Fools Gold Cast of characters
April 1st many things are happening on Susan Mallery's Facebook page. Her Fools of Love contest ends tomorrow and she's celebrating the launch of Chasing Perfect which takes place in Fools Gold, CA.
Something’s gone wrong with romance writing.
Where once manly Rhett Butler battled the flames of Atlanta to rescue
Scarlett O’Hara or a rugged Heathcliff tore the earth from Catherine Earnshaw’s
grave, readers now find New Men so wet you could wring them out and about as
heart-thumpingly sexy as socks.
As for the heroines, they are invariably so exhausted by disease,
divorce or family dysfunction that their hearts can’t skip a beat, let alone
thud with passion. Rare are sassy survivors such as Moll Flanders or vixens like
Vanity Fair’s Becky Sharpe.
With so much depressingly limp romantic fiction on offer, it’s no
surprise that a growing number of thirty-somethings have begun indulging a
secret passion for a genre we thought was dying: Mills & Boon, the longtime
home of stereotypically intense male leads and swooning females.
On April 1, RWA will be launching its new education program, RWA University – the culmination of months of work by members of the Board of Directors and the RWA office staff. The information that will go live that day and in the weeks and months ahead is just the beginning of what we plan to be a living, growing, robust education program. Be sure to check back often to see what new information we’ve added, and please share the word with your fellow RWA members. Also, we want to know what you think: what we haven’t covered, suggestions for other sources of information on the topics, etc.
This pilot year of the program will focus on the various publishing avenues, so we’ll be going over details of large print programs, small press, digital, subsidy, vanity, work for hire and self-publishing. RWA U is a self-directed program, meaning you can read through the available information at any time after it’s posted. We plan to have industry professionals give presentations online, and lots of links to other sources on the sub-topics will be available. We’ll also run periodic RWR articles on these topics as well.
We are constantly brainstorming new ideas for RWA U and have big aspirations for the program. It may grow slowly at first, but we’re just getting our feet wet. We have other exciting educational offerings in the works, things that will help the members of RWA in their endeavors to build bigger and better romance writing careers for themselves.
I hope you all enjoy and find benefit in RWA U.
One of the highest honors RWA bestows is the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to a living author in recognition of significant contributions to the romance genre. To qualify for the award, the recipient's career in romantic fiction must span a minimum of 15 years. Recipients must in some way continue to promote the romance genre, teach romance in fiction, or publish romantic fiction. In 1994 a new requirement was added, that recipients must maintain active RWA membership. Authors are nominated for the award by RWA members and selected by the Board of Directors.
Debbie Macomber is the best-selling author of the Blossom Street series, among her other popular books and series. Debbie sold her first manuscript, Heartsong, to Silhouette Books in 1982, and she now has more than 100 million copies of her books in print worldwide—with her novels translated into 23 languages. RWA will award Debbie Macomber the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award on July 31, 2010 at the 30th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. www.DebbieMacomber.com