Happy October, reader, from KRW!


“For readers worldwide, the attraction of romance novels seems to be that they provide hope, strength, and the assurance that happy endings are possible. Romance makes the promise that no matter how bleak things sometimes look, in the end everything will turn out right and true love will triumph -- and in an uncertain world, that's very comforting.”

         ~ Leigh Michaels

Only 91 days left in 2020! May these last three months be full of more peace and hope than those prior. At the very least, it would be nice if Mother Nature would knock it off.


Elections are here!

Elections for our very first board begin this week! Please keep your eye out for a Survey Monkey email that will arrive in your inbox before Friday.

As a reminder, our candidates are as follows:

President (1-year term): Charmaine Coombs

President-Elect (1-year term): Mysti Parker

Secretary (1-year special term): Alison Atlee

Treasurer (2-year term): Krissie White

You may also write in any member's name. Good luck to all our candidates!


Welcome New Members!

We've had a lot of members join us since August, both new and familiar. Please give a warm welcome to:

• Alison Atlee     • Marilyn Barr     • Karen Ender     • Tina D.C. Hayes     • Joan Kayse     • Melody Sky Lark     • Kelly McKerras     • Lisa Tapp     • Dona Whitehead

And remember, we're always looking for new faces. If you know a local romance writer or have a friend who is looking to get started, please point them in KRW's direction!    


KRW Writer's Corner

5 Tips For Giving a Great Critique:

• Always focus on the positives of a work first. This is a good time to remember the "Golden Rule." You want to leave the writer feeling hopeful and encouraged, the same way you would want to feel. Start positive, and keep returning to the positives throughout your critique. And keep in mind that newer writers tend to be discouraged by overwhelming criticism. Be kind!

• Come to the critique with a healthy dose of humility. We are all flawed as writers. Before you tell another writer to "never" do something, you must be 100% positive. Don't be dismissive.

• Focus on the big picture, not the tiny details. You're not reading as a copyeditor. Think about what are the largest ideas that would have the biggest impact on this piece of writing. Share those ideas, and don't linger on things like comma placement. Your critique should focus on quality over quantity.

• Resist rewriting the draft yourself. Gentles suggestions are great, but you should avoid telling a writer to write the story you'd prefer.

• Soften your critiques by posing question or using words like "perhaps" or "maybe" in making your suggestions. For example, "Perhaps this information might be included elsewhere in order to speed up the pace?" is a much nicer and more helpful thing to say than, "Ditch the infodump. I'm bored." 


October Meeting

We have our second meeting on Saturday, October 24, at 11:00am. Our General Meeting will begin at 11:00AM, and we will be revealing the results of our election. Following the meeting, we will be sharing our favorite writing and publishing resources (so come prepared!) and then doing a fun 45-minute writing sprint. 

To join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82611144709?pwd=VmhqSnZEYXpnaVBUQTlPTTdXSlNUQT09

Meeting ID: 826 1114 4709
Passcode: 909433


Romancelandia October Roundup

There are a lot of virtual events in 2020, so KRW is trying to shine a light on any we find. particularly when the events are free!

Oct. 2, 5pm: Virtual Author Chat--Beverley Jenkins and Vanessa Riley

Oct. 14, 7 pm: Bodice Rippers in the Era of Me Too with Sarah MacLean, Falguni Kothari, Loretta Chase & Lucia Macro



If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at krw@kentuckianaromancewriters.com. Krissie is waiting by her computer.