CONTEST!!! Head to RomanceUniversity.org to find out when Michelle's lecturing, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date, and you're entered for a chance to win a 6-pack of new romances! RBTB CE Tracy Montoya lectures at RU October 19.
From Michelle: RomanceUniversity.org (RU) is ingenious. Long before unis taught/studied romance, authors/industry folks educated up-and-comers. Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn and Adrienne Giordano carry on that tradition at RU, where you'll love visiting and learning. I'm honored to have them with us today -- and adore that they remember men count in the romance equation. Please offer the professoras a warm Bella buongiorno...
From the Romance University Faculty: Good morning, Bellas and Michelle! The Romance University faculty is thrilled to be at Romance B(u)y the Book today.
For those unfamiliar with our blog, our tagline is:
“Empower Writers. Entertain Readers. Understand Men.”
That’s a tall order and not a venture we undertook lightly. We spent six months brainstorming the concept and content for Romance University because we wanted to provide an educational forum exemplifying the true nature of romance readers and writers—smart, savvy, professional, loyal and unfailingly generous. So our contribution to this selfless community is a virtual classroom where talented authors, publishing professionals and other subject area specialists pass on their hard-earned knowledge.
Our readers have an opportunity to meet, network with and learn from these experts. Experienced authors like Brenda Novak, Allison Brennan and Bob Mayer. Literary agents like Lucienne Diver and Lois Winston. Editors like Leah Hultenschmidt, Theresa Stevens and Leslie Wainger. Booksellers, librarians and therapists. These and other visiting professors have graciously lectured at RU for which we are profoundly grateful!
Mondays are “Crafting Your Career” where visiting professors answer questions about the business side of writing. Fridays are “Chaos Theory of Writing,” where our guests discuss the writing craft. Since writing is a lifelong learning experience, these topics appeal to both new and experienced writers. Monday and Friday posts also introduce readers to new-to-them authors and provide insight into their favorite authors’ careers. For example, how does Lori Foster (L.L. Foster) balance writing contemporaries with urban fantasies?
A favorite segment is “Anatomy of the Male Mind.” Each Wednesday, we explore the male psyche, which never fails to entertain. Even if it is somewhat scary. If female writers want to portray men correctly, we need to understand them. Or at least try to! We recently consulted with RU’s “man panel” on the male hug and discovered an entire language behind the male hug, or shug. Hint: Don’t forget the shoulder slap and absolutely no lingering!
We’ve also recently launched three “Lab” sections: Ask an Editor with Theresa Stevens, Managing Editor at Red Sage Publishing; Query Writing 101 with C.J. Redwine, urban fantasy author; and Wayne Wednesday with Wayne Levine, Director of the West Coast Men’s Center.
Bellas, we would value your input. What can authors—pre-published or bestsellers—learn by listening to the romance reader community? Should Romance University invite readers to be visiting professors? If you could write a how-to post for writers, what would you title it? -- and -- How do you think the tradition of folks w/in the romance industry educating up-and-comers has strengthened the genre?