Thursday, June 3, 2010
Guest Blog from Reader/Writer Carrie Spencer: Romance University
I admit it. Anything marked 50% off? I’m there. Free? Even better.
That’s what first attracted me to Romance University:
http://www.romanceuniversity.org . Free lectures, free learning, free advice.
What more could a thrifty girl like myself ask for?
Right off the bat, I knew these girls had a winner of a blog. Started a year ago in May of 2009, by three talented ladies - Adrienne Giordano, Tracey Devlyn and Kelsey Browning. Their goal was to bring a variety of authors, editors and agents together to offer free advice. And boy, have they met their goal! Authors Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak and Lori Foster have walked RU’s hallowed halls. Agents Scott Eagan and Donald Maas have offered advice, and editors from Harlequin and Kensington have popped in for interviews. And that’s just to name a few! The archives are filled with advice, interviews and wisdom – all free!
I was in hog heaven. (I’m cheap AND from Iowa) Three times a week, I tuned into RU and listened and learned. I myself spoke with Christie Ridgeway, Kristan Higgins, and Carly Phillips.
And they spoke back. In detail.
Hank Phillipi Ryan said how much she enjoyed my little blog. Harlequin Blaze Senior Editor Brenda Chin answered my question about historicals. Agent Jill Marsal offered advice on romantic suspense novels.
Am I name-dropping here?
Just a bit. =) It’s fun, bear with me.
Want to know what’s up and coming?
In the upcoming weeks, RU will bring you interviews with Laurie Schnebly Campbell, Tawny Weber and CJ Lyons. As a matter of fact, on June 4, CJ Lyons will be hosting RU’s first ever Pitch-O-Rama. Post your pitch and CJ will help refine them. Make your pitch perfect – just in time for Nationals.
Follow RU through the summer as they interview Bella Andre on Feng Shui, Anne Charles on how to promo before publication and Larry Brooks from Storyfix.com.
RU is also watching debut author Laurie London as she progresses from pre-pubbed to author. They’ll be spotlighting various sub-genres throughout the year as well, featuring Urban Fantasy, Women’s Fiction and Paranormal. And web designer Jeannie Ruesch is heading up a series on author branding.
And how do I know so much about Romance University?
Because as of April 6, 2010 I became the newest RU staff member. Woot!
Now I’m behind the scenes with my favorite people – Kelsey, Adrienne and Tracey. And I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. And I can just let this slip – a little secret about what’s up and coming.
What’s on RU’s 2011 Wish List?
RU Review Crew – A new series coming out for readers of romance novels. Insider information, free books, reviews and contests all aimed at the romance reader.
Tips for the Non Techie – Join me as I lead you through the wilds of the WordPress jungle. Not techno-savvy? Stick with me kid; I’ll walk you through it!
Agent/Editor Pitches – RU writers will have a chance to post their pitches in front of editors or agents, and get them critiqued!
We’ve got you covered. More giveaways, more up and coming authors, more interviews with your favorite authors.
Stop by and visit us at Romance University ( http://www.romanceuniversity.org ). We’ll knock your socks off.