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Where Does the Story Start?

September 27, 2018
7 p.m. CDT

How do you catch an editor's eye and make him/her keep reading? How do you grab a reader's attention? Is your story starting in the right spot or two chapters in? Come to this workshop by Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press, Inc. where she will help you discover that sometimes your story really starts on Chapter 3.  Penders will also give examples of good story beginnings and really bad ones.

Rhonda is offering to give an interactive critique for the first 5 people who submit their work ahead of time—first 2 pages only please—and tell what's good, bad and ugly about the story’s beginning.

Please submit your pages to Staci Mauney, president@owfi.org, and she will send the first 5 submissions to Rhonda. Please put “Rhonda Penders Critique” in the subject line.

Rhonda is President and Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press. She and her business partner, RJ Morris, opened the company back in 2006 and continue to be the sole owners today.  TWRP, as it is affectionately known, is home to authors worldwide and currently has over 3000 active titles. Although started as a romance only publisher, they opened their garden gate to adult mainstream fiction (including historical fiction, science fiction, erotica, thrillers, etc.) in 2013. They also publish YA but do not work with children’s books, cookbooks, memoirs, or poetry. They publish in ebook format as well as print and audio.  In January 2018 TWRP was named Best Publisher of the Year by an independent study for the 9th year.

Rhonda lives in Upstate New York in a picturesque hamlet nestled along the Erie Canal.   She and her husband, Scott, have been married 33 years and have three adult sons, a cat and an annoying spoiled Siberian Husky.  She enjoys writing, boating, cooking and baking and is never happier then when all her sons are home and around her table.

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