Revised website, please visit. Comments and concerns are solicited in earnest, 
so please take a moment to review.  
March 2020 Guest Newsletter
EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
Thank You Joe Eckstein  for our February 12 meeting
Joe shared with us his 15+ years knowledge of professional book designing, illustration, & book publishing.  If you are in need  Contact Joe
 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

F L A S H  F I C T I O N
After his presentation, we will have a flash fiction exercise for members only.  Choose your prompt from one of the pictures below, 500 words or less, & we do not  want to have controversial political essays please.

         Flash Fiction Prompt #1

Any member not paid by the end of the March meeting will be moved to Guest status
              Flash Fiction Prompt #2   

     Have you paid YOUR dues?  
       Membership Application
A p r i l  8,  2 0 2 0  M e e t i n g
How to write a Haiku  with Liz Noyes   more info to follow. 

After the workshop, 2 members will read from their WIP ( work in progress) 
M a y  1 3,   2 0 2 0  M e e t i n g
Marco Writers member and playwright, Linda Walker, will have her company perform a play she wrote, Founders' Day Murder. A short, lighthearted view of a dark subject where the audience is asked to determine "who done it."

Following the play will be Flash Fiction readings for members only. Prompts will be in our  April newsletter.
 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  
Contact Sara Mederios at for the next Marco Island Poets meeting or call 239 394-1728 and for directions. 
Have you registered? 
SW FL Writers' Conference 

"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. 
If you are a member but don't have a book to promote we need help at the third table, for promoting our Anthology.
 Promote at Everglades City Events!
 Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. 
 Click here to contact ;    Saturdays 
  March 28, 2020


Click Here For More BOOK REVIEW & PRAISE   

Palm Beach Florida Weekly , Arts & Entertainment 
Feb - March 2020; Phil Jason, Reviewer   More About Phil

No Long Goodbyes, by Pauline Hayton. PH Publishing. 311 pgs. 
We are happy to announce:  FL Writing Workshop

2020 Florida Writing Workshop
A one-day writers conference in Tampa, FL on Saturday, May 16, 2020.    WDW Conf Coordinator Chuck Sambuchino 

March Book of the Month 

About The Book
Albert Seely, sometimes known as the painter of Panther Key or the Hermit of Dismal Key, left a manuscript behind of how, when and why he came to live on several of the keys in the ten Thousand Islands during a ten-year period in the late 60's.

He started out in 1967 with  a boat, a tent, an ax, machete, footlocker, folding camp cot, beat-up card table, folding chair, water jugs, skillet, pots, can opener, candles, and a load of supplies. He did not have the least understanding of channel markers, how to read a chart, or knowledge of boats or motors. He grounded and sunk his boat, lost his footlocker, and drenched his supplies on his first attempt landing at Comer Key near Chokoloskee. Three boats came to his rescue...not a good beginning.

This tale captures Al's sense of humor, variety of interests and activities, including a harrowing escapade with turtle poachers. It is rounded out with pictures, painting and rare photos of his hermity friends.

About the Editor/Publisher:  

Betsy Perdichizzi, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, moved to Marco Island in 1989 with her husband Bill. She and Bill were instrumental in raising $4.5 million dollars to build the Marco Island Historical Museum. In 2009 She received the Naples Daily News Marco Island Citizen of the Year award.
She has authored and published four local history books: "A Girl Called Tommie Queen of Marco Island," " Island Voices, They came to Marco Island", "The Phony Hermit", the Story of Al Seeley and "Into the Florida Wilderness" the story of the Olds family on Marco Island. 

The books are available in the museum Gift Shop, Sunshine Booksellers, Internet B&N or, or from her website: www.caxambaspublishing.comShe is currently working on "WIVI, the little radio station with a long reach," the history of the development of radio communications in West Indies Virgin Islands.

Member's  Corner  

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

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 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 

Also, 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.   
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. 
  2020 Membership Applicatio n        Meeting Notes Feb 2020

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.
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