Florida Romance Writers

Barbara Vey -- January 14th, 2013

I guess when a group offers to pick you up at 7 a.m. for a 2 hour drive just to have you give a one hour workshop, one should be flattered.  I was extremely flattered.


The Florida Romance Writers sent the wonderful Victoria Pinder to get me and she came with her grandmother’s car that was all pimped out with OnStar.  Since I’m staying in the boonies, it was dark when she arrived we had no problem finding our way to Ft. Lauderdale. (Well, except for finding a Starbucks.  Apparently, there isn’t one on every block between Ft. Myers and Ft. Lauderdale.)


The meetings are held at the Sheraton at the airport because it is centrally located for many of the members.  I was surprised by an extraordinary deluxe breakfast to start the meeting (I’m joining this chapter).  They were talking the usual group stuff, but they also have a very special event coming up.  January 24-28, they are taking a writer’s cruise with keynote speaker Charlaine Harris.  They asked me to come along, but I still don’t have a passport (yes, I know I need one).  There’s still a few openings, so contact them if you are interested.  It sounds like a fabulous time.


awards were given to best selling author , Linda Conrad on the left, NY Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham and reviewer Joan Hammond.

Awards were given to best selling author Linda Conrad on the left, NY Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham and reviewer Joan Hammond. (Picture taken by Marcia King-Gamble)

It was also award day with special awards going to best selling author Linda Conrad, NY Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham and reviewer Joan Hammond.  Well deserved, ladies!


One of their successful chapter members, Linda Cohen, gave a terrific workshop on basic social networking.  It eased the intimidated user into trying the many different venues out there.  Linda really made it easy to start by offering a handout that outlines exactly how to do everything.  I kept a copy for myself.  I expect to see all the Florida writers online and chatting it up by next week.


Florida Romance Writers at the Irish Pub

Florida Romance Writers at the Irish Pub

I do my workshops a little different.  I kind of feel my way with the group to see how much they already know and go from there.  It’s more of a discussion.  We touched on social media, but the emphasis was on Building Reader Loyalty and keeping it.  Since all the authors are readers, many things made common sense when we talked about it.  This group was very interactive, inquisitive and cared deeply about the readers.


After the meeting it was off to an Irish Pub to social and really get to know one another.  With the Guinness flowing, the talk was mostly about their upcoming cruise.  I don’t know if I could concentrate on work while sailing the ocean blue.  But this crowd is determined and were looking forward to the guest and speakers coming.


It was a great way for me to spend a Saturday in Florida, in January.


Bottom Line:   Please ask me back!



19 thoughts on “Florida Romance Writers

  1. Stephanie

    I heard about that cruise! That sounds so fun. A great idea for FL chapters who could easily drive to the port and only need to pay for the cruise and not the additional airfare.

  2. Rose Lawson

    We loved having you Barb!!! Thank you so much for the highly informative presentation and for promoting our chapter. You are welcome any time!!!

  3. heather graham

    Barbara, it was such a present to have you! You’re always wonderful, bringing your warmth and enthusiasm wherever you go. You’ve got to get that passport! We’ll do the cruise again, and as you guessed, it’s wonderful. We do get things done (we’ve had few authors acquire their editors and agents via the sea!) and he have a bonding experience that’s really amazing. You never have to be alone–though you can be, if you wish. Seriously, how many times can you plan a cruise with nearly a hundred of your old best friends and some new ones?

  4. Mary Ricksen

    Barbara, it was wonderful to meet you and I so appreciated all you wonderful suggestions.
    Many thanks for your terrific visit with us. You were great!
    And you are so right, I love this group because they are so supportive of one another…We’d love to have you join us any time!

  5. Victoria Pinder

    It was fun talking to you and you need to come back. Passports can be expedited ,or we can ask the cruise people what’s the deal if someone doesn’t have a passport… just saying. See you soon!!!


  6. Kathleen Pickering

    Barbara! So GREAT to have you with us on Saturday. Between you and Nancy Cohen, the FRW meeting was exceptional. As for the cruise . . . girl, don’t you know? Not only do you need a passport, but you should carry that and a bikini in your purse ‘cuz in south Florida you never know when you may get asked to the Bahamas! LOL!! (I do have a big purse, but it doesn’t hold a bikini.) :)

    As for the FRW Cruise, I was one of the lucky authors who met my editor AND my agent on the cruise. We have a fantastic time while networking and conducting workshops and laughing oh so very much. Look forward to seeing you on the next cruise in 2015!!

    Thanks again for the great talk on Saturday. ‘Til next time!! xox

  7. Lisa Manuel

    We appreciate you coming, Barbara!! You and Nancy did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing your insight on what readers want, and it was so nice to meet you again. You’re a delight!

  8. Julie Edelstein

    Barbara, you were a breath of fresh air at our meeting! Funny and gracious, you were a delightful speaker with tons of insider advice. Thanks for a great discussion – you would be welcomed with warm South Florida arms any day!


  9. Ona Bustos

    Barbara, thanks for making the time to join our meeting. Of course, we would love to have you join us again.
    IMHO, Florida Romance Writers is the best writers group around with lots of helpful and caring members. As for the cruise…it’s one conference you don’t want to miss if you can help it.

  10. Patrice Wilton

    We were so happy to have you join us and hope you will be able to make it again. You’re such a delightful speaker and it was a pleasure to meet you although I could not make the Guiness lunch! Next time though.

  11. Susan Carlisle

    Sounds like you are having a great time. I’m not getting to cruise this time but hope to the next. Books, authors and water–who can beat that?

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