Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Liberty States Fiction Writers

Writers’ conferences allow us to reconnect with old and/or Internet friends, make new ones, listen to experts talk about writing, and recharge our creative juices. To me, the Liberty States Fiction Writers’ annual conference is very special. I’m registered and rarin’ to go this Saturday, March 16, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel on Route 1, Iselin, New Jersey. Here’s some of what’s got me so excited:

* New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry will be our Keynote Speaker. This man has so much energy he’s also giving two workshops: Killer Fiction with thriller authors Chris Redding and MelindaLeigh, and The Ticking Clock, Constructing a Nail Biter of a Thriller.

* Nationally known Sexologist Dr. Charley Ferrer will present a workshop entitled Criminal Minds & Serial Killers: Letting Your Villains Soar! She also teams up with Ellora’s Cave author Joey W. Hill to discuss BDSM Romance: The Reality That Makes It Work. And to be sure I get a seat, I’ve volunteered to moderate both these panels. Smart, right?

* The Editors’ Panel, which will include many of the dozen editors scheduled to attend the conference. These editors will also be listening to LSFW members pitch their works one-on-one. A number of authors sold their manuscripts as a result of connections made last year. I’m sure this year will also yield some success stories. Can’t wait to say hello in person to my terrific editor, Jillian Bell from Ellora’s Cave!

* From 4:30 to 6:00 pm look for some thirty authors, including me, to be at the Book Signing, which is open to the public free of charge. If you’re within driving distance of Woodbridge, come visit, chat with authors and get your books autographed.

Also look for Bianca D’Arc, Jon Gibbs, Virginia Kantra, Kathy Kulig, Shelley Noble, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Caridad Pineiro, Kathryn Quick, Jen Talty and many more.

Liberty States Fiction Writers has 180 members drawn from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, as well as a number of long-distance members. More than a third are published. This is from the LSFW website:

Whether you’re trying to sell your first book or your fortieth, the road to publication is never an easy one to navigate. Let Liberty States Fiction Writers guide your way. A multi-genre organization, the Liberty States Fiction Writers is dedicated to the education and support of all fiction writers. We provide workshops, networking events and promotional opportunities to aid both published and yet-to-be published writers.

If you’re interested in reading and writing, come join us at the Book Fair and at our monthly meetings.


  1. Sounds like a great time! :) Have fun!

  2. I'll be there, too. Hope to find you in the crowd. :^)

  3. Working like always on saturday :(

  4. Can't wait, Cris. Should be fun.

  5. Now you've got ME all excited and rarin' to go! See you tomorrow :)

  6. Thanks, Joanna. It was wonderful to see you and chat with you and all my other reading and writing friends at the conference.