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Our quarterly POT OF GOLD newsletter has evolved into a blog that's updated more frequently so we can provide more timely updates and information. More recent blog posts will appear on the RRW main page. Anyone wanting to go back and see what we've been up to over long stretches of time can review the history of all our updates here.

The “C” Word, by Belinda MaBride

It was the author’s nightmare.

A few years back, I was reading a glowing review for “An Uncommon Whore 2: When I Fall.” In the midst of basking in the praise, I was stunned when a commenter noted that between books one and two, I’d switched the names of Griffin Hawke’s daughters.

What? No way!

I opened both the book files and looked…OMG. She was right.

Stay Positive!

First: I can’t believe it’s September already! I missed getting a blog post up on the first because of the holiday and also this summer just whizzed by! But I’m here now, and I want to talk a little about the themes of the article by yours truly that was just published in the September issue of RWR. BUT FIRST: a quick note that, if you are an RRW member and have not yet renewed your membership for the next year, the absolute drop dead deadline is approaching fast.

Did Spartan Warriors Embrace Homosexuality? by Kayla Jameth

In researching my soon to be released m/m erotic romance, A Spartan Love, I came across all manner of things that for lack of a better phrase I've dubbed "Spartan myths". Some are minor, such as trying to apply a modern mindset to an ancient culture and one that even its contemporaries considered strange. Others are the result of the other Greek city-states giving the Spartans bad press.

Be the Change

My plan for my monthly blog post had been to sum up the RWA 2014 conference, but I want to instead jump off of a discussion that has resulted from the event.

There were two big pieces of RWA business to come out of the national conference this year, things that are very important to members but probably less important to the general public.

The first was a change in the rules for the RITAs, the Oscars of romance novels. I, for one, am happy about the changes and think they make the scoring more fair.

"Filter words – don’t let them hijack your writing" by Brita Addams

Filter words are those extraneous words writers use that shield readers from the action. The use of filters lends to telling not showing, the biggest of all writer no-nos. When filters are used, the reader sees everything from the characters point of view, instead of experiencing the action themselves. Many call this a deeper POV.

For instance – Paul felt his heart thud when Aaron entered the room.

Felt acts as the filter. Of course he felt his heart. Who wouldn’t?

Piracy-Don’t act a fool about it, by Rayna Scherer

 

Piracy (Intellectual Property) Legal Definition:

Unauthorized duplication of a matter protected by intellectual property.

 

What this means to an author:

Intellectual property rights are the rights given to persons over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creation for a certain period of time.

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