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DECEMBER 16, 2017 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  NONE 

PROGRAM: FLORIDA CHAPTER MWA ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION and 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Speaker:  Break out the mistletoe AND the champagne! The December FMWA meeting will be our usual celebration of the winter holidays. Even better, we’ll be combining the holiday fun with our long-delayed celebration of FMWA’s 25th Anniversary. In addition to our buffet luncheon, special events include: the viewing of a professional FMWA commemorative video; the cutting of a FMWA birthday cake along with champagne toast; a FMWA trivia competition; raffle drawings; and memories from some of our longtime FMWA members. Plus, all attendees will receive a commemorative party favor celebrating FMWA’s first quarter century.

And, to keep things festive, we’ll also be holding our usual Holiday Pirate’s Gift Exchange. Participation is optional, but you won’t want to miss out on the fun. To take part, bring a wrapped gift of up to $20 value. Liquor and wine are always popular options (hey, we’re writers—we like our adult beverages) along with anything flamingo or writing-themed. But, please, no books (hey, we’re writers – we already have tons of them).

About dessert – if you’ve attended our holiday party before, you might recall that folks traditionally bring homemade cookies, cakes, and candies to share. BUT, since this is the 25th Anniversary celebration (and since the hotel has policies regarding outside food), our special 25th Anniversary cake will take the place of the dessert potluck. So please save those sweets for other parties.

Please register early (by December 13) so that we will be sure to have plenty of cake, champagne, and party favors for all attendees! Casual holiday attire is encouraged!

DATE:  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00 – 2:00p.m.: Lunch and Holiday/25th Anniversary Party Events 

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.

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 harriet@ottenheimer.com 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 December 13!

Refund Policy for meeting no-shows: Members must notify Harriet before noon on Wednesday to cancel their reservation if they want a refund. People must pay the reservation fee regardless if they eat or not, to help cover the cost of the room. 

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 (NOTE: THIS MONTH ONLY WE WILL BE MEETING OFF-SITE FOR THE JEFFREY DEAVER WORKSHOP. DETAILS TO FOLLOW.)

 


DATE: November 18, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Joanne Sinchuk

PROGRAM: Behind the Scenes of Traditional Publishing 

“My publisher never does anything for me!” After 20 years in the retail book business, bookseller Joanne Sinchuk has heard this common author complaint far too many times. The truth is, traditional publishers do a lot for all their authors, newcomer or bestseller, but many times those writers just don’t realize it. In this presentation, Joanne will discuss what the hundreds of people in the publishing business—from sales and marketing, to publicity, to distributors—do to make your book a success. She’ll also give insight into successful book signings and explain the returns process.

Joanne SinchukSpeaker:  Joanne Sinchuk is the former owner, and current store manager, of Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach, the only mystery bookstore in the state of Florida. In addition to running the bookstore, Joanne is Director of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, and a member of Southeast Independent Booksellers Association, Florida Romance Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.  She is one of the co-authors of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century, which won the Agatha, Macavity and Anthony Awards for Best Nonfiction Book of 2000.  In 2007, she received the Flamingo Award for Distinguished Service from the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter.

Murder on the Beach

DATE:  SATURDAY, November 18, 2017

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. Prepayment by November 15 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 harriet@ottenheimer.com 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. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
Because our Treasurer will be out of the country the last half of November, reservations and payment MUST be made by 3pm on Wednesday, November 15. Any reservation or payment received after that time will NOT be logged, and there will NOT be a spot reserved for you at the luncheon. For those paying by check, this is NOT a postmark date. All checks must ARRIVE in Harriet’s mailbox by that date, so please allow 5 days for mailing. Unfortunately, walk-ins CANNOT be accommodated at the November meeting, so please make your plans early. We are sorry for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding.  

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, December 16, 2017

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