Friday, January 30, 2009

Melissa and Pat Conroy Event - New Information

Conroy Event Moved to Saturday, Feb. 13

Amelia Island, Fla. (Nov. 23, 2009) – The Amelia Island Book Festival is pleased to announce that the scheduled Melissa and Pat Conroy event, A Night With Poppy, has been moved to Saturday night, February 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. and to a larger venue, the Old First Baptist Church in historic Fernandina Beach.

Tickets, at $50 each and limited to two per person, are available at the Visitor Center/Train Depot in downtown Fernandina Beach, Books Plus and the Golf Club of Amelia.

Tickets available by mail:
AIBF/Poppy's Pants
PO Box 824
Amelia Island, FL 32035

Friday, January 16, 2009

Florida Book News - January 18, 2009

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Inside this issue
  • News
  • Featured Books
  • Workshops/Conferences
  • Organizations/Meetings
  • This and That (services and misc. announcements)
  • Author Profile - Marshall Frank
  • Author Profile - Kee Briggs
  • Author Profile - Linda Wagner


Space Coast Writers' Guild Conference This week... Register Now
The Space Coast Writers' Guild Annual Writers' Conference is this coming weekend. Go to their website and register now. This is a great conference... don't miss it.

There will be authors, agents and editors presenting information on a wide range of topics at the 2009 SCWG Annual Writers' Conference, From Pen to Print VI on January 23 and 24 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Be sure to check out all the information about it at The conference is a popular one in Florida with authors, editors, and agents giving presentations and meeting with writers.

The conference is scheduled for 1/23 and 1/24/2009 at the Holiday Inn, Cooca Beach. For information and to register, visit You will find a registration form for it at the website. You can register ahead of time or at the door.

Here's a book you might want to check out

I have just heard from Francine Silverman that her book, Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited (McFarland & Co, 2009), is about to be published. She'll be in Wellington in N. Palm Beach the first part of her trip to Florida between February 24 and March 7 and in Hollywood during the second half of that week.

The book isn't available yet, but should be by the time she visits Florida. Here's a blurb about the book:

Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get invited (McFarland & Co. 2009) seeks to bridge the gap between show hosts and prospective guests, providing a reference guide to roughly 700-talk radio shows from the U.S. and around the world. Entries are organized under categories of show themes, including religion, travel, addiction and recovery, sports, entertainment, and many more. The book also includes information on many of Talkers Magazine's Top 250-Radio Talk Shows, interview tips for radio guests, and tips for conducting a radio interview over the phone.

Author Francine Silverman is an on-lline publicist and radio host who lives in Riverdale, New York. Her book is available for pre-publication ordering at And she has a website at that may be of interest to authors and artists attemtping to market their work. There are articles available there.

Frank Perkins launches new book

Rainbows, Cutthroats and the Prince of Bhutan, Fly Fishing Adventures Around the World

252 pages, 66 color photographs, $25.00.

Bill Sargent, Retired Outdoors Editor of Florida Today, wrote about Perkins' new book. "Those of us who call ourselves fishermen often dream about adventurous and far away places of the world where we'd give just about anything to fish and explore. Costa Rica, Australia, Belize, new Zealand, maybe even the Seychelles are at the top of many lists.

"Unfortunately few of us ever get the chance to so much as wet a line at such distant destinations. But we keep dreaming.

"Frank Perkins is an exception. He's a quiet, friendly, small-statured man with a passion for fly fishing who made up his mind years ago that he would travel and fish the world.

"A career as an electronic engineer with assignments in many countries - and helped by the fact that he was an Earthwatch Institute volunteer - took Frank to many of the world's most beautiful and exotic places.

"Frank made it a point to never leave home without his fly rod. Come to thin of it maybe a half dozen fly rods! Needless to say he fished a lot.

"Over a period of 23 years he traveled to 25 countries on all seven continents and caught practically every fish in the book, from the black waters of the Amazon to the waterfalls of Iceland....

"The 'fishing stories' never stop in this one-man's travelogue. It goes without saying that Frank's book is a must read for us dreamers."

You can get a copy from, or by contacting Frank at or 321-676-0863. It's also available at Harry Goode's in Melbourne and The Backcountry in Vero Beach.

-Book Event at the BookXchg

In January Members of the Space Coast Writers' Guild gathered at the BookXchg, 604 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa, for a round table discussion of writing and the book industry. It was so successful that we will repeat it next month on the first Saturday of February at 1:00 p.m. Please join us and add your knowledge to the discussion. to sell their published books at the Cocoa Village Holiday Craft Fair. The authors socialized and chatted with the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m, while enjoying a breezy Florida day.

There will be no BookXchg gathering in March due to other scheduled SCWG events.

Book Signing...

Holly Fox Vellekoop, author of STONE HAVEN: Murder along the River will be featured at a booksigning on February 21, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Goin' Postal, at the Bayside lLakes Shopping Center, 3450 Bayside Lakes Boulevard, Palm Bay. Besides writing novels, short stories, newspaper articles, magazine articles and poems, Holly is a board member of the Space Coast Writers' Guild. Goin' Postal is a full service mailing service, offering packing, shipping, business services, mailing and notary. For further infromation about the booksigning, call 733-9449.

SAVE the DATE: March 7, 2009

That is the date of the Brevard Authors Book Fair. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa, Florida. This is a first-time, direct sale, full profit event for authors to sell their book.s

Where: Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Avenue, Cocoa.

When: Saturday, March 7th, 2009. 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Who: Brevard County authors and invited authors from other Florida jurisdictions.

Cost $20.00 per table fee per author, to cover advertising, marketing and administrative costs.

How: All sales will be direct from author to customer. Authors are to bring their own inventory of books.

Selected authors will give talks in the adjoining room. For information, call 321-254-3398 or email

Congratulations to Judy Mammay

Judy Mammay has just received a contract for her next book. The book is Ryan's Victory, an easy reader for grades K-2, to be published by Jason and Nordic Publishers (the publisher of It's Time). The release date for her new book is spring of 2009. Watch for more information about it as we get closer to the release date.

To take a look at other books by Judy Mammay, visit her website at

From Jean Pastula ~~ Whispers

To those interested in Metaphysical Science Research. A group if being formed to be part of an upcoming "Journalized Book" titled Whispers. They will have monthly meetings at a location to be determined later. The group will explore all aspects of the phenomena of the minds mysterious realms of wonder and bewildering occurrences. No fee to join, just a passion for the strangeness of altered states of mind. Artists, writers and the inquisitive welcome. Please contact, founder, researcher and author I Jean Pastula, PhD at 321-259-4131 or

Bob Brown DVD

Robert Brown, the author of Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat, has a DVD presentation about his voyage from North Carolina to Bermuda and then back to New York Harbor. He has shown it at both the Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Libraries. It is 33 minutes long and starts off with a TV news clip and then shows them leaving Atlantic Beach, North Carolina and much of their return to New York starting off with the towing out to sea in Bermuda, Donna Lang's 28 foot sailboat as she completes her solo voyage around the world.

Most of the video is taken from their 21-foot flats boat as they complete their 1547 mile voyage unescorted. They come across trash hundreds of miles from shore, travel nonstop through the nights, and are visited by a school of white sided dolphin You experience what it is like entering New York Harbor by sea, going under the Verranzano Narrows Bridge and finishing at the Statue of Liberty.

Bob then will answer any questions about their trip and tell about the next trip in the works. In addition he has written a book, Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat. It is for sale for $15.00.

To contact Bob Brown regarding his presentation, his book or both, call him at 321-243-7311 or email him at His website is

See the holiday specials at their website!!
New Writing Workshops offer Craft and Creative Community.

Orlando Writers' Workshops offers creative writing workshops, retreats and manuscript consultation using the Amherst Writers & Artists method as well as craft workshops for writers with book-length projects in the works. Aspiring and seasoned writers alike will have a new and exciting writing opportunity available to them in January. While other writing workshops focus on discussion of drafts written prior and brought in for critique, this method effectively uses prompts to stimulate writers' imaginations and produce fresh work during the workshop session.
They offer sessions within the week as well as special sessions on the weekends. Coming up in January is a 6-week "Fast Track to getting Published" boot camp. Writers can attend all six sessions or register for just one. Check out the topics:

  • January 4th - Cross-Training, Cross Genre, AWA -style

  • January 18 - Poetry Powerhouse

  • January 25th - Short Fiction Sprint

  • February 8 - Creative Non-fiction 100 Yard Dash

  • February 22 - Cross-Training, Cross -Genre

  • March 8 - Literary Magazines & Contests Publishing Panel
All sessions are in Orlando. Information about the boot camp sessions and for all the offerings of the Orlando Writers' Workshops can be found at

In sponsorship with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Costa Rica Writers' Retreats has launched week-long intensive retreats at the luxurious 4-star, eco-friendly Docelunas Resort in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Beginning and experienced writers working across all genres will immerse themselves in the tranquil, tropical surroundings and the creative process will begin. Writers will expand their creativity, enhance productivity, build confidence, maximize skills, sharpen craft, develop works-in-progress, and take part in talks on craft and publishing led by Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty. The retreat writing will follow the Amherst Writers & Artists Method TM (AWA). Specially themed workshops will be offered each week, such as "The First Page," "The 5 Ps of Fiction," Poetry Infusion," and "Stories, Essays, Poems: Get Published in the LitMags Now."

For complete information, visit

Costa Rica Writers' Retreats Announces Writers' Holiday in the Tropics Contest

Costa Rica Writers' Retreats in sponsorship with the Vermont College of the Arts and Orlando Writers Workshops is offering an exciting opportunity for one lucky writer to enjoy a luxurious one-week writing retreat at Docelunas Resort. Participants may enter on-line at
No writing samples required.

  • No purchase required
  • Luck-of-the-draw contest
  • Open to current graduate creative writing students and alumni worldwide
  • Winner must provide proof of enrollment or graduation All entries must be made at
All entries must be received by April 1st, 2009 and the winner will be announced by April 5th, 2009.