Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 FRW Conference

Fun in the Sun (mini) Conference


Ready to visit Florida in January? Join us in fabulous Ft. Lauderdale for an event that will inspire and encourage you to make your career dreams a reality!

Saturday, January 16, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Broward County Main Library, sixth floor
100 South Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(parking of $1.25 per hr available for the public in parking lot adjacent)
Featuring Keynote Speaker
NYT Bestselling Author, Carla Neggers
Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, including the popular Sharpe & Donovan suspense series and the Swift River Valley contemporary romance series. Her books have been translated into two dozen languages and published in more than 30 countries. When she isn’t writing, Carla loves to travel, hike and spend time with her large family. Get-togethers at her family’s tree farm on the edge of the Quabbin Reservoir are a favorite. She and her husband, Joe, a native of middle Tennessee, have two grown children and two grandchildren, with a third on the way. They are frequent travelers to Ireland and divide their time between Boston and their hilltop home in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.
With Special Guest Speaker 
Debra Holland, Ph.D
Psychotherapist Debra Holland, Ph.D is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romance. She’s a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one-time winner. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as a top 50 greatest love stories pick. Her latest book is Healing Montana Sky, from Montlake Romance.
Debra is also the author of The Gods’ Dream Trilogy (fantasy romance) and the nonfiction books, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving and Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: a Ten-Minute eBook. She’s a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing. Sign up for her newsletter at
A fabulous lineup of Editors & Agents:
Charles Griemsman, Harlequin
Editor Charles Griemsman has been with Harlequin for the past ten years. Though currently his primary focus is on the Harlequin Desire series—where he’s worked with a number of USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors including Maya Banks, Michelle Celmer, Charlene Sands, Janice Maynard and Maureen Child—he also has a hand in providing editorial support for Harlequin Special Edition and a number of its authors. He is actively acquiring short contemporary category romance.
Kristine Swartz, Berkley
Ms. Swartz joined the Berkley Publishing Group in 2012, and is currently an Assistant Editor there. She’s a graduate of NYU, and looking to acquire romance of all varieties, as well as women’s fiction and mysteries. Some of her authors include Megan Erickson, Jeanette Murray, and Anna Zabo.
Karen Thomas, Publisher of Cleis Press
Karen Thomas, has worked on the editorial side at several publishing houses, and was the founding editor of Kensington Publishing’s Dafina Books imprint and the executive editor at Grand Central Publishing. She is now the Publisher of Cleis Press, the largest gay independent publishing company in the United States. Cleis publishes books in the areas of romance, sexuality, erotica, feminism, gay and lesbian studies. They are a strong competitor in the overall erotic romance market.
Marlene Stringer, Stringer Agency
Marlene Stringer founded Stringer Literary Agency in 2008. Prior to this time she spent almost seven years with the Barbara Bova Literary Agency. As a full service literary agency based in Naples, Florida, Stringer Lit represents a wide range of commercial fiction in the areas of women’s fiction, romance, fantasy, crime, thriller, YA, historical and earth-based science fiction. Visit the website at:
Conference starts promptly at 10.00 am (6th floor of the library.)
10.00- 11.00 – Keynote NY Times Best Seller Carla Neggers
11.00-12.00 – What are publishers looking for – Spotlight on literary personnel
12:00 – 1.00 – Lunch
1.00 – 2.00 Keynote Dr. Debra Holland
2.00 – 3.00 Pitching to editors and agent
2.00 3.00 Workshops
From Concept to delivery (Making your synopsis rock.) Presenters- Christoper Hawke and Traci Hall
Using Social Media Effectively – Presenter – Nancy Cohen
3.00 – 4.00 Workshops
The journey of the successful Indie Author (panel discussion- Debra Holland, Kristin Wallace, Victoria Pinder, Mona Risk)
Putting the spark back into your career (panel of Karen Kendall, Sandra Madden, Alyssa Maxwell and Carla Neggers)
4.00-6.00 Book signing open to the public
Fabulous Workshops for beginning (Track One) and advanced writers (Track Two)
All conference attendees are welcome to all tracks.
Event will end with a public book signing at the library 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm!

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