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Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Hi all! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!

In exciting, personal news, my partner and I are moving in together. Our lease was supposed to start April 1st but things happened and now we’re moving March 1st. The next Links post will be compiled from our new place! Definitely equal parts excited and stressed.

It’s also supposed to get icy in New England. I wish I could say I’m surprised, but late February and early March always has a way of reminding me that winter isn’t quite over. I remember one year it snowed on my birthday, which is mid-April!

How is everyone else? I would love to hear any exciting news you all have on the horizon.

We are overjoyed to hear that the HarperCollins Union has ratified their contract. If you’re curious what the contract entailed, you can find it outlined in this Twitter thread.


Dr. Jo Coghlan and Lisa J. Hackett, researchers in Sociology at the University of New England (Armidale, NSW, Australia) are conducting research on romance novels and have asked for our help!

We are currently conducting research into authenticity in romance novels.

The title of our research is ‘Locating authenticity in contemporary romance novels: Perspectives from international readers and writers’. This research is partially funded by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) through their Academic Research Grant.

The aim of this research is to investigate how readers know that the inspirational romance novel they are reading is authentic. It will examine this from the perspective of both readers and writers.

As part of this research, we would like to post an invitation on your group for members to complete the survey. The post would invite members to follow a URL link to survey to complete it. All participants will be required to give consent before completing the survey. It will take approximately 20 minutes for them to complete the survey. The forum post is given below.

Participants will not be identified, and no information will be sourced from posts on your site. Participants will not be required to provide any sensitive information regarding your site or themselves.

This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE22-161 Valid to 3 November 2023).

Surveys by genre:

Persuasion, as performed by actress Florence Pugh, is on Audible! And, if you didn’t know, there are other wonderful classics performed by British actors available.

Elyse: The Neighborhood Fiber Collective, a Black owned yarn company is looking to raise money for a new space. They are one of my favorite dyers. They’re selling a special dye color to raise money and they also have a GoFundMe campaign.

Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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