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WHEN: Monthly Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month

WHERE: See below for location and directions

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

MENU: Hot buffet breakfast (unless otherwise specified, please check details below!)

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE BY E- MAILto Rossie Cortes at  AND RECEIVED BY THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING, but preferably before. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30 on the Wednesday before the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings per year and are required to make advance reservations as well.

If you pay by PayPal, please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!



DATE:  Saturday, October 10, 2015

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Hyatt Place

1851 SE 10th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

COST: $20 for a member, $25 for a non-member. 

Price includes the breakfast and meeting.

DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North.  Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)

PARKING: Opening parking on the property

PROGRAM: Sexy, Torrid Trends and How to Thrive in the Market

Carina Press freelance editor and multi-published author Rhonda Helms is giving a workshop on trends in romance publishing–what’s hot, what’s not, and how to capitalize on current trends without chasing them. Also, she’ll discuss working with a freelance editor for self-publishing or polishing your submissions, giving tips and tricks on how to choose the right editor for you.


Rhonda_0098Speaker: Rhonda Helms, Carina acquisition editor

Rhonda Helms has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing. She has several novels published in Young Adult and New Adult fiction with Simon Pulse and Kensington. She also taught college-level English composition for several years. Rhonda edited a Romance Writers of America 2015 RITA© award-winning romance, as well as a 2015 RITA© award-nominated romance.

Rhonda has been a professional, full-time manuscript editor for several years, starting her career at Siren Publishing. Right now she’s a freelance acquisitions/developmental editor with Harlequin’s digital-first imprint Carina Press. Rhonda has edited first-time authors, multi-published authors, and NYT and USA Today bestselling authors. She’s been freelancing for several years as well, and she loves taking on new projects!


please RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the meeting by e-mail to Rossie Cortes at to make your reservation. Members may pay at the door, but if you make a reservation and then can’t attend, you will be billed for $25.00. Parking is now FREE. Please remember we are now accepting only CHECKS or PayPal. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30pm on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

NON-MEMBERS are welcome to attend two (2) meetings per year. Please contact Kristin Wallace at for more information. Checks for $25.00 payable to Florida Romance Writers, Inc. must be sent in advance to:

Florida Romance Writers

c/o FRW Treasurer
P. O. Box 823414
Pembroke Pines, FL 33082

or pay via PayPal (Please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!!):

Meeting Fees, choose one option from dropdown menu

Future Meeting Topics 

October 10, 2015 Rhonda Helms Presenting

November 14, 2015 Karen Kendall Presenting

December 12, 2015 Christmas Party

January No meeting due to our Land Conference

February 13, 2016 18 Things I’d Wish I’d known about Marketing, Jennifer Fusco from Market or Die