Speaker: Royce Gomez King
Topic: Marketing your book before publishing

Date: September 16, 2021, 10 a.m – Noon

New Location: Map
Word of Life Church
6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Note: Google maps or your GPS may direct you to the back of the building. The entrance to the parking lot is on South Point Blvd. between Quigley Eye Specialists and Buckets Restaurant.


Marketing your book begins before you publish it! You’ve begun the manuscript, started researching publishing options, and now you’re ready to take that next step to become an author. Whether you self-publish or sign with a publisher, marketing begins before the book is printed. During this workshop we’ll talk about 9 pre-publishing areas that will affect your marketing, and a dozen ways to market your book after it’s published. Join us to learn how to set your book up to be a bestseller.

Royce King has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 25 years and is an SBDC Certified Coach, Certified Direct Response Copywriter, and frequent trainer on online marketing strategies. Her education in Nonprofit Management and working with executives extends internationally through speaking and consulting. Her columns and business advice have been published in the Small Business Expert Forum, Huffington Post, Carol Roth, Charity Magazine, and more.
Royces’s Amazon Author Page


November 13, 2021 (changed from 3rd to 2nd Saturday)

Claudia VolkmanLocation: Map
Word of Life Church
6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Claudia Volkman has more than thirty-five years of experience in acquisitions, product development, editing, and typesetting, and has worked full-time for several trade publishing houses. Now, as the owner of Creative Editorial Solutions, she assists publishers, authors, entrepreneurs, and speakers with their editorial needs. A Chicago native, Claudia and her husband reside in Southwest Florida with their two charming Corgis.

Claudia Volkman Resume

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Black river competition

The Black River 
Chapbook Competition
Fall 2021 contest now open to entries!

The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of poems or prose (including fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essay, and prose hybrid manuscripts). Entries should be between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner will receive $500 and publication.
Entry deadline for the Fall Competition: October 31, 2021
Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($17) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. All entries are read without identifying information by our panel of judges and editors.
Visit us online for complete submission guidelines. Submissions are accepted via Submittable now through October 31. We look forward to reading your work!


Ginger Griffin Wakem

Ginger Griffin Wakem’s writing career up until now has been in the world of business and non-fiction filled with product and marketing materials, website content, magazine articles, company manuals and a successful book on City and Well Water printed in English and Spanish that’s in its third printing with over 6,000 copies out.

Her debut novel, TRUST NO ONE, PROMISE NOTHING (91K words) is a story with crime/thriller elements, a sense of humor, and a romantic subplot, inspired by real mafia families and well-known Florida criminals—about a man with a dark past, two careers (one legitimate and one illegitimate), three families (one being the mafia), and the woman who exposes him. The book has cinematic appeal, and it’s both plot- and character-driven, exploring the long-lasting effects of childhood experiences: how they shape us—for better or worse—and our ability to change. This novel appeals to both adult men and women readers who prefer mystery, crime, suspense, and action thrillers containing a bit of psychology, some religion, and swirls of romance.​

Ginger is a well-known landscape photographer and has created several photo books. Over a period of twenty plus years she documented the lifestyle of a sixteen-acre island located at Mile Marker 63 in the Florida Keys. The scenes from her photography book, Conch Key, can be found on her photography website at ggwakem.photos. Dedicated to family, she takes the viewer on a day’s walk about the small island, returning at cocktail hour to witness its glorious sunset.

In Griffin’s Story Ginger documented her son’s journey with Tourette’s Syndrome, spoke at the TSA national convention on Alternative Therapies and was interviewed by the BBC Discovery Health Channel, for their 2001 Medical Mysteries documentary series. The book Tics and Tourette’s, Breakthrough Discoveries in Natural Treatments by author Sheila Rogers was dedicated to Ginger and her son, Griffin for Ginger’s pioneering efforts that inspired Ms. Rogers to create the Association for Comprehensive Neuro Therapy resulting in the Latitudes website.

When Ginger and her husband were offered the part of the “Nosy Neighbors” in the 2020 movie, Marcus, they jumped at the chance. Pictures can be found on her website, www.ggwakem.com and Facebook page. Marcus has gone on to win 16 awards and was nominated for 8 more.


editors prizeMissouri Review

31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Nonfiction $5,000 Poetry 


Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and a cash prize.


  • Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries.
  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Standard Entry fee: $25. Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in digital format (normal price $24) and a digital copy of the fifth title in our imprint, TMR Books, Private Lives, a short story anthology by former Editors’ Prize-winners and contributors (normal price $7.95).
  • “All Access” Entry fee: $30. In addition to the one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review and Private Lives, the “All Access” entry fee grants access to the last 10 years of digital issues and the audio recordings of each digital issue.


  • Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and current University of Missouri students and faculty are ineligible.
  • Previous Editors’ Prize finalists are welcome to enter again.


DEADLINE: October 1, 2021



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Multiple Contests from
Chanticleer Book Reviews

The Clue Awards — Thriller/suspense
Deadline September 30, 2021

The 2021 CIBA Fiction Series Awards! 16 Divisions
Deadline October 31, 2021

The 2021 CIBA Short Stories, Novelettas, and Novellas
Deadline December 31, 2021

Mystery and Mayhem — Cozy and Not-So-Cozy Mystery Book Awards 
Deadline April 30, 2022

Historical Fiction — Americana, Early, Late
Deadline July 31, 2022

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The Journey Awards ~ Narrative Non-Fiction Writing Contest ~2021
The search for 2021’s best Narrative Non-Fiction Books

Deadline September 30, 2021

ENTER TO WIN the 2021 CIBA Overall Grand Prize of $1,000 USD for Best Book
Or the $250 Journey Book Awards Division Grand Prize
Or the PLUS more than $30,000 in Additional prizes, services, and awards for Finalists, 1st Place Category Winners and Division Grand Prize Winners!

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring true stories about overcoming adversity! We will put books about true and inspiring stories to the test and choose the best among them.

The entry fee is $99 for Non-Members and $75 for The Roost at Chanticleer members per entry per category.

Enter here


Speaker: Geneva Kelly
Topic: Writing Workshop

Geneva’s Prompts for Writing

New Location: Map
Word of Life Church
6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

The GCWA Writing Contest is starting soon. If you want to write something for the contest and are suffering from writer’s block, Geneva is full of ideas to get you started. She has created a fun workshop for writers of all genres and capabilities.

Note: Our original September speaker had to cancel due to Hurricane Ida’s destruction.

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london book festivalThe 2022 London Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual program celebrating the best of international publishing.

The London Book Festival will consider books in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian in the competition. The works may be published, self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography/memoir, children’s books, cookbooks, compilations/anthologies, genre-based, how-to, photography/art, spiritual, young adult, unpublished, business, wild card (anything goes!), science fiction, and poetry.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

Deadline: January 25, 2022

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Indignor HouseIndignor House Publishing is proud to introduce the start of our annual writing competition (INDIGNOR PLAYHOUSE Short Story Annual Competition) with the first award and publication in August of 2022. Submissions will be accepted starting September 1st of each previous year and closing on March 31st of the publication year. Up to 25 submissions will be accepted for inclusion in the annual book publication. Book format will be in three media formats (hardback with jacket, softback, and e-book).

Every year, a theme will be announced in June for the next year’s competition. The 2022-year theme is RESENTMENT and short stories can be of any genre. Maximum word count for short stories is up to 5,000 words.

Cost for submission is $15.00 to cover administrative and production costs. Three levels of award – First Place – $500, Second Place – $250, and Third Place – $150. A ribbon medal and book publication is included. Each awardee will receive a complementary hardback copy, and the others chosen for publication will receive a softback. Books will be available through standard book distribution via Ingram Distribution for online and bookstores purchase.

We will be responding to each submittal with a critique.

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GCWA Writing Contest Coming Soon

writing contestThe 2022 GCWA Wrtiting Contest
is coming soon, beginning October 1, 2021, deadline January 31, 2022.

Adult Contest (18 and older) and Youth Contest (ages 11 through 17).

We are looking for donations and sponsors for the Youth Writing Contest
so that we may offer the contest free of charge to our Youth entrants.
Please contact website@gulfwriters.org

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