Special Events

Please join our authors at these upcoming events:

Central Florida Members

February 11, 2017 Central Florida Members Meeting
Speaker: Ed Wilson
Program: “Cops versus Hackers: Who Wins and Why?”
The cop is in trouble and cannot find a crucial piece of evidence. At home, the 10-year-old daughter overhears the complaint, and with a few key strokes, the printer begins to spew forth pages of vital information that busts the mystery wide open. It seems that every mystery these days has an obligatory hacker scene. In this session, I discuss what is possible, what is plausible, and what is preposterous. Possible and plausible are OK, but preposterous turns modern tech savvy audiences off faster than you can write, “It was a dark and stormy night when the clamoring phone awakened the slumbering cop.”

About the Presenter:
Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of 14 technical books related to computer protocols and programming. He was one of the pioneer developers of Microsoft’s “Security in depth” workshop and is a Certified Ethical Hacker. He is a frequent speaker at global conferences such as TechEd in both North America and in Europe. His books have been translated into Russian, Japanese, German, and Chinese. He writes a daily blog that attracts nearly a million visitors a month, and has more than 20,000 follows on Twitter. He is re-writing his first mystery novel, tentatively titled Murder on Deck.

Place: Our meetings are held 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the W. T. Bland Library, 1995 N. Donnelly Street, Mt. Dora, FL. After the meeting, attendees usually meet for Dutch Treat lunch at a nearby restaurant to continue informal discussions.

For more details, contact Dallas Gorham

March 11, 2017 Central Florida Members Meeting
Program: W.T. Bland Public Library is contemplating a Biblioboard software product that includes SELF-e., SELF-e is a discovery platform designed to expose eBook(s) to more readers via the public library, locally or nationwide.

This could be a break-through development for indie publishers whose books have previously seldom been available through public libraries.

Authors would submit their eBooks through an online form. As part of the process, they would select where they’d like their book to go: to libraries in their area in a module with e-books from other local indie authors, or to Library Journal, where their eBooks would be evaluated for possible inclusion in a curated product available throughout the US and Canada. Authors could choose to send their eBooks to both places.

eBooks from authors who opt into regional modules would be made available at participating libraries across their state or province, even if the eBooks were not selected by Library Journal. eBooks selected by Library Journal would receive a digital badge promoting their inclusion to potential readers who could purchase the eBook and/or to purchase other books by that author via retail channels. Also, their eBooks would be available to more new readers via participating libraries around the country.

Speaker: For the March 11, 2017 meeting, Adult Services Librarian Cathy Lunday will offer us a live demo of SELF-e in the library’s Technology Lab. We’ll also be able to review Biblioboard’s Pressbooks, an easy-to-use service for authors to use to compose and format their book files in both fully formatted ebook and print formats.

Here is an opinion about SELF-e from a writer’s perspective which your group might find interesting: http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/partners-in-crime-how-indie-authors-and-libraries-can-work-together-to-gain-new-readers/

Place: The meeting will be 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the W. T. Bland Library, 1995 N. Donnelly Street, Mt. Dora, FL. After the meeting, attendees usually meet for Dutch Treat lunch at a nearby restaurant to continue informal discussions.

Southwest Florida Members

Saturday, March 11th Southwest Florida Members Meeting
Speaker: Nancy J. Cohen

Program: “Writing is Revising”
How do you turn a lump of coal into a diamond? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to hone your manuscript into a gem of a read. Common beginner mistakes will be addressed, such as head hopping, flashbacks, and misused character tags. Then over 30 tips on self-editing will be offered to steer you on the correct path. It takes more than a single line edit to make your work shine, whether for a submission or for indie publishing. Revising your story through several drafts takes meticulous attention to detail, intense read-throughs, and a sharp eye for repetitions. You’ll want your book to be as perfect as possible for readers.

About the Presenter:
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and won third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, she has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and president of Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Place: Meetings start at 1:00 pm in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Check the Lee Campus map here: http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps  You can park in Lot 7 next to the L-building on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction-writing friends.

We meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

For more details, contact Michael Joy

Florida Authors Academy, June through September, at Murder on the Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach. http://www.flauthorsacademy.com/home  Advance reservations required. $25 per class.

For more detailed descriptions, go to www.FLauthorsacademy.com

All workshops are held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, from 10am to Noon.  All instructors are multi-published authors. Charge for each workshop is $25 per person.  Please pay at the door.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted. Make Your Reservation Now! 561-279-7790  or  murdermb@gate.net

 

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