February 2023

Speaker: Molly Jebber
Topic: Let’s Talk Agents, Publishing, and Marketing
February 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to Noon

In person and Zoom meeting

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

Molly will provide what to have in place before you acquire an agent and/or publish.  She’ll share what editors and agents expect and are looking for when they consider acquiring your work in today’s market.  She’ll also give us marketing tips she’s found successful.

Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning author.  Her Amish Historical Romance books have made Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, USA Today, and have been in featured interviews on newspaper sites, and popular magazines across the U.S.  She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection.  She has served as a keynote speaker for writing conferences, and as a guest lecturer at libraries and events across the U.S. on writing, publishing, and marketing.  Molly just signed a contract with Sony Pictures/Pureflix to make a movie of LIZA’S SECOND CHANCE.  She loves God, her family, and friends.  She says yes to cupcakes, and no to coconut!

Visit http://www.mollyjebber.com for her full book list, new releases, speaking events, and her Sony/Pureflix Liza’s Second Chance movie updates!

Members of Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA) have been invited to participate in the Bonita Springs Public Library “Local Author Meet & Greet” on April 1, 2023, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  This is a joint initiative with the Friends of the Bonita Springs Library.

By reserving a table, you’ll be able to meet enthusiastic readers, discuss your writing, and offer your books for sale.  The address of the Bonita Springs Public Library is 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Reservations are free of charge, but space is limited.  If interested in participating, please respond soon to reserve your table.  Should you be interested in sharing your table with another author, please include that in your reply.

Respond to Kimberly Christensen, Reference Librarian, Bonita Springs Public Library, office (239) 533-4864; email KChristensen@leegov.com

We encourage our members to participate in this event.  Any opportunity to meet readers and give exposure to your work is positive.  GCWA officers will also be there to represent our organization and support our authors.

The 2nd Annual Del Shores Foundation Writers Search is accepting scripts through the end of February.  This contest is open to Southern LGBTQ+ screenwriters and playwrights.  This could be an opportunity for Gulf Coast writers in other genres to spread their wings.  Use the code “DSFFL” for free submission.  See the graphic for further information.

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT THE ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS

 

 

 

STORYTELLERS BRING STORIES OF LOVE TO THE FOULDS THEATRE

By Mary Lou Williams

Storytellers of the Round Table and Elephant Showcase Storytellers will take the stage at the Alliance for the Arts on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (EST) to tell their tales of love lost and love gained.

The tellers, in order of appearance, will be Dr. Joel Ying, Rhonda Brazina, Mary Lou Williams, and Marilyn Graham.  Dr. Ying will be the MC; he will tell two folk tales, “The Marriage Boulder” and “The Spring of Youth.”  Both tales originate from Asian folklore.  Rhonda will tell her own personal love story about how she, a hopeless romantic who liked candlelit dinners and red roses, fell in love with a logical realist, who thought flowers were a waste of money.  Mary Lou will tell a literary story, “The Birthmark,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and a fractured fable about “Truth and Story,” who fell in love.  Marilyn will tell a legendary tale called, “The Real McCoy” that features a ghost and may or may not be true.  She will end with a folk tale called “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach,” an entomological love story.

Experience the power of the spoken word.  Captivating, spellbinding, and entertaining.  The stories will be followed by a Talk Back, which is a Q&A session with the audience.  Meet the storytellers.  Discover the stories behind the stories.  The Talk Back has become a popular feature of our storytelling events.

The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.  The ticket price is $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  To purchase tickets visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787.