January 2016 Meeting


January 2016

Self-Publishing Panel

Speakers: Victoria Roberts, Sheridan Jeane, Casey Clipper

In the ever changing world of publishing, self-publishing in romance is now a viable and thriving form of getting your romance novel out there to be read. Romance readers fully embrace the indie author, snatching up their novels like a buffet of chocolate. But is it for you? Are there questions about self-publishing that you want the honest, hard-core truth answers? Are you on the fence about whether or not to self-publish? Do you want an in-depth look at the world of self-publishing and what it takes to make it work for you? Get the answers to your questions from hybrid author Victoria Roberts, who will discuss meeting the demands of working for a publisher and self-publishing. Author Sheridan Jeane, who will discuss self-publishing in the Victorian genre. And Casey Clipper, who will discuss working full time, managing a home, and self-publishing her contemporary romance novels.


Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 am


Beechview Public Library

1910 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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Christmas Luncheon

Our annual Christmas luncheon will be held December 12, 2015 at Shakespeare’s Restaurant (1495 Mercer Rd, Ellwood City, PA 16117, 724-752-4653) from 12 – 2 pm. If you’d like to participate in the grab bag, please bring a wrapped gift with a value of no more than $15. RSVP to Wende Dikec (wendedikec@comcast.net) by December 10.

Happy Holidays!


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November Meeting

Our meeting this month will be held on November 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m at the Sewickley Public Library (500 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA 15143). Deborah Kitay, our guest speaker, will discuss her life story and the time she spent in prison. This is important information for people writing a romantic thriller or a crime drama, but also for anyone interested in hearing a fascinating story about a woman who paid for her mistakes and struggled to get back to a normal life. Questions for Ms. Kitay should be submitted ahead of time to wendedikec@comcast.net. Her bio is available on our TRRWA loop and by request.

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October Meeting

Down the Marketing Rabbit Hole

Don’t forget, our October meeting will take place at the Sewickley Public Library at 10:00 am on Halloween morning, October 31st. Debbie Riley Magnus, author of “Finding Author Success: Discovering and Uncovering the Marketing Power within your Manuscript” and  “Cross Marketing Magic for Authors: Developing New Avenues for Advanced Book Marketing” will talk about strategies in her new book “Write Brain/Left Brain”. You won’t want to miss it!

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September Meeting

On September 26 at 10:00 a.m. Madhu Bazazz Wangu will speak at the Sewickley Public Library about Mindful Writing and Meditation. Madhu is an author, artist and founder of the  Mindful Writers Group. She has a doctorate in the phenomenology of Religion from the University of Pittsburgh (1988) and a post-doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University (1989-1991).

Incorporating mindfulness  into your life will help you focus, bringing clarity and organization to your writing, and it works. Members of the Mindful Writers Group have described it as “life altering” and “the most productive and inspiring day of my week.”

Come and see what all the fuss is about. You won’t want to miss it.



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August Meeting

Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was the recipient of the 2013 RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Medieval Historical Romance for X Marks the Scot, as well as the 2014 BTS Book Reviews’ Red Carpet award for Best Historical and Best Book of the Year for My Highland Spy.

Join us on August 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.at the Bridgeville Public Library (505 McMillen St., Bridgeville, PA 15017) to listen to Victoria talk about creating the perfect settings for your novels. You won’t want to miss it!



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June Meeting


Join us Saturday, June 27, 2015, 10 am – 12pm at the Bridgeville Public Library (505 McMillen St., Bridgeville, PA 15017) for a workshop on “What Makes a Good Review?” with Susan Helene Gottfried.

As authors, we know that reviews can make or break our books. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to approach bloggers and reviewers with review requests, if paid reviews are worth it, and the ethics of reciprocal reviews. What are the elements that make a good review? We’ll end with a discussion about those dreaded one-star reviews – and what is actually worse. Yes, something is.


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May Meeting

Join us May 23  for a critiquing session to work on the all important first scene of your book. We’ll divide into groups, led by our our critiquing masters Wendy Kelly and Colleen Laughlin. During this hands-on session you’ll learn valuable critiquing skills and get important feedback on your book. The hook is arguably the most important thing you’ll ever write, so make it the best hook possible. For people looking for that perfect critique partner, this could be a great place to start. Please bring around five copies of the first five pages of your manuscript and be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

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Katherine Ernst cannot attend our meeting May 13  due to a health related emergency.
If you are interested in sending Katie a submission, please send it to jasperridgepress@gmail.com and mention that you are a member of TRRWA. She sends her deepest apologies and is looking forward to receiving your submissions.
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Special Event in May

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6 pm at the Sewickley Public Library Katherine Ernst of Jasper Ridge Press will join us to discuss “Writing What Sells and the Current Trends in Romance.”

Katherine will discuss current trends in romance including the burgeoning category of New Adult. She will also discuss the differences between Big 5 Publishing Houses, Small Presses, and Self-Publishing, and which are right for you. Finally, she will present what she sees as the “key” to writing a bestselling romance novel of any type for any publisher. After her presentation, Katherine will take pitches. Please contact Wende Dikec (wendedikec@comcast.net) to schedule your slot.

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