Monthly Meetings

Florida Chapter of MWA monthly meetings offer members the chance to socialize, learn about their craft, get inspired, and exchange industry news. We meet on the third Saturday of each month. At our lunch meetings, we offer entertaining, educational programs by accomplished speakers. Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors. We welcome other professionals in the fields of writing and publishing, plus those who simply appreciate reading a good mystery novel.

Until further notice, meetings will be virtual only and you will not have the option of in-person attendance. A link and password to join the meeting will be sent to members the week of the meeting. There will be no charge to attend.

Check our Special Events page for meetings held in other locations around the state.

ATTN: FMWA MEMBERS – If you are not receiving the Rap Sheet or the Monthly Meeting notices, please contact us at so we can get you back on the mailing list.

Here are the upcoming meeting dates: JULY 18; AUG 15; SEPT 12 (2ND SATURDAY – moved this date as the 3rd Saturday is Rosh Hashanah); OCT 17; NOV 21; DEC 19

July 18, 2020 FMWA VIRTUAL Meeting 

DATE: July 18, 2020 


PROGRAM: Proven Social Media Book Launch Success Strategies (that cost nothing!)

How do you help people discover your book? How can you draw attention to your writing? What websites can help and how should you spend your time, attention, and money? These questions, and more, have stumped authors for decades. Whether you are traditionally or independently published, the truth is, that the success of your book sales rests on your shoulders, and marketing books can be a frustrating and sometimes career-killing task for many authors.

While there are no simple answers to these tough questions, there are some proven strategies you can use to launch your first, or next, book successfully using a simple Facebook formula that costs nothing. During this presentation, April O’Leary, author and hybrid publisher, will show you exactly what she has done to launch six first time authors to #1 in their category on Amazon this past year. While there are no shortcuts to a successful career as a writer, this is one tool you’ll want to have in your book marketing toolkit.

SPEAKER: April O’Leary

April OLearyApril O’Leary is the Founder of O’Leary Publishing and the author of five books. She understands how exciting it is to launch your first (or second or third…) book and how important it is to have the right team to guide your book’s birth into the world. Because of her knowledge of the industry trends, titles released by O’Leary Publishing frequently achieve top rankings on Amazon. She is on the board of the Florida Author’s and Publisher’s Association. She is also a member of the IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a judge for their national Benjamin Franklin book awards contest.

DATE SATURDAY, July 18, 2020

TIME: 12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling; 12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting; 12:45-2:00: Presentation




Our virtual meeting will follow the same procedures as our In Person meetings, except for the lunch period. We want to encourage all our members, statewide, to attend and join in. The first twenty minutes will be a virtual mingling, so please don’t be shy.

You will receive a link to the zoom meeting a day or two prior to the meeting.  Please keep your eyes out for the eBlast.   Another link will be sent on the FMWA list serve, so if you have not signed up for the list serve, check the Rap Sheet for the signup link. 

Next Meeting Date:  SATURDAY, August 15, 2020

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  • DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020
  • TIME: 12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling; 12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting; 12:45-2:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: Proven Social Media Book Launch Success Strategies (that cost nothing!)
  • PLACE: Virtual Meeting via Zoom
  • COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. $5 for Members attending virtually, and $7.50 for non-member/guest attending virtually.

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