Posts by Dylan Newton

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NaNoWriMo is upon us!

by Dylan Newton

Yes, it’s November and the smell of printer ink and pencil lead is in the air. What? Can’t smell it? Breathe deeply–it’s NaNoWriMo time! Those of you that know me are aware that I got my first publishing contract thanks to National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). It was back in 2007, and I’d already written (and […]

When is RETREAT a good idea?

by Dylan Newton

When is RETREAT a good idea? When it’s a Writer’s Retreat, of course! I’m super excited for our member’s only SSRA Writer’s Retreat, scheduled October 16-18 at the beautiful Fanning Springs State Park. Organized by our lovely VP-Programs, Jessica Nelson, the retreat will be exactly what we writers need: Plotting exercises to get your WIP […]

RWA 2015 National Conference Re-Cap

by Dylan Newton

So last month’s post was all about getting ready for my first RWA National conference in New York City, and my desire to have a more successful (and less dolphin-esque) pitch appointment. All that prep work I talked about HERE paid off–I pitched and received 3 REQUESTS FOR A FULL MANUSCRIPT on my YA Contemporary! But […]

6 Tips on how to PITCH to WIN that book contract

by Dylan Newton

I have a confession to make. I’m a published author. I’m a writing chapter leader. I can talk for hours to any group you put in front of me with hardly a stutter. Yet when it came time for my first pitch, I walked into the agent’s room, sat down…and totally forgot everything I knew about […]

May SSRA President’s Post

by Dylan Newton

If you read my President’s post from last year (find it HERE), you’ll know May stands for Mayhem in my house! Too many things are ending at the same time, and I’m barely dreading water, frazzled in my attempt not to drown in my shark-infested (and largely self-induced) sea of responsibility. This picture, although taken before […]

April Gut Check

by Dylan Newton

The first quarter of 2015 is now over. Aargh! Doesn’t that statement give you angina?  After over a decade in corporate America, I have lingering anxiety at these times of the year. I suppose it’s a residual throwback from years of creating quarterly management reports. I always feel the need to do a gut-check at the beginning […]

This March, declare WAR with your NOVEL

by Dylan Newton

March is named after Mars, the Roman God of war, and as such, I thought it fitting that we launch an offensive attack on our novels! That’s right–be warned, oh works-in-progress! Gird your loins, novels-without-contracts! March is the month of you will heed our writer-ly demands, or be revised within an inch of your manuscript […]

Fall in LOVE With Your Writing this February

by Dylan Newton

It’s February–the month of LOVE, and as romance writers, we’ve got to do our part! Here are some ways (and dates) to remember this month to help you Fall in LOVE With Your WRITING! Thursday, February 5: It’s time to get your 2015 project started with some LOVE! Join the published and anticipating-being-published writers of […]

2015 is YOUR year to JUMPSTART your writing career!

by Dylan Newton

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” –Oprah Winfrey Happy New Year, my Writing Mermaids and Mermen! I’m so excited to start this new year in Sunshine State Romance Authors, because as Oprah says, we’ve got another chance as writers. A clean slate. A fresh start. Doesn’t that just […]

End of 2014 Wrap-Up

by Dylan Newton

The holiday season is upon us. Our Christmas Elf on the Shelf just visited, so my youngest daughter is especially careful of her conduct, and with NaNoWriMo finished, I can finally take a breath to enjoy it all and reflect back on our busy year in Sunshine State Romance Authors. And as I look back, […]