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Monday, July 28, 2014

Los Angeles Book Festival


LOS ANGELES (July 28, 2014) _ The 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual celebration of books deserving more attention from the world publishing community. The Los Angeles Book Festival will consider entries in general non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, wild card (anything goes!), compilations/anthologies, sequels (for books that are part of a series), photography/art, poetry, romance, and regional literature published on or after January 1, 2011. Entries can be in English, French, Spanish, German or Portuguese and can be from major publishers, self-published or issued by an independent publishing house. Our grand prize for the Los Angeles Book Festival is $1500 cash and a flight to Los Angeles for our gala awards ceremony in March, 2015, exact date TBD. Submitted works will be judged by a panel of publishing 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 gain a wider audience in the worldwide market. TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Deadline for regular registration entry is February 14, 2015. # # #

Fort Meyers Book Fair

From: Judy Loose

Date: 7/28/2014 11:58:09 AM
Sign up for a table (before August 4) at Fall For the Arts at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL, October 18, 2014, 10AM - 3PM.
Contact Alice Oldford,, for a table. Alice must have your commitment by Aug. 4, 2014.  We must reserve well in advance to be included in their promotional material.
 Full table is $45; half table is $22.50 
6' table + tent and 2 chairs.
Emphasis is on children's authors.

Book Review Opportunity thanks to Paul Holmes

I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy Grey, editor of the Florida Weekly newspaper.
I discovered that the Florida Weekly  has a column for book reviews, written by Phil Jason, known as Florida Writers Column.
In this column they review books by local authors.  I did not know this, so that is why I am sharing this information with you all.
If you would like to get a book reviewed, send a copy to Phil Jason, at 1205,Elizabeth Street, Punta Gorda, FL.33950.
Please note books will not be returned, and there is no guarantee, you book will be reviewed.
Hope this helps. At least we will all start reading the Florida Weekly, to see if we get lucky.

Saturday, July 19, 2014



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ¾ The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its ninth annual competition with a call for entries in nine categories.


Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere.)


The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries, with the support of partner organizations from across the state. 


All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 (this is not a postmark deadline).


The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book and the recently added category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both a copyright date between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 1, 2014, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).


Last year the Spanish language category was expanded to consider bilingual books. Bilingual submissions may include books that are published simultaneously in Spanish and English. Both the Spanish and English must be original works. Translations are not acceptable.


Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched, and as soon as possible after books are officially published.


Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to three finalists in each of nine categories. In each category, the jury may award one Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.



"Florida's unique history coupled with fascinating natural and cultural landscapes provides a variety of rich resources for both resident and nonresident writers. The Florida Book Awards honors the best Florida literature and books about Florida," said Florida State University Libraries Dean Julia Zimmerman.


Co-sponsors of the competition include humanities organizations from across the state such as the Florida Center for the Book; the State Library and Archives of Florida; the Florida Historical Society; the Florida Humanities Council; the Florida Literary Arts Coalition; the Florida Library Association; the Florida Association for Media in Education; the Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College; the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; Friends of FSU Libraries; the Florida Writers Association; the Florida Literacy Coalition; and “Just Read, Florida!”


The 2014 winners will be announced in early February 2015. All award winners will be recognized at a banquet and Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged in March 2015 at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the state of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.


Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer 2015 issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences and on The Florida Channel throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public display in the Florida Governor’s Mansion library and in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.


For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2014 Florida Book Awards, visit


CONTACT: Lucia Fishburne, Executive Director, Florida Book Awards

(850) 644-5211;


Gloria Colvin, Chair, Advisory Board, Florida Book Awards

(850) 645-1680;

Catherine Gardner
Communications Director - Florida Book Awards

Florida SouthWestern State College

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

3rd Annual Sarasota Book Fair

Date: 07/09/14 15:52:46
Subject: 3rd Annual Sarasota Book Fair

Hello to my fellow authors,

The 3rd Annual Sarasota Book Fair is coming

October 25, 2014 from 10am - 3pm

Art Center Sarasota,

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota


for independent local authors

for application or any questions

contact - Brenda Spalding

 $35 for one 6' table or $20 for half table.

 Organized with the help of ABCBooks4Children&Adults

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pat Patterson-New Book Release


Pat Patterson releases "The Takers"

Congratulations to member Pat Patterson, who regularly makes the long trip to our meetings from Punta Gorda, on the publication of his new book, "The Takers." The historical fiction novel is available from both Create Space and Amazon. Great work, and many thanks to Pat for the kind acknowledgment of the Sarasota Writers Group.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

From Linda Schell

Tonight I went to a workshop on "Point of View" for fiction writers.  The moderator digressed a little and told us that if a writer self-publishes on Create Space and sells 8,000 books on Create Space, mainstream publishers will take notice and the writer can expect a call from the publisher.
The moderator also told us that she is impressed with a Marketing company that she found through the Florida Writer's Association's quarterly magazine.  She said she's so busy she doesn't have time to take their advice, but she believes the company is very good.  The moderator threw out the figures of between $500 and $1,000 for marketing is money well spent.
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Writer's Workshop - FGCU

From: Coventry, Doug

 We thought we might be able to let the members of the Charlotte Harbor Writers group know about an exciting writing class we have available.
July 10, 17, 24, 31 
Cost: $48
 Sharon Whitehill is the  instructor.
 Thank you so much!
 -          Douglas
 Douglas Coventry
Florida Gulf Coast University
Programming Assistant

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Copperfish Books - Wine and Words Event

Date: 7/1/2014 12:56:29 PM
Subject: Join Us for "A Summer Evening of Wine & Words" at Copperfish Books on July 15!


Copperfish Books and
The Orange House Wine Bar
Invite You to
A Summer Evening of
Wine & Words
We’ll sample delicious light summer wines and bites from and pair them with great books to take to the beach, on a plane, or to the backyard. 

Tuesday, July 15 at 6 pm
Copperfish Books
Cost: $15 pp
Please remember that this is a fundraiser for The Yah Yah Girls BackPack Kidz programBackPack Kidz bridges the weekend hunger gap by stocking colorful back packs with a weekend's worth of nutritious, kid-friendly food and delivering them to over 1,300 students weekly.

To purchase tickets, call or visit Copperfish Books (941) 205-2560
Space is limited, so get your tickets early!