Archive | June 2015

The Winter’s Tale: What Makes A Romance?

We Happy Few DC

Hi, everybody!

::Await obligatory ‘Hi, Dr. Nick!’ callback.::

My name is Keith Hock and I am the production manager and technical director for your favorite Capitol Fringe company, We Happy Few Productions!  We’re about halfway through the rehearsal process for our upcoming presentation of The Winter’s Tale, and while the our Periscope videos (accessible through twitter, if you follow us) have done a great job of introducing you to the creative process behind the making of the show, they haven’t really delved too deeply into what this show is and why we would do choose to do it.  So at our last production meeting I drew the short straw and got roped into willingly and totally without coercion volunteered to put together a brief breakdown of how The Winter’s Tale fits into Shakespeare’s bibliography and our own ethos.

The table of contents, as it were, of the First Folio The table of contents, as it were, of the First…

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Valley of the Sun Romance Writers: Hot Prospects Contest

Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.


Grand Prize Winner

  • The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire Romance manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs


  • All finalists in each category will receive a certificate, a graphic for their website and an acknowledgement in the Romance Writers Report. Approximate date of winner notification is December 15th, 2015.


Valley of the Sun RW Members

  • $25

Non-Chapter Members

  • $30


  • Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2015
  • E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2015


The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any Romance work uncontracted and unpublished at the time of entry.


  • Single Title Contemporary
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Historical/Regency
  • Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal


  • The same entry cannot be placed in more than one category.  Contestants may submit more than one entry in a category or enter multiple categories, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry Form and Fee.

For more information, see Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

The Book Industry and Movies

The Politics of Writing

A lot of people like to say the phrase “Books will never die” even though some may not always believe it. Even I started to doubt it. You don’t see many people around reading classic literature unless you like to surround yourself with people that do. Most of the time I see people reading books that have been adapted into movies. Hollywood has been keeping the book market alive.

It seems like books are released with the expectations that a movie will be adapted. The main reason all comes back to money. Companies know that a book released along side a movie will make exponentially more than a stand alone book. Just think about all the book movies lately: Divergent, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray, Enders Game, Twilight, Fault in Our Stars, Wild, The Hobbit, American Sniper, The Giver, Gone Girl, Paper Towns, Maze Runner, ect.

Releasing a movie…

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Pitch Contest Update

The Contemporary Romance Writers’ Pitch Contest has been moved up a week–now beginning June 17, 2015. Don’t miss this great opportunity to pitch your book to two Harlequin editors!

Go to the official CRW site for the scoop on how to participate and when:

Generally, the pitches begin on CRW’s blog at 6 a.m. Eastern, June 17, as comments on a particular CRW blog post, with basic info (name, title, genre, book wordcount, short blurb, 1st 200 words of MS, and the Harlequin target line or imprint if applicable), and a follow up for five selected finalizes to submit more for a personalized response and critique.


About The Editors:

CarlyCarly Byrne works in Harlequin Mills & Boon’s London office as Editor on the Harlequin Presents team, as well as acquiring for the other series.

Carly joined Harlequin after completing an MA in Popular Literature, and what could be more popular than Harlequin romances!  A diehard fan of everything romantic, with a particular penchant for a rugged hero in a Stetson(!), Carly can’t believe she actually gets to read romances for a living!

pippaPippa Roscoe is the Associate Editor for Harlequin Presents. After a four year dalliance in TV, she found her way to Harlequin and the home of happy ever afters. Working with authors across each of the UK acquired series, she considers herself to have the best job in the world!

She is so utterly inspired by the amazing love stories she devours, she has been known on occasion to ride the elevator rather than take the stairs, to hopefully one day just ‘happen’ to get stuck there with a delicious tycoon of her own. Her search is still on going, so in the meantime, she’ll fall in love each day with a new Presents hero written by our fabulous authors.



Hot Heroines

The Nerd Nebula

Have you ever lost track of a movie plot due to the appearance of hot heroines? Us too 🙂 Never mind; you can always watch the film a second time i guess. We have selected the following hot heroines (who distracted us most from the plot):

Milla Jovovich:

Milla’s character as Alice in Resident Evil is pretty bad ass. If there is a post apocalyptic/zombie world; sign me up on her survival team!

Milla Jovovich - Alice Milla Jovovich – Alice

Carrie-Anne Moss:

Step outside The Matrix… Carrie played high-kicking Trinity in The Matrix trilogy. Some of us took the red pill; just to meet her:

Carrie-Anne Moss - Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss – Trinity

Michelle Rodriguez:

Does she shift your gears? Michelle plays Letty Ortiz in the Fast and Furious franchise. Race with her, or against her – i’m sure you’re in for a thrill:

Michelle Rodriguez - Letty Ortiz Michelle Rodriguez – Letty Ortiz

Angelina Jolie:

Are you hearing a British accent?…

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