to the collection, and how to team up with your library to host romance-themed author events.

Bio: Barratt Miller is a librarian at the Oregon City Public Library. She earned her Master of Science in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her Adult Popular Literature class introduced her to the wonderful world of romance novels. She loves Regency historicals, shapeshifter paranormals, and fairy tale retellings of all kinds.

August Programming Announcement

Growth Hacking a Bestseller by Liz Pelletier, Publisher and CEO of Entangled Publishing

Growth what? Growth hacking is one of the hottest buzzwords in marketing today, responsible for start-up viral sensations like Dropbox, Instagram, Facebook, and the original Hotmail. Few people realize that to guarantee success, the principles of growth hacking must be implemented long before a product is released. But how can an author apply these techniques when writing/self-editing/marketing their novel to better ensure a hit? Join publisher and editor Liz Pelletier as she demonstrates a new and innovative way to develop, write, edit, and market a book with the greatest chance of making your next release a best seller. 


Liz Pelletier, Publisher and CEO of Entangled Publishing

Liz Pelletier co-founded Entangled Publishing in 2011. Over the past ten years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a bestselling romance publisher, with more than 18 NYT bestsellers and 71 USA Today bestsellers. Her out-of the-box approach to everything from pricing strategies to marketing to editorial allows Entangled to be both disruptive and agile within a dynamic publishing landscape. You can find her on Twitter at@Liz_Pelletier.  
Length: 2 Hours

September Exclusive RCRW Member Programming Announcement

Title: Talking with Tule and Taking Pitches

Editor: Sinclair Sawhney, Senior Editor with Tule Publishing

Bio: Sinclair Sawhney is a former journalist, middle school teacher and preschool owner who holds a BA in Political Science and K-8 teaching certificate from the University of California, Irvine and a MS in Education with an emphasis in teaching writing from the University of Washington. She has worked with Tule nearly since the beginning as an editor and is now senior editor who works with authors to develop proposals for stories, series and film and she also works with the Tule team to help build the authors’ brand and career as well as helping guide Tule’s future. She has published 15 mid-length and short contemporary romances with Tule Publishing under the name of Sinclair Jayne and has had two books optioned for film. 

Presentation Overview

  • Tule’s mission statement
  • How tule works collaboratively with authors
  • What Tule is actively looking for and working on
  • What Tule has learned about the digital marketplace —how things have changed and trends
  • How Tule is making inroads with the film industry and what we have learned
  • An editor’s view of what makes a story that I can’t resist and how you can make your proposal/synopsis pop 
  • Time to take pitches

Oct Programming Announcement

Title: The Art of Fiction Haiku
Speaker: Amy Lane
Length: 1 hour (11am to 12pm)

Description: Category romance is a precise art. With such a small word count, writing the perfect category romance is a little like writing a haiku. But how do you write a book in seventeen syllables? How can you cram compelling conflict, satisfying character development, and toe-curling romantic tension into less than sixty thousand words? In Crafting Category Romance, two-time RITA™-nominated author of nearly one hundred books Amy Lane describes the rules of engagement, traps to watch out for, and how to leverage common tropes to create conflict, craft a character, develop a plot, and leave readers with a happy ever after that’s different every time—all in a tidy package. With practical exercises in plot, conflict, and character development, Crafting Category Romance will teach you how to use the rigid rules and expectations of the genre to your advantage and win a loyal readership following for life.

Bio: Amy Lane has two kids who are mostly grown, two kids who aren’t, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

Nov Programming Announcement

Title: Create Compelling, Complex Secondary Characters
Speaker: Reese Ryan
Length: 1 hour (11am to 12pm)

Description: None of us exists in a vacuum. Neither should our characters. Our friends, family, bosses, co-workers, and neighbors impact our lives in ways big and small. Our encounters with them often develop or reveal our true character. The same should be true of our secondary characters. Well-developed secondary characters—whether good, bad, or indifferent—shed light on our understanding of the primary characters in a more striking manner than narration alone.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll examine how to use secondary characters to reveal key aspects of primary characters and move the plot along. We’ll also discuss how to create a cast of characters that add to the story rather than distracts from it.

Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional romance with captivating family drama, surprising secrets, and a posse of complex characters. Past president of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and recipient of the 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author Award, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction.

Rose City Romance Writers supports writers at all career stages

Our monthly meetings, in Portland, feature a different topic. We balance topics on the areas of craft and business. Writers new to romance, or writing in general, will learn a great deal. But we strive to make sure our programming supports midlist and advanced authors as well.[/vc_column_text]