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September 2019 Member Newsletter


Oct. 9  -   Dr. Rich Blonna
How to Repurpose your Book or Short Story for a Social Media   
  • Discouraged because you'd like to start blogging or posting more on social media but don't know where to begin? 
  • Frustrated by your inability to link your content themes together in any meaningful way? 
  • Finding it hard for you to find the time to post on social media?
If you answered yes to any of these questions don't miss Dr. Rich Blonna answer these and many other questions you have regarding how to re-purpose the content you have in your books for 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

Nov. 13.   -   Laurie Chandler
Mystery & Historical Fiction
National Best Selling Author
Sisters in Crime National Speaker

Dec. 11 -  SHOW AND SELL
                HOLIDAY PARTY
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
For this meeting only we will be at the Marco Island Art Center instead of at the Community Room, Mackle Park
Self- Editing and Book Coaching
Book Picture Elements to editing
Line-Level Self Editing
What does a book coach do for a writer?

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 SheilaAthens.com.

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.   http://www.joeeckstein.com/   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. 

A special thanks to Rebeca Seitz for her informative talk about the publishing industry at our August meeting. I think everyone walked away with new knowledge to help us navigate this complicated and intriguing world. 

Meeting EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
Remember  no meeting in September 2019 
 January 2020 meeting will be at the Art Center instead of Mackle Park. 

FYI - We will be raising the membership dues $5.00 for 2020 
to allow more speakers. 
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   Virginia Read

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. For more info contact Sara.  
Email   Sara Medieros     

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 receive
 feedback is based on the time/date stamp of your registration. Don't miss this opportunity to Learn, Pitch, Mingle with Authors, Agents, Editors. 
Register by Dec. 1 and the cost is only $175.00
Morning Coffee, Lunch and Dinner Included.

For those of you that may have missed the experience, please revisit our website MIW Website
 and our Facebook page  MIW Facebook Page
Please don't hesitate to present us with feedback for improvements.

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

If you want to plan ahead, dates for 
Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod 
Saturdays  during the 2019/2020;
- November 16
- December 7
- January 25
- February 29
- March 28


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. T
[sorry, members only can submit]
Member Price for  one: $8.00  Retail Price $12.00 each

Book of the Month

Click on Cover to Order

About The Book : Somewhere on the island of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, groups of young men and boys are kneeling with fingers interlocked on their heads. Others are being handcuffed, arrested and bused to courts throughout the island. There they face a system designed to keep them in, requiring more federal funds to maintain them, their families on welfare, the Department of Corrections and their families too. Leaving Puerto Rican murdering Puerto Rican. All victims of the islands Drug Trade. A
Trade that has been running rampant for decades. A trade that must yield to the legalization of Marijuana in order for the island to become self-reliant and recover it's pride and dignity.

About the Author: Garcia Ortiz was born on September 11th. 1960 in New York City's Spanish Harlem. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he studied at the August Propersi School of Art in Greenwich, Ct. Later becoming an Artesano and Tattoo artist in Cayey, Puerto Rico. While living there he saw many families torn apart by drugs and the violence they bring. He heard too many mothers cry at one too many funerals. Ten years later having survived addictions of his own Garcia-Ortiz now lives in Florida where he tells a sad tale of a pretty place suffering ugly times.


In 2019 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 2019, and with your support, we continue to move forward with our goals of encouragement 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.   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 
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  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