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Thank you, Sabrina

In this year’s Rita Awards ceremony, the audience watched clips of authors thanking fellow authors who had played an important role in their writing careers. We’re all in this together. When RWA called for submissions for this feature, I sent in an entry–to thank Sabrina Jeffries for all she’s meant to me. We were selected to […]

Just Contempt

Has this ever happened to you? I read continuously. Sometimes two books at a time. This past week I took my grandsons to the library and even though I have hundreds of books sitting in my office and on my kindle that I’ve not read yet, I had to have another world to step into. […]

I Got A Request! … Now What?

Whether you went to the RWA National Conference and were able to get one of the “Speed Pitch” slots or not… whether you pitched on twitter or participated in PitchWars or dug through Query Tracker and Publishers Marketplace to see which editors and agents were acquiring and building their lists right now, at some point […]

300 words a day

If your summer has been like mine, finding time to write is difficult. Schedules are in a shambles. Any time you do find, after spending the day breaking up childhood squabbles and entertaining visiting relatives, is not when you normally write. I don’t know about you, but I’m grouchy if I don’t get to spend […]

A Newbie’s Take on RWA18 Conference

I did not attend RWA18 in Denver. I did stalk social media for information and pictures shared by other authors. I found plenty. Seems 18 was an excellent conference. But I was only seeing posts from established romance authors. What did the newbies/first timers think? Did they have the same experience? I asked first time attendee, […]

Mojo…or Not

The annual Romance Writers of America Conference was recently in Denver. The conference was amazing – fun, fulfilling, and enlightening. It was time spent with friends, time making new friends, and time learning about others’ experience in this business.

Traveling to Open a Writer’s Mind

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Perhaps you are headed out on vacation? I just returned from our family house on the coast of Maine. We inherited the 19th century home from my husband’s grandparents. It’s bank of wild primroses and lupines leads down to McCollum Beach. From the porch you can […]

What Would Jane Austen Want?

Last week I saw an article about a new television adaptation of a Jane Austen work I’d never heard of, which made me sit up and take notice because I was pretty sure I’d read all of Ms. Austen’s work (at least twice) and had even made a pilgrimage to Bath to walk the paths taken in  Persuasion.  So […]

We’re Back!

Okay, RWA National was fantastic! I did more than survive. My brain is exploding with inspiration, and also, and perhaps more importantly, with concrete ideas on how to execute. While we all recover, I thought I’d put up a quick post with some of my top RWA 2018 moments. – When the woman with the […]

We’re at RWA Nationals!!

We’re quiet on the blog this week because most of the Rubies are attending the Romance Writers of America National Convention this week! We’ll be back next week with reports on what went on and what we learned! Stay tuned!

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  • Laurie Kellogg: What a wonderful post, Beth. I hope your book helps to educate the public on the challenges of Autism.
  • Kate Parker: Lovely post, Beth. And yes, romance writers are very supportive, even of mystery writers!
  • Elizabeth Langston: So many people could be thanked, but it’s nice to get an opportunity to give a special word...
  • Julia Day: Yes, and you’ve been great and supportive, too. I can thank you enough!
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