Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Florida Heritage Book Festival Writers Conference: A place for writers to learn and grow


Tim Dorsey


When people attend a writers conference it’s usually to learn from the pros, network and renew their creative spirit. This year’s Florida Heritage Book Festival Writers Conference offers an abundance of opportunities for all of that and more during a day-and-a-half of workshops and talks by bestselling authors.
Starting at midday on Thursday, September 26, at the St. Johns County Convention Center at Renaissance World Golf Village, the Writers Conference presents two very different 3-hour workshops. “Quieting Your Inner Critic” is presented by Lezlie Laws, who is in her 24th year of teaching writing, literature and yoga at Rollins College. Lezlie’s session will show writers how to successfully block negative influences and obstacles keeping them from becoming better writers.
Flannery O’Connor Award-winner Philip Deaver will demonstrate how to adapt real-life situations and people into fiction in the other Thursday afternoon workshop, “Stories from Your Life.” Both Deaver and Laws will later join for a panel discussion and answer questions about “This Writing Life.”
Thursday doesn’t end there, however. Following a reception, New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross launches the weekend festival that evening with his keynote talk, “Why Thrillers Matter.” Gross began his career writing six #1 thrillers with James Patterson before establishing a successful solo career of his own.
Workshops continue on Friday, September 27 covering both the craft of writing and the marketing side of the business. Workshops include writing humor, how to set-up an independent publishing business, writing the short story, marketing and self-promotion, memoir and travel writing. Workshop faculty includes novelist and short fiction author Laura Lee Smith, historical romance author Valerie Bowman, writer and editor Beverly Browning, independent authors and publishers Fran Keiser and Jane Wood, marketing consultants Shannon O’Neil and Toni Tessori, Gainesville Magazine editor and writing instructor Diana Tonnessen, and award-winning memoirist Patricia Charpentier.
One of the highlights of the day is sure to be the luncheon featuring keynoter Tim Dorsey, whose Serge Storms books have attracted a cult following among readers. Dorsey will tell us why Florida is a target-rich environment for writers.
Registration for the full Writers Conference package includes lunch on both days, Friday’s continental breakfast and Thursday evening’s reception and Andrew Gross keynote talk. Cost for the two-day package is $125 through September 10 and $150 thereafter. A complete package will also include Friday evening’s Literary Legends Reception and Banquet honoring acclaimed historical novelist John Jakes. That cost is $195 through September 10 and $215 until September 24.
The Book Festival continues on Saturday at the Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center with free presentations by a variety of noted authors covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Complete details of the Writers Conference and all of the Florida Heritage Book Festival events may be found on the website, www.fhbookfest.com.

Monday, August 26, 2013

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen had her article, 12 Steps to the Big K, published in the back to school edition of New York Parenting Magazine. Parents are always seeking suggestions to have their youngsters ready for school, especially Kindergarten, and Valerie, mother of six, has the routine down pat!
~ Valerie Allen ~
VAllenWriter@cs.com                                          ValerieAllenWriter.com

So You Want to Write A Book with Marshall Frank

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
9 a.m. to 12 Noon
Where: Country Inn & Suites
I-95 and SR 60
Vero Beach, Florida
Cost: $30 per person
This three-hour seminar and workshop will provide new authors with the basic details on how to get started on a book. 
Topics to be covered, but not limited to:

  • Rules for structuring and writing fiction and non-fiction
  • Plot, setting and character development
  • Acquiring an agent
  • Getting published
  • Marketing your books

Instructor:  Marshall Frank is a retired homicide investigator and captain from the Miami-Dade Police Department, now an award-winning author of twelve books; six novels, one book of memoirs, one How-To and four books of non-fiction.
E-mail: MLF283@aol.com |Phone:  321-604-0103
Please download and print out the registration form, then sign and mail.

                                             Registration Form: pdf

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Freedom Exhibit Sets Stage for 9-11-01 Memorial

 
 FLAGLER BEACH, Florida - “Phoenix Rising,” an artistic tribute to 9-11, will be released publicly for the first time at Ocean Books and Art, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, Florida on Friday, September 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

 Special events are scheduled around the exhibit’s theme, “Freedom,” including:
    Memorial Prayer, 6 p.m., for 9-11 survivors and family members offered by Pastor Robert Hayes of the Palm Coast Seventh Day Adventist Church, followed by the special unveiling.
   Open Mic for individuals to share their thoughts about freedom. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

 Artists contributing to this special event include Joe Campanellie, Bob Carlsen, Fred Haase and “Phoenix Rising” artist Ed Siarkowicz.  Mr. Siarkowicz captured a monumental moment while touring the World Trade Center reconstruction site in New York City. His “Phoenix Rising” piece of art is currently on display in the offices of former President George W. Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis and Florida Representative Travis Hutson.  

 The event is held in conjunction with Flagler Beach’s First Friday “Music in the Park” Celebration that takes place in Veterans Park, just around the corner from Ocean Books & Art. The monthlong exhibit celebrates freedom from a variety of perspectives.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Digital Photographic Enhancements and Corrections with Bob Carlsen



Ocean Books and Art is offering "Digital Photographic Enhancements and Corrections" for anyone seeking to know how to use PhotoshopElements 11.
Their photographic artist Bob Carlsen will present the 2.5 hour class on four consecutive Tuesday nights starting September 10th at 6:30 pm.
Ten hours of personalized instruction will help you to take and produce exceptional pictures. Sign up today.

To register or for information call 973-615-7633 or email bob@rcarlsen.com

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Release: Death's Twisted Tales by JJ. White





Description of Death’s Twisted Tales:

“Every story ends in death if one waits long enough.”

So quotes Death as he introduces twenty-eight twisted tales for your literary enjoyment. Written by award-winning author, J. J. White, these stories weave their way through the odd, the eccentric, the suspenseful, the vengeful, the evil, and even the hopeful, with the hapless characters hurtling toward their surprising and inevitable demise, much to the approval of our macabre narrator.

All of these tales have been previously published in both national and international publications with many winning awards in distinguished competitions put on by Writer’s Digest, the California Writers Club, the Oregon Writers Colony, the Arizona Mystery Writers and the Florida Writers Association, to name a few.

So sit back and enjoy, for as The Grim Reaper promises, each story has a happy ending.
Someone dies.

Author Guarantee:  There is a one-year guarantee that comes with the book. If you die within one year of purchase the author will cheerfully refund your money. A copy of the death certificate is necessary for the refund.  If from the Afterlife, please e-mail or fax.


I  will be signing books at the FWA Writers Conference in Lake Mary on Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 am in front of the FWA bookstore at the Lake Mary Marriott

Bio:

J.J. White has penned five novels and over two hundred short stories. He has had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review and The Grey Sparrow Journal. His story, The Nine Hole League, will soon be published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 14. He has won awards and honors from the Alabama Writers Conclave, Writers-Editors International, Maryland Writers Association, The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Professional Writers of Prescott, and Writer’s Digest. 

J.J. was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece in The Grey Sparrow Journal.  He lives in Merritt Island, Florida with his wife Pamela.

Purchase information:




Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thanks from Friends of Florida Book News

Thanks to Writing Your Life with Patricia Charpentier and SN Bronstein Fiction Novels for becoming Friends of Florida Book News. Please click on their badges on the right and see what they are doing.

 I greatly appreciate your support of Florida Book News.

Thanks,

Lou

Announcing FWA's Mid-Winter Conference West and Reading Festival




            This two-day event is one you won’t want to miss! For the first time ever, FWA is hosting a two-day Reading Festival open to the public – right in downtown Bradenton! No admission fee for the general public to attend any or all of the Reading Festival. Read on for more details…

When:              January 10-11, 2014

Where:             1st Baptist Church Educational Building
                        1306 Manatee Avenue West
                        Bradenton, FL 34205

What is it:      2 days of workshops for authors, publishers, and others
                        2 days of interviews with agents/publishers
                        2 days of a public reading festival

Opportunities for You

If you’re a publisher:
You can participate in the two-day public reading festival
v  You may rent a display area – requires two people to man it
v  You may sell your books and those from all of your authors
v  Your authors do not need to be present
v  You do not need to be an FWA member to exhibit/sell
v  You and/your authors may sign up for a reading time to further entice folks to buy
v  All actual sales will be handled by FWA – you collect no money at your display area 
You can participate in the two-day mini-conference
v  You may submit a workshop proposal to FWA
v  You may allow FWA to book interviews for you with our mini-conference attendees
You may be a sponsor for the FWA's Mid-Winter Conference West and Reading Festival
v  Sponsor name tags for the event – or one day of the event
v  Sponsor part of the food/beverages
v  Sponsor printing of the program
v  Sponsor printing of the handouts
You can get your name out to all attendees
v  Advertise in the mini-conference program
v  Hand out bookmarks at your display area
v  Have your authors sign up for a time slot to read a selection from their book



If you’re an agent:

You can participate in the two-day mini-conference
v  You may submit a workshop proposal to FWA
v  You may allow FWA to book interviews for you with our mini-conference attendees

If you’re an author:
You can participate in the two-day mini-conference
v  You may submit a workshop proposal to FWA
v  You may allow FWA to book interviews for you with our mini-conference attendees
You can participate in the two-day public reading festival
v  You may rent a display area – requires two people to man it
v  You may sell your books
v  You do not need to be an FWA member to exhibit/sell
v  You may sign up for a reading time to further entice folks to buy your book
v  All actual sales will be handled by FWA – you collect no money at your display area
You may be a sponsor for the FWA's Mid-Winter Conference West and Reading Festival
v  Sponsor name tags for the event – or one day of the event
v  Sponsor part of the food/beverages
v  Sponsor printing of the program
v  Sponsor printing of the handouts
You can get your name out to all attendees
v  Advertise in the mini-conference program
v  Hand out bookmarks at your display area
v  Sign up for a time slot to read a selection from your book


Why is this event unique? Just look at all the things happening for the first time at this one event…
Ø  FWA is holding a Reading Festival open to the public
Ø  FWA is permitting non-FWA members and non-faculty members to sell books at an FWA-sponsored event
Ø  FWA has scheduled a Reading Festival in conjunction with a mini-conference
Ø  FWA is planning the first two-day mini-conference 


For more information, please feel visit their website at www.FloridaWriters.net or contact our 2014 Mini-Conference Director, Chrissy Jackson at chrissyj@earthlink.net   

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Meet the Author's Book Fair Registration Open

Well, finally the big day is here! As of August 1 you can register for the Meet the Authors' Book Fair.
The book fair will be on November 23 and 24, 2013 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Information and the registration form is available at www.AuthorsForAuthors.com
If you cannot come to the book fair in person, but would like your book on display, you will find this information on the registration form as well.
Only 40 spaces are available. If you want to be a vendor at this event, move fast to register, as we always have a waiting list!
Hope to hear from you soon.
~ Valerie Allen ~
VAllenWriter@cs.com                                          ValerieAllenWriter.com

Holly Fox Vellekoop at Franklin DeGroodt Library


Just a quick reminder:

Holly Fox Vellekoop will be speaking -

When: 2pm Sunday, August 18, 2013

Where: Franklin DeGroodt Library 6475 Minton Rd. SW Palm Bay, FL 32909 (321) 952-6317

 "Being True to Yourself When Writing"

What:

 (Writers & readers invited. Readers will get what writers are trying to say)


Holly Fox Vellekoop, Author Justice and Revenge How to Help When Parents Grieve STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Florida Romance Writers September Meeting:




Pitching Your Romance Novel: Polish your elevator pitch and make that first paragraph sing.  Two representatives from Harlequin Enterprises will meet with FRW to speak to us and take our questions.

As an added bonus they have agreed to read hooks. (FIRST paragraphs only, 4 TO 5 sentences). Please send your hook no later than 8/31/13 to Heidi at heidilynnanderson@att.net. (Only ONE hook per person please). See our website for formatting guidelines: http://www.frwriters.org/events/monthly-meetings/

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel
1825 Griffin Road
Dania, 33004

$25 nonmembers. Parking is free. Reservations required. For more information please visit http://www.frwriters.org/events/monthly-meetings/ or email Lisa Manuel at lisamore1@aol.com.