Writer’s Tracking Spreadsheet by Laurie Ryan

Members of GSRWA have access through the email loop, to shared experiences, tools, hints, education, and motivation from other writers.

Pirate's Promise, by Laurie Ryan

Laurie Ryan, a romance and women’s fiction author who writes sensual stories of real-life characters thrust into extraordinary situations, shared her exceptional spread sheet with all chapter members.  The spreadsheet is available on her website, a free download for use by any writer.

I experienced almost immediate motivation in two ways.  I could visualize the progress in the revision of my manuscript and  the time/effort required to finish it by the target date.   The data removed the shadows of doubt “that I’ll never get it done in time” and lightened the pressure load.   Additional benefits provide data for planning deadlines, information to give to agents and editors, and evidence of writing efforts for tax purposes.  I suspect that if we are not deducting expenses yet, if sales occur, it may be possible to go back a year or two. but consultation with a tax expert would be necessary to provide more reliable information.

Stolen Treasures, by Laurie Ryan

This exceptional tool has two tabs at the bottom of the sheet.  One is labeled “Instructions” and the other is the sheet itself.  Be sure to read the brief instructions  first.  The sheet is write protected in any area where fooling around with it would destroy the formulas set up  to provide the data calculations.  Folks who are not yet familiar with spread sheets would find it easy to use.

As a thank you to  Laurie Ryan, I’ve included the covers of her two latest novels.

Have a great week everyone!

Winners of the prestigious Golden Heart and Rita Awards

This is old news to RWA and GSRWA members, because we wait eagerly for the results.  Some of our ‘local’ members of the Greater Seattle RWA group were finalists.

The finalists from GSRWA were:

GSRWA Golden Heart Finalists
Sharon Fisher, Shadowed
Mary Oldham, Laura Takes a Lover
Joleen Wieser, Hometown Star

GSRWA RITA Finalists
Margaret Mallory, Knight of Pleasure
Alexis Morgan, Darkness Unknown
Jane Porter, Duty, Desire and the Desert King

Huge congratulations to the writers who reached the finals, and we toss the hat in the air for the winners!  Those involved in the business of writing know the achievement represented by these awards.

Many folks don’t realize the scope of subject matter that RWA (Romance Writers of America), and that the membership of writers, publishers, teachers and editors is huge, to go along with the new book sales topping 50%.  So here is a look at some of the cagtegories, and the winners of these two annual prestigious awards.

The winners of the annual Golden Heart Award (for unpublished manuscripts) in each of the various categories were announced Sat July 31, 2010.  The categories and the winners in each were:

Young Adult – “Unchosen” by Erica O’Rourke
Inspirational – “Unforgiven” by CJ Eernisse Chase
Strong Romantic Elements – “A Place at the Table” by Patricia Rosen
Contemporary Series – “Fake Fiance, Real Love” by Cat Schield
Contemp Series Suspense – “See Jane Run” by Angela Platt
Historical – “Between Heaven and Hell” by Jacqui Nelson
Regency – “A Most Improper Gentleman” by Elisia Beatty
Contemporary Single Title – “Songbird” by Liabeth Selvig
Paranormal – Bloodborn” by Kylie Griffin
Romantic Suspense – “The Yard Man” by Jillian Stone

The winners of the annual Rita Award (for unpublished manuscripts) in each of the various categories were also announced Sat July 31, 2010.  The categories and the winners in each were:

Best First – “One Scream Away” by Kate Brady
Contemporary Series – “A Not-So-Perfect Past” by Beth Andrews
Contemporary Series Suspense – “The Soldier’s Secret Daughter” by Cindy Dees
Contemporary Single Title – “Too Good To Be True” by Kristan Higgins
Historical – “Not Quite A HUsband” by Sherry Thomas
Inspirational – “The Inheritance” by Tamara Alexander
Strong Romantic Elements – “The Lost Recipe” by Barbara O’Neal
Paranormal – “Kiss of a Demon King” by Kresley Cole
Regency – “What Happens in London” by Julia Quinn (now inducted into RITA Hall of Fame by this 3rd win!)
Novella – “The Christmas Eve Promise” by Molly O’Keefe
Romantic Suspense – “Whisper of Warning” by Laura Griffin
YA – “Perfect Chemistry” by Simone Elkeles

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