April 11 2020:

There is an board meeting at 9:00 am.

April 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  

April 2020 Programming Announcement

Topic: The Secrets of the Bestselling Indie Ebook Authors

Speaker: Jim Azevedo, Smashwords

Length: 1 Hour (approximately 11am to Noon)

While there is no such thing as a single, magic bullet to suddenly catapult anyone’s ebook onto the best seller lists, in this workshop Jim will reveal the best practices of the most successful self-published ebook authors. You’ll learn how to self-publish with greater pride and professionalism. Simple, yet important strategies will be uncovered to help make your ebooks more accessible, more discoverable and more desirable to readers.

Bio: Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped more than 146,000 authors, publishers and literary agents around the world release over 526,00 titles and distribute their work globally to top ebook retailers, subscription services and public libraries. Jim, a convert from Silicon Valley’s tech industry, earned his “indie cred” from 18 years of drumming, recording and touring with an indie punk rock/metal band. Follow Jim on Twitter: @Smashwords or @jazzervedo.



Draft April Chapter Business Meeting Agenda

  • Board Reports
    • Programming
    • Membership
    • Communication
      • RWA National Update
        • Special Election Update
          • EJ Russell
          • Jessa Slade
    • Treasurer
  • Diversity Segment
  • Kudos
  • Shared Knowledge: Lynn Jordan is a gotomeeting super user and will share some tips with attendees

May Programming Announcement

Topic: Slay Your Deadlines: Create a Kanban Board! 

Speaker: Asa Maria Bradley

Description: Writers of all genres love using the Kanban to enhance productivity, inspire creativity, and control workflow. It is a fantastic tool for creating a yearly schedule, keeping the calendar flexible enough to adjust for unexpected changes, and still forcing you to focus and not get distracted by shiny new projects. Asa Maria Bradley used Kanban boards during her eight years working in software development and have modified what she learned there to fit her writing planning and execution process. If you need a better tool to plan your year, stay on schedule, and find what stifles your process, then this interactive workshop is for you. You’ll not only learn the Kanban method and discover great resources, but you’ll also walk away ready to implement your very own board, customized to your projects, and ready to go as soon as you get home.

Length: 90 Minutes (Approximately 11:00am to 12:30pm)


Bio: Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired her sexy modern-day Viking Warriors paranormal romance series. She also writes urban fantasy about empowered heroines who kick ass while saving the world.

Booklist attributes her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world-building” and Entertainment Weekly says “when it comes to paranormal romance with explosive action scenes, Bradley has that nailed.” Her work has received the honors of a double nomination for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, a Reviewers’ Choice Award nomination, a Holt Medallion win, and a Booksellers’ Best Award win.

Asa came to the United States as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing and crime TV dramas of all flavors, two addictions she unfortunately still struggles with. After a few more years of schooling, Asa earned an MS in Medical Physics from University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives on a lake deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Sadly, neither of them obeys any of her commands. Connect with Asa at www.AsaMariaBradley.com.

June Programming Announcement

Title: FINISH THAT BOOK! With Allie Pleiter’s popular Chunky Method

Speaker: Allie Pleiter

Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes (11am to 12:15pm)

Description: Do you feel like you can never find the time to write? Have you been chipping away at the same manuscript forever without much progress? Do you need a system that can get you to typing “The End” with success and satisfaction? Wrangling a fickle muse to meet a deadline—or just to get rid of that looming blank page—is a life-skill for everyone who wants to get serious about their writing. Allie Pleiter, the bestselling author of over 40 books, shares the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse. You’ll learn how to set goals and deadlines that reflect your personal writing style and speed–and smart ways to get faster when you need it. Join the thousands of other writers who have mastered the writing process using Pleiter’s popular Chunky Method. With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty real life of it all, this workshop gives aspiring or working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen.

Bio: Award-winning bestselling author Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four books at a time.She teaches creative people how to be consistently, dependably productive while teaching high-performing professionals how to create the vital content today’s marketing requires. The author of over 50 published titles, Allie has spent a decade in the publishing profession with over 1.5 million books sold worldwide.In addition to her own writing career, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management.



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.

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

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]