Friday, October 30, 2015

Edit Like an Expert

If you want to be a better writer, improve your self-editing skills, or be a better editing professional, consider the Edit Like an Expert coaching program. This in-depth program offers you:

  • more than fifty videos 
  • four group coaching calls
  • one-on-one coaching session
  • editorial review of one 2,000-word piece
  • worksheets, outlines, handouts, and other written materials
The program begins next Monday, November 2nd with a get-acquainted call at 7:00 p.m. EST. Now, I know we are coming in to a busy season, but here’s the deal. If you participate in this session, I’ll give you the option to re-take the course free of charge next time it's offered. Plus, I'll even throw in an extra twenty-minute coaching call to get you started on the right track.

But now is the time to act. Click here to sign up for the November session of Edit Like an Expert. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Patricia Charpentier at or call 321-279-1791.

Vivify Your Writing

Before the busyness of the holidays kicks in, take a day for yourself to learn how to breathe life into your stories, write, spend time with great people, be inspired, and Vivify Your Writing.

The last scheduled onsite Writing Your Life event for 2015 happens Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on beautiful Lake Fairview. This jammed-pack workshop includes writing instruction and practice and a reading/talk by author extraordinaire, Darlyn Finch Kuhn whose recent book is Sewing Holes. Darlyn has been writing for many years and has great insights to offer us.

This workshop, designed for beginners as well as seasoned pros, delves into ways to make your stories more compelling. How do I engage readers? How do I show and not tell? How do I bring people to life on the page? Learn how to develop these skills as well as many more.

Come to the workshop with a story idea you’d like to infuse with life and watch it evolve as the day goes on. You may leave the workshop a bit tired, but you will be exhilarated with a clear sense of what you need to do to make each moment as dynamic on the page as it is in your memory.

Fee for the daylong workshop is $75 and provides snacks throughout the day. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during a midday break while chatting with your fellow writers. Register here for Vivify Your Writing. I look forward to spending the day with you.

Monday, October 26, 2015


GUEST SPEAKER:   Speaker:   Maryglenn McCombs

Get the inside scoop on self-promotion and branding for both traditionally published and self-published authors. This presentation will focus on the various types of media - print, online, and broadcast.  What works.  What doesn't.  What's new.  What's tired.  How to get noticed.  How to avoid pitfalls.  The types of action that will lift you to the next level.

Maryglenn McCombs started her own publishing company in 1995, then transitioned into the role of book publicist in the late ’90s.  As a book publicist, she works to create media exposure for books and authors.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Maryglenn serves on the board of the Nashville Humane Association.  A South Central Kentucky native, Maryglenn lives in Nashville with her husband, Tim Warnock, and their Old English Sheepdog, Majordomo Billy Bojangles.

DATE:  Saturday, November 21, 2015
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Taking the Mystery out of Successfully Promoting a Mystery”
PLACE: The Addison in Boca Raton - 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, 33432.  561.372.0568
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.  Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email with the subject line "MWA Meeting" to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number.  Then write your check or money order payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter'' and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015:  Please save the date.

Dom't miss the Book Launching Party for Simonetta by Fay Picardi

Invitation to a Unique Book Launching Party!


to Simonetta's launching party at Derek Gores Gallery at 587 Eau Gallie
Blvd., Melbourne on November 6th from 5:30 to 7:30.  The Pieces of Eight will debut their interpretive representations of Simonetta Vespucci. Author Fay Picardi and her mystery guest will give a short reading at 6:30.

The gallery is currently hosting an extraordinary exhibit by fashion photographer Michael Giragosian. As always, Derek's own internationally known works will be on display in this urban chic contemporary gallery which is home to the Not Quite right Comedy Improv Troupe. This event is attracting art lovers from as far away as Washington and New York.

Don't miss this exciting happening!!!

And don't miss this:  Please visit Cindy Micaud's blog by clicking here to read more about the book and the art.  Click Here

Fay Picardi’s book, Simonetta, published
by Burnt Umber Press is available at the launching or by e-mail at through Nov. 6 for a special price of $10 plus
shipping, if applicable. Also available on and

 Learn more about Simonetta at

Saturday, October 24, 2015

2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards

The results are in for the Florida Writers Association’s largest, most competitive Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition in history. The winners were announced during the special awards banquet, part of FWA’s four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida, October 15-18, 2015. The competition, which received 393 submissions, was RPLA’s fourteenth.
Adults and Youth submitted entries in 30 adult genre-categories and 15 Youth categories, with published and unpublished submissions judged separately.

The top award for Youth, the Candice Coghill Memorial Award, was given for Asleep, a book-length work of fiction by Mikaela Bender.
For adults, the Dahris Clair Memorial Award for plays went to C.J. Godwin and Marie Vernon for Graceland Express.
The Published Book of the Year was Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Mastering Viewpoint, an educational/informational submission by Ken Pelham.
The Unpublished Book of the Year was Adrift, a mystery, by Micki Browning. Micki received more than a trophy. She also received a guaranteed reading by one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the U.S. and preeminent publisher of original mystery, thriller, and suspense titles: Oceanview Publishing.
The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing blind, objective, and constructive written assessments for all entrants.
Download the complete list of winners here:
Check the first of the year for the guidelines for the 2016 competition, which is open for submissions January 15, 2016.