Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bootcampers Take the Challenge

Bootcampers take the challenge. Yes, you guessed it we have a few crazy women from Bootcamp 109 taking the RWAustralia ‘50ks In 30 Days’ challenge. Also the Betties have the month of June were we are reporting back to Rachel and Dana on our goals.

The Betties reported during the week what our goals were for the month of June. Our writing goals and writing related goals. I have a feeling Rachel and Dana are going to make us accountable for what we have given them.

So here are my goals:
For the rest of MAY:
· Finish editing 'Rich Man' & continue to send chapters to CPs (on going)
· Finish editing 'Sex Me Up' (Spice Briefs) plus I need to add more words doesn't reach required word count yet. (done)
· Add 500+ words to 'Have a Happy Easter' (erotic novella/novel not sure how it will end up) (done)
· Write synopsis for all above plus other finished WIP waiting to be edited. (on going)

· Taking the 50/30 challenge, goal to write 50 to 75K in the month.
· Aim to finish: 'Have a Happy Easter' (erotic), 'Talk Dirty to Me' (erotic), 'Surrender' (sweet)

Writing Related Goals for June:
· Write query letters for 'Rich Man' & 'Sex Me Up'Do reviews for Fallen Angel Reviews (I have 7 novella/novels to read) plus Tracey O'Hara's 'Night's Cold Kiss' is on its way for me to read & review. (So looking forward to reading this one)
· Continue to do critiques for my CPs
· I'm thinking about doing a Margie Lawson on-line workshop.
· Continue to do nightly sprints with Diane & Tracey, plus whoever else turns up.

I have a busy month. And I LOVE IT.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Bootcamp 109ers Rock!

After Elizabeth's success (see previous post) I thought I should put together a compilation of our triumphs so far…

Monique Wood & Fiona Gregory – Little Gems Finalists

Both The Boss’s Wife (Mon) and A Happy New Year (Fi) are to appear in RWA Little Gem Anthology – 2009 Turquoise.

Order your copy here:

Sandie Hudson – Challenge Collection Finalist

My Merry Maid is an erotic short story to be published by Kiwi Writers ( as an ebook and print book in July 2009.

Jenn McLeod
– Partial Request

Having submitted a synopsis to for one of her short stories, Jenn was asked to submit a partial for further consideration. After due deliberation and discussion Jenn decided not to pursue this offer further.

A cyber-toast to these ladies.

Who knows what else 2009 might bring…

Sunday, May 24, 2009

WOOHOO Elizabeth Rolls

Our honorary bootcamper, the wonderful Elizabeth Rolls, has finalled in the R*BY with her book A Compromised Lady.

We'll be cheering Elizabeth on at the Awards Dinner during the RWA conference when the winner is announced.

Read more about Elizabeth and her books at

Friday, May 15, 2009

Amy Andrews Q&A Session

Last night the BootCats had a fantastic session with the lovely Amy Andrews, who forced herself to take a break from her revisions to answer our unending questions.

Amy, who has a new release out in July, Greek Doctor, Cinderella Bride, was very generous not only with her time, but with sharing her knowledge about medicals and the ins and outs of writing category.

While the session was a lot of fun in itself, those of us participating also learnt so much and had our eyes opened to the wonderful world of the published category writer. Thanks Amy.

Visit Amy at

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Anne Gracie & Tracey O'Hara

On Friday the delightful Anne Gracie was interviewed on Channels Ten’s 9am. As always Anne was a great ambassador for RWAustralia and all romance writers. Here’s the link to the interview if you would like to view it. Anne Gracie 9am

Tracey O’Hara, who was good enough to spend a night with the Bootcamp Betties chatting and sharing her knowledge about writing Single Titles, has her first review for Night’s Cold Kiss out here. This is for her Paranormal novel due for release in September.

Book Trailer of Night’s Cold Kiss

Sunday, May 3, 2009

50 Writing Strategies

Jenn's post below reminded me of an email I received linking to an article titled 50 Strategies For Making Yourself Work. It was written by Jerry Oltion and it's interesting - I highly recommend you take the time to read it.

Not every tip works for everyone, but some of the strategies are very useful. You can find the list at

Friday, May 1, 2009

A collection of collective nouns!

Okay - we all know I adore alliteration and mix my metaphors badly (I am forever stabbing myself in the foot and shooting myself in the back).

So when I found this site on collective nouns - well - I was as happy as a dog with two tails. I just had to share this site.