Florida Chapter of MWA monthly meetings offer members the chance to socialize, learn about their craft, get inspired, and exchange industry news. We meet on the third Saturday of each month. At our lunch meetings, we offer entertaining, educational programs by accomplished speakers. Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors. We welcome other professionals in the fields of writing and publishing, plus those who simply appreciate reading a good mystery novel. The cost for the lunch and speaker program is $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Check our Special Events page for meetings held in other locations around the state.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
October 28, November 18, December 16 (Holiday Party)
DATE: October 28, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Simone Kelly
PROGRAM: 5 Marketing Secrets to Promote Your Novel
Have a book already self-published, and it hasn’t moved much? Sold to a major publisher, and no one knows about it besides you, family, and a few friends? Do you have an ‘issue’ with tooting your own horn? Not sure how to build a loyal following? Simone Kelly has your back! She’ll show you how to promote your novel with just five marketing secrets!
Kelly was able to turn her self-published book into an Amazon Bestseller in two categories the day it launched. Two months later, she signed with William Morrow, a Harper Collins Publishing Company. Her marketing strategy for her self-published fiction book was simple. She used her fans to sell it. From videos, selfies, hashtags, partnerships, and local appearances she was able to develop a cult following. Now, Kelly will share with us some of her secrets on how she did it. Self-published, traditionally published, or hoping to soon-be-published…bring a notebook and get ready to take notes. It’s going to be a fun and interactive workshop!
Speaker: Novelist Simone Kelly has managed to bring love, dating, mystery, the supernatural and all of her other passions into the all-encompassing realm of storytelling. This includes business, since Kelly used to write books and draw their illustrations as far back as the third grade, when her mother made copies for her to sell in school.
The New Yorker’s playful sense of humor and love of adventure developed through the years to serve her well in international travels to locations like Peru, enlightening experiences as a certified Reiki-Master, and in the demanding pace of being a media personality. Kelly enjoyed stints as a producer, manager, and director with record-breaking startups during the dotcom explosion like theglobe.com, volume.com (HBO), and uproar.com.
DATE: SATURDAY, October 28, 2017 (Note: for this month only we are meeting on the 4th Saturday)
TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by October 25 is strongly urged.
RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay online: Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.
To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
Please make your reservation by October 25 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.
Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, November 18, 2017
- DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017
- TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
- PROGRAM: Five Marketing Secrets to Promote Your Novel
- PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487
- COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.
- RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay through PayPal, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” above and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.
To reserve and pay via mail: email Harriet at email@example.com with the subject line “FMWA October Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Then write your check or money order payable to "Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter" and mail to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
- NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017: Please Save The Date.