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October 17, 2013

Sure, you’re probably at work this afternoon, staring at the clock, watching it move more slowly each second as it progresses toward the end of the day and your ability to sprint from your desk or workstation, hop in your car, and make way to the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary for the conference.

While you’re toiling away for the man, we’re toiling away for you, getting ready to make this year’s conference the biggest, bestest conference ever.

2013-10-17 10.53.13Each year, we provide goody bags with the conference program and other appropriate swag for each attendee. This year is no different. Unfortunately, Keebler doesn’t have magical free goody-bag-stuffing elves to do the work, so we do it. This years we’ve stuffed millions (okay, hundreds) of goody bags for you to enjoy. Along with the normal pens and business cards and stuff like that, there’s a couple special surprises.

In addition, we’ve got two special Thursday sessions for those whose jobs allows them the luxury of a lot of time off. Best selling author Mary Burton is conducting a day-long session about how to use her secrets to write your book. Her session, Writing your Book…The First Step, gives attendees steps they can use to help get their manuscript finished.

Mary’s the New York TImes bestselling author of eight romantic suspense novels, along with five Harlequin romantic suspenses and eight historicals. Mary will also be joining us throughout the weekend.

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Mary Burton’s session during a break.

Chantelle Osman is presenting a pitch session that gives attendees the basics of how to pitch their work successfully. Chantelle is the owner of A Twist of Karma Entertainment and an award-winning mystery writer with short stories and flash fiction published online and in print. She is the founding member of the Anthony-nominated Sirens of Suspense blog, a group of award-winning authors who discuss all things writing and publishing, as well as a reviewer for the syndicated Poisoned Fiction Review. She has also served as editor for several successful anthologies, and judged short story writing contests.

Her experience in the publishing realm, as well as her experience in the film-development and consultation area give her the perfect understanding of how to sell your work to others.

Like Mary, Chantelle will be with as all weekend.

Not signed up? It’s not too late to come. You can register in person at the conference for all or part of the festivities! For more information, click here.

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