16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

“What A Character”
October 19 – 22 in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Douglas Dandridge


Doug has been working as a full-time writer for the last four years, self-publishing 31 books and selling over 200,000 copies. He has over three thousand reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star average, with the same number on Goodreads with a 4.1 star average. Doug’s Amazon best selling series, Exodus: Empires at War, has 12 volumes, seven of which hit number one in space opera in the UK. He has written in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.


Self-Publishing for Fun and Profit

This workshop focuses on self-publishing your work on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Kobo, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of each. Topics include formatting, whether to design a cover or have one made for you, writing a compelling blurb that will get readers to look at a sample, pricing and not selling yourself short, blogging to gain more readers, and how a newsletter can increase your exposure. Facebook, Twitter and other social media will be discussed, and will include how to get a message out on Twitter when you don’t have many followers. The proper use of giveaways will also be discussed. Doug will also cover scams to beware of, the importance of reviews and when it is best to ignore them, why the series is king, and the importance of being productive and putting out multiple books each year. Attendees will learn:

  • How to put up a book on multiple outlets, or the best single outlet for their work, and maximize their profits.
  • How to gain exposure for their work in a positive manner, and how to leverage their reviews on outlets and Goodreads to gain more readers.
  • How to become more productive in their writing, and the importance of keeping a steady stream of product for their readers.
Writing Science Fiction for the Hardcore Fan

There are many kinds of science fiction fan, from the casual TV watcher to the hardcore aficionado who has read everything from the masters to the modern bestsellers. These are the fans who will write the most reviews, and many of them know a little bit about the science that should be the underpinnings of science fiction. In this workshop you will be taught how to write for this fan, how to do the research needed to make your science fiction ring true, and common mistakes to avoid that can make the writer look like rank amateur.


Dredging Up Your Dark Side

Few novelists are serial killers or homicidal psychopaths, that we’re aware of, anyway, but writing darker fiction requires us to mine the shadowy veins of our psyche. Where do those villainous characters come from and how do you write about the nasty things they do when you’re basically a sweetheart of a person? Ken Pelham moderates this panel.

Interview Topics

Self-publishing, writing science fiction and fantasy, building a readership, making money in self-publishing.



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