EVA’s Sep. 2, 2017 Meeting Workshop is all about Contracts

East Valley Authors’ September 2017 Workshop is What Every Author Needs to Know about Contracts with Agents and Publishers, presented by author and attorney Maggie Marr.

Even with indie publishing taking the world by storm, authors both hybrid and traditional sign contracts every day. What clauses are deal breakers? Which will tie up your career for years? Maggie Marr will discuss contracts with agents, agreements with publishers, and what every author needs to know to protect their intellectual property.

About our Presenter

Many PathsMaggie Marr is the author of hot contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She writes smart, sexy, women and the men they love. Still working in Hollywood, she got her start pushing the mail cart at ICM where she became a motion picture literary agent.

She is a member of RWA and Past President of her local chapter the Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) and legal counsel for Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

Maggie maintains a boutique literary practice dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs and creatives. She loves all things pop culture and when she isn’t writing she can be found reading or exercising her rescue pup.

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.

 

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Meet EVA Author, Alanna Lucas

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature introducing the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re featuring one of our members, multi-published author Alanna Lucas.

The Best Little Chapter in Southern California

In 2012 after attending my first Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Anaheim, I decided I needed the support and guidance from a local chapter. Don’t get me wrong, attending the yearly national conference is an incredible experience, but it can also be a little intimidating, especially if you don’t know anyone. After wandering from book signing to signing at the conference, I met Charity Kuczynski and she told me all about the best little RWA chapter in Southern California, East Valley Authors (EVA). The following month, I went to my first EVA meeting and quickly joined. Although EVA is a small chapter, the support and guidance from experienced authors (many of whom belong to other Southern California chapters of RWA) was invaluable. Between the variety of speakers covering all sorts of topics from planning your novel to publishing to social media, critique sessions held after the monthly meetings, and sharing of knowledge, I became more confident in my writing. By 2013 I was entering contests and was offered my first publishing contract. Even after ten books, the support and encouragement from my chapter mates continues to be an important part of the journey. I highly recommend you give the best little chapter in So Cal a visit!

Only a Hero Will Do

Alanna’s latest book is a Regency romance, Only a Hero Will Do.

Defender of the realm…and his wary heart…

Captain Grant Alexander is an enigma in London society. Dashing and handsome, he coldly eschews marriage. But the ton knows nothing of his role in the Legion: to bring Typhon, the traitor who seeks to destroy the British monarchy, to justice.

When Grant is thrown together with fellow Legion member Elizabeth Atwell, he’s instantly beguiled yet exasperated by this beautiful viscount’s daughter. She has little interest in combing the marriage mart for a well-bred, well-heeled husband, but is adept at code-breaking and handling a bow and arrow. She also refuses to do as she is told, insisting she accompany Grant on his mission.

As Typhon continues to evade capture and dark forces are at work, Grant realizes he must act, not only to protect the realm but Elizabeth too…not to mention his heart, which is in danger of thawing every time she comes close…

About Alanna

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.

Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.

Find out more about Alanna and her books at AlannaLucas.com, or visit her on Facebook.

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.

Our next regular meeting will be a write-in, held at 10 a.m. on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library. We’d love to have you stop by!

 

Meet EVA Vice President, Communications, Alina K. Field

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature introducing the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re featuring our Vice President, Communications, Alina K. Field:

Finding Community

I’ve had a lifelong desire to write fiction, but I couldn’t seem to find my way until I discovered the community of romance writers and East Valley Authors (EVA). As it turned out, my arrival there coincided with a revolution in publishing, sometimes called the Kindle revolution.

EVA is a small, friendly chapter of Romance Writers of America where authors and aspiring authors get together once a month for educational programs, critique, and the occasional write-in.  It’s a great place to find the resources to learn craft, to network with fellow authors, and to navigate this rapidly changing industry.

Whether you’re just starting out, wondering how to go about writing those stories that pop into your head, or you’ve finished a manuscript and don’t know what to do next, or you’re already multi-published, you’ll find people who understand! And even if you don’t write romance, membership in EVA and RWA gives you access to affordable craft education and the latest news about business trends for both traditional and indie published authors.

First time visitors are free. Come check out an East Valley Authors meeting and see for yourself!

About Alina

Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring.

Her latest release is The Bastard’s Iberian Bride, a full-length Regency romantic adventure about a spy’s daughter who dodges an arranged marriage to an earl’s illegitimate son and seeks the fortune left by her inscrutable father. When her quest draws a villain’s threat, the only person she can trust is the war-weary soldier she doesn’t want to marry—but can’t seem to resist.

Visit Alina at AlinaKField.com  or on Facebook, where you can find out more about her books.

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.

There will be no meeting in July, due to the proximity to the 4th of July holiday.

Our next regular meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library. We’d love to have you stop by!

 

Meet EVA Vice President, Programs, Janna Roznos

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature to introduce you to the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re introducing our Vice President, Programs, Contemporary Romance author Janna Roznos.

A woman must have . . . a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

–Virginia Woolf

Everyone needs a room of his or her own to write, a place where they feel safe, a place where they can summon the muse and create.

Writing is such a solitary activity that even if you sit in your crowded coffee house you are still alone with your thoughts, your keyboard, and your desire to fill the screen with your prose.

East Valley Authors is a place to meet others who desire to write just like you. We come from different backgrounds and different skills, but we are united in our writing. Some of us have been published traditional or indie while others are still struggling to finish their first book, but all of us have one common thread and that is our writing.

At an EVA meeting we are not stuck in a room of our own but rather in a room bursting with the vitality of other writers where we are able to share our frustrations, our triumphs, and more importantly ask for advice.

We have writing workshops at each meeting that cover various topics from craft to self-publishing, to website design. We have a critique group that meets immediately after our meetings.

Sure a room of one’s own is vital for every writer: a place to feel secure, a place to summon the muse, a place to fill the screen with our hard luck prose; but wouldn’t it be nice to have some place to share your writing and learn how to improve your craft?

So whether your room is in your house, your local coffee shop, or your car on your lunch hour, come spend the first Saturday of the month with like-minded writers at the East Valley Authors.

About Janna

Janna Roznos is a native Californian, who shares her home with a former professional athlete–a retired greyhound racer, two grumpy cats, and one very supportive husband.

When she isn’t out fly-fishing or sewing or searching used bookstores for vintage Harlequin romances, she is tapping away on her keyboard.

Her novella, Second Time Around, was published in the anthology, The Secrets of Moonlight Cove: six romances by six authors, set in the small beach town of Moonlight Cove, where everyone has a secret.

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. 

On June 3, 2017 we’ll hold our annual retreat at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena. Find more information here.

There will be no meeting in July, due to the proximity to the 4th of July holiday. Our next regular meeting will be held on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library.

 

East Valley Authors’ Next Meeting, March 4, 2017

anne-cleeland-head-shotSo you’ve written a story and don’t know what to do next? Join us at the next meeting of East Valley Authors, where author Anne Cleeland will discuss self-editing in her workshop HAVE YOU FOUND NEMO? EDITING YOUR STORY. Anne will show us how to turn a first draft into an engaging and cohesive page-turner.

Author Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar.  She writes a contemporary Scotland Yard series that features detectives Acton and Doyle, and she also writes a historical series set in the Regency period.  A member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers,  The Historical Novel Society, and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children. 

Find her at www.annecleeland.com where she is serializing her latest Regency adventure, and on twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneCleeland.

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.

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November Meeting

Join us this Saturday, for the East Valley Authors monthly meeting. This month, EVA is proud to welcome Sarah Vance-Tompkins

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a romance author in possession of a book or manuscript for sale must be in want of social media followers. Let’s face it, Facebook has become resistant to growing new followers organically. There couldn’t be a better time to become more savvy about growing your following on Twitter, Instagram, and yes, it’s even time to explore the hot spot where all the cool kids are hanging out, Snapchat. An interactive exercise to help you find new readers, book reviewers, book bloggers, and other authors in your community, this workshop will be a fun learning experience for all levels of social media mavens. Beginners and experts will be welcomed and encouraged.

Sarah Vance-Tompkins (@SarahVTompkins) has been a social media manager for Radio, Records, KFI-AM/Los Angeles, CALarts, and Wet Personal Lubricants. She has also worked as a strategist for authors and small businesses. After earning an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, she worked at Paramount Pictures in feature film development. She is a member of the Los Angeles Romance Authors, OCC-RWA, YARWA and CRW-Online. She welcomes your questions and comments. sarahevance@gmail.com.

When: November 5, 2016 at 10:15am

Where: Azusa City Library
729 N. Dalton Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Annual membership with EVA is only $30 and $5 per month meeting fees. With your membership, you receive the benefit of participating in the critique group which meets directly after our monthly meetings.
Please join us, and feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three).