April 22, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: APRIL 22, 2017 Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dianna Collier

PROGRAM: Agents and Authors: the Good, the Bad, and the Vital Dianna Collier

Our April 22 meeting will feature literary agent Dianna Collier, who’ll discuss the value of an agent and explain why authors wishing to go the traditionally-published route almost always require one. For those authors who are already agented, she’ll give hints on how they can improve the author/agent relationship. She also will discuss how an author can leave that relationship gracefully—and knowing when they should. For those writers who are currently are unagented, she will outline the basics: various ways of finding an agent and how to keep one; presenting material; the query letter and its additional value; and agency contracts.

Speaker:  Dianna Collier is both owner and agent at Collier & Associates, a boutique literary agency based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She grew up in New Jersey and Florida, graduating from Boston University with a degree in languages and political science. Her first position was with Blaisdell Publishing in Boston as an editorial assistant. She later moved to New York City and worked for a tobacco magazine as assistant editor. In the 1980s, she worked with Collier Associates selling award-winning cookbooks before later joining the firm as a literary agent.

In 1994, Ms. Collier took over the agency and moved it to West Palm Beach. At that time, she expanded the agency’s representation from predominantly non-fiction titles to include a larger number of fiction works: war novels, mysteries, thrillers, cozies, and romances. The agency’s nonfiction interests continue to include biographies and autobiographies of well-known people; popular works of political subjects and history; true crime; exposes; books for the general reader on investment and business; and cookbooks by highly qualified authors. Of course, their primary interests are in well-written material presented in an unusual way.

DATE:  SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 (Please note: because of the Easter holiday and Tax Day weekend, we have pushed out this meeting only from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 4th Saturday)

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. In order to guarantee a spot, RSVPs are strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To pay via PayPal, 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: 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. Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your reservation by April 19 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

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Jan. 28, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: January 28, 2017 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

NOTE NEW TIME AND NEW PLACE!

GUEST SPEAKER:  Kristy Montee a/k/a P.J. Parrish
GUEST INTERVIEWER: Oline H. Cogdill

PROGRAM: Things I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Back Then

Kris ParrishOur January 28 meeting will feature a killer Q&A interview session with Kristy Montee, the Florida half of award-winning writing team P.J. Parrish. The bestselling author will discuss “Things I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Back Then.” Learn from a pro what she would have done differently in her writing career if she could go back in time…and what risks she took back then that ultimately proved career-enhancing.

 

She's Not There

GUEST SPEAKER
Kristy Montee, along with her sister, Kelly Nichols, is the author of eleven Louis Kincaid and Joe Frye thrillers, set in Florida and Michigan, as well as two standalone novels. As P.J. Parrish, the pair has won three Shamus awards, one Anthony, and one International Thriller competition, as well as making both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. Their latest book, published Sept. 2015, is a psychological suspense novel titled SHE’S NOT THERE.

 

GUEST INTERVIEWER
Oline CogdillOline H. Cogdill reviews mystery fiction for Mystery Scene magazine, the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Associated Press, Publishers Weekly, and Tribune Publishing Wire. Her mystery fiction reviews appear in more than 300 publications worldwide. She blogs twice a week at Mystery Scene Magazine. She has received the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the 1997 Sun Sentinel’s Pettijohn Award and the 1999 Ellen Nehr Award by the American Crime Writers League. Oline was a judge for three years for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

DATE:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, FL 33487; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: Fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” below and click the “Pay Now” button.

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 January 25.

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, MARCH 18, 2017

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Dec. 17, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

DECEMBER 17, 2016:  MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON

Holiday 2016

Program:  Holiday Party

Lunch will be a buffet – salad, pasta station, turkey carving station. There will be a cash bar.  Bring cash as they may not take credit cards at the in-room bar.

Desserts – Provided by our Chapter members.  A ‘Pot-Luck’ dessert – attendees are asked to bring and share their holiday specialty treats. This is optional; no one is required to bring anything. It’s meant for homemade goodies, not store-bought desserts.

Gifts

Pirate Gift Exchange – This is optional as well.  Anyone wanting to participate should bring a wrapped, untagged gift (value limit $25.00) to the party.  It’s fun to watch, even if not participating.

DATE:  Saturday, December 17, 2016

TIME: 12:30 – 3:30pm

PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568. Directions: http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/contact/

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT

To reserve and pay online:  Step 1–Email Harriet at harriet@ottenheimer.com with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot. Step 2– Fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” below and click the “Pay Now” button.  Note: Please reserve by Dec. 13, 2016.

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. Note: Please reserve by Dec. 13, 2016.

Next Meeting Date: January 28, 2017

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June 20, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

JUNE 20, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON

Guest Speaker: Carla Norton
Program: “The Whole Truth and Other Fiction”

Carla Norton never dreamed of writing true crime until one story grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. She’ll share the whole truth about how she quit her job as an associate editor in Tokyo to cover a sensational trial in California and write a #1 New York Times bestseller. Later, she turned that true-life victim into the fictional heroine of two novels. She’ll discuss research, psychopaths, expert witnesses, and Stockholm syndrome, while answering questions such as:
• How does crafting fiction differ from writing true crime?
• What are the risks of being sued?
• When do you need a life story agreement?
• Is a conviction necessary? What if the villain walks free?
• How can you use true crime to fuel your fiction?

carla nortonCarla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was internationally released in 2013 and was a Thriller Award finalist in 2014. The sequel, WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, is coming in June, 2015. Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Website: http://CarlaNorton.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarlaJNorton
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carla-Norton-Novelist-True-Crime-Writer/487033361332124

DATE: Saturday, June 20, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“The Whole Truth and Other Fiction”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA June 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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: Please save the date.