Setting up for a book fair or book signing

I’ve participated as a vendor in three book fairs; two of them were large multi-day fairs–the Miami Book Fair International and MegaCon (Orlando). The Florida Writers Association is getting into the game with a multi-genre book signing in May 2016. If you’re one of the authors, or if you’ve ever wondered whether to take part in a book signing or a book fair, here’s a handy list of what you might need. What the organizers usually provide: Table (be sure … Read More »

It’s In The Blood

After umpteen seasons of watching CSI on TV, I’ve often fantasized that I’m just one more bloody crime scene away from being fitted for my own, CSI windbreaker. I know all about arterial spray…blood spatter…the purple-blue glow of Luminol and lifting fingerprints from anything that has a surface. I like to think I could add a little something to the team. Maybe jump inside the TV and lend the CSI pros a hand. Join in a little brainstorming session with … Read More »

FWA Youth Conference

Know a young person who always has a story in their heart or a poem on their lips? Please invite them to our third annual conference and give them this message: Youth writers grades 6-12, get set for an outstanding conference line-up bringing back some of your favorite presenters with new topics plus brand new faculty and fresh ideas. Beside the chance to hang out with other writers from across the State of Florida, you’ll have the chance to talk to and learn … Read More »

Join Us, But Not for the Reason You Think

Well well well. I happened upon an article by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers’ Institute about writers’ conferences. The topic was why authors should attend. Why indeed? Laurie Scheer, director of the Institute, offered seven reasons, all aligning with what FWA unearths in our yearly post-conference surveys. One reason in particular caught my eye. And it’s not what you’d expect. But first, the conference. Our conference. The 14th Annual Florida Writers Conference. And let’s focus on the Banquet for the … Read More »

’Cause We All Love Books

There’s something magic in cracking the cover on a brand new book—for you Kindle folks make that tapping a finger. Books become our best friends, trusted advisors, time machines and tickets to better places and times. Some of us are so in love with the whole book thing that we actually want to write one. Or, a few. Or, a few hundred. Enter the Florida Writers Conference. For a few days in October, we book lovers and would-be writers get to “crack the … Read More »

It’s Time to Book That Hotel Room!

If you don’t live in the Orlando area, you’re going to want to book a hotel room for the 14th Annual Florida Writers Conference, October 15-18. As you peruse the Orlando/Altamonte Springs area, there are so many different options. Here’s the thing, though. The conference is being held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs on 950 S. Northlake Blvd. This means you want to be as close to this location as possible. The Hilton is currently booked, which means we have a lot of people … Read More »

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