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October 2019 Guest Newsletter
Meeting EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Jan 2020 meeting will be at the Art Center instead of Mackle Park.
Oct. 9 -
#1 Dr. Rich Blonna & #2 Flash Fiction Assignment
#1 Dr. Blonna, How to Repurpose your Book or Short Story for a Social Media
If you answered
to any of these questions don't miss Dr. Rich Blonna answer these and many other questions regarding how to re-purpose the content you have in your books or creating new books, book chapters, short stories, blog posts, and social media posts. Rich will show you how he turned his first textbook,
Coping With Stress in a Changing World,
to 10 self-help books, over a dozen adult home study courses, and countless blog posts and social media posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
He'll also discuss MeetEdgar.com, one of his favorite tools for organizing social media posts.
Dr Rich Blonna is a world-renowned expert in understanding how the mind and body work together to reduce stress.
He is a noted author and trainer in the area of Acceptance and Commitment (AC) Coaching, an approach that helps people become more psychologically-flexible, reduce their stress and get the most out of their relationships
#2 Flash Fiction Assignment:
After Rich talks those that want to participate should bring a short story, essay or poem to read. Please use the following words to start your creation: "I never dreamed I'd see...." 500 words maximum.
Nov. 13. - Laurie Chandler
Mystery & Historical Fiction
National Best Selling Author
Sisters in Crime National Speaker
She LOVES talking mystery / historical. Among other writing tips, she will discuss the differences between suspense, mystery and thriller,
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.
Bring a beverage or a snack to share to
celebrate the Holidays.
The New Anthology will be available for sale as well. Great holiday shopping and camaraderie.
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?
CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION- THIS MEETING ONLY
For this meeting only we will be at the Marco Island Art Center instead of at the Community Room, 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
IN THE NEWS:
Friends of the Library Author Event,
Saturday Nov. 9, 2019
11 a.m. - 4.p.m.
Come to support our authors.
Don't miss our FREE tent space for Marco Writers at the Holiday Art Fest at the Marco Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 14 on S. Barfield. We will have two tents again this year. Bring your books and smiling faces and make some sales.
Have you registered for the SW FL Writer's Conference,
"The Hudson Comes to the Peace"
April 18, 2020?
Choices of agents or staff to pitch or
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
and don't hesitate to present us with feedback for improvements.
PLAN AHEAD TO PROMOTE YOUR WORK
Promote At Next Year's Farmer's Market.
See Members' Corner to reserve a space for next year.
Watch for Rich to be sending out information
to all participants in the past.
A schedule of open dates will be listed in the members only section once we have our space secured for another year with the City of Marco Island
Art in the Glades
If you want to plan ahead, dates for
Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. Contact Mayra Repko
Saturdays during the 2019/2020;
Nov. 16. 2019
Dec. 7, 2019
Jan. 25, 2020
Feb. 29, 2020
IN THE NEWS:
Who Was Barron Collier?
Photo of Barron Collier courtesy Florida State Archives
IN THE NEWS:
YOUR INPUT IS CRITICALLY NEEDED!
Monday, Oct 7 for the future of arts and culture in our area....Read More Here
Marco Island Writers' Poetry, Short Stories & Essays Vol. V
The newest anthology will be available for sale beginning at the October meeting. Now 5 volumes, available for sale at every meeting
& at the
Farmer's Market [in season].
See Pauline for purchase at the meetings.
[sorry, only members can submit to the Anthology].
Member Price for one: $8.00 Retail Price $12.00 each
Book of the Month
About The Book
Unemployed teacher Mary Malone faces a serious dilemma when her private investigator brother Matt, who has been overseas for seven months, announces he is returning to Minnesota in three weeks. How is this amateur sleuth going to explain to him about his missing dog? And what about the murder cases she has taken on in his absence, especially the one in progress? Without the help of her widowed aunt and neighbor Mrs. Grimshaw this time, can Mary succeed in finding the dog and solving the death of Don Hickleman, owner of Hickleman Pickle Plant, before Matt discovers what she's been hiding from him?
About the Author: Marlene Chabot, a semi-finalist in the 2016 Neoverse Writer's Competition, began writing for magazines such as Her Voice, and other entities in her native state of Minnesota in 2007. A member of Sisters in Crime, Marco Island Writers, and Word Weavers, Marlene has a BS in education, an AAS in business marketing, and a certificate from the Institute of Children's Literature. Her other published writings include: six novels-Detecting the Fatal Connection, North Dakota Neighbor, Mayhem With a Capital M, Death At The Bar X Ranch, Death of the Naked Lady, Death of the Pickle King, and six short stories for anthologies. A Visit from Santa, The Missing Groom, the Gulper Eel Lounge, Serving Up a Surprise, The Scarf, and More Than Lessons.
Marco Island Writers once again extend a heartfelt handshake and thank you for your membership and support. Membership entitles you to all the regular meetings, promotion of your books, short stories and poetry on the website, member rates to any event requiring admission, and reciprocity with Gulf Coast Writers to attend their meetings at their member rates. One other advantage for our Members is The Members' Edition of the Newsletter which contains a special section with speaker handouts, tips, tricks and professional advice. Supporters and Guests also contribute and are given a Guest Edition Copy of our Newsletter, minus the handouts, tips, tricks and professional advice section. Thanks you to our Supporters and Guests!
Again in 2020, and with your support, we will continue to move forward with our goals of encouragement, education and help to budding 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
If you have a newly published book, or are a new member to MIW, we would 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