September 9, 2017

Both Sessions: Online and In-person Networking

First Contact (and Second and Third and . . . ): Networking With Editors, Agents, and Authors Online and In-Person 

Most new authors have heard it’s important to connect with potential colleagues, but how exactly do you get the time of day from a pro when you’re just starting out? If you’re a wallflower, how can you make connections with people in the industry? Introvert or extrovert, how do you build relationships without coming across as needy or demanding?

Participants will learn: 1) How to approach and interact with industry pros online. 2) How to break the ice in person. 3) What common mistakes sink many aspiring writers in each situation.

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

Free to members and guests. No registration is required. Come join us!

Elle Ire and Joe Iriarte

Elle E. Ire resides in Celebration, Florida, with her spouse, twin daughters, and two dogs. She has won many local and national writing competitions including first and third place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards (novel-length science fiction), first place in the Pyr and Dragons essay contest judged by the editors at Pyr Publishing, first place in the Do It Write competition judged by a senior editor at Tor publishing, and she is a winner of the Backspace scholarship competition judged by multiple literary agents. She and her spouse run several writing groups and present at many local and statewide conferences. Elle is represented by Naomi Davis of Inklings Literary Agency. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015.

José Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and father of two. He and his spouse live in Central Florida. His fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers, and other professional markets. His short stories have been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online and Quick Sip Reviews, and on the SFWA Nebula Award Recommended Reading Lists for 2015 and 2016.