December 16, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

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.)

 

Nov. 18, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

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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October 28, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

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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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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July 15, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: July 15, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Patrick Kendrick
PROGRAM: Behind the Scenes: National Preparedness For Disasters and Domestic Terror

Basing your latest novel on a terrorist attack or natural disaster? Here’s your chance to learn the ins and outs of terrorist weaponry, first response tactics, and national disaster preparedness from a retired fire chief turned Department of Defense trainer. Before retiring to write full-time, award-winning author Patrick Kendrick spent much of his 30-year firefighting career as a special rescue and hazardous materials technician and trainer. Now, when he’s not busy penning thrillers, the founder of Fire O.W.L. (Objectives for World Leaders) LLC travels the country instructing Armed Forces units in specialized disaster tactics.

According to Kendrick, this training has been funded vigorously and has grown significantly since 9/11, and even more so as ISIS has spread. It marries the capabilities of the Armed Forces with that of first responders—fire fighters trained in technical rescue disciplines to facilitate saving as many victims as possible from disasters and, specifically, domestic terrorist events. Kendrick will discuss the various equipment used by armed forces, the training they have to endure, the weapons terrorists use, the blend of NIMS (National Incident Management System), and the Department of Defense’s projected casualties of a nuclear holocaust. If you want your disaster-themed thriller to ring with chilling authenticity, you can’t afford to miss this program.

Patrick KendrickSpeaker: Patrick Kendrick is a former fire fighter and an award-winning author of several thrillers. His latest novel, Acoustic Shadows, was published by HarperCollins and was a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist. The Savants, a techno-political thriller, was published in 2015 and was his first YA novel. It won the Florida Book Award last April and was a Royal Palm Literary Finalist. When speaking of his literary successes, Kendrick says, “I love writing, but few things in life have given me as much satisfaction as working with our nation’s soldiers, and it’s my honor to be able to do so.”

The Savants

DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 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 July 12 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 July 12 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017

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June 17, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: June 17, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur

PROGRAM: Podcasting: THE Publicity Platform for Writers

Being interviewed on a podcast can be a great way to gain exposure for your writing. Join award-winning podcaster Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur as she presents advice on how to get booked as a guest on great shows, with tips for making the most out of your interview (including what NOT to do) and a fun interactive session to get out those nerves. Jaime will also explain the growing medium of podcasting and how it can be THE platform for sharing your work. You have a passion for your writing, and no one could be better at telling your stories than YOU. So, hear straight from the “Podcast Girl of South Florida” how to start your own show!

JaimeSpeaker:  Helping people live their true passion is Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur’s mission, and she has found no more powerful tool than podcasting. Soon after starting her marketing company, Flint Stone Media, in 2014, she launched her Curve the Cube podcast with the idea to inspire people to find their passion and do their thing (outside the cubicle!). By interviewing movers and shakers who have already successfully lived their dream or are unapologetically deep in the trenches, she offers real actionable nuggets to inspire others to go from being dreamers to being doers!

Along the journey of producing her flagship show, podcasting has become her own passion, and Jaime works every day toward the goal of making it a full-time focus. To that end, she co-hosts on two other shows, is the organizer of the Palm Beach Podcasters MeetUp group, and is launching her own network, the Flint Stone Media Podcast Network.

DATE:  SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 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, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by June 14 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 June 14 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

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May 20, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: MAY 20, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Tim Robertson

PROGRAM: Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers 

Cobra self defense

Cobra posterAt some point in your Mystery or Thriller manuscript, you’ll likely find your protagonist facing the wrong end of a weapon — or a fist. Want to write those scenes with greater detail and accuracy? Award-winning martial artist and self-defense instructor Tim Robertson will give you the information you need to pen a fight scene that has punch. With his presentation, “Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers”, you’ll learn about situational awareness, “myths” about fighting, survival techniques, and more.

Mr. Robertson asserts that “the absolute best self-defense skills are 90 % mental.” His presentation is based on real life professional experience, studies, and on-going research in the areas of personal safety and self-defense. Not only will his demonstration give you what you need to write a better fight scene, you’ll take away some real-life self-defense tactics.

Tim RobertsonSpeaker:  Timothy Robertson began his training in the Martial Arts in the early 1970’s.  He is a Martial Arts Master and holds black belt rankings in Aikijutsu, Karate and Jujutsu. He is an inductee into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Master of the Year 2002 and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame 2003. In 2008, he was awarded Police Tactics Instructor of the Year by Gold Coast Martial Arts, and in 2009 he was honored by the IFOJJ Martial Arts University Legion of Honor Award for over 35 years of martial arts contribution.

Mr. Robertson is a former certified behavior management instructor, teaching verbal de-escalation techniques and non-lethal control techniques. He is a licensed security officer with the State of Florida (D&G license). He runs and is the lead instructor for the Certified C.O.B.R.A. ™ self-defense training center in Fort Lauderdale, FL — a police academy for civilians. Over the years, he has instructed thousands of men, women, and children to defend themselves by using his proven simple methods that anyone can learn in a very short time.

DATE:  SATURDAY, MAY 20, 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, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by May 17 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 May 17 so we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

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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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March 18, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

MARCH 18, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

DATE: March 18, 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, Florida, 33487

GUEST SPEAKER: Neil Plakcy

PROGRAM: Exploiting Your Bundle of Rights: Promoting and Profiting from Audio, Translations and Short StoriesNeil Plakcy

Our March 18 meeting will feature author Neil Plakcy discussing the writer’s “bundle of rights” connected with any creative work. As the copyright holder, you have the right to publish in multiple formats, media, and languages. If you are traditionally published, you may still have control of many rights, depending on your contract. If you’re self-published, you own all those rights. From audiobooks to translation opportunities to short stories and excerpts, Neil will explain ways to use your rights to promote your longer works, as well as how to assemble them in single-author collections and multi-author bundles for greater reach — and profit.

Speaker: Neil Plakcy is a hybrid author with over thirty novels, story collections and editedThe Next One Will Kill You anthologies under his belt. He began self-publishing his golden retriever mysteries in 2010, and the eighth in that series will be out in 2017. He has shepherded a dozen audiobooks through ACX and two translations through Babelcube, as well as publishing short stories in anthologies such as Murder Most Conventional, published by Malice Domestic. His most recent book is THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU from Diversion Publishing.

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: 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 March 15!

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 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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