2015 Put Your Heart In A Book Conference – Registration Now OPEN!


October 16-17, 2015

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ


The Early Bird gets the worm….or in this case…the Early Bird Pricing.

Don’t delay – sign up today!


Early Bird Prices – (June 1st thru July 31st)

NJRW Member $215; Non-member $240


Prices go up August 1st – so get in early.

NJRW Member $240; Non-member $265


Pre-Conference Workshop Fee – $45


Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever!

Kerrelyn Sparks – Keynote Speaker

Beth Ciotta – Luncheon Speaker

Julia Quinn – Special Presentation*

Margie Lawson – 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45) – Deep Editing Tools Rule!

* For first 100 registrants

Some things to expect:

  • Workshops for writers of all levels
  • Editor/Agent Appointments
  • Book Fair/Author Signings (a voluntary donation will be accepted at checkout which will go to Literacy Volunteers of NJ)
  • Opportunities for Networking

Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend…


  • Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
  • Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Agency
  • Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency
  • Sharon Pelletier, Dystel & Goderich


  • Kerri Buckley, Carina Press
  • Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press
  • Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing
  • Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge
  • Harlequin Editors, TBA

… and more to come

Spectacular lineup of workshop presenters:

  • Sarah MacLean, PAN/PUB Retreat Kickoff Speaker
  • Kerrelyn Sparks, World Building – Stop the World, I want to Make a New one!
  • Beth Ciotta, Shutting Out the News: Letting in the Muse
  • Margie Lawson, Not Your Mama’s Character Descriptions
  • Christine Bush, First-Timer’s Workshop
  • Jean C Gordon, Gone in 60 Minutes: A Hands-On Synopsis Writing Exercise That Can Turn Your Idea Into a Fully Developed Story
  • Maria Connor, The Three Stages of Book Promotion: What You Should Be Doing When
  • Mary Behre, Writing Contests: How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
  • Victoria Pinder, Kristin Wallace and Rossie Cortes: Plot Your Way to Your Best Seller
  • Paula Scardamalla: Using Myths, Fairytales, and Dreams for Stories That Sell
  • Susan Meier: Building Blocks for a Great Book
  • Judi Fennell: The In-The-Know Guide to Indie Publishing
  • RoseAnn DeFranco: Using Humor to Add Emotional Depth
  • Laurie Cooper: What the EYE Sees – A Visual Approach to Book Marketing
  • DC Stone: Understanding Motives and Building Suspense from an Investigator’s Perspective
  • Nisha Sharma: Bollywood Basics: Romance Tips from the world’s largest film industry to help turn your book into a blockbuster
  • Eileen Dreyer: His Brain/Her Brain & Trauma or For Heaven’s Sake, Don’t Shoot Him in the Shoulder
  • Marlo Berliner and Brynn Chapman: Beating the Odds: Writing a YA That Sells
  • A. DePaul: His Eyes Are Blue Not Green? How to Keep Organized
  • Joanna Shupe: The In’s and Out’s of Facebook For Authors
  • Eliza Knight and Laura Kaye: S.E.X. – Writing the Sensual Evocative eXperience
  • Alice Orr: WE’VE GOT THE POWER!! How Choice Changes Everything About Publishing Today
  • Cyn Balog: The Evolving Face of YA: How the YA Market Keeps Changing
  • Diana Cosby: How to Research and Write Historical
  • Carol VanDenHende: Apply Professional Branding Frameworks to Your Brand as an Author
  • Terri Brisbin: Pretzels at 2am: Dealing with Life as a Glamorous Romance Author
  • Jim and Nikoo McGoldrick: 50 Shades of Literary Representation: The Tie That Binds
  • Dee Davis: From Desolate Moors to Dark Alleys: The Art of Writing Romantic Suspense
  • Nancy Herkness and Miriam Allenson: Critique Groups Rock! Build Your Writing Support Team
  • Eliza Knight: How to Be a Successful Self-Published Author
  • Ella Quinn: Regency Customs, Titles, and Manners
  • Laura Kaye: Lessons Learned from a Hybrid Romance Career…So Far
  • Sarah MacLean: Mastering the Art of Great Conflict
  • Kathleen Long: Fire Up Your Process with Creative Storytelling Techniques
  • Sally Mackenzie: Writing Series-Connected Books
  • Geri Krotow: Resistance: Defined, Identified, Beaten!

To register, click here!

If you have questions, please contact: Mo Boylan, NJRW’s 2015 Conference Chair, at confchair@njromancewriters.org or, Jenny Baskwell and Nichol Phillipoff, Assistant Chairs, at jenny.s.baskwell@gmail.com and ncphillipoff@gmail.com respectively.

For registration questions, please contact: Babette James, Registrar, at registrar@njromancewriters.org.

We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site www.njromancewriters.org frequently for updates!


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