August 19, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: August 19, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Michael L Joy, Deborah Sharp, and Diane A.S. Stuckart

PROGRAM:  The Art of the Critique: Editing for Yourself and Others 

Wondering if a critique group is for you? Been told that your 500 page opus needs to be cut by at least 100 pages, but you have no clue where to start? Tempted to enter a writing contest, but you’re not sure what that entails, or what you’ll get out of it? Then join our panel that includes a former US Today reporter turned popular cozy mystery author; a NYT bestselling author of cat mysteries; and a creative writing professor as they dissect and explain the art of the critique. The publishing landscape has changed, and being a great storyteller is no longer enough. The burden is now on the new author to submit a manuscript as close to print-ready as possible. Distinguish yourself from the amateur scribe — learn the tips, tricks, and pitfalls of editing that give a manuscript that professional shine.

Speakers:  

Deborah SharpA former USA Today reporter, Deborah Sharp traded sad news for funny fiction with her Southern-fried Mace Bauer Mysteries. Think Janet Evanovich, if Stephanie Plum had a couple cousins named Bubba. Deborah learned to self-edit as a defense against the chainsaw tendencies of her newsroom bosses. As an author, she rode horseback across Florida for research, and chatted with Al Roker on the Today show. The horse was less scary. Deborah lives with her husband, Kerry Sanders, in south Florida, where she spends her time chasing iguanas from the hibiscus. Mama Gets Trashed is the fifth book in her series. Visit online at www.DeborahSharp.com

Mama Gets Trashed

Deborah StuckartDiane A.S. Stuckart is the NYT bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (written as Ali Brandon), as well as the upcoming Tarot Cat Mystery series from Midnight Ink. With a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diane began her writing career by reaching the finals of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award contest. Her finalist manuscript sold to a major New York publisher soon after—that is, after she cut 100 pages from it. Over the years, Diane has judged numerous writing contests, including twice chairing the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence competition sponsored by the MWA Florida Chapter. She’s currently FMWA Chapter Vice-President. Visit her website www.dianestuckart.com

Twice Told Tail

Michael JoyWith an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, Michael L. Joy is an adjunct professor at Florida SouthWestern State College in Ft. Myers. There, he whips would-be writers into shape, and only rarely makes his students cry. Michael has been in and around critique groups for years and has seen the good, bad, and ugly of them. Currently a member of the MWA Florida Chapter Board, he’s also Co-chair of SleuthFest 2018.

DATE:  SATURDAY, August 19, 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. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by August 16 is strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   For 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: 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 August 16 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

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June 18, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

June 18, 2016  Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Judi Ciance

PROGRAM: VISUALIZED MERCHANDISING

Learn all about selling your books at craft fairs and festivals. Find out the secrets of making your visit productive, setting up displays, creating signage, developing the right personnel image, offering handouts, and important do’s and don’ts.

Judi CianceFor many years, Judi Ciance wrote articles, short stories, and poetry “just for fun.” Once her husband retired, after thirty years on the Worcester (MA) Police Department, they moved to their house on Cape Cod. She then went to work at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, initially as part of the drug partnership grant and finally as an Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Director of Finance. In between, Judi served as the policy and procedure coordinator, supervised the grant writer, and functioned as a transition team member for the county’s new state-of-the-art correctional facility. After taking early retirement and moving to Florida, she went back to the ‘fun’ writing on a full-time basis. That’s when the Casey Quinby Mystery Series began. Last November (2015) the fourth book in the series, A TALE of TWO LOBSTERS, hit the stands. Judi’s fifth book is scheduled for this October.A Tale of Two Lobsters

DATE:  Saturday, June 18, 2016

TIME: 12:30: Mingling; 1:00: Lunch; 1:45: Business Meeting; 2:00: Presentation

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.  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 “FMWA 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.

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April 16, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

APRIL 16, 2016 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION AND TIME BELOW!!!

Elaine VietsGUEST SPEAKER: Elaine Viets

DEATH INVESTIGATOR BASICS
Ever hear of a death investigator? He or she works for the medical examiner’s office. At a murder, while the police are in charge of the crime scene, the DI has charge of the body, photographing it, noting the injuries, clothing, jewelry, etc. Learn about proper ways and pitfalls of body identification, how to figure out who was driving when bodies have been moved or thrown out of a vehicle during an accident, the best way to get body core temperature, the importance of asking for blood samples taken at the hospital before the survivors were treated, and other tips that will give your mysteries authenticity. The talk will include handouts.

Award-winning author Elaine Viets’s mysteries span the full range of the genre — hardboiled, cozy, and funny, traditional mysteries. Elaine’s 15th Dead-End Job mystery, THE ART OF MURDER, featuring South Florida private detectives Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont, debuts as a hardcover in May. She’s also written ten Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper mysteries. Elaine started writing dark mysteries with the four-book Francesca Vierling newspaper series.

BrainstormElaine took the MedicoLegal Death Investigators Course for forensic professionals at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine. BRAIN STORM, the first book in her new Angela Richman Death Investigator series, will be published in August. In this novel, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and draws on her personal experiences as a stroke survivor, as well as her studies in the Death Investigators Course. Elaine is a director-at-large of the Mystery Writers of America and a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Viets has won the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Awards.

DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2016
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: Solano Room, The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
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 April 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, MAY 21, 2016: Please save the date.

May 16, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

May 16, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER: Emily Krupin, Assistant Editor from Harlequin
Program: “Queries and Pitches: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
Bonus: Pitch Sessions Following Presentation

How do you grab an editor’s or agent’s attention with a query letter or pitch? What makes them request a full manuscript versus send you a form rejection letter? Worse, what makes them scream and tear their hair out? This month’s speaker will address these questions as well as discuss print and e-book imprints at Harlequin that are open to unagented submissions in the mystery, suspense, and thriller genres. As a bonus, Ms. Krupin will take pitches following her presentation.

Emily KrupinEmily Krupin is the Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, which justifies her fascination with serial killer stories and other startling scenarios. She works on several lines at Harlequin, from historical to Christian romances, but her home line is the perfect balance of suspense and romance. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College she edited higher education textbooks, which may or may not have contributed to her enthusiastic jump to the thriller genre. Outside of work you can usually find her at the local bookstore, stalking a stranger’s adorable dog on the street, or trying out a new recipe. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyKrupin.

**In order to give a five or ten minute pitch (time to be determined), you must have a completed book-length work of fiction. To be added to the list, send an email to Vicki Landis at bookpainter319@hotmail.com with “Editor Pitch” in the Subject line and your full name in the body of the message.

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Queries and Pitches: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST: $15 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.

**NOTE the special discount is for FMWA members as a member benefit this month only. But you must pay by check to Rick Wymer in advance. Email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA May 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 for $15 payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: For guests 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.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015: Please save the date.

 

April 18, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

APRIL 18, 2015: FLORIDA CHAPTER, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA – LUNCH MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER: Rory J. McMahon
Program: “Financial Fraud Florida-Style”

Florida seems to attract fraudsters of all stripes. Who are they? How they get away with it (when they do)? How they get caught? How fast do they adapt to changing laws, enforcement, and investigation methods? How much do they haul in? How does a Ponzi scheme work (and fail)? How in the world are these cons … well, confident enough to do it? What are the latest rip-off trends? Learn all this, PLUS hear fascinating cases from a leading national authority on fraud investigation.

Rory McMahonFormer federal probation officer and college instructor Rory J. McMahon has been the President of R.J. McMahon and Associates, Inc. since 1991. Although this is a full service detective agency, Rory specializes in criminal, civil and background investigations. Rory is a Certified Legal Investigator, Florida Certified Investigator, Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is the author of seven textbooks, including FRAUD INVESTIGATION and PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS. www.mcmahonpi.com

DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Bank Fraud”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach 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 “FMWA April 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, MAY 16, 2015: Please save the date.