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Aug
1
Tue
ONLINE: Self-Publishing: “Where the Heck Do I Start?” @ Online Class
Aug 1 – Aug 29 all-day

SELF-PUBLISHING  “WHERE THE HECK DO I START?”

 

You’ve written the book. You’ve decided to jump into the pond and self-publish. But you have no idea what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. That’s what this class is here to share with you. Four weeks of lessons that will set you up to take the next steps.

Lessons will include: definitions of terms you’re going to hear; explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution; how to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals; what to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire; covers and copyright pages explained; series vs serial vs stand alone; and much, much more.

Give yourself a step up and sign up for this informative class!

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The cost is $20 for LVRW members; $25 for non-members


 

Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel.
Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue.
In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels.
In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications.
Kathryn lives in a cozy cottage in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of tuxedo cats, and a faithful dog to keep the man of her dreams company as she writes page turning, steamy tales of love, mystery, and adventure.

Aug
19
Sat
Editing and Publishing with Tara Taylor Quinn @ Windmill Library
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

As a traditional author with over 80 books in print, Tara Taylor Quinn offers insight into the world of editing and publishing.

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Having written over eighty novels, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA TODAY bestselling author with more than seven million copies sold. She is known for delivering intense, emotional fiction. Tara is a past president of Romance Writers of America. She has won a Readers’ Choice Award and is a five-time finalist for an RWA RITA® Award, a finalist for a Reviewers’ Choice Award and a Booksellers’ Best Award. She has also appeared on TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. She supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

Sep
4
Mon
ONLINE: Emergency Preparedness with Kathryn Jane @ Online Class
Sep 4 – Sep 29 all-day

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

For you and for your writing

 

There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows what to do next. Don’t let an unexpected emergency stop you or your heroine in your tracks. Information and practical exercises will help you be prepared, even if your emergency is between the pages of the book you’re writing.

Presenter Kathryn Jane, is a certified Public Safety Communicator, trained in Emergency Preparedness, as well as Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Airport dispatch.

Join us for this fun and informative class!

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The cost is $20 for LVRW members; $25 for non-members


 

Award winning author, Kathryn Jane is known for rising to a challenge, whether it’s training for a pilot’s license, facing down cancer, training cantankerous horses or writing that first novel.
Her personal tales of adventure include momentarily misplacing a thoroughbred filly inside a 747 at thirty thousand feet, planning the evacuation of over fifty horses in the path of an approaching wildfire, and being volunteered to represent her peers in a public speaking venue.
In the novels she writes, Kathryn keeps her heroines busy surviving life threatening adventures, or soul searching personal journeys, while they are doggedly determined to not fall in love with men they really don’t need. Think modern-day white knights, and reluctant, self-sufficient damsels.
In spite of ridiculous odds, every story has a happy ending, with both halves of a couple coming to terms with love and all its complications.
Kathryn lives in a cozy cottage in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of tuxedo cats, and a faithful dog to keep the man of her dreams company as she writes page turning, steamy tales of love, mystery, and adventure.

Sep
16
Sat
Before You Hit Send with Angela James @ Findlay Chevrolet Community Room
Sep 16 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Before You Hit Send

A Self-Editing and Writing Course

 

Join Angela James, editorial director of Harlequin’s Carina Press and developmental editor of New York Times Bestselling authors Shannon Stacey, Alexa Riley, Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton, for a day-long workshop covering ideas, tips, tricks and lessons for polishing and self-editing your manuscript. Based on Angela’s popular four-week online course, this one-day workshop will be packed full of tips, tricks and insight into the editing process.

Develop a checklist of techniques and processes for enhancing self-editing skills and polishing future manuscripts. Learn how to make the new knowledge a habit when writing future books. Learn the basics and the advanced techniques of:

  • Dialogue and dialogue tags
  • Whether all forms of “to be” are really evil (the answer is no)
  • What is overwriting? How can you avoid it?
  • Basic and advanced punctuation
  • Passive voice vs active voice
  • Point of view
  • Pacing, including and editing trick to help you “fix” pacing
  • What we mean by show not tell. And how to do that!
  • Different types of editing and stages of editing
  • What to look for in an editorial relationship
  • What to look for and questions to ask when hiring a freelance editor
  • Formalizing and finalizing your manuscript before you hit send (or press publish)

Who should attend:

  • Aspiring authors
  • Authors interested in polishing their craft
  • Self-publishing authors
  • Multi-published authors–you may be surprised by what there still is to learn!
  • Freelance editors and copy editors looking to enhance their curriculum vitae.
  • Anyone interested in learning to edit and copy edit.

Angela usually charges much more this workshop, so sign up now for this bargain! The cost is $50 for LVRW members and $65 for nonmembers. This includes a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. Sign up now and don’t miss out!


 

Angela James, Editorial Director

Angela James, editorial director of Carina Press, an adult genre fiction imprint of Harlequin, is both an avid reader of digital books and a veteran of and advocate for the digital publishing industry. She has enjoyed nearly fifteen years of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses: Samhain Publishing and, since 2009, Harlequin’s Carina Press.

She has edited bestselling authors such as Alexa Riley, Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, Shelly Laurenston and more. She was profiled in Fast Company magazine as a digital pioneer in the romance publishing industry, has been named New York Romance Writers of America’s 2013 Golden Apple Editor of the Year, and is the creator of Before You Hit Send, the popular online self-editing and writing workshop for authors.

You can find Angela on Twitter at @angelajames.

 

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Oct
2
Mon
ONLINE: Dream Up An Answer @ Online class.
Oct 2 – Oct 25 all-day

Dream Up An Answer

with Kristina Mull

 

Are you stuck like a fly on flypaper? Like gum on your shoe? Like a bad song jingle in your head? Or worse? Is your editor breathing down your neck waiting for you to finish your next bestseller? Or, are you your own worst enemy, and expect everything that flows out of your fingertips to be perfectly brilliant from the start?

Don’t you wish you could just…sleep on it?

You can, and you should. Your dreams are the key to unlocking all the creativity that’s bottled up inside you. You just need to figure out where you hid the lock.

In this 4 week course, you will get an overview of what dreams are, how to keep a dream journal, how to use your dreams to enhance your creativity and suggestions on implementing your dreams into your writing.  There will be some fun dream projects to work on, and a couple of prizes.

So, get in your jammies, grab a blanket and dream up a solution to that plot dilemma!

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The cost is $15 for LVRW members; $20 for non-members


 

 

So, what makes me an expert on dreams or art?

I’m not! I’m just like you–a seeker of knowledge, truth and experiences. I believe we are constantly evolving, and knowledge is not stagnant. If we think we know it all–we don’t!

I worked in the corporate world for almost twenty years, but am now a stay-at-home mom and published romance author (I write under Kay Phoenix). I have degrees in Graphic Arts and Psychology.

I hope that sharing my personal journey and methods helps you along your path inward.

Kristina Mull

www.XanaduDreamTherapy.com

 

Oct
21
Sat
Join the LVRW at the Vegas Valley Book Festival! @ Historic Fifth Street School
Oct 21 all-day

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is an annual event that brings together readers and authors in all genres and age groups. It’s lots of fun and there’s something for everyone in the family. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to make a day of it!

The Las Vegas Romance Writers will have a booth at the festival, so keep an eye out for us. We’ll be spotlighting our many authors throughout the day, signing books, and giving away lots of fun stuff. We’re a friendly group who love to geek out about anything romance. Have a favorite book boyfriend? Come share him with us! Want to know what it takes to write a romance? Come ask! We’d love to meet you.  🙂

The VVBF is also where the LVRWs will announce the winners of the 2017 I Heart Indie Contest. The IHI contest is an international contest of book covers and back cover blurbs that is judged by book clubs all over the world. Stop by and check out the winners!

For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, including the schedule of events (and there are a bunch!), you can find out more here.

Nov
4
Sat
Join us for NaNoWriMo! @ Sundance Grill in the Silverton Casino
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with the Las Vegas Romance Writers!

We’ll gather at the Sundance Grill in the Silverton Casino. There will be prizes, sprints, camaraderie, and the shared goal of getting words on the page. Everyone is welcome! It’s a free event, but food and drinks will be available for purchase.

So put this event on your calendar now and plan to join us!  We don’t bite and we’d love to meet you. If you happen to be an introvert, no worries! We get you, we really do. In fact, many of us are introverts, too. Don’t let that stop you. Suck it up and come join us. It’ll be good for you and we promise not to bite. 😉

Nov
18
Sat
Marketing Madness with Beth and Kristina @ Windmill Library
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting promises to be fun and interesting with two such terrific presenters! Check back for more details. We’ll post them as soon as we have them.

Elizabeth Spaur’s Bio:

When her physics teacher gave her detention for reading a romance novel during class, Elizabeth Spaur knew she was destined to be a romance writer. Her journey from physics class to published author has gone from coast to coast and led her through multiple industries, including film and television, banking, and the law. Every step along the way has enriched her life and helped her tell stories that always come with a happily ever after and, usually, a side of snark. Elizabeth writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She lives with the love of her life and two pairs of cats and dogs, all of whom are named after television crime fighters. She enjoys hearing from her readers at elizabeth@elizabethspaur.com

 

Kay Phoenix’s Bio:

Ms. Phoenix is a rare bird herself…a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She belongs to Las Vegas Romance Writers and has served on the board for several years. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America with PAN status. Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare

Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography. She is also involved in several Las Vegas non-profits and is the current Chairman of a popular, long-running, local art show.

Kay has been blessed to be able to travel many places, which inspired her to host a weekly author spotlight called “Midweek Escapes” on her blog. It features guest author’s favorite vacation destinations, their travel tips, and, of course, information about their book releases and occasional giveaways.

Dec
2
Sat
Holiday Party!
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

To celebrate the holiday season, we’re having a Plot Luck! Bring one of your character’s favorite dishes and join us to share some holiday cheer. Spouses and significant others are welcome and we’ll have the ever-popular white elephant gift exchange.

This event is for our members only. All the details, including time and place, can be found on our members’ email loop.

Mar
17
Sat
Annual Spring Tea Party @ Together Forever Receptions
Mar 17 all-day

Save the date! This will be worth waiting for. The Spring Tea is our annual event where readers meet their favorite authors. We’ll have many tables, all hosted by a different author, as well as a main speaker. Last year, we had Jodi Thomas, a New York Times bestselling author, and an incredibly gracious and generous person.

So check back later for more details on this year’s Tea. We’ll be posting them as soon as we have them.