RPLA Showcase: Matthew Rieder

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Science Fiction The Brazos Formation by Matthew Rieder In The Brazos Formation, while prospecting for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Rich Plithers and his crew discover an undersea chasm filled with bizarre, dangerous creatures. Rich must seal the chasm to survive. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Matthew Rieder won First Place in the Unpublished Science Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Jade Kerrion

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Science Fiction Zara by Jade Kerrion In Zara, assassin extraordinaire Zara Itani unleashes her particular brand of havoc from Disneyland to Beirut. She could start a war, or stop it. Decisions, decisions. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Jade Kerrion won First Place in the Published Science Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the … Read More »

Your First Reader

We can probably all agree that time slows down painfully when someone is reading our writing in draft. And we’re particularly anxious about what our first reader will say about a first draft, yes? When you decide your work is ready to be read for the first time, who do you ask for feedback? A spouse? A friend? Another writer? Your writers group? Recently I came across an article from Poets & Writers that I’ve kept for a long time. Kevin Nance interviewed … Read More »

The Writing Life: Making Time To Write, Part II

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Now that we’ve all been practicing saying “I am a writer. I need time to write.” to ourselves, say it out loud and then plant yourself in a place that works for you and write. Sounds easy enough, right? But doing so can be hard for a variety of reasons. Let’s brainstorm some solutions to the most common barriers to finding time to write. Often, the best way to get around the endless duties of work and family life is … Read More »

Are You Networking with Other Writers?

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Writing may be a solitary activity, but we need people in our lives who are just like us to keep us going. People who understand us, and will put up with our quirks and weird behavior. That’s where networking and meeting people come in handy. It’s one thing to bump into friends at a conference, but it’s completely different when you’re at a small local event, or bonding with someone over coffee or lunch. I’ve written in the past about … Read More »

4 Ways to Interview

Many attendees come to the Florida Writers Conference to pitch their books to agents and acquisition editors. But did you know scheduling an interview with a book buyer isn’t the only type of interview you can arrange? At FWA’s 2017 Conference, you can also meet with industry experts as well as schedule a private editing session. These additional interview types enhance your Conference experience. Way 1: Pitch to Agents & Acquisition Editors Interviewing with an agent or acquisition editor is a … Read More »

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