Meetings are held at Chevys – Emeryville,
1890 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA 94608; (510) 653-8210.

Registration: 8:30 am
Meeting: 9:30 am
Program: 10:30 am

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*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.

Meeting fees:
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 check out. 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 check out. 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.

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.

 

May 13, 2017
Melissa Blue

DIY Teaser Graphics, Covers and Book Trailers

Learn some common-sense tips to capture a reader’s eye.

In this market it’s hard to stand out. It feels like everyone published author is screaming “buy my book,” and it’s hard to stand out in this chaos. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to catch a reader’s attention with just an image.

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Melissa Blue‘s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been a idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. She penned that first contemporary romance, upgraded to a computer and hasn’t looked back since.

She has made her own teaser graphics, book trailers and covers since 2012.

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June 10, 2017
Kristin Miller and T.J. Kline

Crafting a Pitch That Sells

We’ll talk about our own experiences with pitching, conference pitching etiquette, the difference between pitching and agent versus an editor. 

We’ll also offer insights into pitches given by SFA members. Submit your long-line-style pitches to the VP of Programs, and we’ll choose a few to review anonymously during the presentation.

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Kristin Miller

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.

T.J. Kline

T. J. KLINE was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as much time as possible, laughing hysterically with her husband, teens and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn’t running around the Gold Country of California researching new stories.

**No meeting in July**

RWA National conference in Orlando

Future meetings

August 2017: Researching for Authenticity – Tips from an Investigative Reporter by Stacy Finz

September 2017: Social Media & Analytics for Authors by Gail Carriger

October 2017: Bestselling historical romance writer Amanda Scott speaks on career and craft

November 2017: TBA

December 2017: Annual Holiday Party

January 2018: TBA

February 2018: Allison Brennan