Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 2017 MCRW Meeting

Date: January 21, 2017
Time: 10 am
Location: Williamson County Library

Workshop: Community Building for Connected Books

World-building is always an important tool for authors and, when written well, your fictional town, apartment building or spaceship can become the basis for a long-running book series, allowing readers to return again and again to a place they love. Come hear from two multi-published authors about the pros and cons of a repeat location and some tips to keep in mind as you build your community for characters and readers.

Six-time RITA finalist Tanya Michaels is the award-winning author of over fifty books and novellas, including her ongoing Cupid's Bow, Texas series for Harlequin. She lives outside Atlanta with a wonderful husband and two smart-ass teens who are a lot like their mother

Tennessee native and former Golden Heart finalist Sally Kilpatrick holds an MA in professional writing and has published three women's fiction novels all set in Ellery, Tennessee (with a novella and another novel on the way in 2017.) Her tweets (as @SuperWriterMom) include info about her books, observations about the world in general, pictures of her cats and proposed lyrics to what will one day be the smash hit Laundry: the Musical! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2017 Annual Retreat Information

Every year MCRW holds an annual retreat at a TN state park. It's a fantastic opportunity to get away from family and life for a BUSINESS weekend, socialize with and learn from fellow MCRW members, and hole up and work on your deadlines if desired. We have programs, speakers, writing sessions, and the occasional game that involves shouting out euphemisms for the sexy sex.

This year, the annual retreat will be having some changes! We're going to try it at Montgomery Bell State Park (Burns, TN) instead of Natchez Trace State Park, and the sign up deadline is a bit tighter -- January 1 instead of later in the month, after which reservations for rooms can be made on your own. The new park needs the room deposits by January 1 or they release the room block, though it's possible you can still GET a room in the inn if you want to come.

There are two housing options. One is a regular room (@$84.92 nightly) in the Inn that can sleep two. The other is one of the 6 Villas (@$189.34 nightly) that sleep 4 comfortably with two bedrooms and two baths, along with a kitchen/living room. We encourage new members to consider the Villas. Splitting the cost among 4 people makes it an affordable stay, and it’s a great way to get to know other members.
New this year, we are capping the number of attendees at 42. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellations. 
Dates of the retreat will be February 17 - 19, 2017.

More info: The schedule of events will be announced soon. All meals will be through the restaurant at the park -- no covered dish this time means less hassle -- though you are welcome to bring snacks/food/preferred items for yourself if desired. There is a $50 dollar nonrefundable room deposit, but no fee for the retreat itself.

The sign-up form (below) includes a room reservation. If you wish to attend without reserving a room, just contact Beth or Page directly! Ditto if you have any questions.

Link for complete information and the sign up form -- (Note that you will need to be signed into the RWA site for this form to work!)

Note: we do not hold a regular meeting at the Williamson County Library in February due to the retreat.

Hope to see you there! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Book Swap and Food Fest


Come prepared to fight for your office products and croissants! The December MCRW meeting is our winter holiday party, and members bring something delicious to eat and a wrapped book/writerly item to add to the Dirty Santa stack. Email anyone on the board for details! Hope to see you there.

Monday, August 1, 2016

September 2016 Event -- A Day with Sherrilyn Kenyon

Registration for MCRW's September 2016 event, A Day with Sherrilyn Kenyon, is now open! Sherrilyn will guide us in her all day workshop, Ins and Outs of Making It in the Business.

Pre-registration is required by August 27th, so don't delay. For more information on this fantastic event--and great learning opportunity--please visit our event page.

We hope to see you in September!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 PITCH Contest Winners Announced!

Music City Romance Writers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 MCRW PITCH contest! Congratulations to all finalists, and a huge round of applause to our winners!

1st place: Nobody’s Mistress *** by Willa Ramsey
2nd place: Meadows Wind *  by Betty Unkel
3rd place: Romancing Dr. Love *  by Rebecca Heflin

With our lovely runners up:

Beautiful – Story of an Ugly Stepsister ** by Ashley Hoyle
Animal Instincts * by Lauren James

* Indicates a partial was requested (** Indicates two requests)

Just a quick recap of our fabulous prizes:

1st place - e-Copy of "QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed" by CJ Redwine, a Skype or Phone development edit of the first 30 pages of the manuscript, Announcement in RWR, and an extra pitch critique from Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency.

2nd place - e-Copy of "QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed"by CJ Redwine, Announcement in RWR

3rd place - e-Copy of "QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed", Announcement in RWR

Thank you to all who entered! And a big special thanks plus a basket of muffins to all of our wonderful judges!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016 PITCH Contest Finalists Announced

The results are in at last!

Music City Romance Writers is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2016 Pitch contest! The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 5th barring any unforeseen circumstances. Congratulations to our finalists!

Here are the top scored entries, in no particular order:

Beautiful - Story of an Ugly Stepsister - by Ashley Hoyle

Meadow Wind - by Betty Unkel

Nobody’s Mistress - by Willa Ramsey

Romancing Doctor Love - by Rebecca Heflin

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2016 PITCH Contest -- Open for Entries!

The Music City Romance Writers PITCH contest is back and officially open for entries!

Whether the "pitch" is for back cover copy that you plan to self-publish, or that oh-so-perfect query letter blurb, we want to help you get it right! And we'll get you there fast! The entire contest from deadline to announcement of the winner will be six weeks! (Assuming no unforeseen circumstances arise.)

Additionally, there are terrific prizes for the winners!

But don't delay in entering. Due to the quick nature of this contest, the entry deadline of April 9th is right around the corner.

For complete contest details and a link to the registration form, please visit the 2016 PITCH contest info page.

We look forward to reading your PITCH!

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Melody of Love Contest -- Final Round Results

MCRW is very pleased to announce the final round results for the 2015 Melody of Love Contest.

Category Judge -- Mary Altman of Sourcebooks
1st Place -- Framed by Susan J. Bickford**
***Request for full manuscript
2nd Place -- Fired Up by Anna Durand
3rd Place -- Soul Song by Rayn Ellis

 Category Judge -- Cynthia Brannam of Soul Mate Publishing
1st Place -- Rocky Mountain Runaway by Kathryn E. Crawford
***Request for full manuscript
2nd Place -- The Secret Affair of a Duke’s Daughter by Janna MacGregor
***Request for full manuscript
3rd Place -- The Keys to Her Heart by Harris Fischer
***Request for full manuscript

Category Judge -- Angela James of Carina Press
1st Place -- The Mortal Falls by Anna Durand
2nd Place -- Queen of Hearts by Harris Fischer
3rd Place -- As Long as the Fire Burns by Adriana Barison

Category Judge -- Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency
1st Place -- Soren’s Resistance by Christine Gunderson
2nd Place -- The Picture of Dulce Garcia by Alana Albertson
3rd Place -- Untarnished by Nicole Jarrell
4th Place -- It Happened on Thunder Road by Susan Antony

**MCRW chapter member

Congratulations to all the finalists and a huge thank you to our contest judges!