NEW MEETING LOCATION!
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Adult School – 1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, 94702
The school is located between Francisco and Virginia. There is plenty of parking – enter of off Curtis Street (runs parallel to San Pablo Ave.). We are in the multi use room at the back of the parking lot.
Registration: 8:30 am
Meeting: 9:30 am
Program: 10:30 am
Registration and pre-pay ends at 5:00 PM Friday before the meeting. Drop-ins are welcome Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members must register by 5:00 PM the Friday before the meeting to receive the reduced member rate.
*You will be taken to the RWA National Site for registration & payment processing. RWA Members – please be sure to log into the RWA site when registering.
SFA-RWA Members: $20 with registration. Payment options: Credit card or Paypal** through the RWA online store. Members wishing to pay by cash or check at the meeting, select this option when completing registration form (leave pricing at $0), click “Add to Cart and View Cart” button, and make sure to click the final check out button. Your cart total will be $0, complete entire check out process to ensure registration.
SFA-RWA Members Drop-In: $25 Payment options: cash or check only
Non Members: $30 with registration or walk in. Payment options: Credit card or Paypal** through RWA online store. Non Members wishing to pay by cash or check at the meeting, select this option when completing registration form (leave pricing at $0), click “Add to Cart and View Cart” button, and make sure to click the final check out button. Your cart total will be $0, complete entire check out process to ensure registration.
**If paying by Credit Card or Paypal, click the “Pay by credit card” option -this will take you to Paypal’s website where you have the option to use either payment method.
Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
**No meeting in July**
RWA National conference in Orlando
August 12, 2017
Research Tips and Trick from an Investigative Reporter
Whether you’re setting your romance in the Regency era, a foreign country or at the rodeo, use an investigative reporter’s strategies to make these places come alive.
Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.
September 9, 2017
Hacking Social Media for Authors
Gail will talk about using social media and analytics to boost your author brand. She’ll cover such topics as which platforms to use and why, how to use them without driving people away, brand management and not losing your soul to the internet. She’ll also dive into analytics and how to learn if what you ARE doing is effective, so you can better manage your time and promotional bandwidth.
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G.L. Carriger). Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.
That’s the obligatory biography. You’ll find the longer version, bursting with praise, accomplishments and idiosyncrasies, here: http://gailcarriger.com/about/bio/
October 2017: Bestselling historical romance writer Amanda Scott speaks on career and craft
November 2017: NYT Bestselling author Catherine Coulter will discuss craft and career + giveaway
December 2017: Annual Holiday Party – members only
January 2018: TBA
February 2018: Bestselling author Allison Brennan will discuss writing strong women
March 2018: Breakout Indie success L.J. Shen talks about indie success in today’s publishing landscape
April 2018: Sue Brown – Moore, romance blogger at DaVinciKittie.com, discusses what bloggers do and how you can work with them
May 2018: Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency give her perspective on the current publishing landscape and take pitches.
June 2018: Bestselling paranormal romance author Christine Feehan will discuss career and craft.