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December 2019 Guest Newsletter


EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
EXCEPTION: Jan 2020 meeting will be at the Center for the Arts 
 at 1010 Winterberry Drive instead of Mackle Park. 

Bring your published books. Each author will  get a chance to read the back cover of two  books. Then all books will be put out for browsing  and sale. So bring your cash too. 

Please bring a beverage or a snack to share to celebrate the Holidays. 

T he New Anthology will be available for sale as well. Great holiday shopping and camaraderie.  There will be no member readings or flash fiction for this meeting.

Jan. 8, 2020   Sheila Athens
Self- Editing and Book Coaching
Book Picture Elements to editing
Line-Level Self Editing
What does a book coach do for a writer?
For this meeting only, we will be at the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive instead of Mackle Park.

Sheila Athens is a published author and a book coach who specializes in mainstream fiction, women's fiction and romance. In addition to her own private book coaching practice, she coaches writers and mentors book-coaches-in-training at Author Accelerator, the nation's premiere book coaching company. Her debut novel, The Truth About Love, has been published in three languages. She stays current on the publishing landscape by serving as chairperson for the Women's Fiction Writers Association Agent Pitch Events. For more about Sheila, visit Sheila's website

After her presentation, we will have a flash fiction exercise.

Feb.12, 2020  Joe Eckstein
Cover Designer / Illustrator

Joe Eckstein is a children's book author, illustrator, and cartoonist who loves to encourage and inspire people through art and stories.  Originally from Ohio and drawing and writing stories since he can remember, he has a Bachelor's degree in fine art from Bowling Green State University and has worked as an illustrator for leading children's education publisher Carson-Dellosa. His work has been published in books, greeting cards, magazines, and newspapers.   He will be demonstrating how to make your covers stand out from the crowd. The do and don't of cover design. And talk about using an illustrator for your picture books. Joe's Website

After his presentation, we will have two, five minute readings from members' own works. There is a sign-up sheet.
 March 11, 2020
 Rich Goldhaber
Formatting Your Book Using Windows

Rich is a long standing member of MIW, has published 13 thriller novels, and is the Chairman of the Marco Writers Farmers Market.  The discussion will start with a normal Word formatted document and how to meet all of the formatting requirements for submission to Amazon for self publishing. Rich will do the presentation using his laptop and some handouts. Contact Rich

After his presentation, we will have a flash fiction exercise.

T h a n k  Y o u
Thanks Laurie for your Nov 13
 presentation of writing tips and discussion of the differences between suspense, mystery and thriller. It was great fun as well as an education.  Sorry, there are no presentation notes this time fellow members.   More About Laurie

We are collecting now for the 2020 year. It would be very helpful if you can pay your dues early as our finances are always low at the end of the year. 
Members not paid by the March 2020 meeting will be moved to Guest status. 
FYI - In order to allow for more speakers we will be raising the membership dues by $5.00 for 2020, Regular membership $55.00/ Family membership $80.00. You also have the option to donate extra to help our organization or to pay $10.00 at the door if you are not a member. First time visitors are always free.

Our Satellite Groups:
Long standing Writing Critique group meets
 10 A.M at the Marco Library on Fridays. Contact Virginia Read for more information. Email   Virginia Read  Poets meet: The first Tuesday of the month in season. This season is over for now and future meetings will be announced in the newsletter, but for more info contact Sara.  Email   Sara Medieros     
In case you missed the special notice in November, we lost a dear friend on November 8, 2019. Bob was 93 years old. He was one of our earliest members, joining in either September or October of 2011, just a few months after Marco Island Writers was founded in June 2011.
I will always fondly remember his contributions to our group as well as his sense of humor. He published countless books, his last while in his 90's. I hesitate to try to name them all because I am sure I would miss some.  Knowing Bob, he would want us to raise a glass in his honor. 
So,  "Cheers Bob, you will be greatly missed. RIP"  

Happy multi-ethnic company clinking beverage glasses_ celebrating New Year

  Holiday Art Fest Dec 7
FREE to participate!!
FREE tent space at the Holiday Art Fest was given for our members.  Join us at the Wesley United  Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 7,  South Barfield Blvd. Bring your support and buy books for holiday gifts. Help your fellow authors with smiling faces and making sales.   Contact Our Pres. there may still be a last minute opportunity for you to display and sell your work. 

  Have you registered for the 
SW Fl Writers' Conference?

"The Hudson Comes to the Peace"
April 18, 2020 

Choices of agents or staff to pitch or receive feedback is based on the time/date stamp of your registration. 

Don't miss this opportunity to Learn, Pitch, Mingle with Authors, Agents, Editors. The sooner you sign up, the better chance you have of pitching to the agent of your choice or getting feedback from the staff person of your choice. 
Register by Dec. 1 & the cost is only $175.00; morning coffee, lunch & dinner Included.

For those of you that may have missed the experience, please revisit our website  
MIW Website, our Facebook page   MIW Facebook Page
and don't hesitate to present us with feedback for improvements.

 Come & Promote, Promote, Promote  Farmer's Market Lineup Info 
Contact  Chairman, Rich Goldhaber to sign up. 

 Promote at Everglades City Events

 Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. Contact ;    Saturdays 
   D ec. 7, 2019; Jan. 25, 2020; Feb. 29, 2020; March 28,2020

 Promote in Estero Jan 31- Feb 1, 2020 
  Sponsored by the SW FL Romance Writers Club
  More Info 
Members $8 ea. Retail $12 ea.
I n T h e  N e w s :  Newest Anthology
Marco Island Writers' Poetry, Short  Stories & Essays    Vol. V  
The newest anthology is available for sale at the meetings. Now 5 volumes, for sale at every meeting  & at the  Farmer's Market.  See Pauline for purchase at the meetings. Start writing now for publication in 2021. See guidelines in the member's corner. Become a member* to submit!
*sorry, only members can submit to the Anthology. 
I n T h e  N e w s :  
GCWA 2020 Writing Contest opens Oct 1, 2019
Deadline for entries January 31, 2020
Four categories: Children's, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry.

Book of the Month Dec.
About The Book :  A coffee table book filled with beautiful sunrise photos taken by Dr. Rich Blonna, on and around Marco Island, Florida. Along with each photo are tips for meditation, while walking, resting, kayaking, or simply being.  BUY HERE 

About the Author:   
For more than 30 years, Dr. Blonna has devoted himself, both professionally & personally, to helping people stress less & live more. As a university professor, author, and a world-renowned expert in how the mind and body work together in managing stress, he is proud to be an advanced practitioner of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). His professional approach combines ACT, Naikan, & Morita with classic relaxation strategies. He currently lives and writes on Marco Island, Florida wher e he enjoys nature, his wife Heidi and shitzhu dog Addis.
More About Dr. Rich
Member's  Corner  

Sorry, but if you are not a member, the links below will not work for you. If you are a member and the links still don't work please let the editor know.

Sign up for our 2020 Book of the Month promotion now. All months except  Jan, February, May, Nov & Dec are open for 2020. We prefer to feature new books, but we can repeat older editions if no one signs up with a new  book. Please email our secretary/newsletter editor/webmaster, Jennie Weckelman at and cc Joanne at  Include a jpg of the front cover of the book, a short one paragraph book blurb & bio. Do not forget to include what buy-link you prefer (i.e. Amazon, B&N, your website, email etc)
Sign up for the Center for the Arts Tuesday night Open Houses
Marco Center For The Arts -  Have you signed up for 2020? 

Tues Night Events, Promote your books, for more information please c ontact Joanne 
Members Only Section

 Independent Publishing Tips
This is such a good article! Click for Tips  


Promote your work at Art-In-The-Glades, once a month, in season. Contact Marya Repko
 or 239-695-2905 to get a booth  

Promote your work at Marco Island Farmers Market in season. Sign-up early for the best spots next season beginning in November. Contact  Rich Goldhaber 

So that our members can take part, please keep your eyes and ears open for art events Take the initiative to get the facts for us and share with the board.

An established publisher of an eclectic mix of books, with very good distribution.  
Read More Here  /  Eclectic Book Publisher
Seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and music from new and established authors. 
Read More Here /  Lamplit Underground: Now Seeking Submissions
Publishers seeking poetry, non-fiction, and/or fiction. 
Read More Here / Five Literary Journals That Publish Social Justice Writing
Grow your writing career by reaching an international audience.  
Read More Here /  How To Reach International Readers
Authors Publish Magazine. We support authors by sending you publishing opportunities. To learn more, read our guiding principles. Want to write for us? We welcome submissions. 
  Inside an Independent Bookstore  /  20 Literary Journals Always Open to Submissions
All of the presses on this list meet Authors Publish Magazine guiding principles, but most of them have such a specific focus that they cannot justify writing a full review and sending it to their full list of subscribers. But they are still good publishers. Instead, they have compiled this list of mini reviews. 
Read More Here   /  Specialized Publishers That Accept Direct Submissions
These are publishers of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are open for reprints now, and many of them pay writers. Details about payment are added where relevant. None of them charge a submission fee. Here they are, in no particular order. All are currently open for submissions, although a few might close soon. Best... 
  2020 Membership Applicatio n   Meeting Minutes Oct. 2019
Older resources: 

Marco Island Writers once again extend a heartfelt handshake and thank you for your membership and support. Membership entitles you to:
  • Regular meetings
  • Book Promotion of your books, short stories, essays, poetry
  • Exclusive Members Only Edition Newsletter (extras the guest newsletter does not have)
  • Opportunities galore  at Book events, Farmers Market, Meetings
  • Reciprocity with Gulf Coast Writers and Pine  Island Writers  
  • Fantastic moral support and comrade with other writers. 
We hope that, even if you can't attend every meeting, or serve on a committee, you know your participation has made a difference in the writing community. We continually strive to bring quality speakers and workshops to our members. 

Interested in starting a new sub-group? Talk to our President about what sub-groups you would like to help develop.
HAVE NEWS? - Won a reward or contest? Doing a book signing or promotion? Let us know before the 1st of each month so it can be included in our monthly newsletter. Send news to Jennie Weckelman, Secretary at
Have a newly published book, or are you a new member to MIW? We'd like to feature your book on the "Book of the Month." Send .jpg file of book front cover, a one paragraph synopsis, a one paragraph bio and the link to purchase your book. Email to  Please put "Book of the Month" in the subject line. If we do not have any new books we will rotate, promoting previously published books of MIW members.  

  Joanne Tailele, President           
 Jennie Weckelman, Secretary, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor