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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, August 8th, 2015 (No meeting in July because of RWA Nationals.)

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: “How to Work with Your Editor”

Learning how to work with an editor is one of the most important skills you need to develop as an author. Whether you’re traditionally pubbed, with a small press, or you’re an indie author, it is essential that you learn to cultivate and grow this vital relationship. How do you deal with an editor of a publishing house who is asking for too much change? How do you communicate your vision? What if you can’t work with that editor anymore? If you’re an indie author, you must understand the different kinds of editors you’ll need and what each does. And how do you find them? What happens if the editor sends back changes that make no sense? How do you learn to check your ego at the door and accept critique? And where is the line between critique and cruel? Join us as JoSelle Vanderhooft, former Ellora’s Cave and now freelance editor, shares how you can develop a good editor relationship that will help your career flourish.


JoSelle Vanderhooft has been editing fiction across several genres since 2004. Her anthologies of lesbian science fiction and fantasy stories–all with romantic elements–have been finalists for several awards including the Gaylactic Spectrum Award and the Lambda Literary Award. As a poet and novelist, she has also been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in poetry and the Rainbow Readers Award for her first novel, Ebenezer. She lives in South Florida with her partner and the world’s best cat.



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 of 2015

September 12, 2015 Book Bundles to USA Today best sellers share how their stories, Bonnie Vanek, Mona Risk, Patrice Wilton, Kristin Wallace and Traci Hall (the Moderator.)

October 10, 2015 18 Things I’d Wish I’d known about Marketing, Jennifer Fusco from Market or Die

November 14, 2015 T.B.A

December 12, 2015 Christmas Party