Past TGN Retreats

Highlights of TGN Retreats From the Past Few Years


2016 – Let Your Light Shine 
San Diego, California  

Keynote Speaker –  Alyssa Day

“Your A Game – Winning Promo for Genre Fiction”-  Damon Suede and Heidi Cullinans   

“No Zombies Allowed – Bringing Your Characters to Life” – Beverly Jenkins 

“Thriving on the Journey” – Author Panel with Jane Porter, Farrah Rochon and Priscilla Oliveras 

Chapter Business:  AGM Meeting, Boot-Up Ceremony, Hall of Gold Induction   


2015 – GOAL BY GOAL, Take Your Writing and Career to the Next Level
New York, New York 

Keynote Speaker –  Dee Davis 

Career Strategies for Authors  – Lindsey Faber  

“From First Draft to Bestseller” – A candid author/editor chat with Sarah MacLean and Carrie Feron 

“Goal by Goal – Achieving your Dreams” – Author Panel with Kristan Higgins, Eloisa James and Robyn Carr 

Chapter Business:  AGM Meeting, Boot-Up Ceremony, Hall of Gold Induction   


2014 – Silver Spurs and Golden Words
San Antonio, Texas 

Keynote Speaker – Cathy Maxwell

Workshop:  Getting Dreams Done: 2 GH Winners, 3 Years, 21 Books – How They Did it and How You Can Too! – Given by Robin Perini and Jenn Stark

Industry Professionals Round Table Sessions with:

Agents – Susan Brower (Natasha Kern Literary Agency), Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency), Natasha Kern (Natasha Kern Literary Agency), Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency), Kristen Nelson (The Nelson Literary Agency)

Bloggers/Reviewers – Michelle Monkou (USAToday HEA), “Aloha” Kim Lowe (SOSAloha), Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches)

Editors – Kerri Buckley (Carina), Brenda Chin (Imajin Books), Sue Grimshaw (Random House), Allie McKnight (LooseID)

Marketing – Valerie Bowman (Author), Kathryn Brown (Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media), Danielle Childers (BelleBooks Marketing Director), Maria Connor (My Author Concierge), Pamela Spengler-Jaffee (Avon PR), Sara Reyes (Fresh Fiction), Barbara Vey (Blogger, Author of “Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell”), Terry McLaughlin (President, RWA) and Cathy Maxwel

Chapter Business:  AGM Meeting, Boot-Up Ceremony, Hall of Gold Induction


2013 – Scarlett, Tomorrow is New Day
Atlanta, Georgia 

Opening Talk/Q&A:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Keynote Speaker:  Nora Roberts

Is Self-Publishing Right for You:  Courtney Milan

Stellar Editor/Agent Panel consisting of:
Angela James – Senior Editor with Carina Press
Leah Hultenschmidt – Senior Editor with Sourcebooks
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg – Literary Agent with Forward Literary
Kevan Lyon – Literary Agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Lindsey Faber – Publisher of Samhain Publishing

Fabulous Author Panel consisting of:
Eloisa James
Darynda Jones
Roni Loren
Robin Covington
Debra Holland
Rachel Gibson

Chapter Business:  AGM Meeting, Boot-Up Ceremony, Hall of Gold Induction 


2012 – The Future’s So Golden, You Gotta Wear Shades
Anaheim, California 

Keynote Speaker:  Cherry Adair

First Page Critiques and Q&A with:
Cherry Adair, NY TImes Best-Selling Author 
Jessica Alvarez, Literary Agent, BookEnds
Laura Bradford, Literary Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
Debra Dixon, President, BelleBooks
Sarah MacLean, NY Times Best-Selling Author

Workshop:  Personal Promotion Power

Editor & Agent Discussion Panel with:
Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Kensington
Jessica Faust, President and Literary Agent, BookEnds
Angela James, Executive Editor, Carina Press
Kevan Lyon, Literary Agent, Marsal Literary Agency
Alexandra Machinist, Literary Agent, Janklow and Nesbit
Shauna Summers, Executive Editor, Ballantine Bantam Dell
Tessa Woodward, Associate Editor, Avon

Chapter Business:  AGM Meeting, Boot-Up Ceremony, Hall of Gold Induction 



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