Revised website, please visit. Comments and concerns are solicited in earnest, 
so please take a moment to review.  
May 2020 Member Newsletter
C A N C E L L E D  but  T R A N S F O R M E D, 
INSTEAD  on that date, at that time,

Joanne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  Wednesday May 13, 6 pm (regular meeting day & time)  EVERYONE, including non-members, CAN ATTEND ON THEIR COMPUTER, TABLET OR SMART PHONE .
Click on the link below [or put it in your browser] at the appropriate hour:  Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 617 537 4523       Password: 296499   
Our meetings are usually every  2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park, Marco Island; 6:00-8:00 p.m.   MAP OF OUR REGULAR MACKLE PARK MEETING PLACE  IS ON OUR WEBSITE. We hope we can return to that schedule beginning in June.
Nine people attended the virtual meeting experiment last month since our regular meeting could not take place. One attendee, Michael Heffron, attended all the way from Canada. Some had issues with the technical stuff but we all thought it worked well enough to have one in May if needed. Thanks to Joanne! 
Our challenge last month, instead of the regular meeting, was to submit   a poem or essay on the topic : 
"Words of Comfort or Hope during COVID-19."
Some of these were read at the virtual Zoom meeting but if you would like to review all submissions Please Click Here
Thank You Linda Walker 
for offering to present your play at the May meeting. We are sorry that we had to cancel,however we look forward to a play next year.

NEED A LAUGH, keep reading ...  
  When this is over...what meeting do I attend first...Weight Watchers or AA?
Let's hope we can meet in person


Meeting to be re-scheduled for sometime in 2020.  
 Satellite Groups Are Cancelled Until Further Notice

Long standing Writing Critique Group will not meet as usual for May
  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. 

Closed until next year!   If you are a member but don't have a book to promote we need help at the third table, for promoting our Anthology. Contact  Chairman, Rich Goldhaber
 to sign up for next year, either for yourself or 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 ;    Saturdays 
  Closed until further notice.

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S 
W I N N E R S 
of the Gulf Coast Writing Contest
our own MIW members
Our Members  KRIS WRUK  [ a.k.a. K ristine Taylor]  
2nd place
3rd place 

Please read their winning short stories 
which they have so generously provided:

May Book of the Month 

About The Book
Precocious brat, poverty-stricken single parent, gave away child for adoption, gang rape survivor, world traveler, spiritual healer, probation officer, immigrant, massage therapist, cancer survivor, author, care giver to elderly parents, headstrong wife, educational sponsor for 100 Naga children-you name it, I've done it and I turned out OK. I'm still pedaling and you can too.
About the Author:  

From the northeast of England, Pauline Hayton worked as a probation officer in her hometown of Middlesbrough before immigrating to the United States in 1991 with her husband Peter. They have become sponsors of Mount Kisha English School in Magulong, a remote village in Nagaland, India. All the royalties from her books support the school and help the children obtain a secondary education. She lives in Naples, Florida, a willing slave to four cats who adopted her in the Great Recession. Hayton is the author of nine books.

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.

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 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 -  Closed Until Further Notice

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

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. 

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