Posts Tagged ‘RWA’

Book Covers and Projects

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Some of you may know that starting November 1, I will be President-Elect of Romance Writers of America (RWA). The following year, I will take over as President. I did not make the decision to run lightly and now that the election results are in, I will have a lot of additional responsibilities. I’m really looking forward to the next two years, though. There’s a lot of great things ahead!

Book Covers for the Street Witch Series

I have selected the models for the first three covers and all three were available. The shoot will take place in the next two weeks and I’m really getting excited about this! More news when it’s available.

The Street Witch Series – Book 1

The title of the first three books are 98% sure to be:

  • Bound in Smoke
  • Born in Fire
  • Risen from Ash

I am in the final stages of finishing Bound in Smoke prior to sending it out for first round editing. I think it’s unlikely I will have this book out before the end of the year. All the passes of editing, revision, re-editing, copy-editing, and proofreading take time.

Once that is out for editing, though, I will be writing a historical novella titled Miss Fiona Harper’s Night of Passion. I already have a cover for this book. I am hoping the novella will take about 6-8 weeks to write. I expect this story to be on the shorter side. It will be a way to have something new out while I get the Street Witch series prepped for launch. After that, I will see where my writing time is given my RWA duties and adjust accordingly.

In the meantime, I will probably put by Christmas novellas on sale, so watch for that! I’ll post everywhere when that happens!


Miscellaneous Information You Should Know

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Consider this a miscellaneous information announcement post where I cover social media, book covers, my writing schedule, and the next two years or so.


Facebook has never been my favorite social media, and they have been making it more and more difficult for authors to actually connect with readers without laying down cash. I get that. It’s their right, but I do think there’s a calculation to be made about platforms where you can’t reach people who are actual fans without a significant outlay.

I do post there regularly, so by all means follow me on facebook. But if you actually want to see my posts there, I don’t have any great advice for how to make happen, other than making sure you like, follow, and tell facebook you’d like my posts in your feed. You can find me at CarolynJewelAuthor

I also have a reader group, The Jewelies Group of Awesome. This is a closed group for fans. To join, you have to request membership.

Sadly, I think facebook is no longer a vibrant place for authors to connect with readers. For now, I will continue to be present there.


I’m on Twitter a fair amount, but beware, I am highly political there. Shrug. But there is writing news there from time to time. @cjewel

Follow Me On Amazon

Follow me on Amazon if you really only want to know when I have a new book.

Join my Reader Email Group

I am always looking to improve my ability to engage and reach readers who enjoy my books.  Sign up to get emails about what’s up, new books, content for members only etc. There’s a sign up form over there to the right, if you’re reading this at my website. If not, here is a link: Join My Reader Email Group

RWA – Romance Writers of America

I have been on the National Board since 2014 as a Director at Large. This year I ran for President-Elect and won. This means that for 2018-2020, I will be President-Elect and then President of RWA. This also means I will be very busy and that I will likely have only one book out for each of those two years.

This was not a decision I made lightly.  My mother’s recent passing meant that a significant portion of my time and even my own health was recovered. I realize that is a very passive statement, but she was very ill and needed a tremendous amount of care. I took several months afterward to be sure I was making the right decision about running for the position. I care deeply about the issues the organization is facing right now, and so, here I am. I am honored to have been elected to the position and am looking forward to the next two years.

I do have some ideas about writing shorter content while I am also working on the Street Witch series, so stay tuned for that.

Book Covers

I am upping the ante on the covers for my new Street Witch series and I am really really excited about that. Members of my Facebook reader group and email list subscribers will get the first look at the covers, as well as extended excerpts. The links are up there.

The first book in the series, Bound in Smoke, is essentially done. I’m polishing right now before it goes out for the first round of editing.


Back and Still Alive

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

I returned from the 2015 RWA national conference this past Sunday evening. Since this was my first conference as a member of the national board of RWA (As a Director at Large) my conference experience included duties and activities above and beyond the usual.

Alas, I was unable to pack in just a carry-on size bag, even with packing cubes and video watching. As a Board member, I was at conference from Saturday to the following Sunday. I would have totally been able to do carry-on, even with my admitted failings, if I were only there from Tuesday to Sunday.

But that turned out to be OK, because that meant I could put lots of books in my luggage. I’m still not clear on why my bag wasn’t overweight. The carry-on failure was mine. I brought too many clothes. There were items I did not wear… ::::but what if I’d needed them?????::::  One year someone spilled wine on my only pair of pants and boy do I wish I’d brought an extra pair. Oddly, my packing cubes were full on the way to conference but on the way back, one was empty. I guess I got better at rolling up things small. I’m a convert. Those make it really easy to keep organized.

Highlights of Conference

Guys. I got to shake hands with Nora Roberts!!!!  Tessa Dare and I met Jude Devereaux. I managed to put some brakes on the fangirling but not much. Tessa was gracious as always. I also met Carol Mortimer. Oh, gosh. It was wonderful.

The doughnut party was another success. Megan Frampton was in charge of fetching the doughnuts and they were delicious.

Box of doughnuts

Why you shouldn’t be late to the doughnut party

Workshops and Meetings

I didn’t make it to as many workshops as I’d hoped. Good thing I bought the conference recordings! The workshops I attended were fun and /or informative. I was able to meet up with a lot of authors I only see at conference even though I “talk” to them all the time on Facebook and Twitter or other author forums. The bar arrangement at the hotel was strange. It was as if no one believed Romance authors would want to sit around and drink and talk all day. I felt for the wait staff. There weren’t enough of them for the demand, but they were all lovely while insanely busy.

The Mood by Numbers

This one is harder for me to assess because as a Board member I have much more insight into the issues of the organization. In addition, my writing career is going far better than when I was traditionally publishing. That’s a pretty simple truth. From 1987 until 2010 I think my total writing income was something like $60,000 TOTAL for 17 books. That’s about $2,600 a year. From 2011 to present, total income is roughly $240,000 or about $60,000 a year, and 140,000 books sold. Those totals are actually higher because that doesn’t include income or books sold from projects that went through accounts that aren’t directly connected to my reporting. It’s closer to $260,000 and 160,000.

I had none of my old anxieties and fears about contracts and publishers, and that was great. I had some killer hallway conversations with authors about career planning and management. My anxieties now are about the bets I placed on certain career events. For example, I “bet” if you will, that I would get reversions for 6 of my traditionally published books. I got three of the hoped-for reversions. I had the basic plan B in place and that’s the trajectory I’ll follow now.

For me, I made contacts and arrangements with my fellow authors that I expect to materially improve my career position and that is the reason to go to the RWA national conference.


Writing and Stuff!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

I’ve been working away on The Next Historical (Lucy and Thrale). I recently deleted nearly 10 pages (to be expected) and I’m now writing a different chapter. I’ve made back about half the word count I lost. I know I shouldn’t obsess over it, but I do. I’m better off with 2000 fewer words than 2000 more words that don’t work.

In other news, when I went running today, I was listening to Jude Devereaux’s RWA workshop. My only complaint? The workshop started with the usual statement about “recording, etc, and always repeat the question.” The moderator even said “I think we all know that…”

Here’s how the first question to Jude Devereaux went:

JD: Any questions? Yes?

Recording: silence
More silence.
More silence.
Some shuffling.
More silence.

JD: Yes.

Most of the questions were nothing but silence, and the answers were not always clear as to context. Very disappointing. It was far, far too close to the end before someone finally got around to urging repetition of the question.

Yeah. There needs to be a big RWA presenter and moderator class where everyone has to listen to this sort of thing on the recording. Lots of moderators and presenters make light of the announcement and request, and way too many moderators and presenters do not remember to repeat the question.


However, it’s still a workshop WELL worth listening to. She’s been in the business a long time and she related a story about how, way back, an editor told her that there was a problem with her book because the hero did not rape anyone. How, this editor asked, was anyone to know that the hero was virile if he didn’t rape anyone? And Ms. Deveraux’s answer to that was that she’d have to find someone else to publish her book because she wasn’t going to have her hero rape anyone. She was after that widely considered a difficult author.

And this, people, is how insidious and pervasive the “rapetastic” hero was. We are all still dealing with the consequences of centuries of believing this was how male virility was defined, and how women were to behave. This idea that Romance authors weren’t being pressured to write heroes who raped is just nuts. I lurk on an Academic list where this subject continually pops up and there’s always this naive belief that writers aren’t pressured to make changes they rather not. It seems like no matter now many authors (and there are a few on the list) say this happened then and happens now, there’s a rather willful refusal to accept that as possible.

When there’s money involved, the people with the money have the power to impose their views, and for that reason, outdated views die a long, slow death in the media. The Jude Devereauxs are few and far between. I don’t know at the time how much market clout she had. Obviously, not enough to avoid having the complaint made, and not enough to avoid being thought of as difficult for refusing. But enough that the book was published without rape.

So, thank you, Jude Devereaux, for saying no, and making the refusal heard.

Worth a listen.


Today, I had a Thought. About Publishing.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Okay! I hereby award myself the prize for lamest blog title ever.

That said, my RWA conference flash drive arrived the other day, and I’ve been listening to the workshops…  I’ve decided I am User Interface impaired. Probably every UI/UX person in the world should want me on in their user group because I WILL be confused and manage to do something completely effed up.

I deserve major kudos for figuring out how to make an iTunes folder for the files and then a playlist consisting of the contents of the folder. On my phone, for some reason, all the files are sorted in descending order, which means (since they have numerical prefixes) the last workshops are first. Hey, fine! No problem. But then on my phone, I did something, I have NO idea what, and suddenly I have a sublist of all the spotlight sessions. This, I decided, was too useful to mess with, so I’m listening to all the publisher spotlights.

My Mind is Blown

I listened to five or six spotlights so far and here’s my impression:

Avon somehow managed to hire the right people. Because they are the ONLY traditional publisher so far who has shown ANY understanding of the new world they’re in. They have a guy who does their pricing algorithms. They’re studying what happens when they change prices. They’re the only traditional publisher so far who’s shown even a glimmer of being agile in a digital environment.

And then I listened to the Coliloquy spotlight. (RWA18-035ST – if you have the flash drive, listen to it. If you don’t, buy this one when they’re available.) coliloquy is a publishing startup and they do what you’d call enhanced eBooks.

What blew me away about this spotlight was not so much the interesting technology — which it is — but the way they talked about books and authors. They have changed covers for books that aren’t performing as they expect. Let me say that again:


I’ve yet to hear of any traditional publisher doing that for an eBook. Indies change covers all the time– because it matters and in the digital space, it’s easy.

This publisher had a book that wasn’t performing as they hoped, and still didn’t even after they tried a bunch of things AND THEY GAVE THE AUTHOR BACK HER RIGHTS. Yeah. First they tried things to get the book to readers. The publisher actually took blame for that outcome. And then they gave the author back her rights.

They do a 50-50 split of the income and they pay their expenses from their half. Not the author’s half. Think about Random’s “profit split” for their digital first line that comes only after they’ve essentially made the author pay Random’s expenses.

There’s a heck of a lot more they’re doing and thinking about and it’s really really worth a listen to.

If traditional publishers were doing any of these things, RWA wouldn’t have been mostly populated with authors looking to walk ASAP.

I bought one of the Coliloquy books, I’ll report back on my impressions.

And now, back to work for me.


Text of my eMail to RWA regarding Discrimination Against a Class of Members

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I just sent this email to RWA.

Dear RWA Board:

I’m writing to request clarification of the situation with the amended rules for the Magic Writers Ink RWA chapter. By now, I’m sure you are all aware that they have amended their Contest rules to specifically exclude romances with same-sex couples as the romantic couple.

What I’m seeing on the web is that the RWI chapter believes it has the approval of RWA National for this rule change. I would like to know if that’s the case.

If it’s not, I would like a clarification for all chapters of what RWA intended when it (allegedly) gave RWI permission for this change.

If it is true, I wish to go on record as being in vehement opposition to such a ruling by the National organization. It is unfair. It is offensive. It is discriminatory. Authors who write same sex couples are not prohibited from joining RWA. Indeed, there is an official RWA chapter authors who write such works. To the best of my knowledge, they pay the same fee as every other member. I have certainly never seen anywhere that such authors pay a different membership fee. This being the case, what possible justification can there be for allowing an RWA chapter to introduce a rule that limits the ability of these authors to participate in RWA sponsored events?

There are two places in the P&P that I believe prohibit this discriminatory rule: I have highlighted the relevant text, and restate here: All members shall be eligible for rights, privileges and benefits


Membership Benefits. All members of RWA (except Affiliate members) shall receive RWA’s official publications for which they are eligible, and may attend the Conference and enter the RITA or Golden Heart contest at the member rate. All members of RWA may join one or more RWA chapters, and shall be eligible for such other rights, privileges, and benefits provided from time to time by the Board.

Page 140 of the RWA Policies and Procedures states the following for chapters:

Section 4.7. Membership Benefits. All members of the chapter shall have the right to receive or access the chapter newsletter and to attend chapter meetings and shall be eligible for such other rights, privileges, and benefits [, all for such reasonable fees, if any,] as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors. Members may not transfer either membership or membership benefits to another person.

It is my belief that the clear intent of this language is that all members shall be treated equally.

The RWI rule amendment does NOT treat all members equally. Specifically, it excludes all chapters members who write same sex couples from entering their chapter contest. On the face of it, the rule also excludes most, if not all, members of the Rainbow chapter from entering. It also would exclude any other RWA member from entering if their entry fits the exclusion noted.

Can you please clarify RWA’s position on this matter as soon as possible?

I am, at the moment, having a very difficult time seeing how I could continue with membership in a professional organization that discriminates against certain of its members.

Carolyn Jewel


Contest – Signed Copy of Barry Eisler’s Fault Line

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Cover of Fault Line by Barry Eisler Author Barry Eisler was the speaker at today’s meeting of my local RWA chapter, SFA-RWA. He gave a great talk and then gave away a bunch of copies of his thriller Fault Line. As some of you may know, I read and LOVED Fault Line some time ago, but I now have a pristine, unread, signed copy of this book, complete with a bookmark! just in time for a lucky reader of this blog to read before the release of the sequel, Inside Out. I can tell you that I read an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) of Inside Out and loved it.

Stolen from Barry’s website:

In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal.

In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim.

And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole ambition: making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered… and the patent examiner who reviewed it dies… and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of time, he knows the one person who can help him is the last person he’d ever ask: his brother.

Ben Treven is a Military Liaison Element, an elite undercover soldier paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value targets in America’s Global War on Terror. Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s culture of denial and decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows because the black ops world is all he really knows—and because other than Alex, who he hasn’t spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.

But blood is thicker than water, and when he receives Alex’s frantic call, Ben hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal that there’s another player who knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini, a young Iranian-American lawyer who Alex has long secretly desired… and who Ben immediately distrusts. As these three radically different people struggle to identify the forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to examine the events that drove them apart—even as Sarah’s presence, and her own secret wants, deepens the fault line between them.

A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically charged, Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and into the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped only by three people—three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they’ll first have to survive each other.

How Do I Get the Chance to Win This Awesome Book?

Easy. Leave a comment to this blog in which you answer the following question:

If you had a bazillion dollars, what would you get me?

Contest closes Midnight Pacific, Wednesday May 12, 2010. If you don’t leave a valid email, you’ll have to check back after Wednesday to see if you won. I can use the email WordPress asks for, by the way. I will choose a winner at random, so, actually, the awesomeness of your hypothetical generosity to me has no bearing on your chance of winning. But I might end up loving some of you more than others. Hypothetically speaking.



Catching up

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Quick update in case anybody missed me. (Well, there must be at least one of you, right? Mom? Fact: my mother doesn’t read my blog. Oh well.)

Copyedits for Scandal got mailed off Monday the 21st.

I’ve been doing revisions for His Wicked Witch with the goal of being done before RWA. I think I’m on track. I’ve been on coughVacationcough since Thursday working on them. Funny, but the stuff my editor seemed to think was a big deal (comparatively) I dealt with by using the delete key or changing a sentence or two and the little throw away could you do this instead here? have been major whack a chapter, write a new one lots o work efforts. Good stuff though, I think.

My Wicked Enemy has started showing up in bookstores because I’m getting emails. I can’t tell you how exciting that is! I love nice emails from readers!

Here’s an excerpt from another review:

Carolyn Jewel takes readers on a dangerous journey with Carson, an untrained witch who finds strength through Nikodemus. Together they can stop the mage who threatens their existence and fills Carson with fear. My Wicked Enemy unfolds at a steady pace and offers up a host of characters that keep the deadly action flowing. The storyline is fresh, the characters are entertaining, and the romance is delightfully steamy.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Back to work!