2020 Workshops

July 25, 2020

The How, What, and WHY You Need An Editor with Anna J. Stewart

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in search of publication must be in want of an editor. No, seriously. If you’re a writer planning to publish, you need an editor. But what kind of editor? A content/story editor? A line editor? Proofreader? It all seems a bit overwhelming, doesn’t it?

Join bestselling author and freelance content editor Anna J Stewart for this online (ZOOM) presentation all about editors and the editing process. She’ll be discussing the various types of editors, what to look for when hiring your own editor or when working with one at a publishing house, and address any questions posed (to the best of her ability). She will also share her “cheat sheet” that she uses when working on her own clients’ projects as well as her tips for cleaning up those all important first 15 pages you might be using to hook your own editor or even an agent.

About Anna J. Stewart
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin's Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Upon the advice of a good writer friend, Anna dipped her toes into the freelance editing side of things a few years ago and has established a steady return business from her clients. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. A Golden Heart and Daphne finalist, her book THE FIREFIGHTER’S THANKSGIVING WISH was recently nominated for best series romance in the National Readers Choice Awards. Since her first novella with Harlequin in 2014, Anna has written and published more than forty romances in multiple sub-genres including contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal and has served on her local RWA chapter in multiple positions including four terms as president. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural and Jason Momoa addiction and has found baking to be her coping mechanism during these stay at home times. She now makes killer English muffins. When she's not writing she works with other writers and authors through her content editing services, Edits by Anna J. You can read more about Anna, her books, and the additional workshops she offers at www.authorannastewart.com

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September 26, 2020

Mining Trope for Character

Defining your characters in a romance novel can be one of the most fun--and the most frustrating--things about the craft. What many authors don't realize is that simply by choosing their romance tropes, they have also made some weighty decisions about character. Join romance novelist Amy Lane, author of Crafting Category Romance: The Art of Fiction Haiku as she helps authors find their characters in the stories they've chosen to write!

About Amy
Amy Lane lives in a crumbling crapmansion with a couple of growing children, a passel of furbabies, and a bemused spouse. Two of her books have received a RITA nomination, she's won honorable mention for an Indiefab, and has a couple of Rainbow Awards to her name. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action-adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in, to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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