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February 2020 Guest Newsletter

EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
Thank You 
Sheila Athens,  Self-Editing & Book Coaching
Your presentation at our meeting, on Jan 8, about  self-editing   was wonderful. If anyone wants to review the notes, see the handout in our Members' Only Section at the bottom of this newsletter.

Feb.12, 2020 - Joe Eckstein
Cover Designer / Illustrator

Joe Eckstein is a professional book designer, illustrator, and author with over 15 years experience in book publishing. He has worked as a designer, illustrator, and art and design director for multiple publishing companies, and as a freelance book designer and illustrator assisting independent publishers and self-publishing authors. For over 15 years, he has formatted and designed the covers and interiors for scores of books including non-fiction and fiction trade books, children's books, and a  New York Times   bestseller. Joe's Website

Whether they ought to or not, the fact is, people do judge a book by it's cover! The cover is a potential reader's first impression of your book. In a few seconds, it must grab their attention and interest them enough to pick up your book or click a link online to find out more. It can determine if your book stands out from the rest, and significantly affect people's perception of the author's and publisher's credibility, expertise, and the quality and value of the content within. What makes a good book cover design? What are the all-too-common mistakes to avoid when creating one? Whether you're a self-publishing author formatting your book yourself or working with a designer, learn what will make your book cover help-and not hurt-your book, its impact, and its sales.

After his presentation, we will have two, five minute readings from members' own works.
1. Don Fedor will read from his work-in-progress, The Knight's Book.
2. Nicole Diehm has agreed to read her short story, The State Eustasia.
 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.

April 8, 2020 - Liz Noyes
Liz Noyes

Write a Haiku.  More info to follow. 

After the presentation, two readers will read from their books or their Work in Progress. See the sign-up sheet with Joanne.

Have you paid your 2020 Dues? 
Members not paid by the March 2020 meeting will be moved to Guest status.   member application
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  
Marco Island Poets will meet Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 4 to 6 at Liz Noyes' condo on Marco Island. Please rsvp Sara Medeiros at   or by phone 239 394-1728 and for directions. Looking forward to seeing you all this year!  
  Have you registered for the 
SW FL Writers' Conference?
[V olunteers are really needed! Please help and volunteer your time. Free entry to some events & meals. This is fun, not work]!  and/or   Contact Joanne
"The Hudson Comes to the Peace"
April 18, 2020 

C hoic e of agents or staff to pitch or receive feedback is based on the time/date stamp of your registration, so hurry. 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn, pitch, mingle with authors, agents, & editors. The earliest sign up gets the worm! Pitch to 
an agent of your choice or get feedback from a staff person of your choice. 

 Come & Promote, Promote, Promote   
Contact  Chairman, Rich Goldhaber to sign up. 
 Promote at Everglades City Events!
 Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. 
 Click here to contact ;    Saturdays 
  Feb. 22, 2020; March 28, 2020

 Come One, Come All To The Everglades Area Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 
You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of the new Everglades Area Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb 1st, 11:00 a.m.
Click here}   E-City Invite Details

Member's Newest Publication
Hannah's Courage
- releases January 28, 2020 (3rd book in Amish Charm Bakery Series)
Molly Jebber is an award-winning Amish Historical Romance author whose books have received worldwide media attention. They've made Publisher's Weekly Best Ten List, received near excellent ratings from RT, and featured in USA HEA. She's a national speaker for Women's Christian Connection, and guest lecturer at Ohio State University, libraries & conferences on writing, publishing, & marketing.  BUY HERE
We are happy to announce:  FL Writing Workshop
A one-day writers conference in Tampa, FL on Saturday, May 16, 2020.    WDW Conf Coordinator Chuck Sambuchino  Writing Day Contact
We had a distinguished guest at our January  meeting.
Please contact her if you are interested in submitting your unpublished book to her company or just want a little help with your writing.

February Book of the Month 

About The Book
Clark Howard --- Nationally syndicated radio talk show host -
Don Farmer again weaves his insider's knowledge of television news through an 
action-packed tale about bad men, feisty women and ambitions that turn deadly.

Neal Boortz - Best-selling author and former national talk show host  -
"Great characters, strong women, a vile villain and a plot that keeps you turning pages."      

Rebecca Chase Williams - Former ABC News Correspondent -"
Police and reporters chase kidnappers and bear poachers as they follow the deadly 
mistakes  of flawed men and vengeful women." 

About the Authors:  

Don & Chris covered the world for ABC News, NBC News, CNN & TV stations in Atlanta, Washington D.C, Philadelphia & Houston.
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. June through October are still 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 [at least 300 DPI] 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)   Current  Book of the Month Schedule
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 


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.

Grammar for us all! Submitted to us by our member Vince D'Angelo Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Thanks Vince!
Self-editing, Notes from Sheila Athens presentation on Jan 8, 2020. Handout by Sheila
Independent Publishing Tips, t his is such a good article!  Click for Tips  
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. 
Read Our Submission Guidelines
  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
  2020 Membership Applicatio n        Meeting Notes Jan 2020
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