First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors. The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry. FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.


Alyssa Day, Priscilla Oliveras, and Lena Diaz

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES: Traditional, Indie, and Hybrid Authors Tell All

Featuring New York Times best-selling author Alyssa Day and award-winning authors Priscilla Oliveras and Lena Diaz.

Alyssa, Priscilla, and Lena will share information based on their own experiences across multiple genres and many different publishers and publishing options. They have a wide variety of experiences in the good, the bad, and the truly ugly parts of the publishing industry. They’ll offer pros and cons based on their various backgrounds. At the end of the presentation, they will be happy to take your questions. Please don’t be shy. If you have a question, likely someone else has the same one and is afraid to ask. So ask away!

Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Warriors of Poseidon and Cardinal Witches paranormal romance series and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries, a paranormal mystery series. She has been published for 14 years with more than 33 books. Her many awards include Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award for outstanding romance fiction (as Alesia Holliday) and the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance novel of 2012. Tweet her at @alyssa_day or visit her Brand! New! Website! at www.alyssaday.com.

Priscilla Oliveras is a four-time Golden Heart finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latino flavor. She works full-time in sales & marketing and since earning an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hall University, teaches an on-line class on romance writing. A long-time RWA member, Priscilla has gotten “this” close to publication but hasn’t made it – yet. She understands the determination and resiliency shared by PRO members and plans to use her leadership experience as a former Chapter President, VP of Membership, and Programs/Education Chair to make the PRO voice an integral part of the board. www.PrisOliveras.com

Three-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and former Golden Heart finalist, Lena Diaz has contracted twenty romantic suspense books with traditional New York publishers since her debut in 2011. High octane action and sexy alpha heroes are her specialty. Her stories range from law-enforcement officers hunting down serial killers to covert assassins taking out bad guys that the alphabet agencies can’t touch. You can find out more about Lena and her books at www.LenaDiaz.com.
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