Tuesday, October 06, 2009


FWA Ancient City Chapter Newsletter for October 2009

Ancient City Writers,

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 10:15 a.m.

Location: Main Library (St. John’s County)
Address: 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084

Panel Discussion - The Business of Being a Writer

The business end of writing is an ever changing and complicated world. In October through a panel discussion we will examine some of the areas that make up that universe and help you prepare and work through the challenges facing today’s writer. This event is for yet-to-be and published authors.


The Conference is one of the main avenues by which up and coming writers and those already published cross paths with the people within the various facets of the publishing business. Nancy will discuss how to prepare yourself, what to do and look out for once you’re there, and how to follow up on those who will enhance your writing life.

Speaker: Nancy Quatrano --She is published in non-fiction books, a variety of newsletters and professional magazines and two NJ short story collections entitled CRIME SCENE: New Jersey, Vol 1 and 2. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Florida Writers Association and Mystery Writers of America.

If you’re a first time author, or even a much published author, setting up and doing booksignings can be a daunting task. New to the business, Chris will tell you what he’s gone through to set up, who to contact, what to do when you get there, and how to follow through.

Speaker: Chris Berman – Describing himself as a sci-fi fanatic, Chris has his roots beginning with astronomy to books written by Ben Bova, Arthur C. Clarke. So its natural that his first book should be science fiction. Titled The Hive, it was published this past January. Chris is at work on his next book.

What else can you do to get your book noticed? Coordinate your promotional efforts, including branding, web sites, press kits, and blogging/ guest blogging. Nancy will also address the dos and don’ts of working with your agent and editor.

Speaker: Nancy Haddock --Nancy Haddock’s debut book, La Vida Vampire, launched a new series from Berkley Publishing Group in April 2008, garnering rave reviews, including a 4 1/2 star Top Pick from Romantic Times BookReviews magazine. Her second book, Last Vampire Standing was released in May 2009.

The library has always been a part of our life. But now as a published author it plays a different role. Learn how libraries select and purchase books - which professional tools are used to decide what books are wanted; where they buy from (Baker & Taylor - online; Amazon; local bookstores; book warehouses, etc.). Also pointers on how library managers like to be approached. Also have the book added to the collection; host book talks/ discussions; partnerships developed (FHBF, FWA, FOL, etc).

Speaker: Valerie Peischel Mull, Main Library Branch Manager, SJC – Valerie has been a professional Librarian for 16 years; serving in government, technical and public libraries; as a Cataloger, Children's Librarian and Branch Manager. She oversees the collection development for the Main Library; including Adult Fiction & Non-fiction, Reference and non-print materials.

Panel Moderator: Karen Harvey
Karen is St. Augustine’s Historian. Her books chronicle and bring to life St. Augustine’s glorious history. Among her works are: Daring Daughters: St. Augustine’s Feisty Females; Oldest Ghosts, a fun read about spiritual activity, and Florida’s First Presbyterians: A Celebration of 175 years in St. Augustine, America’s First City: St. Augustine’s Historic Neighborhoods, Legends and Tales: Vol 1 and 2, Her play Conquest and Colonization ran for five spring seasons from 1996 through 2000.

Saturday, November 21, 2009, 10:15 a.m.

Location: Main Library (St. John’s County)
Address: 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084

Editor Emily Carmain to talk about "Ten Treacherous Writing Traps and How To Avoid Them"

NOTE: See special instructions below if you wish to have the 1st page of your work critiqued by Emily!!

It’s a crime the way manuscripts are so often tossed in the Rejection pile due to common flaws that brand the writer as an amateur. Don’t be a victim. Learn about "10 Treacherous Writing Traps and How To Avoid Them" from professional editor Emily Carmain of Amelia Island, who has seen these over and over again in manuscripts crossing her desk. “They are the kind of problems that jump out quickly in the eyes of agents, editors and publishers,” she says. Come prepared to ask questions.

Emily Carmain heads Noteworthy Editing Services, Fla., and has edited hundreds of manuscripts from works of nonfiction and memoirs to all types of fiction. An award-winning writer and editor, she has worked for newspapers, magazines, corporations, publishers and individuals. She served as director of the Amelia Island Book Festival for several years. For more information on Emily and her work, please go to http://www.noteworthyediting.com/.

Opportunity to submit first page
As part of this event, Emily has agreed to critique the opening page of a current work for those who attend the meeting. Can be fiction or non-fiction. She will review the submissions before the event, so please note the cut off date, and at our Nov 21st event, she will read as many as she can at the end of her talk (content only, no names). All submissions will be returned at the meeting with her comments. To take advantage of this offer, please do the following:

Submit your one page, single spaced, one of 3 ways: as an attachment (Word document is preferred); OR cut and paste into email, OR via snail mail. (Address at the end of this)
1. With the submission include the following 4 items: your name, manuscript title, type of project (if its Fiction – what genre/type of book; if Non-fiction – what the subject is), and estimated number of words of completed manuscript. (No, the work does not need to be completed, but you need to know the number of words you're aiming for.)
2. In the email SUBJECT LINE put: “Submission for Nov 21 ACC mtg”
3. Email to: emily@noteworthyediting.com
or mail to: Emily Carmain, P.O. Box 119, Amelia Island, FL 32035

Again, all submissions will be returned at the meeting. If you know you cannot be there, then please do not submit.

To give Emily time to read and critique please email no later than Saturday, November 14th. If you plan to snail mail, so do by Friday the 13th.

If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Ell at dnell328@comcast.net

Critique Groups

If you are interested in our online Yahoo critique group and/or face-to-face critique meetings, please contact Jeff Swesky at jswesky@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events / Contests

September 1st – December 31st

Calling All Writers The Delmarva Review Seeks New Prose and Poetry

The Delmarva Review is calling for new prose and poetry for its third annual edition. The submission period opens on September 1 and closes on December 31, 2009.

The literary review seeks “the best unpublished work” from all authors. It focuses on writing from the greater Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva area, but it welcomes quality work from all writers, regardless of where they live.

“Good writing should have no boundaries,” said Wilson Wyatt, chairman of the Review’s editorial board. “We encourage established and emerging writers to send their best work.”
The Review, published by the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association, will consider unpublished “evocative” fiction up to 3,000 words, memorable poetry up to 50 lines, and creative nonfiction up to 1,500 words. Color photography and artwork will also be considered for the cover and illustration.

Editors urge writers to read the submission guidelines posted on the Review’s website. Only e-mailed submissions will be considered. Submitting is free. The website is http://www.delmarvareview.com/.

The two past issues of the Review included new writing from 50 authors in 10 states, the District of Columbia and four foreign countries. Original color photography for the cover was by Delmarva photographers.

Copies are available in regional libraries and select book stores. An online order form is available from the Review’s website.
Previous issues have received grant support from the Hedgelawn Foundation and from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from Talbot County Council.
The nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers’ Association, publisher of the journal, supports writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. Its website is http://www.easternshorewriters.org/.
The Delmarva Review’s Editorial Board is responsible for the content and development of the journal. In addition to Wyatt, the board includes Linda Fritz, editor, Kate Blackwell, Mala Burt, managing editor, John Elsberg, George Merrill, and Margot Miller. Laura Ambler is the design editor.

October 1st

Announcing the 2009 Annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Results

Randy Cribbs’ Ghosts: Another Summer in the Old Town wins a Moonbeam Silver Medal in Young Adult Horror/Mystery category.

“Moonbeam Winners Impress Judges with Dedication to Making a Difference in Children’s Lives.” (Traverse City, MI - Oct. 1, 2009) It is said that pictures speak a thousand words and that words can encourage, enrich and even heal. This year’s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards have been announced, and the winning books prove these statements to be true.

Judges chose gold, silver and bronze medalists in 36 categories, covering the full range of children’s book genres from picture books to poetry; holiday to health issues. The awards attracted nearly a thousand entries from throughout North America and the English-speaking world. Medals will go to authors, illustrators and publishers from 32 U.S. states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 7 countries overseas.

For more information contact OCRS, Inc. 904-563-6278 or FAX 904-940-5178
Or http://www.bn.com/. for info on author’s titles.

October 9th

Member Mary Jane Hayes will be visiting John Stockton Elementary on Friday, October 9, 2009 to discuss Characterization and Plot Development with grades K-5th. She will hold a 45 minute discussion with each class.

Based upon a true story, Emma’s House of Sound is a heart-warming exploration into the world of a profoundly deaf child. While intended as an early reader chapter book, it can be used to sensitize all children, hearing or non-hearing. This story is based upon the experience of the author’s former schoolmate who overcame her obstacle of ridicule for being deaf, an obstacle faced by many children with special needs. In addition to dealing with the everyday problems school children face such as bullies or bratty classmates, Emma must read lips and try to communicate with her peers. A special teacher saw no restrictions with this handicap. Emma’s feelings of degradation were replaced by joy when her peers accepted her. Emma’s House of Sound teaches children that friendship can be found in unexpected places and that acceptances and compassion transcend all.


October 10th

Novel in a Day Workshop

Writers today face an uphill climb. The competition is fierce, the learning curve steep. There's no magic wand, but by learning the basic techniques for crafting a novel, the beginning writer can quickly flatten the learning curve. Vic DiGenti is the award-winning author of the WINDRUSHER adventure/fantasy trilogy, as well as the Josiah Bancroft Award for his unpublished mystery, MATANZAS BAY. Vic will facilitate a day-long interactive session, for both beginning writers and more advanced pros looking for new insights, that will provide you with the tools needed to craft your own novel - one that will grab a reader's attention and keep them turning the pages.

Some of the topics covered include crafting strong beginnings, middles and ends, elements of plot and structure, creating characters that sizzle, secrets of writing strong scenes, deciphering point of view, and tips for self-editing. You'll leave with an outline for your next novel.

The Novel in a Day Workshop is part of the University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education's Learn Jacksonville program, and is scheduled for Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University Center (Building 43).

Seating is limited, but there are still openings at this time. This link – http://www.ce.unf.edu/learn.html – will take you to the UNF Learn Jacksonville home page where you may access the course schedule and register for the class.

October 17th

Fiction Writers Boot Camp for Published and Unpublished Authors.

If going to a conference this year makes your already overtaxed wallet ache, the Ancient City Romance Authors of St Augustine, FL have a cure. Come to our Fiction Writer's Boot Camp for Published and Unpublished Authors. This "no-business- suits-allowed" day of intense training includes morning and afternoon workshops led by our Drill Instructor, bestselling author of over forty novels . . . Stephanie Bond. Along with the workshops, the trainees will get lunch, book-signings, free books, a chance to win some fabulous prizes and day filled with networking and laughter. Whether you're a new writer or a veteran, this program is structured for your maximum benefit.

Date: October 17, 2009
Place: Wilson's Toy Barn, 15610 Tison RD., Jacksonville, FL 32218
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00
Special raffle prize: Acer Aspire Netbook

Workshops: Writing a Selling Synopsis, Create a File Collage for Your Book, What If? Exercises to Jumpstart Your Story, Write Fast Write Well, and Q&A--What's on Your Mind?

STEPHANIE BOND was seven years into a systems engineering career and pursuing an MBA at night when an instructor remarked that she had a flair for writing. Intrigued, and with no formal training in writing, she started writing a romance novel in her spare time. In 1997, with ten sales under her belt to two publishers, Stephanie left her corporate job to write fiction full-time. To date, she has written and published over 40 romance and mystery novels with Harlequin Books, Bantam, St. Martin's Press, Harper Collins, and Mira Books. She currently writes a sexy mystery series set in Atlanta called BODY MOVERS. Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta.

FMI EMAIL: http://us.mc562.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=ESinclair1%40aol.com or http://us.mc562.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=VLWKing%40aol.com
Go to http://web.mac.com/vickihinze/%20ACRA/WRITERS_%20BOOT_CAMP.%20html

Print out registration form and send to Dolores J. Wilson, 15610 Tison Road, Jacksonville, Fl 32218. Please make checks payable to ACRA (Ancient City Romance Authors.

October 22nd

Fundraiser Annoucement:

When: October 22nd, 2009

Where: Orlando Marriott Lake Mary

Who: Margie Lawson, developer of innovative psychologically anchored
editing systems and techniques.

Why: Florida Writers Foundation has the unprecedented opportunity to bring Margie Lawson [www.MargieLawson.com] and her Masters Class in Empowering Characters Emotions to writers across Florida. In addition to learning all that’s described on the following pages, we’re raising money for a good cause with the profits! 100% of the profits from this all day workshop will be used for fighting illiteracy by Florida Writers Foundation.

For more information: http://www.floridawriters.net/uploads/Microsoft_Word_-_102208_Margie_Lawson_regtn.pdf

October 23rd - October 25th

The 8th Annual Florida Writers Conference will be held October 23 – 25, 2009 at the Orlando Marriott of Lake Mary.

More information will be available soon at: http://www.floridawriters.net/FWA_Annual_Conferences.html

Good luck with you writing projects and see you at the next meeting,

Jeff Swesky

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