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2012 Conference: Your Panel of Agents and Publishers

April 15, 2012

It’s up! The official Conference Page of the FWA website, with all the information you’ll need about the 2012 Florida Writers Conference, “The Magic of the Pen.”

You’ll find a faculty list, with bios; a conference schedule; a workshop schedule, complete with descriptions; a conference calendar; FAQs; a registration form; a shopping cart (to make it super-easy to get in on the action); and much more.

Expect magic when you and your fellow FWA members find your agents, meet your publishers, and get the scoop on the industry. FWA has plenty of cards up its proverbial sleeve to advance your writing career.

For those of you who haven’t marked your calendars: the conference will be held October 19-21 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.

Find Your Agent!

The conference is the ideal time to hook up with your perfect agent. Below is a list of the agents who’ll be on the faculty—and available for one-on-one interviews. Check the FWA website for full bios, a listing of the agents’ workshops, and an explanation on how to make an appointment.

Amy Boggs. Agent, Donald Maass Literary. Looking for fantasy and science fiction, especially urban fantasy, paranormal romance, steampunk, YA/children’s, and alternate history. Also seeking historical fiction, westerns, and works that challenge their genre.


Dawn Frederick. Owner/agent, Red Sofa Literary. Nonfiction: biography-history, media-related, political (no personal memoirs), and creative nonfiction. Fiction: graphic novels, history, pop culture, social issues/current affairs, sports, women’s narratives, young adult, middle grade.

Jennie Goloboy. Agent, Red Sofa Literary. Looking for history with a commercial (nonacademic) focus; early American history is preferred, but other projects will be considered. Also biography (no personal memoirs). Genre fiction: science fiction/fantasy or paranormal, especially with a literary flair. Young adult and middle grade fiction, especially science fiction/fantasy.

Nicole Resciniti. Associate agent, The Seymour Agency. Fiction: romance (all genres), YA, action/suspense, mystery, commercial thriller, Christian/inspirational, and sci-fi/fantasy/UF. Special interest in historical romance. Nonfiction: medical, scientific, and political material, as well as how-to proposals from qualified professionals.

Mary Sue Seymour. Owner/agent, The Seymour Agency. Looking for romance, women’s fiction, nonfiction, and inspirational books.

Meet Your Publisher

Our publishing faculty represents every aspect of publishing, from traditional to self-, from hardcover to e-, and plenty in-between. One of them may be waiting for your manuscript. Check the FWA website for full bios, a listing of workshops, and directions on how to make an appointment.

Lynn Price. Editorial Director, Behler Publications (traditional independent). Looking for books where readers say, “I’m a better/more thoughtful/smarter person for having read this book.”

Benjamin LeRoy. Publisher/acquisitions editor, Tyrus Books (F&W Media) (traditional—trade). Division is known for its crime and dark literary fiction.

Rebecca Melvin. Owner/CEO, Double Edge Press (traditional independent). Publishes action and espionage, historical romance, biography, and autobiography, all with Christian values.

Neal P. Melvin. Head of acquisitions and steering/CIO, Double Edge Press (traditional independent). Publishes action and espionage, historical romance, biography, and autobiography, all with Christian values.

Sabrina Carpentier. Owner/publisher, Perfected Pen Publishing (subsidy). Seeking children’s books, educational, and motivational/self-help books.


Rik Feeney. Owner/publisher, Publishing Success On-Line (online subsidy) and Richardson Publishing (print subsidy). Both companies publish a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction.

Julie Ann Howell. Publisher, Peppertree Press (subsidy). Publishes a variety of genres, fiction and nonfiction, including children’s, poetry, inspirational, educational, biography and autobiography, and cookbooks.

Patricia Charpentier. LifeStory Publishing (publishing facilitator). Seeking family histories and memoir/autobiography.


Eugene Orlando. CEO, Scriptor Publishing (commission). Online publisher of most genres. Priorities in order of preference are women’s (particularly in sci-fi, fantasy, historical, and contemporary), science fiction, fantasy (not high fantasy just yet), historical, and contemporary. In children’s eBooks, most interested in middle grade and young adult.

Our faculty consists of other industry experts, as well, with expertise in a wide range of issues, from how to use social media to how to self-edit your manuscript to discovering the secrets of bestselling authors.

Please hop on the website for details on all of these magical elements of the conference. Every annual conference is a labor of love and demonstration of our motto, “Writers Helping Writers.”

Register early to get the lowest registration fees—and the interviews you want, when you want them. And remember, early registrants get the lowest prices and know they’re set for a magical experience.

Check out these helpful links

Faculty list & bios:

Workshop schedule:


Registration form:

Purchase a registration online:;jsessionid=E5185EFA92B568A0B7E2392EE6E7A145.qscstrfrnt03?categoryId=29


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