Dec. 14, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

December 14, 2019 Monthly Meeting of FMWA

DATE: DECEMBER 14, 2019, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Lunch Meeting 

PROGRAM:  JOINT FMWA/FRW HOLIDAY PARTY!

happy holidays

Program:   ‘Tis the season for our annual Holiday Party…and this year, to make it even more fun, we’ll be joined by our friends at Florida Romance Writers! Help us celebrate the holidays and the end of 2019 with lots of food, fun, and fellowship. Party activities include: 

  • Buffet Luncheon with a Holiday Theme
  • Cash Bar sponsored by Florida Romance Writers
  • Tacky Holiday Finery Competition…wear your most outlandish holiday attire for a chance to win a bottle of wine courtesy of FRW
  • Gift Exchange…participation is optional, but if you’d like to take part, bring a wrapped gift valued at no more than $25. Always popular are gifts of wine/liquor, writing-themed items, and anything with flamingos! (NO books, please – we’re all writers, and we have plenty already!)

In addition to the fun, we’re also keeping the Spirit of the Season by helping out a good cause with a literary theme. Bank of Book is a mom and pop used bookstore in Ventura CA that has been providing gifts of books to those families who’ve lost everything in the recent wildfires. But they’ve been beset by troubles of their own while they try to help. We’ll have fliers at the party which will explain how you can assist all these folks in their time of need. Feel free to bring a few dollars donation to the party, which we’ll collect and send on to Bank of Book. We’ll also have mailing instructions if you’d like to donate books for distribution to the fire victims (this is an “on your own” project–please don’t bring books to the party!). Finally, we’ll have a link to Bank of Book’s GoFundMe page if you’d care to help them in their legal battle.

You’re welcome to bring a spouse/friend/SO to our gala as your guest. And, as FMWA’s gift to you, for the Holiday Party everyone pays the FMWA member rate of $25. (See instruction below for link. From the drop down menu on the signup page, chose either “MWA Member” @ $25 or “2 Members” @ $50 if you’re bringing a guest. FRW members, sign up as a member but please add “FRW” after your name.)

VERY IMPORTANT… because of the number of members and guests expected, we MUST have our final number of attendees to the hotel early. Please sign up NO LATER than noon on Thursday December 12 to guarantee a spot!

TIME:  11:30: Mingling and Cash Bar
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch and PAR-TAY!

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

COST:  $25 for MWA members, FRW members, and guests. Note: Prepayment is required to guarantee a reservation.

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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and he will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:

Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by NOON on DECEMBER 12, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 (the 4th Saturday of the Month) at our NEW meeting location, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach.

Nov. 16, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: November 16, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting 

GUEST SPEAKER: Victoria Landis 

PROGRAM:  Editing Improves Everything 

As the ways of publishing a book have expanded and changed, so have the way editors interact with their authors. Authors (Traditional and Indie) demand flexibility in the degree of editing, as well as the methods employed. Using a checklist for corrections helps polish manuscripts without feeling as though you’re untangling a ball of knots. Victoria Landis began editing other authors after spending ten years in a tough critique group, and writers began to ask if she’d edit their work.

DATE:  SATURDAY, November 16, 2019

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

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by September 18, 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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and he will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:

Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by November 13, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: December 14, 2019CHRISTMAS PARTEEEEE!

 

Oct. 19, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: October, 19, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Michael Meeske writing as V.S. Alexander

PROGRAM: The Anatomy of a Best Seller
In today’s publishing climate, writers in every genre need to face their worst adversary—poor to non-existent sales. V. S. Alexander will share his own research into “The Anatomy of a Best Seller,” as well as draw on the conclusions of James W. Hall’s groundbreaking book, HIT LIT. Alexander will guide you through the special characteristics that make up the best seller, as well as provide useful tips for your own work that may help you hit the vaunted best seller list of your dreams.

Speaker: V.S. Alexander
Michael MeeskeV.S. Alexander has sold more than 200,000 novels for Kensington Books in two-and-a-half years, as well as foreign rights in nine countries in Europe and South America. His second novel, The Taster, has been optioned for film and translated into several languages. His latest release, The Irishman’s Daughter, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and also acclaim from the American Library Association. His fourth novel, The Traitor, about the German student resistance movement in World War II, is scheduled for release in March 2020, with a fifth book, The Sculptress, slated for the following year

DATE: SATURDAY, October 19, 2019
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 January 16 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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and he will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by October 16,
or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting: November 16, 2019

August 17, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: August 17, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

PROGRAM: “Audiobooks from the Author’s Viewpoint”

GUEST PANEL: MWA authors, Nancy J. Cohen, Deborah Shlian, Ray Flynt, and David Wind. Moderator, Diane Stuckart

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. An award-winning author, she’s published twenty-six works of fiction. Her nonfiction instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award.
Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, an award winning author, practiced medicine in California where she also taught at UCLA. She has published nonfiction articles and books as well as medical mysteries and thrillers.
Ray Flynt is the award-winning author of the mystery series featuring private detective Brad Frame. In addition to mystery writing, Ray has written and performs a one-man play based on the life of Ben Franklin. A native of Pennsylvania, Ray now resides in Broward County, Florida.
David Wind: International award winning author David Wind, has published forty novels including Science Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense Thrillers. He lives and writes in Florida, where he and his wife Bonnie, share their home with their dog Alfie, a Moyan poodle.

The author panel will be discussing and answering questions about audiobooks, including:
An overview about audiobooks and where they stand compared to eBooks and print books;
How does an author create an audiobook of their work?
How do you choose a narrator?
How much does it cost?
How do you market a finished audiobook?

DATE: SATURDAY, August 17, 2019
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.

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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com with the subject line “FMWA  August 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by August 14, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: September 21, 2019—Speaker, CHARLES TODD

June 15, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: June 15, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Melinda Clayton

PROGRAM: “Creating multidimensional antagonists: A psychological perspective.”

Melinda ClaytonSpeaker: Melinda Clayton is the author of seven novels and has published numerous articles and short stories in various print and online magazines. In addition to writing, she has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration, is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado (on retired status), is a writing tutor for Pearson/Smarthinking, and teaches writing/publishing classes for Southern New Hampshire University’s online MFA program.

Towards the Light

Young woman walk on an empty wild beach towards celestial beams of light falling from the sky

DATE: SATURDAY, June 15, 2019
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
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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by June 12, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: July 20th, 2019 

May 18, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

May 18, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

DATE: May 18, 2019
GUEST SPEAKER: Carla Norton
PROGRAM: Fact or Fiction: Attack of the Crime Writer!

Program: Are you fascinated by a criminal case that’s “stranger than fiction” and tempted to write a true account? Or would you rather cherry-pick details and blend them into a crime novel? Either way, there are certain steps to take and legal issues to consider. What are the challenges and pitfalls in writing true crime? When is it okay to fictionalize? And what’s the key to a good book proposal?

Maybe you’re ready to dedicate blood, sweat, and years into researching a crime, or maybe not. But here are some insights into the process and some tips on how to craft a story with the grit, complexity, and emotional payoff necessary for a successful book.

Carla NortonSpeaker: Carla Norton is a novelist and true crime writer. Her award-winning fiction includes The Edge of Normal and What Doesn’t Kill Her. Her nonfiction includes Disturbed Ground, about a female serial killer, and Perfect Victim, about an extraordinary case of kidnapping and
prolonged captivity. Perfect Victim, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral
Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller, provides inspiration for her fiction. Carla has an MFA degree in creative writing and enjoys teaching workshops. She invites you to contact her via Goodreads, Facebook, and at CarlaNorton.com.

DATE: SATURDAY, May 18, 2019
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
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by May 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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.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 FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Circle S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by May 14, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: June 15, 2019

September 15, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: September 15, 2018 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Harriet Ottenheimer
PROGRAM: Forensic Linguistics: Language as Evidence

harriet textbookProgram: The Unabomber case. Kurt Kobain’s suicide note. Russian cyber crimes. The Exxon Mobil disaster. Police interrogations. Plagiarism disputes. Forensic linguistics has played an important role in resolving these situations and more. A relatively new discipline, forensic linguistics has become an essential part of modern crime investigations. Forensic linguists analyze language evidence to assist law enforcement to solve crimes. In this talk, linguistic anthropologist Harriet Ottenheimer will discuss this new field. The presentation will be interactive, with real examples to analyze.

Harriet OttenheimerSpeaker: Harriet Ottenheimer writes on language and culture for encyclopedias, magazines, and academic journals. Her analysis of the language of African scam letters is well-known in the cyber security community. She has also analyzed linguistic evidence for the U.S. Government. Her best-selling book, The Anthropology of Language, is now in its fourth edition. Her publications include a bilingual dictionary, a CD of African music, a documentary film, and a blues singer’s autobiography. Harriet earned her BA in literature from Bennington College and her Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University. She taught anthropology and ethnic studies at Kansas State University and on a Fulbright appointment to Charles University (in Prague). She is a past president of the Central States Anthropological Society and of the National Association for Ethnic Studies. Now “emerita” Harriet writes mystery novels featuring an amateur sleuth who analyzes language evidence to assist law enforcement to solve crimes.

DATE: SATURDAY, September 15, 2018
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
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by September 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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at harriet@ottenheimer.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019

Please make your online reservation by September 12, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: Saturday October 20, 2018.

June 16, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: June 16, 2018 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Elaine Viets
PROGRAM: The Devilish Art of Writing Short Stories

Elaine VietsProgram: Are short stories harder to write than novels? How many characters should you have in your short stories? What are editors looking for when they buy them? Award-winning author Elaine Viets will discuss how to write award-winning short stories, and how they can improve your novel writing.

Speaker: Elaine Viets’s new A Deal with the Devil and 13 Short Stories was called “a stunning collection of short stories” by reviewer Cindy Chow. Elaine has 33 enormously popular bestselling mysteries in four series: hardboiled Francesca Vierling, traditional Dead-End Job, cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper, and Angela Richman, Death Investigator. Elaine, a St. Louis native, took the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course for forensic professionals at St. Louis University. She’s won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards. www.elaineviets.com

Elaine Viets cover

DATE: SATURDAY, June 16, 2018
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
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by May 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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at harriet@ottenheimer.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019
Please make your online reservation no later than JUNE 13, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: Saturday July 21, 2018.

April 21, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: APRIL 21, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Lunch Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow

PROGRAM:  The Challenges of Being a Police Chief in a Thriving South Florida Town

The job of Police Chief encompasses more than simply making sure that felons are brought to justice. It requires managing large scale events, crime scene management, media challenges, management of high profile cases, personnel related issues, future trends in criminality, and leveraging technology to prevent and solve crimes. If you want to lend some authenticity to your crime mysteries or police procedurals, you do not want to miss this special event! 

Chief Kitzerow

Speaker:  Chief Frank Kitzerow was appointed Chief of Police for the Jupiter Police Department in October, 2005. Chief Kitzerow began his career with the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department where he worked for twenty-five years. He served in a variety of positions including patrol, aviation, paramedic, traffic, emergency communications, and district commander. He commanded the Criminal Investigations Bureau overseeing investigations relating to major crimes, organized crimes and narcotics, and money laundering.

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Chief Kitzerow started a Criminal Intelligence Unit and collaborated with the FBI to establish a Regional Intelligence Center. During the DC Beltway area sniper shootings, Chief Kitzerow organized and commanded the Fairfax Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces for investigating and prosecuting the criminals involved. Chief Kitzerow played a pivotal role in developing and implementing a collaborative and state-wide police information sharing consortium known as LEX, which involves more than twenty law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County. He holds a B.S. in Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

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. Note: Prepayment is required to guarantee a reservation.

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” and the meeting date 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 FMWA Treasurer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your online reservation by APRIL 18 or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows. 

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

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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