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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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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!

Fly on the WallKelly 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 throSimone Kellyugh 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.

For more info:
www.likeaflyonthewall.com
www.ownyourpower.biz

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 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 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

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