2016 FRW Conference
Fun in the Sun (mini) Conference
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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 http://drdebraholland.com
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: www.stringerlit.com
Fabulous Workshops for beginning and advanced writers
• Marketing on a Shoestring
• The Indie Road to Success: Tips on establishing & growing your self-publishing career
• Maintaining a Long-Term Career
• Beginning Writers’ Boot Camp
• Conquering the Synopsis
• Editor/Agent Panel Spotlight
Event will end with a public book signing at the library!
Authors, if you are interested in participating in the signing (whether traditionally or indie published) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org