Welcome to the May 2018 newsletter of Passionate Ink, the erotic romance chapter of Romance Writers of America!

In This Issue:

A Message from Our President

Nikki PrinceCan you believe it? We’re in the merry month of May already. This year seems to be zooming by. I hope that life is treating you well and you are working away on your stories. If you’re new to Passionate Ink, please avail yourself of all that we have to offer, including the forum, newsletters and the Facebook group

Also, know that your Board of Directors is here to answer any questions that you have about policy as well as just about the group in general. Have a great month!
Nikki Prince
PIRWA President 2018

Invitation for Authors of Color and Own Voices Meetings at RT and RWA

Sourcebooks Casablanca logoSourcebooks Casablanca editors invite Authors of Color and Own Voices diverse romance authors to set up one-on-one meetings at RT or RWA 2018. We’ll be available to listen, share what we know, kick around ideas, and help interested authors hone their hook, pitch, and submission package.
To set up an invidivdual appointment, please email Laura Costello at Sourcebooks editors Deb Werksman, Mary Altman, Cat Clyne, and Laura Costello will all be taking appointments. Please visit to see our Romance submission guidelines and our editor profiles.

Judge the 2018 Passionate Plume Finalists

After a big increase in the number of entries, our fabulous team of judges is hard at work on the preliminary round. We’ll announce the finalists in mid-May.  
Didn’t have a chance to sign up to judge the preliminary round? Don't worry! We could still use some members to help us judge the final round of entries! If you’re a published author, you can judge up to three of our finalists’ titles to help decide the winners. Click here for the form.
We’ll announce the winners of the 2018 Passionate Plume at the Passionate Ink Party on July 18, 2018, at the RWA National Conference in Denver. We’ll also list results in Passionate Ink's newsletter and on the website, and publish them in the Romance Writer's Report.
For more information about the Passionate Plume, contact the contest coordinator at

Workshops Update: Director Needed

We had a great April workshop, but we need your help to offer more courses!
Thanks to Amy Alessio, our Passionate Ink VP, for teaching our April workshop on Developing Social Media Skills and Live Programming! We hosted 17 students eager to learn how to connect with fans and build a reader base in a rapidly changing market. The group learned a ton, and Amy was an amazing source of information. 
But in order to offer more courses like these, we’ll need help from PI member volunteers. Interested in the Workshops Director role? You can even share the duties with a friend. Please reach out with any questions. Training is available!

Pitch Your Work to Agents and Editors

CONGRATULATIONS to our pitching authors! Here are the results of our pitching sessions for the year so far:

  • Riverdale Avenue Books: 10 pitches submitted, 3 submissions requested, 3 maybes, and 1 trilogy in contract! Woohoo!
  • Changeling Press: 2 pitches, 2 submissions requested
  • eXtasy Books: This pitching session started May 7. Stay tuned!
Haven’t had time for much writing lately? Tsk tsk! We’ve got a great lineup for more pitches later this year, so there’s no time to waste. Grab this opportunity to bypass the general “submissions@” line by the cojones (as firmly or as gently as you like ;). Get in front of eager and relevant industry-leading agents and editors. You might just see your book on the digital (or print) bookshelves!
Not a member of PI? Click here to join. Members, get all the details and see the full calendar in our member forums. You can also track the latest upcoming pitch events here in our monthly newsletter, or via regular announcements in our blog.
Upcoming pitch sessions:
  • Changeling Press: August (first half)
  • Dreamspinner Press: August (second half)
  • Entangled Publishing: September

Save the Date for the Passionate Ink Party at RWA!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Are you going to the 2018 RWA Annual Conference? Save Friday, July 20, for a fun and chill Passionate Ink Party. Watch this space—and your email—for event updates. If you’d like to volunteer to help onsite, please email Trinity Blacio, PI Special Events Director, at

New Releases

Congratulations to the following Passionate Ink authors on their new releases!

Billionaire Cowboy's Conquest

By Marie Tuhart

A city girl and a rodeo cowboy don’t mix, until they are forced to work together. Will their past destroy their love, or will they put behind their differences and find love? Hang on for a wild ride!


Shifted Hearts (Hot Hearts Cafe, Book 2)

By Lia Violet

Penelope wants to date a nice, normal guy. Adam promised his dying mother he’d find a mate. A new shifter dating agency puts them together. Pen can’t decide if the confident werewolf is right for her. His hot kisses sizzle, but he doesn't see that the former fighter can take care of herself. Adam can't stop himself from kissing and trying to protect the feisty Penelope. A dangerous shifter changes Pen and helps her realize that even the most Alpha of wolves can compromise for love.

Want to See Your New Release Here?

Help us help you: Announce your new book releases in our newsletter! Send your title, release date, cover image (350 x 500 pixels, .JPG), a description of up to 100 words, and the URL of your author website to

Welcome New Members!

A warm welcome to the following writers who have joined Passionate Ink so far this year (January-April 2018): Amber Anthony, Laura Baumbach, Elizabeth Blackhart, Kilby Blades, Janet Burnett, Macy Butler, Rose C. Carole, Alexis R. Craig, CJ Czelling, Solara Gordon, Susan Hayes, Jenna Howard, Monica Jorgensen, Riley Long, Mardi Maxwell, Denise McCray, Sherre Pratt, Reghan Ross, Monique Saint-James, Felice Stevens and Bailey Thomas. For links to their websites, please visit our Members page.  

Member Resources

PI is only as strong as its members, so please don’t hesitate to make the most of your Chapter. Here are just a few of the ways to get involved.

Network with published authors in your genre

Take advantage of a special PI, members-only benefit and join us on the Passionate Ink Forum. Share your news, meet with the movers and shakers of the genre, pitch your work directly to editors and agents, view special chats with experts in the field, and help us keep our community vibrant. 

Join our Facebook group

Join PI's members-only Facebook group, Passionate Inkers. Hang out and chat with us, share your successes, frustrations, tips, and tricks, and get to know your chapter!

Volunteer for our chapter!

There are several ways to volunteer, whether assisting with the Passionate Plume contest or helping us out at the PI Party at RWA’s annual conference. Please email to learn how you can help.

Join Us at Passionate Ink!

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