Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Romance Writers Unite!

Are you a romance writer? Have you always wanted to be a part of a romance writer's group, but weren't sure where to find one?

Photo by: karitsu, courtesy of Flickr
The good news is that there are many groups around your state; it just takes a little searching to find the one that works for you.

Like all writers, romance writers are a particular breed and it's a good idea to surround yourself with other writers of your breed to learn, to share and to grow as a writer. Here's how to find a good romance writer's group:
  • Use social media to spread the word that you're interested in joining a romance writer's group. 
  • Ask around your community. Check at your local library or art center for groups that meet within the building.
  • Do some online research. I live in Utah, so I'd Google search, "Utah writer's groups" to find groups in my area. 
  • Get involved in social media business groups. Take your writing seriously and others will offer suggestions on whom to contact and where.
  • Start your own romance writers group! Put out the word to your friends and make sure you spread the word on your favorite social media sites.
Before you decide on a romance writers group, attend one or two of their meetings. Some groups specialize in getting published writers as speakers, while others focus on critiquing, and others do a combination of both. Are you a new writer? Then you'll want to be a part of a group with a mix of writing level experience. Are you a more established writer? You may decide on a critique group.

Whatever you decide, joining a romance writer's group (or any other writer's group for that matter) will help you to learn, stay focused, and get the help you need when it's time for you to publish!

To get you going: I will be speaking at the the South Jordan Library (10673 S. Redwood Road) on Saturday to the Utah Romance Writers of America group. That's the 16th. If you need help conquering your writing Goliaths or need to discover some FREE ways to market your book(s), stop on by! The workshop begins at 11:00.

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