Thursday, June 30, 2011

Workshop sponsored by The Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando and MAD about Words

On Saturday July 16, The Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to learn from and write with David W. Berner, the current writer-in-residence at Kerouac House. Join us for:

Outline or Wing It
Many believe outlines belong only in middle school English composition classes. But outlines in all their various forms can be helpful for fiction, creative nonfiction writers, and memoirists. Discover how the outline can be your best friend and fuel the creative writing process. The workshop will help writers find the best outline process for them without cramping the artistic muse.

For details, go to: http://madaboutwords.com/2011/06/kerouac-house-writing-workshop/

Upcoming Book Events for Penny Zee

Penny Zee, the author of The Amazing Word of God, has two upcoming book evebts. They are:

July 11, 2011 - Monday - 12:00 noon
WKTO 88.9
Radio interview - 1/2 hour

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July 15 - 16 - Friday - 9:00 - 6:00 & Saturday - 9:00 - 5:00
Home Educational Resources and Information (H.E.R.I.) Curriculum Convention
Prime F. Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL
She will be signing books throughout the entire event. At 4:30 on Friday, she will be conducting a workshop.

http://www.theamazingwordofgod.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

Very New Orleans by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler



Very New Orleans
A Celebration of History, Culture, and Cajun Country Charm
Written and Illustrated by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
Reviewed by Cheré Coen

MELBOURNE, FLORIDA—Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is a travel writer and illustrator of five books and lives here with her husband Paul and a few orchids. She also writes and illustrates a travel feature for Southern Lady Magazine. One of her books, Very New Orleans, was recently revised and Cheré Coen of Lafayette, LA reviewed it:

Speaking of New Orleans, Diana Hollingsworth Gessler has reissued Very New Orleans: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Cajun Country Charm, published by Algonquin Press. This new edition has updates on the Crescent City, since the original went to press around Hurricane Katrina.

This is not your typical guidebook. Gessler is a professional artist and travel writer who tours the country penning tales of fascinating places while sketching what she sees; her articles and drawings are published regularly in Southern Lady magazine. Very New Orleans is a petite book (perfect for slipping into a purse) that’s choke full of Gessler’s imaginative and informative drawings, from the street artists of the Vieux Carré to K-Paul’s Cajun martini. She fills pages with important places to visit but also the colorful expressions and unique traditions that locals enjoy, everything from the Live Oak Society and how trees get their names to how New Orleanians sell snowballs are not snow cones.

Personally, anyone who includes Domilise’s for poboys gets high marks in my book! Very New Orleans makes a great gift, in addition to a handy travel guide. Gessler gets New Orleans and gets it right — and not too many people do.
–Cheré Coen chere.coen@lusfiber.net

Louisiana Book News, published in Monroe and Lafayette, Louisiana, newspapers
NOTE: For information on Gessler’s books, articles, paintings, and workshops––or to schedule a speaking engagement on “A Traveler’s Artistic Journey,” visit www.dianagessler.com or email her at diana@dianagessler.com

"Tattle Tales, A European Trilogy" by Ima J. Pastula, PhD

In the words of the author:

"This is a manuscript begun in Europe, Augsburg, Germany, in the 1960's, a grace period, allowing all security to become null and void. The story can now be told. The mishaps of becoming a foreigner, attempts at learning, and using another language, the perils of being the dependant of another government, amidst the volatile take over of once an Enemy. Difficult to
be a defeated country, our presence was not tolerated well, however, the adventure of it all, a most exciting one, is worth a read."

This is a memoir and is available on Kindle.

Valerie Allen - Published on Para Publishing

Valerie Allen had an article published by Dan Poynter - Para Publishing. Her article Mind Your Marketing: Your 25 Word Pitch was in the July issue of DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com under tips for authors. This newsletter is designed for new and experienced writers offering marketing information, trends in publishing, and factoids. You can also list your book for free on Dan Poynter's web site.

VAllenWriter@cs.com ~ Valerie Allen ~ ValerieAllenWriter.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Introduction to Bringing Your Ancestors to Life

Wednesday, July 6, 6:00-8:00 PM

An evening presentation of several popular approaches to writing family history, including the journey story, using letters and journals to construct a narrative and what to do when only minimal amounts of information are available.

Cost: Free and open to the public, reservations recommended, send an email to writingyourlife@cfl.rr.com.

Location: Marks Street Rec Center in the Oak Room
99 E Marks St, Orlando, FL 32803

July is Bringing Your Ancestors to Life Month
http://www.writingyourlife.org

Bringing Your Ancestors to Life Four-week Class

Thursdays: July 7, 14, 21 & 28 4:30-6:30 PM

Learn to transform all the names, dates, places, documents and other bits of genealogical information into interesting and highly readable stories. Take the results of your years of research and breathe life into your ancestors, make them people your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren will be grateful to know. No previous writing experience is necessary.

This class always fills up quickly and is limited to the first twenty people who register, so don't delay in signing up.

Cost: Save $20 by signing up early …pay only $65 on or before July 1st and $85 afterwards. Go to http://www.writingyourlife.org to pay online or mail a check payable to Writing Your Life to P. O. Box 541527, Orlando, FL 32854.

Location: Marks Street Rec Center in the Magnolia Room
99 E Marks St, Orlando, FL 32803

July is Bringing Your Ancestors to Life Month

http://www.writingyourlife.org

First Saturday Writing Workshop

First Saturday Writing Workshop
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - noon
(second Saturday due to July 4th holiday)
Marks Street Recreational Center
$15 in advance, $25 at the door
Save $10 by signing up early!

On the first Saturday of every month (second Saturday on holiday weekends), I hold a workshop that helps writers come up with topics they may not have otherwise thought to write about. The next First Saturday Writing Workshop is Saturday, July 9th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

I bring in a variety of prompts--mostly verbal, sometimes musical, objects, photographs, whatever I can think of and then give the group five to fifteen minutes to get started writing a memory related to the prompt.

By design, most participants do not have time to complete their response to the prompt, so they go home at the end of the morning with ten to fifteen beginnings of stories that can be finished later. It's a great way to get started and tap into long-forgotten memories.

Space is limited to the first twenty people to register and pay for the class. Fee for the First Saturday Writing workshops is $15 if paid seven days on or before the day of the workshop and $25 afterwards. You can register and pay online or mail a check payable to Writing Your Life to P. O. Box 541527, Orlando, FL 32854.

Workshop held in the Magnolia Room at Marks Street Recreational Center, 99 E. Marks Street, Orlando, Florida where parking is never a problem.

Go to http://www.writingyourlife.org to register for the First Saturday Writing Workshop on July 9th (second Saturday due to holiday weekend)


July is Bringing Your Ancestors to Life Month

http://www.writingyourlife.org

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Signings: Veronica H. Hart and Lona Smith

Veronica H. Hart, author of The Prince of Keegan Bay, (Champagne Books) and Lona Smith, author of Dynamite Mike McGee, will be doing a joint book signing on July 2nd at the Museum and Exhibit Hall, Richfield Springs, NY.

Both these authors are former residents of that area, Veronica a former resident of Cooperstown NY, and Lona, a resident of Richfield Springs. Both owned B & Bs. Both are members of FWA, Ronnie being a writing Group leader and Regional Director for Volusia and Putnam counties. Both have homes in Florida, Ronnie lives permanently in Daytona Beach, and Lona has a house on the other coast.

Both author's books are available as ebooks from Amazon.com

Lona's print version is also available from Amazon. Ronnie's print version is available through Champagne Books.

The Cooperstown Crier column by Cathe Ellsworth (June 30th edition, Cooperstown NY) will feature both authors and books.

Writing for Children with Vallerie Allen

Space Coast Writers’ Guild Writers’ Class
www.SCWG.org
Writing for Children: Take Aim and Focus Your Books for Chidren
Presented by
VAllenWriter@cs.com Valerie Allen ValerieAllenWriter.com

Melbourne Public Library (321) 952-4514 Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
540 E. Fee Avenue Class #1: July 6, 2011 $12.00
Melbourne FL 32901 Class #2: July 13, 2011 $12.00

Topics
Class #1: July 6, 2011 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
• Your Target Audience: Children vs Adults vs Professionals vs Harry P
• Category Considerations: Fiction/non-fiction/concept/poetry/rhyme/interactive
- Picture books/read to me books
- Easy Readers/First Readers
- Mid grades (3 – 6) Middle Grades (6 – 9) Young Adult (YA 9-12)
• Fire Up Your Imagination and create Excitement

Class #2: July 13, 2011 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
• Reader Considerations: Age vs Grade vs Interests vs Interests
• Story Considerations: Setting, Activities, Adults, Problem, Solutions
• Writing Considerations: Short vs Continuous; Vocabulary; Basic Sight Words; Culture
• Added Value Marketing: Curriculum Materials, Live and In Color Presentations

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REGISTRATION FORM: Writing for Children
Take Aim and Focus Your Books for Children
Make checks payable to the Space Coast Writers’ Guild
Mail registration form and fee to:
~ ~ Valerie Allen, 101 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne FL 32901 ~ ~

____Enclosed is $24.00 for both class sessions
____Enclosed is $12.00 for class session #1 July 6, 2011
____Enclosed is $12.00 for class session #2 July 13, 2011

Name: ___________________________________
Phone: _____________________
Address: _______________________________________ E-Mail:___________________________
City: ___________________ St:___ Zip________

Enclosed $ _______Cash/CK #________

Your Book Titles: Indicate: F= fiction NF= Nonfiction P= Poetry CH = Child/YA
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VAllenWriter@cs.com ValerieAllenWriter.com


Valerie Allen’s workshop: Writing for Children: Take Aim and Focus Your Books for Children will focus on techniques for writing successful children’s books. Learn how to target your audience and understand the needs of young readers. Discuss the categories of children’s books and story types. Practice writing skills and vocabulary specific to youthful readers to create a satisfying and successful book.

Valerie Allen, child psychologist and author, has published a children’s book, Summer School for Smarties, for grades three through six. She is the author of another forthcoming children’s book, Bad Hair, Good Hat, Best Friends. She is also the author of two novels, Suffer the Little Children and Sins of the Father. She presents a variety of writers’ workshops based on her book, Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged. She is a member of Authors for Authors (www.AuthorsforAuthors.com), the Space Coast Writers Guild (www.SCWG.org), and the National League of American PEN Women, Cape Canaveral Branch (www.CanaveralPenWomen.org).

Monday, June 20, 2011

2011 Sea Turtle Festival Art and Wine Event



The Downtown Gallery's Art & Wine event this month features gorgeous sea inspired artwork by our wonderful artists like the one pictured above by watercolorist Diane DeShong Cannon & stunning acrylics by Yvette Whitmore. Beautiful artistic jewelry with sea creature inspired designs like sea turtles, mermaids, sea horses & starfish by designer Barbara Evans.


And to top off the evening, come meet Dianne Marcum, author of the newly released Great Destination's Book "Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach & Florida's Space Coast." Pick up a signed copy and learn firsthand about the natural wonders and recreation spots in Brevard County.

Event to be held at The Downtown Art Gallery 335 South Washington Avenue in quaint downtown Titusville. The reception is Friday, June 24 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Everyone is welcome, free admission. Everyone is welcome, free admission. Wine & refreshments will be served. For all the information call 321-268-0122.

Hunting for Hemingway

HUNTING FOR HEMINGWAY, the second in the DD McGil Literati Mystery Series by Diane Gilbert Madsen, won an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival in the 2011 Fiction Awards.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Carol Didier to be Guest Blogger

Carol Didier will be a guest blogger on www.petticoatsandpistols.com on June 25, 2011 all day if anyone would like to drop by and leave a message. It will be about Carol and how she got started writing historical romances and covers her Apache Warrior Series, APACHE WARRIOR, APACHE PROMISE and APACHE WINTER, which deals with the end of the wild and free Apaches when they are put on a reservation. All three are up on Kindle and NOOK for those who have them.

Florida Publishers Association extends Call for Admissions

FPA 2011 President's Book Awards Call for Submissions

The Florida Publishers Association, Inc. has issued a Call for Submissions in its FPA 2011 President's Book Awards competition. A single gold medal and up to two silver medals can be awarded in each of 16 categories for books (2009, 2010, some 2011).

Categories include some that are Florida-specific for both children and adults, nonfiction and fiction. To learn more, visit http://tinyurl.com/3heakff (simply a shortened version of their URL).

No longer a members-only competition, interested publishers, authors or illustrators may join FPA at a discounted rate at the time they enter a book, but FPA membership is not a requirement for participation. Membership in FPA s not limited to Florida residents. Deadline for receipt of entries has been extended to Monday, August 1. Again, you need not be a member of FPA to enter.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New book takes young readers to a world without rules


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – In her new children’s book, A World Without Rules, Winter Haven author Gloria Grace reveals what would happen in a world where kids live without rules and do things like eat cookies, candy, and ice cream all day, stay up late, and ride their bikes anywhere without their parents watching.

In the story, all Little G hears about all day are rules—rules from his mom and dad, rules from his teacher, rules from his pastor and Sunday school teacher at church. If Little G wants to sleep in, he has to get up and get ready for school because that's the rule. If he wants to eat ice cream, he has to eat his vegetables first because that's the rule. Even when he rides his bike, he has to stay where his parents can see him because that's the rule.

Young readers learn if life without rules will be as much fun as Little G always imagined or if he’ll discover that a world without rules is a little too crazy even for him.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com, borders.com or amazon.com.

Grace is a retired school teacher living in Winter Haven, Florida, with her husband, James Earl, Sr. They have six children and seven grandchildren. The author loves teaching children the Word of God and prays that after reading this book, children will learn the value of the rules God has given and discover a relationship with Jesus that will last forever.

For more information, please contact Terry Cordingley, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to terry@tatepublishing.com.

Naples author offers encouragement in latest book


NAPLES, Fla. – For anyone who feels defeated, discouraged, depressed, or like there’s no hope left, Florida author Joyce Schneider offers encouragement in her newest book, Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Can Kill My Spirit.

Schneider uncovers some of the struggles that every individual experiences but rarely feels comfortable sharing, using her real-life experiences to illustrate that readers are not alone.

People have been taught through the ages that words cannot hurt us, but Schneider believes that is a lie; words do hurt, she says, by taking and changing one’s self-perception. In this confessional and inspirational guide, Schneider shows how Jesus can step in, remove that veil of deception, and allow individuals to see clearly once more.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com, borders.com or amazon.com.

Schneider lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband, Bobby, and her two sons, Carson and Chase. Her books were inspired while God was taking her through a time of healing and growth.

Her desire is that women everywhere will learn how to experience the healing and abundant living that Jesus wants them to enjoy. Schneider is the volunteer coordinator at her church, The Tree of Life, and also speaks for various groups and organizations. She is also the author of “Chili and Chocolate Cake,” “Grass Stains and Giggles,” “Life Is…More Than $100 Bills,” and “Life Is…Not About Perfect.”

For more information, please contact Terry Cordingley, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to terry@tatepublishing.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bette Lee Crosby speaks to Vero Beach Yacht Club Ladies Group

Three-time award-winning Author, Bette Lee Crosby was the guest speaker at the May luncheon meeting of the Vero Beach Yacht Club Ladies Group. She spoke about the joy of writing and the real life situations that inspire her work.

Crosby, who is well-known for her sensitive portrayals of family relationships,n told the audience stories of her own Southern heritage, and the true-to-life experiences that bring poignancy to the stories that readers easily equate with their own lives.

She spoke in depth about her latest release, Cracks in the Sidewalk, the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association. “This story,” Crosby told the audience, “is taken from a tragic incident that happened in the life of a dear friend. The loss of this woman’s grandchildren was such a moving tale that, once told to me, it stayed in my mind for nearly ten years before I summoned the courage to actually write about it. Yes, in some ways this is a sad story, but in the end it’s life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves just how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.”

In 2007 Crosby’s first release Girl Child received the National League of American Pen Women Award for Fiction. She now has two other novels that are awaiting publication – What Matters Most and Spare Change, the novel that in manuscript form won a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award for unpublished fiction.

A prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, she is currently focusing on the collection of family stories and inspirational thoughts being published on her blog and on the biography of Lani Deauville, the world’s longest living quadriplegic. “Lani’s story,” said Crosby “is one that will inspire virtually everyone. She is a perfect example of the If you can dream it, you can do it philosophy. Injured in a diving accident when she was only seventeen, she overcame unimaginable challenges and achieved successes that most people only dream of, both in her business career and in her personal life.”

For more information on Crosby’s books and speaking engagements, visit www.betteleecrosby.com or check out her blog at http://betteleecrosby.wordpress.com

Bette Lee Crosby is shown here with
Vero Beach Yacht Club Shipmates President, Helga McCan

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Writing Your Life

Writing Your Life Third Saturday Workshop: Focus on Writing - Use Your Nose to Describe
Saturday, June 18, 2011
9:00am - 12:00pm
presented by Patricia Charpentier
http://www.writingyourlife.org/

Sometimes, in our writing, we rely too much on sight to describe. In this workshop, learn how to use your senses of smell, touch, taste and hearing to add detail to your stories.

Click the link below to register and pay online for the June Focus on Writing Workshop - Use Your Nose to Describe on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 9:00 - noon, or mail a check payable to Writing Your Life to P. O. Box 541527, Orlando, L 32854. Pay only $25 on or before June 11th and $35 afterwards.

Workshop is held in the Magnolia Room at the Mark's Street Rec Center, located at 99 E Marks St, Orlando, FL 32803.

Monday, June 6, 2011

News from FWA Conference Organizers: A Bazillion Agents and Publishers at this year’s Conference.

(Okay, we exaggerate a touch.)

Find your agent and meet your publisher at the 2011 FWA annual conference October 21-23, 2011, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Our faculty includes some eight agents and eleven publishers.

You’ll meet them at the workshops and during meals, but if you’d like their undivided attention, we suggest you purchase individual interviews. The cost is reasonable ($40 for ten minutes one-on-one), and the interviews are invaluable, whether you want to pitch your work or just get some advice. No need to feel shy or nervous: these decision-makers are looking for new voices. That’s why they’re coming to the conference!

Check out the list below. Virtually every genre is represented, so you should be able to find your ideal interview(s). There’s plenty of info about each faculty member on the FWA website: http://www.floridawriters.net/2011_FWA_Conference.html.

Warning: the schedules for agents and publishers fill quickly, so make your appointments without delay: http://shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=7.

Need to register for the conference? Easy: http://shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=13.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, where FWA will celebrate ten years of reaching new heights and where many of us will find our agent and meet our publisher.
AGENTS

Janell W. Agyeman, Marie Brown Associates Literary Services. Nonfiction: health & wellness, spirituality, environment/sustainable living, current events, family & child development, memoir, biography, and creative nonfiction; African-American, Latino/Latin American or African Diaspora history and culture topics. Fiction: YA and middle grade: historical, contemporary (fantasy okay but no vampires), series and individual titles.

Marisa Corvisiero, Esq., Agent, L. Perkins Agency. Nonfiction: guides and tales about the legal practice, parenting, self-help, and mainstream science (no textbooks please). Fiction: cross-genre romance, science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy, horror, thriller/adventure, suspense, literary, quality chick lit, YA, and children’s books.

Saritza Hernandez, E-Publishing Agent, L. Perkins Agency. Erotic romance, paranormal or urban fantasy romance, steampunk, cyberpunk, gothic horror, and GLBT-themed romance.

Kirsten Neuhaus, Kirsten Neuhaus Literary. Narrative nonfiction, particularly concerning current events, international affairs, cultural studies. Smart, well written fiction, stories with strong female voices.

Chantelle Aimee Osman, A Twist of Karma, Entertainment. Screenplay consulting and editing.

Nicole Resciniti, Associate Agent, The Seymour Agency. Fiction: romance (all genres), YA, action/suspense, mystery, commercial thriller, Christian/Inspirational, sci-fi/fantasy/UF, and historical romance. Nonfiction: medical, scientific, and political; how-to’s by qualified professionals.

Katherine Sands, Agent, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary. Nonfiction: food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, fresh looks, life challenges, popular culture, memoir, and femoir (women’s memoir).

Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency. Romance, women’s fiction, nonfiction and inspirational books.

PUBLISHERS

Robert Brown, Publisher, Ampichellis Ebooks [independent traditional e-publisher]. All commercially viable genres, especially young adult, mystery, suspense/thriller, romance, and urban fantasy.

Sharene Martin-Brown, Art & Editorial Director, Ampichellis Ebooks [independent traditional e-publisher]. All genres, but primarily young adult mysteries, novels that fit into educational settings for YA and middle-grade readers, stories centered on a human/animal friendship, dance-themed stories, romance, and horror.

Rik Feeney, CEO, Richardson Publishing & PublishingSuccessOnline.Com [fee-based publisher, epublisher]. Any genre.

Dr. Robert Z. Gussin, CEO, Oceanview Publishing [independent traditional publisher]. Mystery, thriller and suspense genres.

Dr. Patricia Gussin, President & Editor-in-Chief, Oceanview Publishing [independent traditional publisher]. Mystery, thriller and suspense genres.

Julie Ann Howell, Publisher, Peppertree Press [fee-based publisher and fourth-year Platinum Sponsor for FWA’s annual conference]. All genres; projects are thoroughly screened and evaluated before acceptance.

Rebecca Melvin, Owner, CEO, Double Edge Press [independent traditional publisher]. Genres within the Christian spectrum, fiction and nonfiction.

Neal P. Melvin, Head of Acquisitions and Steering, CIO, Double Edge Press [independent traditional publisher]. Genres within the Christian spectrum, fiction and nonfiction.

Eugene Orlando, CEO, Scriptor Publishing, Inc. [fee-based epublisher operating on commission (no initial cost to authors)]. Any genre of fiction for adults and children; good nonfiction, including memoirs.

Harley Patrick, Publisher, L&R Publishing, LLC [independent traditional publisher]. Military history, veteran memoir, adventure travel, and historical/adventure titles under the imprints of Hellgate Press and Hellgate Press Fiction.

Lynn Price, Editorial Director, Behler Publications [independent traditional publisher]. Fiction and nonfiction personal journeys with social relevance.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Florida Writing Groups from Freelance Zone

I found the blog called Freelance-Zone this morning. It lists writers groups in many states. Under the heading of Florida, it had the list that follows. I thought you might be interested in seeing what groups they have listed so far. And, if your writing organization isn't listed there, you might want to get in touch so they can update their list.

Florida Writers Groups

Florida Freelance Writers Association, which includes news about Florida freelance markets, a directory of places to sell your work in Florida, contests, and much more.

Asheville Writing Enthusiasts- A regional affiliate of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), this group hosts speakers, has an annual writing contest and offers writers a supportive network.

Central Florida Romance Writers is a regional affiliate of the nationwide Romance Writers of American. We had no idea they were so organized!

Florida Outdoor Writers Association
has been around since 1946. In addition to their annual conference, the group offers a press card, market news and a listing in the membership directory as some of the many benefits of joining the association.


Florida Writers Association is one of the largest writing groups in the state, and it has many subdivisions. We covered them on our blog in June of 2009.

Gainsville Writers Group Open to all ages and genres, this group offers feedback on work as well as guest speakers.

Orlando Writers Meetup Group
details on this site are given to members only, so sign up to learn the location of the next meeting.

Sarasota Writers Group is a regional affiliate of FWA for Sarasota writers.

South Florida Writers Association- Located in Miami, this group offers members information about legal issues, publishers and marketing as well as other subjects.

Tampa Writers Alliance- educational programs, a critique group and a yearly writing contest are just some of the perks of membership.

Sarasota Fiction Writers

Emerald Coast Writers

Florida Book Awards–a contest for Florida-based authors.

Getting started with Twitter

Twitter Getting Started
© Lou Belcher

Someone asked me just the other day how to use Twitter to promote her art, and I thought I might share this article with you. You may find it helpful in getting the most out of Twitter.

Twitter has changed the way many of us communicate about our lives, our businesses (our books and writing events) and to our friends. Technically, Twitter is classified as mini-blogging.

One of the chief uses for it in business is to send traffic to the website or blog of the business. It works just as well for those not in business. Here is how it might work for you in promoting your books or your organization:

1. Develop your blog or website about what you want people to know (your products, services, club, family or organization). Twitter is conducive to increasing the number of people you can reach.

2. Once you have developed your blog or website, put content on it that will be of interest to the folks you want to become your readers, potential customers, or clients. To keep their interest, you must post to it frequently and keep it looking fresh and updated.

3. Show your products, services or information to best advantage on your blog or website.

4. Once your blog or website is fully functional, sign up with Twitter.

5. Be sure to include your web address on the Profile page of your Twitter site, so people will be able to go to your blog or website easily.

6. Once your Twitter site is set up and you have tweeted a few times, begin to look for followers.

7. Make your tweets interesting and valuable to potential followers. And when you post something new on your blog or website, send people to it by putting the URL in the tweet.

Many people use Facebook in the same way.

If you have items to add to this list, please feel free to comment. Thx.