HarlequinLogoJoin Washington Romance Writers on Saturday, November 7, 2015, when we host Elizabeth Mazer, an associate editor at Harlequin. Ms. Mazer will conduct two workshops, 5 Things a Writer Can Do to Stand Out to an Editor and What Category Are You?, a series overview that includes a cold reading of 5 manuscripts’ first pages.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

10:00-10:30 – Networking and Announcements
10:30-12:30 – 5 Things a Writer Can Do to Stand Out to an Editor
12:30-2:00 – Lunch at area restaurants
2:00-3:00 – Cold Reads
3:00-4:00 – What Category Are You? Harlequin series overview and submission process

5 Things a Writer Can Do to Stand Out to an Editor

An in-depth master class diving into the craft of writing, this session will explore what makes an author and her manuscript truly stand out to an editor.

Attendees will hear how to:
· Pitch the right editor (understanding the marketplace, knowing what’s hot, to niche or not to niche).
· Submit professionally (how to make sure your query and synopsis sell your book).
· Hone your writing style/voice.
· Understand and master the revision process.
· Use popular themes in a fresh way.

What Category Are You?

This workshop will provide an overview of the various Harlequin series and how to know which one your work suits best.
· Includes Cold Reads and discussion. (Bring the first page of your MS for a chance at a cold read. Up to 5 entries will be selected at random, read, and critiqued by the editor onsite.)
· Handouts provided.

The Speaker

Elizabeth Mazer is an associate editor with Harlequin for their Love Inspired program, working with a wide range of authors across Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical including Deb Kastner, Susan Sleeman, and Laurie Kingery. She also works with USA TODAY bestselling authors Yvonne Lindsay and Victoria Pade. After earning a B.A. in Communication from The George Washington University, Elizabeth began her publishing career working at Bookspan on book clubs such as Crossings, Book of the Month Club, and Rhapsody. She holds an MBA from New York University, and has been happily settled at Harlequin since 2007. A die-hard movie nut and Broadway fan, Elizabeth loves well-crafted stories with compelling characters.

LOCATION
Shirlington Branch of the Arlington County Library
4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206

PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

**This is a new location for many of us. Be sure to leave yourself enough travel/parking leeway so we can get started on time.**

Parking in Shirlington

DO NOT park in the Campbell Garage (next to the Harris Teeter). Numerous restrictions apply, it’s difficult to figure out where you can park and for how long, and there is lots of traffic all day long.

DO park in the Randolph Square Garage (except for the bottom two floors; these have a two hour limit). The address is 2850 S. Randolph, but it’s about half a block off of Randolph down an alley/driveway behind the building with Pizzaiolo. The official Shirlington map says the address is 4850 S. Randolph. That’s a typo. There is no such place.

DO park in the Quincy Garage (2901 S. Randolph—next to Ping). All floors are open all day on weekends. The reserved spots are restricted only on weekdays.

Public Transportation

The 7A and 7F Metro buses run non-stop via I-395 from the Pentagon to the Shirlington Transit Center, which is about three blocks from the library.

To catch one of these buses at the Pentagon, take the escalators on your left after exiting the turnstiles, turn left at the top of the escalator and follow the covered walkway to the bus bays. The 7A and 7F both leave from Bus Bay U5, which will be on your immediate right at the end of the covered walkway.