August 10, 2019 – Conference Recap, Nominations, & Self-publishing Discussion

Morning Session: RWA Recap & Officers Nominations

Join us as the TARA members who attended the 2019 Romance Writers of America Conference held in New York City, discuss the 3-day event which featured nationally recognized speakers, special events, and career-focused workshops.

We’ll also present candidates, and take nominations, for positions on the TARA board and programs.

Afternoon Session: All You Want to Know About Self-publishing

Have you considered venturing into indie publishing? Are you already indie published but looking for ways to do it better? Come prepared for a lively discussion and great tips as four successful indie-pubbed authors share their experiences. Topics covered will include action plans, budgets, successful promo, best business practices, useful resources and more. There will be an open Q&A session at the end.

Presenters: Desiree Holt, Eliza March, Lynn Carmer, Emily Gray.

Desiree Holt

USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from romantic suspense and contemporary on a variety of heat levels up to erotic, a genre in which she is the oldest living author. She has been referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, and is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications. Explore Desiree’s books at

Eliza March/Maureen Sevilla

Maureen Sevilla, independent coach and editor, has worked for the Wild Rose Press, as Fran Sevilla for over twelve years. Her responsibilities include everything from taking submissions to final galley approval. Her proudest accomplishments have been working on and with several award winning, best-selling books, and USA Today and NY Times best-selling authors from their budding beginning.

Writing fiction as best-selling author, Eliza March, she has also written for three small presses and is independently published in several genres, from erotic to lighthearted paranormal suspense. Visit Eliza at

Lynn Carmer

Amazon Best Selling Author Lynn Carmer is a talker, a writer, a reader, a teacher, a procrastinator, an avid fan of all things “reality,” and a devourer of all things “sweet.” She is continually working on white-hot, humorous Contemporary, Paranormal, and Sci/Fi Romance novels. Think sexy Gargoyles turned to stone; star-crossed lovers living on the planet of fire and ice; and hilarious contemporaries that reference pop culture and quite a few ’80s and ’90s movies and music.

Find out more than you ever wanted to know about Lynn at lynncarmerauthor

Emily Gray

Emily Gray is an author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her first two novels and the upcoming third are part of an ongoing series, Heroes & Warriors. She loves alpha males and strong, independent heroines who don’t need saving. She always writes an HEA, but has fun putting obstacles in her characters’ paths. But, she makes sure to reward them with the love they deserve for all their struggles. Originally a Virginia girl, who had enough of cold weather, she moved to the Florida sunshine. When she’s not immersed in the lives of her characters, she’s trying to maintain some balance while juggling the hectic schedules of her family all with the constant help of coffee and chocolate. Read about Emily at

Free workshop, guests are welcome. No registration required.

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM with an hour for lunch.

Meeting location: TAMPA GOLDEN CORRAL, 6942 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL