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    Established in 1987, DARA - Chapter 56 of Romance Writers of America® - is a non-profit, voluntary association of writers dedicated to raising and maintaining quality in the romance genre and its sub-genres. DARA works to accomplish this through advocating high professional standards and through the dissemination of information on writing and the publishing industry.

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    Upcoming Meeting

    Date: October 25, 2014
    Time: 8:45 am - Romance 101 (No Romance 101 in September)
    9:30 am - Business Meeting and Program
    Location: The Holiday Inn Select US-75 (North Central Expressway) and Campbell Road in Richardson, TX (map).
    Topic: Midlist Authors: Where Are They Now?
    Five years ago, conversation between published authors was filled with talk about being in the midlist. Authors worked to move to the next level. Some made it to bestsellerdom, some gave up, and some stayed midlist. Where are those midlist authors now? Is there still a midlist? Or are midlist authors moving away from traditional publishing? Join us on Saturday, October 25th to learn from authors Mary Blayney, Diane Gaston, and Addison Fox to learn what exactly is a midlist author - How do you get there? How do you move beyond? – and to get the scoop on the current state of the romance industry.

    Presented By: Mary Blayney, Diane Gaston and Addison Fox

    Romance 101: No Romance 101 in September but stay tuned for future topics!

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