RWA Nationals 2017: Orlando Bound!

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Editorial Director Angela James, Senior Editor Kerri Buckley, and Assistant Editor Stephanie Doig will be at RWA Nationals in Orlando July 26-29, ready to meet potential new authors and hear about all your works in progress. Please see below for four opportunities to visit with us, including an opportunity to have the first two pages of your work in progress read aloud and evaluated on the fly during the Carina Press Spotlight! Be sure to read to the end of this post for details.

Friday, July 28, 2:30-4:30pm, Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort: Editor/Agent appointments

Sign up to pitch your project to Stephanie or Kerri in a 1:1 here. All appointments are 10 minutes; conference attendees may sign up for one editor appointment each.

Thursday, July 27th, 8:30-9:30a: Spotlight on Carina Press, Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Southern Hemisphere Salon IV

Learn about the business end of Carina Press, hear about upcoming releases, and meet the editors…and then watch them sweat during a round of Candid Cold Reads. Submit the first two pages of your manuscript, bring your nerves of steel and your sense of humor, then listen as the CP editors review this mock “slush pile” in real time. You’ll hear why our editors stop reading, what we’re looking for in a submission, and some of the common mistakes we see as we go through our inboxes. Come to listen or come to get critiqued! Open to the first 10 entrants only and limited to romance manuscriptsWe won’t peek but we do need to print our own copies ahead of time. Submit your pages here by 11:59 p.m. 7/19/2017.

Thursday, July 27th, 4-4:45pm, Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Europe 10&11: Carina Press Open House

Enjoy complimentary wine, meet current Carina authors, pick up some of our brand-new swag and chat with our editors in a relaxed environment. All your questions answered, over drinks!

Saturday, July 29th, 9am-noon, The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort: Critique Workshops

These workshops are an opportunity for authors to solicit professional and peer feedback on their manuscript, in real time, in a helpful, constructive and kind environment. Each critique group is led by a Carina Press editor. We’ll discuss overall story arcs, the all-important “hook,” pacing, characterization and tension (among many other topics). Attendees are given marked-up manuscript pages to take with them when they go. Enter to win a spot in one of three one-hour groups and get feedback from the Carina Press editors and your peers. Contest open NOW; winners to be chosen on July 20. See entry details here.

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