2020 Workshops

January 25, 2020

8:40 am: Romance 101 presented by Vicki Batman

About: Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, three romantic comedy mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up some awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking, “What if??”

You’ve Finished the Manuscript–What Next? Are you prepared for what happens after you sent your manuscript to a publisher? Or you are getting ready to indie pub your next release? You think you are ready, and with my media kit, you will be ready.

9:30 am: Adriana Herrera
Workshop: Domestic Violence in Romance: Write the Story Survivors Deserve

After this Workshop Attendants Will:

  • Have an understanding of what is intimate partner violence, and learn what are some inaccurate (and potentially harmful) myths about IPV for all couples.
  • Will learn how to responsibly write survivor stories that are informed, respectful and foster hope.
  • Learn some tools used by domestic violence advocates that would help craft a viable Happily Ever After.

About: Adriana was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last 15 years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.

When she’s not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Her debut novel, American Dreamer, has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR and was one of the TODAY Show on NBC’s Hot Beach Reads picks. She’s one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective and serves as the VP of Programs for the Romance Writers of America New York City Chapter.

February 22, 2020

8:40 am: Romance 101 presented by Amy Tasukada

Exploring the Rainbow: A Brief looking into LGBTQIA+ Culture and Pitfalls to Avoid While Writing

This mini-lecture offers a brief discussion on LGBTQIA+ culture. We’ll explore the difference between sex and gender. Then dive into social construct of masculine and feminine. Then review some common mistakes found in stories with LGBTQIA+ characters and how to avoid these mistakes in your writing.

Make your mailing list work for you presented by Amy Tasukada

Are you tired of being just another ‘like’ in your readers’ Facebook feeds? Do you want to build a relationship with your readers and turn them into super fans? 

Amy Tasukada will show you why having a newsletter is important in today’s ever-changing social media market, and how to entice readers to subscribe to yours. Gain knowledge on how to keep your back list selling and the best way to lead readers through an autoresponder campaign.  You will also learn how to gain information from your newsletter about where to sell your books and how to create a review team willing to work for you.  Turn nameless readers into superfans willing to support all your writing adventures.  

March 28, 2020

Workshop: Publishing Fitness: Is This The Right Publisher For You?

Choosing the right publisher to partner with can make all the difference between becoming a rising star, a one-hit-wonder, or worse, the author no one knows about. Join LaQuette for a chat on the finer points of selecting the right publisher for you and your publishing needs—including making the decision to choose no publisher at all.

About: LaQuette is the former president of Romance Writers of America New York City. She is a romance author of bold, provocative love stories featuring multicultural characters. Her writing style brings intellect to the drama. She often crafts emotionally epic, fantastical tales that are deeply pigmented by reality’s paintbrush. She fills her novels with a unique mixture of savvy, sarcastic, brazen, and unapologetically sexy characters who are confident in their right to appear on the page.

April 25, 2020