Trends in Romance Publishing

                                             Michele Mills



What’s hot and what’s not? This is the question romance writers ask themselves on a daily basis. Is this manuscript I’m writing going to sell because this is what people want to read, or will it flop, dead on arrival like yesterday’s news? Is your work in progress part of an emerging trend, an established trend, or are you starting your own new trend? Let’s find out! Michele Mills spends most of her free time with her ear to the ground (via Twitter, Facebook and various Author email loops) and will report the latest news in romance publishing on diversity, LGBTQ issues, and the various subgenres within romance. Is the historical really dead? Is anyone still reading paranormal romance? Join us in January and find out the answers to these burning questions!


Michele Mills teaches High School English to unruly teenagers and enjoys cooking for her husband and two sons. DIE FOR YOU, the first book in her new post-apocalyptic series from Samhain releases spring 2016. You can find her chatting about romance and pretending to be professional on both Twitter and Facebook.








                                                                                                       Going Deep

                                                                                  with Alice Gaines





As readers, we all know the feeling of being so deeply inside a character, we live and breathe her world, experiencing her emotions as she travels through her story arc.  In our own writing, we try to create that intimacy through what’s commonly called deep point of view.  Alice Gaines will share some almost-quick and not-too-dirty techniques to get the author off the page so readers can connect with your characters.  She’ll also share some psychological insights on how people think of themselves, their own actions, and the world around them.



Alice has a Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.  She’s been writing since before the internet.  Her first published fiction, a novella titled The Spinner’s Dream, appeared in the first volume of Secrets from Red Sage Publishing.  Since then, she’s gone on to help launch e-Red Sage, Harlequin Spice Briefs, Carina Press, and Kindle Scout.  She currently writes romance and erotica for Entangled Press and Avon Impulse and has recently entered the world of self-publishing with her Princes of Danislova books.








                                                                                                  Preparing for Success

                                                                                            Marie Force






With so many authors hitting the big time with their books, success management becomes an issue. How do you know when to incorporate? Do you need an accountant? What about taxes and assistants and all the other challenges that come with not only writing great books, but also running a successful business? New York Times bestselling author Marie Force has been there, done that, and will share what she’s learned.


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 contemporary romance novels, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. Find out more about Marie at, on Facebook at, on Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram at MarieForceAuthor. 








                                                                           Ask The Creativity Coach 

                                                                                   Denise A. Agnew








Spend an hour chatting with Certified Creativity Coach Denise A. Agnew about anything and everything related to your creative endeavors. Questions such as what is a creativity coach and how can they help me, what is writer’s block and how can I fix it are but a few of the burning questions we’ll discuss in this one hour open time. So bring your questions and get ready to discover how to create for a lifetime.




Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 65 novels. Denise has written paranormal, romantic comedy, contemporary, fantasy, historical, erotic romance, and romantic suspense. Archaeology and archery have crept into her work, and travels through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have added to a lifetime of story ideas. She lives with her husband and a Mini Schnauzer. Denise is also a paranormal investigator, Reiki Master and Certified Creativity Coach.  Visit Denise’s websites at and






Let's Give 'em Something to Talk About
Kimberley Cates

Meetings are held at Marie Callender's Restaurant

3602 W. Shaw

Fresno, CA.


10:30 am on the third Saturday every month except November.


$10.00 non-members

(plus lunch ordered

from the menu.)





2016  Meetings    

Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About: Keys to writing dialogue that will bring your characters to life.  Learn how to infuse your characters with their own personality and give them a voice the reader can’t resist.


Kimberly Cates is a five-time Rita Finalist named "a master of the genre" by Romantic Times.  An internationally best selling author of 33 books, she’s written contemporary and historical romance and historical fiction under multiple pseudonyms. The New York Daily News praises her writing as "so richly detailed we...hear the clash of sword against sword."   Visit Kimberly on her website at:,

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How to Pitch!
Pam McCutcheon
Get tips on pitching just in time for RWA National!

Pitching your story to an editor or agent is often the most terrifying experience of your writing career. What should you do? What should you say? What should you wear? Pam McCutcheon is experienced as a former pitch coordinator for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference and in helping many aspiring authors practice their pitches. Join her as she explains what you need to know to make your pitch a success (even if they don’t ask for the manuscript!) and how to craft a log line that will intrigue the editor/agent and make them want to know more. Whether you’re facing an agent or acquiring editor, Pam McCutcheon will provide you with tools to enable you to relax and pitch like the professional you are!

Pam McCutcheon has a B.S. in industrial engineering. She writes humorous contemporary romance as Pamela McCutcheon, fantasy as Pamela Luzier, and YA urban fantasy as Parker Blue. She has also written several nonfiction writing craft books and offers editorial services. Find out more about Pam at her website:

July   RWA National Conference - No meeting  
Tips and Tricks
Nicole Evelina

Editing. That one little word conjures a range of emotions in writers. Some love it. Some hate it. No matter how you feel about it, it’s a necessary step to get your novel ready for publication.


Nicole Evelina will teach you tips and tricks to make self-editing a much easier step. Highlights include how to:

  • Break your editing into rounds so that you don’t have to tackle everything at once.

  • Examine dialogue, description, characterization and action.

  • Use a beat sheet to check pacing and balance of power.

  • Make every word count without having to agonize over every word.

  • Use advice from beta readers and contests to strengthen your novel.


Nicole Evelina is the author of the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, historical fiction, and contemporary romantic comedy.


She can be found at: and Twitter

15-Minute Break-ins
Quick Capers to Unlock Your Best Writing
Krista Lynn

So you're busy. So your whole day has been dedicated to making your life - and that of a legion of others - work! And you have to start dinner in, oh say, fifteen minutes if the family is going to eat before midnight, and you haven't written a single word on that brilliant half-finished manuscript all day. You sigh. Heavily. That's okay. Pour that glass of wine, sit down in front of your computer and Break-in to your story for a quick heist. Steal this time to tighten what you can, add some power words, take out some 'ly' words, write a setting, find repeated words...In other words, Case the Joint, or rather, your house of words. 


Even a few minutes can help keep you on your writer's schedule. Krista Lynn has been scouting out for tips and tricks from authors, bloggers, writer friends, and her own cranky muse, to assemble a few exercises to do on your own manuscript. She will use Margie Lawson's "Rule #12 - Power Punch your 15 Minutes" as a guideline. So, bring your laptops for 3 or 4 timed 15-minute stretches to Break-In and Power Punch your story. 


Krista Lynn is a former Geography professor who now writes earthy Supernatural Romantic Suspence. Book #1 of the Canyon Series, Blood Stones, The Haunting of Sunset Canyon   released in May, 2016.

Conflict: Sweet to Hot
Melinda Curtis

Melinda Curtis is an award-winning, USA Today bestseller, hybrid author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale - from sweet to hot! Join Melinda as she presents conflict considerations for the level of steam you put in your romance, explores the progression of intimacy and how this can impact conflict in each type of romance, and provides tips on how to milk out those conflict-induced tears at the end of the book.

The Last Class on Show and Tell
You Will Ever Need
Jeff Gerke

If you write fiction, you’ve doubtless heard someone say, “Show, don’t tell.” But what does that mean? Telling is the act of stopping your story to spoon-feed backstory or explanations to the reader (who probably couldn’t care less). Showing is the act of illustrating that information in a way that doesn’t stop the story and does engage the reader. Telling is much easier. Anyone can do it—but “anyone’s” story would be weak. Showing is harder but a hundred times more effective. Learning to spot telling, and to convert it to showing, can be confusing. In this lecture, you’ll hear the best way to learn how to see it—and some fantastic ideas for how to transform it.


When you’re truly ready to make your fiction publishable, it’s time to call Jeff Gerke. Jeff trains novelists how to better do what it is they’re trying to do. He trains through his books for Writers Digest: The Irresistible Novel, Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, Write Your Novel in a Month, and The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction. He trains through the many writers’ conferences he teaches at all over the country every year. He trained his authors when he ran Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction, which he sold after an award-winning 5-year run. And he trains through the freelance editing he does for his clients at Jeff is known for his canny book doctoring skills and his encouraging manner, which leaves writers feeling empowered and like they really can do this thing after all. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children.