March 19 – Latoya Smith

The Publishing Process

An inside look at the acquisitions and editorial process from book submission to final book from a publishing professional. Learn what’s expected of you and how to become a successful writer.

 

Virginia Ellis Critique Workshop

Aspirin authors meet with published authors for a face-to-face critique of their partial manuscripts. Open to GRW members only.

latoyaLatoya C. Smith started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Timesbestselling author, Teri Woods at Teri Woods Publishing. Latoya worked at TWP seasonally while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple in August of 2005. She then attained a full-time position at Kensington Publishing in March of 2006. In October 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group. For the span of her eight years there, Latoya has acquired a variety of titles from Hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica titles. She was also featured in Publishers Weekly, USA Today as well as various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year.  In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2 where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. Now an Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing, Latoya acquires short and long form romance and erotic fiction.

Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking

10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker

11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 952-7900

 

February 20 – Virginia Kantra

IMPORTANT: Program will start at 9:30 AM instead of 10 AM this Saturday only! Please plan accordingly.

Deep Point of View Master Class: I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Deep point of view (POV) is the quickest, cheapest tool in the writer’s toolbox for shoe-horning your reader into your character’s skin. It is driven by your characters’ experience and emotions. This workshop explains how close third person POV combines the advantages of first person POV with the versatility and wider camera lens of third person POV.

Elements to consider in writing deep POV include the character’s gender, education level, environment, age, career, and needs and conflicts. Using first and final drafts from Virginia Kantra’s own work and examples from bestselling and RITA-nominated books, this workshop will explore when and why deep POV is effective and discuss how to write it in description, narrative, and dialogue/subtext. Special attention will be paid to formatting; techniques for switching POV within a scene; and to writing in male POV, including “Virginia’s Guide to Guy-Speak.”

This is an extra-long program, and our meeting schedule will be shifted for this day only.

 

VK coverNew York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of more than twenty-five books of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Her stories have earned numerous awards including Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, eight RITA nominations, and two National Readers’ Choice Awards.

USA Today calls her work “contemporary romance at its most gratifying.” Her new release, CAROLINA DREAMING, is Booklist’s Romance Top Pick for February 2016.

Find her on-line at virginiakantra.com, chat with her on Facebook, and join her newsletter list. http://eepurl.com/vMykD

 

Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-9:30 Breakfast and Networking

9:30-12:00 Featured Speaker

12:00-1:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 952-7900