One-on-One Manuscript Critique

A Writers' Workshop Extra

Have a manuscript you’d like to discuss with a publisher?

Find the opportunity during the Amelia Island Book Festival Writers Workshop on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.


Writers can sign up for a one-on-one manuscript critique session with author and publisher Steve McCondichie of SFK Press. During the 15-minute individual meeting, McCondichie will share his evaluation and talk with the writer about the project.

For a novel, the writer must submit in advance the first 19 pages of the manuscript, plus a query letter and one-page synopsis. For a nonfiction book, submit a 21-page book proposal. The fee of $50 will go to support the AIBF’s Authors in Schools Program, which gives each student in Nassau County a free book by a festival author. 

Jan. 20 is the deadline to apply for a critique session, but spaces are limited so those interested should apply as soon as possible. 




Steve McCondichie exited the corporate world and now focuses on helping others who dream of being a published author. In 2015, he received his MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, NC, and co-founded Southern Fried Karma, an Atlanta-based multimedia company. He is the managing partner overseeing the operation of their independent publishing imprints, online literary magazine, pop-up bookstore, and film development company. McCondichie and Southern Fried Karma are intent on bringing civil, social discourse to the communities they serve by sharing thoughtful, well-written stories that allow for critical reflection and free thinking. For more information, see

McCondichie is the author of two novels, Lying for a Living, and The Parlor Girl’s Guide, and says his books center aroundtelling tales of redemption, family secrets, and the meandering journey of heroes. He will conduct a writing class during the workshop.

The Writers Workshop is co-sponsoredy by AIBF and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) at the Nassau Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ).