Former East Valley Authors’ Vice President, Communications, joins us today to talk about EVA.
Why I joined
I joined East Valley Authors in 2012, right after I made a pledge to myself to buckle down and get published, already. I remember my first EVA meeting well—I was pregnant with my first child, had never attended an RWA chapter meeting before, and the women I met were the warmest, most welcoming group of writers.
Though my spirit was willing when it came to romance writing, I soon learned my craft was weak. EVA’s monthly meeting topics helped jump-start my education. My path to publication was heavily influenced by my participation in RWA, EVA, and the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference. I pitched for the first time, and eventually sold my first book based on that pitch at the very first California Dreamin’ conference in 2013. Through EVA I’ve found beta readers, critique partners, and lifelong friends. My two sons have grown up with a whole gaggle of satellite aunts.
I’ve since moved across the country, so I don’t get to see the Evettes every month, but the wonders of social media keep us connected. My love for the group can withstand thousands of miles of distance. I’m a former EVA board member and strongly urge all EVA members to volunteer—it’s the best way to give back. You get much more than you give in terms of relationship building, networking, and satisfaction in a well-run chapter. Thanks to EVA, I presented a workshop on newsletter marketing at the 2017 California Dreamin’ conference.
I treasure my EVA milestones, and always look forward to hearing about my fellow members’ accomplishments. We’re a small chapter, but a strong one. If you live in SoCal, what are you waiting for? Join EVA today!
Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances where lust always leads to happily ever after. She recently transplanted from Southern California to Southern Connecticut with her husband and two small sons. She has adjusted to the weather, but still misses In-N-Out. Libby is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and East Valley Authors. Sign up for her newsletter to hear about appearances, new releases, and the occasional jam recipe at libbywaterford.com. Follow me on Twitter @libbywaterford and on Instagram @libbywritesromance.
Libby’s Weston University novella trio is now available from Decadent Publishing wherever eBooks are sold. Second chances abound during Weston University’s reunion weekend. In Passionate History, Bree reconnects with her favorite professor—and the best sex of her life. In Sweet Imperfection, Nate and Emma take their decade-old friendship to a brand new level. In Endless Devotion, Katya’s engagement to another professor won’t stop her ex from proving he’s the right man for her.
The East Valley Authors’ Chapter of Romance Writers of America is made up of a wonderful group of writers who have a vast and varied knowledge of the writing world. So take some time and treat yourself to the best kept secret in Southern California. Your first meeting is free.
Come Join Us!
Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.
EVA’s September 2, 2017 speaker will be U.S.A. Today Bestselling author and attorney Maggie Marr, talking about What Every Author Needs to Know about Contracts with Publishers and Agents.