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July 8, 2020 Member Newsletter
Temporary meeting place 
Marco Center for the Arts
1010 Winterberry Drive
   6-8 P.M. 
Must social distance and wear a mask 
or nose/mouth shield of some kind.

[both will also be a Zoom meeting]
Meet Elena Taylor, Author" [via Zoom]
Join author Elena Taylor as she discusses her research strategies and shares stories.

Before our July 8 "Grabbing the Reader" Workshop
Register for the workshop NOW .
  Sorry, members only [or become one right now by contacting 

MIW Grabbing the Reader 
After you click on the link, look in the upper right hand corner. You will see Log In and Register. FIRST Register. 
After that, use the Log In tab.   
Please bookmark the link above or save this email so you can easily find your forum in the future because you may be entering the forum more than once.
After your initial registration, pull out that Work in Progress (WIP) and hone 500 words.  Joan Peppe and Joanne Tailele will be the  co-hosts for this workshop. Joanne went ahead and added her Introduction and Submission so people could use it as an example of how to do it.  Joan & Joanne have each participated in this workshop before and found it very helpful. Also, Samples are included in the Nabble forum once you register.  You will enter your writing in the forum and provide feedback to others.

After you post your 500 words, the goal is to have every writer receive feedback from at least 5 other MIW members. The instructions on the forum will explain how to  give feedback. So, be prepared to both post your own work and give feedback. Feedback will consist of 5 points: initial reaction, character, plot, setting and overall writing. 

[This might be the perfect time for you to  begin and pre-edit a writing for our next Anthology.]

If you cannot meet with us in person July 8
please  tune in to the Zoom meeting at 6 P.M. to discuss feedback with us.  
To join the  Zoom Meeting 
enter the following link into your browser or click it below
OR if you are familiar with One Tap Mobile:

+16465588656,,6175374523#,,,,0#,,296499# US (New York)
+13017158592,,6175374523#,,,,0#,,296499# US (Germantown)

Or Dial by your location:
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
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Meeting ID: 617 537 4523; Password: 296499
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdAH0qw3S6

So - near or far - EVERYONE can participate.  However, first use the Nabble link above to register. 

 Dr. Michael Meguid & Rebeca Seitz  for last month's meeting about pod-casts, educating us about the anatomy of  
MAKING THE CUT (-; pun  intended ;-)
The (mostly) True Life Story of a Retired Surgeon. 


THANK YOU!  [events are a bit limited]
 Satellite Groups Meeting Again ?? NOT YET!

Long standing Writing Critique Group will announce meetings again soon.
  Contact Virginia R ead for more information.  Email  Virginia Read  
Contact  Sara Medeiros  for the next Marco Island Poets meeting or call 239 394-1728 and for directions. 
at the Farmer's Market again next year
Contact  Chairman, Rich Goldhaber  to sign up for next year, either for yourself or to help the club.  Thank you Rich for all your work this year  and last. 
 Promote at Everglades City Events!

 Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. 
 Click here to contact  mrepko@earthlink.net ;    Saturdays 
  Welcome New Member Barbara Malta

 Please say hi when next you meet. 
Barbara likes writing historical fiction and does reenactments.
N  T H E  N E W S 

The Bedford Competition is a not for profit organisation based in the United Kingdom, which runs international writing competitions that should appeal to anyone with an interest in creative writing. The twelve shortlisted stories and poems plus the prizewinners of the Young Writers' Award and Rainbow Prize will all be published in a paperback and an electronic anthology. Read more details here   CONTEST DETAILS.     

Can you write a blurb for a hypothetical book?  This writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books. Get creative! Blurb Contest

J u l y  
B o o k   o f  T h e  M o n t h 

About The Book
Hannah may have made the biggest mistake of her life. She doesn't like change, and she thought Timothy would wait until she was ready to move their friendship into courtship. She hadn't told him she's falling in love with him. But Charlene has made her interest in Timothy known. Will Hannah tell Timothy she loves him? Is it too late? And when she finds out Charlene isn't who she seems, will Hannah have the courage to tell him?
About the Author:  
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.

Member's  Corner  

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.
Check this out MEMBERS!  Great info:
The Rights Way, A quick guide to image copyright issues
Melinda VanLone. Are you an indie author about to create or commission a cover? If so, most likely you'll be using images to design your latest best seller. Did you know that those images have copyrights? Even if you found them on the interwebs like litter on a street corner, they still have rights. [...]

Our 2020 Book of the Month promotion  is closed for member entries this year. Become a member and sign up for next year 2021. We prefer to feature member only, 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 jweckelman@embarqmail.com and cc Joanne at  joanne.tailele@gmail.com.  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 

Also, sign up for the Center for the Arts Tuesday night Open Houses
Marco Center For The Arts -  Closed Until Further Notice

Tues Night Events, Promote your books, for more information please c ontact Joanne 
239-784-2637    joanne.tailele@gmail.com 

Closed until further notice.

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.

Rich Goldhaber's meeting presentation Formatting Word to Publish
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.   
Seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and music from new and established authors. 
Publishers seeking poetry, non-fiction, and/or fiction. 
Grow your writing career by reaching an international audience.  
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. 
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. 
Joanne Tailele's recent presentation  What the heck is deep P.O.V.?

Older resources See Our Website: 

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.   joanne.tailele@gmail.com
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  jweckelman@embarqmail.com  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