Joining the Romance Novelists’ Association

For a couple of years now I’ve been wanting to join the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA).  The Association organises events for authors, established and aspiring, including a summer weekend conference every year where you can attend workshops and lectures held by those in the industry.

It’s taken me this long to join because you can’t just become a member whenever you fancy – there are limited spaces for new aspiring author members – and the time to join is strictly early January.  Last January I was grossly complacent about joining, thinking I could send an email anytime on the day that nominations opened.  Busy with cooking dinner I eventually sent my email about 5 hours after the opening time, only to be told I was too late and all the places had gone!

So, I had to wait a whole year before I could try again.  This year I left nothing to chance.  I didn’t even schedule my email to go at a certain time – I stood there for ten minutes before with my finger poised over the send button.  Luckily, I got in this time and am looking forward to finding out what it’s really all about.

If, like me, you missed out, all is not lost.  I discovered that even if you’re not a member you can still attend the summer conference, you just have to pay a little more.  I did this last year and it was well worth it.  You have the chance to submit a partial of your manuscript and speak one to one with an editor or agent to get their feedback.  It’s only 5 minutes but it’s vital information, even if it’s critical.

Another great thing about being a member of the RNA is that every year you get the opportunity to have your manuscript read by a published author who writes in the same genre.  I’m planning on doing this this year, so we’ll see how that goes!

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  1. sallytrue says:

    Hi Gina, like your blog 😀What do you put in your email to RNA – New Writers Scheme ? Is there a set message or a letter of introduction. And when do you know if you have succeeded?

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    1. ginahollands says:

      Hi Sally, I just put in ‘Hello, I’d like to become a member please!’ and then some contact details. They got back to me the same day with confirmation that I’d got in. You need to wait till the next round of intake, which will be early January as this is the only time they accept new members. Good luck!

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  2. Glad you made it, Gina. I just joined this year as well, as I’m now a pocket novelist. I’ve been to Leighton Buzzard when I was on a shortlist of the New Talent Awards as well.

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    1. ginahollands says:

      Great Susan, well done for getting in, and perhaps I’ll see you at the conference!

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  3. Yes, I’m going to that, and yes will look out for you:))

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