TARA Meetings

March 14, 2020 – Rhonda Penders and Sharon Belcastro Seminar Registration

The hows and whys of submitting to publishers and agents

Rhonda Penders, Publisher, The Wild Rose Press, and Sharon Belcastro, Belcastro Literary Agent will present what a publisher and an agent look for from an author and the how and why to get published.

Where should your story start? What grabs the attention of an editor or agent, as well as readers, in the first few pages of a book? During their workshop, Rhonda and Sharon will take the first three pages of volunteers’ manuscripts and read them out loud and gently critique them. With help from the audience, they will discuss what the author can do to strengthen the story. They will also take pitches of manuscripts throughout the day.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The March meeting is a Premium Seminar and registration is required before the event. Seating is limited. The fee is $15.00 for TARA members and $20.00 for non-members. We’re sorry, but we are not equipped to receive credit / debit card payments at the door.

Meeting location: TAMPA GOLDEN CORRAL, 6942 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL. Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM with an hour break for lunch. Lunch is paid separately to the Golden Corral as you enter. It is not included in the registration fee.

Please make checks out to TARA and mail to TARA, 8125 Barr Rd, Myakka City, FL 34251. The fee for the Premium Seminar does not include lunch. Individuals will be charged by Golden Corral when you enter the restaurant.
Airfares, hotel rooms, meals, fees, etc. for special speakers are becoming more expensive, but we don't want to raise the admission to the seminars. If you'd like to help defray the cost, please add one or more dollar values to your payment. Thank you!

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April 11, 2020 – Robyn Crawford and Ronnie Allen

In the morning session, Robyn Crawford will discuss the concept of Eden Books.

In the afternoon session, Ronnie Allen will present a workshop on Plotting the Thriller.

No registration fee. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.


May 9, 2020 – Maria Connor

Morning: The Three Stages of Book Marketing: What You Should Be Doing When

Authors often wonder where to invest time, money and attention when it comes to marketing. This fast-paced workshop provides an overview of basic marketing concepts and strategies, followed by an analysis of the three stages of a book release so authors can determine outcomes, goals, and strategies appropriate for each unique stage of the process. Participants will gain information enabling them to make focused, intentional, measurable plans and decisions, saving them resources and improving outcomes. Suitable for authors at all levels.

Afternoon Session:

Put Your Money Where Your Readers Are

A comprehensive workshop that provides authors with the resources they need to design, organize, execute and evaluate promotional campaigns, as well as an insightful and considerate overview of where, how and why to invest time, money, energy and creativity. Participants will learn to identify which marketing tasks are appropriate for them based on career level, resources, knowledge, and goals.

No registration fee. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.