RWA Nationals 2016: See You in San Diego!


Editorial Director Angela James and Senior Editor Kerri Buckley will be on-site at RWA Nationals in San Diego July 13-17, ready and eager to hear about new projects and meet potential new authors. Four opportunities to mix and mingle with Team Carina are listed below, including an opportunity to have the first three pages of your work in progress read aloud and evaluated on the fly during the Carina Press Spotlight!

Wednesday, July 13th, 12p-2p, location TBD: Lunch with Kerri and Angela!

Not only are we buying, but we’ll let you ask us whatever you want about publishing! Enter to win one of four spots at lunch with Angela and Kerri at a nearby San Diego restaurant. We promise—we’re not boring and we’re not intimidating. Drinks and lunch on us—all you need to bring are your questions! Fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter. *need not be registered for the RWA conference to win, if you’re local, you can still enter!

Thursday, July 14, 9-11am, offsite near the conference hotel: Carina Press Critique Groups

This workshop is an opportunity for authors to solicit professional and peer feedback on their manuscript, in real time, in a helpful, constructive and kind environment. We’ll discuss overall story arcs, the all-important “hook,” pacing, characterization and tension (among many other topics). Attendees are given marked-up manuscript pages to take with them when they go. Enter to win the opportunity to join either Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James or Senior Editor Kerri Buckley and a small group of your fellow authors, and get feedback from both Angela/Kerri and your peers on your work-in-progress. Contest open NOW; winners to be chosen by 6/30. See entry details here.

Thursday, July 14, 2-3pm, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Pacific Grand Ballroom 23: Spotlight on Carina Press

A publisher spotlight done in a way you’ve never experienced before at RWA Nationals!

Learn about the business side of Carina, meet the staff…and watch the editors sweat during Kamikaze Cold Reads. Submit the first three pages of your manuscript, your nerves of steel and your sense of humor, then listen as Angela or Kerri provides insight into live reviewing this mock “slush” pile. You’ll hear why agents and editors stop reading, what they’re looking for in a submission, and some of the common mistakes they see as they go through their inboxes. Come to listen or come to get critiqued, but join Angela or Kerri to discuss and review the slush pile you provide. Open to the first 10 entrants only and limited to romance manuscripts. We won’t peek but we do need to print our own copies ahead of time. Submit your pages here by 7/12/2016.

Friday, July 15, 10-12pm, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Pacific Ballrooms 18 & 19: Editor/Agent appointments

Sign up to pitch your project to Angela or Kerri in a 1:1 here. All appointments are 10 minutes; conference attendees may sign up for one editor appointment each. Angela’s pitches are limited to only 1 hour.

Friday, July 15, 2-3pm, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Temecula 1 & 2: Carina Press Open House

Enjoy complimentary wine, meet current Carina Press authors, pick up some Carina Press swag and chat with our staff in a relaxed environment. Authors and staff will be available to answers all of your questions about Carina Press. Come for the wine, stay for the company!

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