2021 News and Updates
Lowcountry Romance Writers of America
2021 Calendar (subject to change)
January 23 – 12:30 p.m. – online meeting and meet/greet
January – board meeting date/time tbd
February 27 – 12 noon – member meeting and then a break and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. we have an all-day online Growth Hacking a Bestseller.workshop with Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing – free for members
March 27 – writing sprints
March – board meeting date/time tbd
April 24 – program tbd
May 22 – writing sprints
June 26 – program tbd
July 14-17 – RWA Conference in Nashville, TN
July 24 – writing sprints
July 30-31 – Lust in the Lowcountry RomanceCon at SC Society Hall downtown Charleston (we are hoping to have a booth) – https://suziewebster.com/romancecon
August 28 – program tbd
August – board meeting date/time tbd
September 30-October 3 – Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight & Magnolias Conference
September – no meeting
October 23 – nominating committee selected
October – board meeting date/time tbd
November 27 – slate announced
December – online elections from the first to the eighth
December 9 (Thursday) – holiday event and election results announced
September 2020 General Meeting w/ speaker: Angela James
The Angela James seminar scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Contact Robin (email@example.com) to register. Space is limited to 20 attendees and we have ten now.
Saturday, September 26
General Meeting – 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. – then take a break and move over to the Angela James link
Program – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Angela James Finding Your Way to the Pacing Sweet Spot
Online via ZOOM!
Who can you register/attend?
Members – FREE
Nonmembers – open registration to non-members for $20.
Everyone must register by sending Robin an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is keeping a list of those registered. Once she receives your email, she will send you the link so you can register via ZOOM. You must register with the ZOOM link before September 17.
If you have friends who are RWA members and would like to JOIN LRWA and attend, our dues are only $15 from now until Dec. 1. In January they go back to $30 for returning members and $35 for new members.
Space is limited to 20 attendees.
Please note that she’s requested all attendees be on video and audio, not just audio. She likes to see faces as she presents.
FINAL COUNT and names must be sent to Angela James (that rhymes btw) NLT September 18.
Finding Your Way to the Pacing Sweet Spot
Better understand what editors and agents mean when they reference a book’s pacing.
Learn what to look for in your own manuscript when it comes to figuring out our pacing issues, structure, and how to make it all work together.
This session will include access to a recording hosted on Angela James’ site for 30 days after the event, which can be viewed by additional members, and will include captions.
AUGUST 22 MTG CANCELED
Due to the RWA National Conference August 28-30 we are canceling our August 22 meeting. Upcoming Meeting Information
September 26 – tbd – we do need to talk about chapter affiliation agreements and the new bylaws format
October 24 –
Zoe York presentation – general meeting from 12noon to 1 p.m. and program from 1 to 3 p.m.
Zoe York Presentation Part One: Writing a genre fiction series: turning a writing dream into a writing career Start planning your next series to build on your brand and take you to the next level. We will cover: How to craft the next first-in-series evergreen book that will sell for years and lay the foundation for 5+ books to follow. How (and when) to spin-off and take your readers with you. How to weather the ups and downs of the market when you feel like the tortoise surrounded by hares.
Zoe York Presentation Part Two| How to Be Your Own Marketing Manager The trick to book marketing is to hire yourself to promote your author persona online. But what does that look like when you break it down to a to-do list and a weekly or monthly task list? In this workshop, we cover social media, backlist marketing, and frontlist (new release) marketing tips and tricks.
November 21 – Angela James presentation
December – holiday event, hopefully, with safe social distancing
Meetings during COVID19
LRWA members have been meeting online via ZOOM since March. We will continue to meet this way until our December Holiday Gathering.
We’ve been playing around with our meeting times and right now they are set at:
12 noon – begin meeting/any business discussed/intros
1 p.m. – program
2 p.m. – (if the program doesn’t go over) writing sprints
Our meeting dates are
July 25 – we will join the FREE SinC Palmetto Chapter’s Mystery in the Midlands half-day conference for readers and writers featuring Charlaine Harris.
August 22 – we hope to have a speaker to talk about book covers
September 26 – tbd
October 24 – tbd
November 21 – tbd
December 12 – Holiday Gathering (hopefully in person)
Public Statement from LRWA
January 9, 2020
We, the Lowcountry Romance Writers of America Chapter (LRWA), stand with our sister chapters in their condemnation of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) national board and staff’s handling of the ethics complaints and advocacy on behalf of author members. We find their management, or lack thereof, of these subsequent crises to be particularly egregious. More specifically, we condemn:
- The lack of transparency and accountability within the organization.
- The apparent gross misconduct by former president Damon Suede and by executive level staff as led by Carol Ritter.
- The failure to follow through on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) promises resulting in continued harm befalling persons from marginalized communities.
- The suspicious disregard of stated policy and procedures.
- The disinclination to effectively respond to their membership’s outrage.
- The lack of information to assist chapter leadership.
- The apparent mishandling and unfair treatment of ethics complaints regarding marginalized members, and specifically Ms. Courtney Milan, which was the case that brought much problematic information out in the open.
- The recent hesitancy or out-right refusal to labor for member advocacy, particularly the latest Dreamspinner Press controversy and the apparent conflict of interest therein.
- The apparent mishandling of ethics complaints filed by people from marginalized communities.
While the resignations of Damon Suede and Carol Ritter are steps in the right direction, more still needs to be done. LRWA petitions the national board to fulfill the remaining calls to action from our fellow chapters, and specifically, the demands of the 19 past national directors and presidents as outlined in their letter to the RWA board dated January 2, 2020.
LRWA is committed to DEI efforts and will remain a safe space for marginalized voices to be uplifted and heard. We sincerely hope the national RWA board and staff share those same values and will work to make expedient and genuine reparations and take appropriate actions to address our concerns and rebuild trust.
Lowcountry Romance Writers of America, including the undersigned:
Amy Quinton, President
Savannah J Frierson, Vice President
Jen Davis, Secretary
Linda Schad, Treasurer
Robin Hillyer-Miles, Member in good standing
Paula Gail Benson, Member in good standing
Elaine Reed, Member in good standing
Angela Lawson Mizell, Member in good standing
Ann Chaney, Member in good standing
Pamela Ann Phillips, Member in good standing
Renay Marsh, Member in good standing
Rebecca A Owens, Member in good standing
Sofia Sawyer, Member in good standing
- We had a full house at last month’s meeting! Yes!!
- Savannah presented important information about writing short stories – which was timely and came in handy because of #3:
- We announced a call for chapter members to participate in our first chapter anthology!
- Our Goals Donation rolled over another month – next month it could be you…
- In March, we crowned member, Ann Chaney, our March Writing Queen!Ann’s novel, Dangerous Pursuit, was announced as a Golden Heart Finalist for the 2019 Golden Heart contest. Congratulations Ann!
In addition – Besides, many years of service to LRWA, recently, Ann has served and been a valuable, active member of the online chapter, The Beau Monde.
Thank you for all you do, Ann! We are so fortunate to have you as part of our chapter family.
- In April, we crowned member, Renay Marsh, our April Writing Queen.Renay, writing as Violet Tempest, regularly and actively encourages herself and other writers through her posts and online writing sprints. We admire her ability to do so and to continue to write her own amazing stories even while actively managing her family’s business! That’s hard!
Congratulations, Renay – and thank you for being a part of our writing family! We hope to see you at another meeting soon.
1. We lovingly crowned Deanna McNeil, writing as Michele Sims, our January Writing Queen! Deanna released her debut novel in November 2018, a contemporary multicultural romance titled Act I Seed on Fire, released the sequel, Act II Playing with Fire, in January 2019, and made PAN! Well done, Deanna!
2. Savannah Frierson presented a kick-a$$ workshop that was part information part therapy session on setting effective goals and how to dig into why we all excel at sabotaging them. 😉 All members have access to workshop handouts, links, and slides.
3. Amy Quinton (Madame President) issued a Challenge Goal to the entire membership: Write 2000 words on your WIP by the February Meeting (Feb 16). She’s going easy on everyone…this time! Bwahahahaha
4. Speaking of Goals: We established the 2019 LRWA Book of Goals…and we cannot wait to see it where it takes us all in 2019! —->
5. Members interested in additonal meetups, writing sprints, or critiques… Further information and session information will be headed to our member’s inboxes soon!
6. Sound like fun? Interested in Joining our Chapter? Come join us for a meeting and try us on for size!
Happy 2019 Everyone
We hope you achieve all your writing goals for 2019! Come join us for encouragement, tips, and laughter as we discuss the craft of writing…no matter where you are on your publishing journey… 🙂
Happy 2018 Everyone
We hope you achieve all your writing goals for 2018! Come join us for encouragement, tips, and laughter as we discuss the craft of writing…no matter where you are on your publishing journey… 🙂
Happy Fall Y’all
From the Lowcountry Romance Writers of America