WisRWA: Romancing the North Woods

The Wisconsin Romance Writers — WisRWA — sponsored Romancing the Northwoods in Wausau, WI on June 1-3, 2012. As usual, a great time was had by all. 

Logo for the conference.
In addition to editors, agents, and writers of all shades from pre-published to multi-published, we had three outstanding speakers, all authors in the latter category: Elizabeth Hoyt, Jade  Lee, and Lyn Cote.
Elizabeth Hoyt
Elizabeth has written many romances, mostly set in the Georgian era, for Grand Central.  Her website is here.  She is currently a Rita finalist for her novel Scandalous Desires.

Elizabeth Hoyt gave several workshops: Stalking the Wild Agent, Dialogue: Writing Between the Lines, and We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Muse.  All were packed with info and lots of laughs as well. 

Jade Lee

Jade Lee, aka Kathy Lyons, presented two workshops: The Core of Romance and The Business Side from Pre-Published to the NY Times List.  Jade shared many of her experiences on this journey and had us all in stitches as well.  Here website is here. 

Jade writes historical romances set in Regency and Georgian England and for Harlequin’s Blaze line as Kathy Lyons.

Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote has found her niche in historical romance for inspirational publishers: Tyndale and Harlequion’s Love Inspired lines in several genres.  She is also getting into self-publishing.

Lyn admitted to a special place in her heart for Christiane’s story, which is available from most e-book sites including Kindle and Nook.  Her website is here.

Among the multiple winners of The Write Touch Reader’s Award was Laura Iding aka Laura Scott.
Milwaukee area co-contact Barbara M. Britton was a Fab Five winner in the YA category.

Winner of the Silver Quill Award in Fab Five Romantic Suspense was Liz Lincoln Steiner.

Eileen Palma, Fa
b Five finalist in Single Title category

Anne Kenny was honored for finaling in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest in the Regency Historical category.  Good luck in Anaheim!
Victoria’s critique partners won raffle prizes: Denise Cychosz, Lauda Iding and Mary Brady.
Cheryl Yeko sported that splendid first sale Pink Ribbon.
And just to prove we really were in north central Wisconsin, I include the trees…it was a beautiful drive in lovely sunshine through lush green fields and forests from Milwaukee to Wausau and back.

Thanks to all the organizers: Amy Bird, Eve James, Helen Johannes, Kristin Bayer, and many others.

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