Many thanks to all of our wonderful 2017 speakers. We learned so much from each of you, and you helped to make 2017 an amazing year.

2017 Speakers & Topics

January 7, 2017 – Q&A with FBI officer Michael Banter – Do you write romantic suspense or feature an FBI agent as a character? Just fascinated with the FBI? Get your questions ready for special agent Michael Banter, who will visit the chapter for an informative and entertaining Q&A session.

February 4, 2017 – LGBT panel – Even if a romance writer doesn’t write m/m or f/f stories, many are afraid of “getting it wrong” and thus avoid including gay characters in their writing at all. Authors Xio Axelrod, Bethany Chase, and Andrew Grey will discuss writing gay relationships, stereotypes to avoid, and other topics relevant to the LGBT romance market.


March 4, 2017 – Promo That Works – Come prepared to learn the ins and outs, do’s and don’ts of advertising on Facebook, BookBub, blogs, newsletters and other paid and unpaid marketing opportunities.

April 1, 2017 – Contracts 101 for Writers – Understanding publishing contracts can be a source of stress for any author, from newbie to multi-published. Author and attorney Maggie Marr will help demystify contracts and give members tips on protecting themselves and their work.


May 6, 2017 – Hey Baby, What’s Your Sign?: Character Building Through Astrology with Jo Crosier – We will focus on what astrology can teach us about characters and also how to use the compatibility charts to make appropriate romantic pairings with someone of a compatible sign, or even how to pit signs that aren’t necessarily compatible against one another to build conflict.


September 9, 2017 – Design as Art: Three Professional Principles of Book Cover Design – Learn from professional design principles to improve your book covers. Author and marketing/branding expert Carol Van Den Hende will discuss the importance of clarity and consistency, delivering break through and meaning, and how to be a great collaborator with designers. This is a hands-on workshop, where we’ll assess real-life do and don’t book covers.


October 7, 2017 – Annual General Meeting

November 4, 2017 – Author Branding with Damon Suede – Identifying, honing, and crafting an author brand and platform that gets the job done is an important cornerstone of any marketing plan. Bestselling author Damon Suede will give tips on how to wield your brand effectively to build a career for long-range goals.


December 2017 – Members only holiday party. Every December, VFRW members gather to celebrate the holidays. Our festivities include good food, great conversation, lots of laughter, and the fabled (and hysterical) gift exchange.