Since 2009, Romance University has published upwards of 1700 posts. We’re proud to be a part of the diverse romance writing community. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to our success.
Our deepest gratitude to RU’s 2016 Visiting Professors:
VISITING PROFESSORS 2016
Virginia Kelly – Five Google Search Tips for Authors
Part One: Reflections on My First Year as an Indie Author
Part Two: Reflections on My First Year as an Indie Author
So You Want to Write a Military Romance
Keri Ford – Writing as a Southerner
Mary Buckham & Margaret Crowley – The Power of Workshops: A Behind the Scenes Look
Tonya Kappes – Newsletters=Marketing Gold
Silver James – Flashing Through Writer’s Block
Kathi Daley – Come for the Murder, Stay for the Romance
Amy Lynch – Self-Confessed Bridezilla
Rose Scott – 8 Ways to Touch the Heart of Your Reader
The Art of Conflict
Your Writing Voice and Putting You on the Page
Boundaries of Imagination
Bump in the Night
Please Stop Winking: The Problem with Shorthand and Cliché in Fiction
How Not to Be Funny in Fiction
Making Love Last – Is It a Fairy Tale?
DEAD ON! Ten Secrets to Writing “Killer” Romantic Suspense
Kate George – The Celtic Allure
Jackie Weger – Learning Indie Author Ropes – Just Don’t Hang Yourself
Sandra Beckwith – 7 Killer Ways to Promote Your Romance Novel
Falling in Love on the Page: Writing Convincing Romantic Relationships
This Crowded Life – and Why That’s a Pain in the Neck
Moving on Up: Writing the Next Book
Bean Counting for Authors
The Joy & Necessity of Business Taxes
Houston Havens – Plotting: The Flow of Your Story
Trish Milburn – Marketing in Disguise
LuAnn McClane – Second Chance Romance
Rissa Brahm – Finding Your Alpha: Not Your Alpha Hero, Your Alpha Reader
Settings and the Romantic Novel
Angela Han – The Top 55 Apps for Writers in 2016
Erratic Breathing and the Steely Glare
Easy? I Wish…
The Right First Impression
Jules Bennett – Oh…You Write Romance?
Lori Wilde – So You Want Me to Write a Children’s Book?
Danielle Bartlett – What Does a Publicity Director’s Job Involve?
Jessica Lemmon – How to Market Without Losing Your Mind
Writing a Negative Protagonist: Balancing shades of grey in your character
Secondary Characters in Romance: Yay or Nay?
Frances Caballo – Romance Writers: Find Your Readers on Pinterest
Anna Sugden – Keep on Riding the Roller Coaster! (Or, why all those years of trying to sell are worth it.)
Jeannie Moon – Stepping off the Hamster Wheel
Deborah Blake – When the Book Fights Back
Katia Lief – What Lies at the Heart of Suspense?
Suzanne Ferrell – Capitol Danger: A Collaboration
Elizabeth Harmon – Sports Romance is More Than the Score
Sherry Lewis – Avoiding Author Intrusion
Joanna Campbell Slan – Out, Out, Damned Writer
Katherine Hall Page – Navigating a Long-Running Series
Robin Gianna – Create Characters Your Reader Will Care About
Adite Banerjie – Tripping Over Tropes
Betty Hechtman – How to Write a Mystery Yarn
Chris Keeslar – Voice, Pitch & Strike
Màiri Norris – Starting a New Author’s Group – Part One
Barbara Bettis – Starting a New Author’s Group – Part Two
Beppie Harrison – Starting a New Author’s Group – Part Three
Angela Ackerman – How to Vividly Describe a Setting That You’ve Never Visited
Hazel Gaynor – An Interview with Hazel Gaynor
Natalie J. Damschroder – Finding the Strength to Persevere
Ed Gaffney & Jason T. Gaffney – #AwkwardNotAwkward: Why I couldn’t Wait to Write a Gay Sex Scene with my Gay Son
Melanie Brockmann Gaffney – If You’re Reading This, You’re Probably into Books
Indie Publishing and the Book-of-My-Heart
Not for the Faint of Heart: Making the Switch from Traditional to Indie Author
Finding the Balance Between Hooking Readers and Setting up the Story
How Your Narrative Distance Affects Show, Don’t Tell
Kim Headlee – Twitter Marketing for Authors
Stacy Marone – The Importance of Book Covers for New Authors
Rachael Thomas – Tackling the Synopsis
Sonali Dev – Pitching is the Key
Elizabeth Bemis – What’s in a Voice: Or Two Sides of the Same Scene
Susan Sey – Playing Hurt
Laura Stapleton – The Secret to Self-Publishing Success
C.C. Dragon – Happy Halloween…Who You Gonna Call?
Ann Warner – Formatting Tips for Indie Authors Who Want to Do It All Without Learning HTML
Ava Branson – Finding My Voice…and Other Mid-life Tales
Philippa Lodge – Introverts and Conferences
Joanne Dannon – Self-Publishing is a Collaborative Effort
Jan O’Hara – Maximizing the Benefits of Your Multi-author Writing Cooperative
Nancy Naigle – Writing Holiday Romances
Laura Trentham – Contests: Stepladder to the Top or Waste of Money?
Gloria Kopp – 12 Online Proofreading and Editing Tools Romance Writers Should Know About
Piper J. Drake – Multi-tasking vs. Task-switching
Tracy Tappan – He Said, She Said
Barbara Wallace – It Happens to the Best of Us
We’d also like to express our heartfelt appreciation to RU’s Regular Contributors for their commitment and contributions.
REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS 2016
5 Easy Tips for Dealing with Email
DIY Author Book Marketing
Putting Books in Print: Worth the Hassle?
Author Blogging: How, How Much, How Often
6 Quick Tips for Author Marketing
Authors in Elevators: Writing Your Blurb
Laurie Schnebly Campbell
How Do You Do It?
Three Parts, One Wish
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Enjoy Your Creativity
C’mon Let’s Celebrate!
Motifs and Symbols and Themes
BE The Dude
Your First Chapter – Reader Glue
Advanced Craft Tips
Creating Author Newsletters with MailChimp
Improving Your Writing with AutoCrit
Scrivener for iPad
Geeky Writer Gifts
Writing Night Scenes
Writing Outdoor Scenes
Writing Novel-Opening Scenes
Writing Climax Scenes
Writing Scary Scenes
Writing Argument Scenes
Writing Duel Scenes
Writing Black Moment Scenes
Writing Battle Scenes
Writing Creepy Scenes
Writing Magic Scenes
Repeaters, Replicants, And Restarts, Oh My
Are They You?
Characters Leave, Authors Live On
And Now a Word From the Copy Editor
Some Formatting Tips That Will Make Your Copy Editor Happy
Revisions…Or Do I Have to Listen to That Darn Copy Editor?
Now A Word From the Copy Editor
Where Does Your Story Actually Begin?
Adding Stage Business to Your Story
Meet my Characters – All of Them at Once
Good Presentation – Can It Really Influence How Your Novel is Received and Perceived?
Advice for Keyboard Athletes
Leap Here – On the Power of Improv for All Creative Professionals
First Glance – On Meeting Characters and Making Impressions
Reader’s Choice – On the Power of Set Pieces and Whammos
Imperfect Words – The Unfathomable Power of Placeholders
Posts by RU Staff
I Need a Book Cover – Now What Do I Do?
An Author and a Website
My Muse Went to Aruba – Now What do I do?
WordPress Updates – Just Do It!
Becke Martin Davis
Jane Errs- And So Do I
To Nano or Not to Nano
RU will be on hiatus until Wednesday, January 4, 2017. We wish you the very best this holiday season. Happy 2017!
The Romance University Staff: Carrie Peters, Becke Martin Davis, and Jen Tanner
Romance University Founders: Tracey Devlyn, Adrienne Giordano, and Kelsey Browning