The heart of editing a romance


A Presentation by Wendy Davies,
Vice-President of Romance Writers of Australia

Date: Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Time: 6:30pm, doors open at 5:40pm for nibbles and drinks
Venue: Durie Room, St Mark’s College (please register via Trybooking – details below) or attend remotely via Zoom (details below)

Love holds me captive again / and I tremble with bittersweet longing

Sappho (Trans. Cicely Herbert)

Editing a romance is so easy … right?

Well, no it’s not. There are heaps of things editors need to be aware of if they want to wade into this very popular marketplace.

I will cover topics like the difference between romance stories and corporate editing. I’ll touch on the characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts. I’ll look at how the plot and the emotional arc are entwined. After that, I’ll delve deeper into the biggest no-no of all, telling – when showing would enrich and deepen the reader’s experience. Along the way I’ll share some valuable hints and anecdotes based on my experiences of editing romance stories.

So, join us with your pens and questions poised to ensure you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to editing romance stories.

About Wendy

Wendy recently relocated to NSW after living in Melbourne her whole life.

Her employment experience includes working for the Victorian Education Department as a senior online editor and as a technical writer. She edited or wrote many professional and business documents before trying her hand at writing romances. From there, she naturally fell into editing romances, using her corporate experience for something she loves.

Wendy writes under the name Wendie Daniels, creating romantic suspense stories, but some small-town rural romances too.

Wendy has entered or judged almost every Romance Writers of Australia competition, even winning one in 2017. She’s contributed to their online blog and helped put the 2019 Melbourne Conference together. She’s had two of her short stories included in the Spicy bites and Sweet treats anthologies. She was the structural editor for the 2020 Spicy bites anthology and proofreader (not her favourite activity) for the 2021 Sweet treats anthology.

Connect with Wendy via her websites” and or on Facebook

Attendance options

In person

Please register via Trybooking. You must register if you attend in person.

Registrations close: 3pm Wednesday 23 February

Registration is on a first-in best-dressed basis, but current members have priority.

Meetings are held in the Durie Room, St Mark’s National Theological Centre, 15 Blackall St, Barton (not Blackall Place). The Durie Room is accessible from the carpark closest to Kings Avenue. Here’s a map.

If you need to cancel, return your ticket directly into the TryBooking system so it’s available for someone else.

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of cold or flu.

To attend the webinar (via Zoom)

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The webinar audience can use Zoom’s Q&A functionality to ask questions or offer opinions. (You will not be able to see the presentation or participate in the Q&A if you attend by phone call.)

The webinar will not be recorded.

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