Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! presented by Authors for Authors in Melbourne Florida

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Scholarships Offered to Local Teachers for Writers' Conference

Authors for Authors has a limited number of scholarships available for the Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! This scholarship is open to educators in the areas of English/Language Arts/ESOL in public, private, charter and home schools. Teachers are invited to make an application by contacting Valerie Allen at VAllenWriter@gmail.com.

Authors for Authors will sponsor its ninth annual Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! on April 22, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901.

The keynote speaker will be Scott Tilley, Ph.D., with a presentation on Writing to Live. There will be vendors and multiple breakout sessions by multi-published authors including Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Robbie Cox, Mary Dall, Marion Coste, Mia Crews, Tony Deane, Jaimie Engle, Keith Rommel, Linda Zern and many others. Additionally, there are genre discuss groups to choose from and the opportunity to meet authors, editors, and publishers.

For more information visit AuthorsForAuthors.com. For more details and a scholarships application contact Valerie Allen at VAllenWriter@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 27, 2018


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Maria Reyes Laughlin reading at Barnes and Noble

Book News: The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

The Summer of New Beginnings:
One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all—from USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.
Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.
Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.
As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.
As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.
About the Author
Bette Lee Crosby is the USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Spare Change and the Wyattsville series. She has been the recipient of the Royal Palm Literary Award, Reviewer’s Choice Award, FPA President’s Book Award, International Book Award, and Next Generation Indie Award, among many others. Her 2016 novel, Baby Girl, was named Best Chick Lit of the Year by Huffington Post. She laughingly admits to being a night owl and a workaholic, claiming that her guilty pleasure is late-night chats with fans and friends on Facebook and Goodreads. To learn more about Bette Lee Crosby's work, stop by her website at www.betteleecrosby.com

Friday, January 26, 2018

SleuthFest 2018 Announces Special Programming Geared Towards Helping Writers Succeed

One of the country’s premier conferences for writers

SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference Will Take Place March 1-4, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida

BOCA RATON, Florida – Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter will host the SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessionsSleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.  SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character naming opportunities featuring the conference’s guests of honor, agents, and editors.

SleuthFest 2018 features an incredible line-up of guests and events:
Keynote Speaker Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, and WWII novels, The One Man and The Saboteur, will present “History as a Thriller Backdrop”, a presentation about how to best use which elements of history to immerse the reader in the story and his Keynote talk, 'Career Transitions-Meeting the Challenge of Change.”
Renowned forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., will lead a workshop on 'Integrating Forensic Research Into Fiction'; a presentation on 'Talking to Serial Killers’, and an additional presentation, 'A Discussion and Demonstration of Hypnosis - How to Use Hypnosis As A Tool For Your Sleuth', with certified hypnotist, Glenn Miller.

Additionally, SleuthFest 2018 features an outstanding lineup of NY Times Bestselling and multiple Award-Winning Guest Authors delivering not-be-missed presentations: including:  Hallie Ephron: 'The Grand Finale - Writing the Final Climax' and 'You're Giving Me the Creeps - Getting the Right Amount of Creep Factor'; Hank Phillippi Ryan: 'Write a Mystery or Thriller in an Hour' and 'Starting With Wow - The Crucial First Chapter'; Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish): 'Let Them Breathe - How to Pace Your Novel' and  'Villainous Thoughts - Getting Into the Head of Your Antagonist';  and James R. Benn: 'Show Me - Learn About Show Vs. Tell' and 'Stranger in a Strange Land - How to Write the Unfamiliar.'

A preeminent event for writers in all genres, SleuthFest attracts writers from around the world. Filled with networking opportunities, social events, and programming designed to appeal to a wide variety of writers, SleuthFest provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where writers can learn from the pros—and learn the secrets of a successful career as a writer.  Moreover, SleuthFest affords writers a unique opportunity to connect with industry insiders, writers and publishing professionals. 

To Register:  www.sleuthfest.com. Space is limited. SleuthFest conference attendees who book a hotel room before January 28, 2018 will receive a discounted group hotel rate of $185/night plus tax. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2018 Co-Chairs Victoria Landis  victoria@landisdesignresource.com 561-716-3481 or Michael Joy author.mljoy@hotmail.com.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation hosts Vic DiGenti’s “Novel Writing 101” Workshop

The Vero Beach based Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation welcomes award-winning novelist and biographer Vic DiGenti for a special fiction workshop titled Novel Writing 101. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1914 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida, 32960.

Novel Writing 101 is a fast-paced, entertaining and interactive session covering many of the necessary techniques needed for completing a novel. The workshop includes both group and individual exercises designed to give writers the confidence to write their own novels. Among the areas covered are plot, dialogue, character development, beginnings, middles and endings.

The registration fee is only $45 and interested writers may register online on the Foundation’s website.

Vic DiGenti is the author of six novels, a short story collection, and three biographies. Using the pen name Parker Francis he’s written three Quint Mitchell Mysteries, including the Royal Palm Literary Awards Book of the Year mystery, Matanzas Bay. He is Executive Vice President for the Florida Writers Association, and Faculty Chair of the 2018 Florida Writers Conference.

The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to preserve and interpret the home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson and promote literary programs that nurture passion for the written word. They do this by supporting young writers and advocating for the literary arts through a variety of programs for both teen and adult writers.

S.L. Menear to speak at Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting in February.

DATE: February 17, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
PROGRAM:  Melding Fantasy with Reality in Action Thrillers

Program:  If you’ve ever wondered how to meld life experiences, research, and imagination into writing a fantasy thriller, don’t miss this program. Author S.L. (Sharon) Menear will lead you through a somewhat bizarre process that inspires and builds fantasy elements for action thrillers. The program includes a fun audience-participation segment, “Have you ever?” which will give examples of life experiences that can be helpful in writing scenes. After covering the list, the audience will guess which eight things on the list don’t apply to Sharon. Eight valuable prizes (not books) will be awarded to the first eight people who guess correctly. Prizes include fine wines, 16-gigabyte flashdrives, and two-year pocket calendar/planners with flash drives. After the prizes are handed out, we’ll have a Q & A session, and the aforementioned list is bound to generate plenty of questions. Bonus: The entire program will be on a printed handout so you don’t have to take pesky notes.

Speaker: S. L. (Sharon) Menear is a retired airline pilot. US Airways hired her in 1980 as their first female pilot, bypassing the flight engineer position. The men in her new-hire class gave her the nickname, Bombshell. She flew Boeing 727s and 737s, DC-9s, and BAC 1-11 airliners and was promoted to captain in her seventh year.
Before her airline pilot career, which began as a flight instructor, charter pilot, and commuter airline pilot, Sharon worked as a water-sports model and then traveled the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways.
Sharon has flown many of the airplanes featured in her novels, Deadstick Dawn, winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, Poseidon’s Sword, and Blaze, the first three books in her Samantha Starr Fantasy/Thriller Series featuring a female airline pilot. She is currently working on the fourth novel in the series, Stranded. Sharon co-wrote Life, Love, & Laughter: 50 Short Stories, a mostly humorous anthology, with her mother, D.M. (Dorothy) Littlefield. They also co-wrote a middle-grade children’s fantasy/adventure novel, Journey into the Land of the Wingless Giants.

DATE: SATURDAY, February 17, 2018

TIME:  11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.
RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online, scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.

To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at harriet@ottenheimer.com with the subject line “FMWA 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. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Linda Zern to speak at the Authors for Authors Writers' Conference

Authors For Authors is pleased to have Linda Zern as a speaker at the Writers' Conference on 04.22.18 at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne. Linda's topics will be "How to Ask for and Get Reviews" and "How to Judge a Book by its Cover." 
Linda Zern lives in Central Florida. As a child, raised on sunshine and bug spray, she read every cereal box and every book she could get her hands on. She now spins her own stories from Florida mists and liquid sunshine. Writing her way through the genre list, and starting with an illustrated inspirational book," The Long-Promised Son," Ms. Zern's latest novel is a young adult, realistic, dystopian adventure set in rural Florida called, "Beyond the Strandline." The author revisits the collapse of civilization and the power grid in this romantic action/adventure/thriller. She also has completed Book II in the Strandline Series,"Following the Strandline." ZippityZerns.com
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