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We are the beginning stages of setting up at a writers conference. Can you spread the word to your group?
ABCBook4children&Adultsinc will be heading up a writers conference in April 2019.

It will be held at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center. There will be workshops and talks and you can apply to have face time with real agents from NY and around the area. The event will begin on Friday evening, Saturday, and end on Sunday. We are looking into prices now.

There will be 12 – 14 agents at the conference for you to meet and pitch your book to as well as editors and other professionals in their fields. We are looking into well-recognized authors to give talks in the theater.

What I need now is volunteers to be agent assistants. You will be asked to help them get from A to B at the conference. You will also get a chance to meet your assigned agent at a meet and greet at the hotel for about an hour on Friday. The agent will then travel by arranged transport to Luigi’s restaurant on Friday evening for a special reception and back to their hotel. A limited number of places will be available at Luigi’s.

You will meet your assigned agent Saturday morning and see that they get to the cultural center where you will guide them to where they need to be. Again there will be transportation supplied. To be repeated on Sunday if necessary.

There will be maps and timetables given out. This is an opportunity to get to meet an agent and they will get to meet you on a one-to-one personal level. This is not a time to pitch your book. You will need to schedule that with the agent that suits your work the best. We will help you with what agents require from a pitch as time gets closer.

Help us make this a great conference. We need everyone to dig out all your media contacts and send us names, emails, phone numbers, anyone you know from the newspapers or local radio. Also any local publishers information. (I love my excel spreadsheets) We want to spread the word to as many writers as possible.

If you have a printing shop that will sponsor some of the printing in exchange for an ad in the program.

Can you promote the event at your local social club, Kiwanis, Elks, Moose, Masons???? Can I come and give a talk??

This event is for everyone no matter if they still have the book in their head or are a seasoned author, Traditional or Independent.

Let’s have the best conference on the Gulf Coast

DL Havlin and I are the points of contact for any questions. Most questions will be answered as we get more things confirmed. If you have a question please ask. It may be something we have not thought about.

Brenda M. Spalding – Author
http://www.heritagepublishingus.com
http://www.amazon.com/author/brendaspalding

 

Hard Times Writing Contest

Hard Times Writing Contest

Hard Times Writing Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Writers Workshop of Asheville, NC
Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
Multiple entries are accepted. Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for up to three entries.
All contest entries will be returned with judges’ comments. Authors retain all rights. All contests have a $25 entry fee ($20 for members). Fee payable online through PayPal, or by check on money order.
Scroll down for submission instructions.
Awards for all contests:
1st: Choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems) line-edited and revised by our editorial staff
2nd: Choice of a 1 night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited
3rd: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited
Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

The next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be Saturday January 13th and will feature NYT bestselling author Lisa Black. She will be discussing fingerprints – just one of her specialties. Along with being a NYT bestselling author, Lisa is a seasoned forensic specialist – it’s a great combination – forensics with a writers perspective. Lisa always impresses.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>

Extended Deadline January 15, 2018

Submit your best short fiction stories!

We’ll make this quick. Writer’s Digest is on the prowl for standout short stories in 1,500 words or fewer.

Think your short story has what it takes? Enter it in the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for a chance to win $3,000 in cash, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, recognition in the pages of Writer’s Digest and more.

Make your story bold, brilliant and of course, make it brief.

Enter today!

 

Hayton — Chasing Brenda

Chasing Brenda
by Pauline Hayton

Her sixtieth birthday, her self-centered husband, and the death of a friend have Brenda wondering what happened to her once adventurous spirit. Determined to get it back, she hotfoots it to a remote village in India. When family members give chase to persuade her to come home, life becomes hectic. Arriving in India, rebels promptly kidnap Brenda’s ditzy granddaughters. With the police no help and her dander up, Brenda turns into “Wonder Woman” on a mission, embarking on a hare-brained scheme to rescue “her girls.” Her showdown with the maniacal rebel leader has Brenda fearing for her life and the lives of her granddaughters. Calling him a moron doesn’t help. Against all odds, she outwits the rebels. Using implements hidden in her bra, Brenda escapes with the girls under cover of night. Traipsing through jungle, dodging rebels and bullets, and fleeing angry bears—no problem for the wild child in Brenda that was there all along. [more]

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Jacobs — H.E. Heitman

H. E. Heitman — An Early Entrepreneur of Fort Myers, Florida
by Timothy M. Jacobs

 

Biography of Harvie E. Heitman who was a pioneer citizen of Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida from 1888 to 1922. Includes some rare never before published photographs of early Fort Myers.