St. Augustine Florida Chapter of the Florida Writers Association

Guest Speaker

AUGUST

Meeting Location: Main Branch
   1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
   Phone: (904)827-6940

Date: August 19, 2017
Time: 10 am – 11:45 am

SPEAKER:
Anne Payne, Book Reviewer

DESCRIPTION:
Anne Payne is a book reviewer for the Florida Times Union and an organizer of the Jax Freestyle Book Club for Real Readers. She reviews memoirs, literary fiction, general nonfiction and crime fiction. 

What’s selling today? Anne will discuss trends in newly published books in several of these genres so that authors can be aware of what’s selling today. She’ll also answer questions about the review process and what works and doesn’t. 

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SEPTEMBER

Meeting Location: Main Branch
   1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
   Phone: (904)827-6940

Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10 am – 11:45 am

SPEAKER: Belea T. Keeney

DESCRIPTION:FIVE EDITING MISTAKES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Editors often see the same mistakes in manuscripts, and making one might keep you from placing a story. Find out which five editing mistakes are the most common, how to correct them, and how to smooth your prose to impress an editor! From POV problems to making key decisions about your writing career, this discussion will help you focus your work and get the most from your writing time. Join us for an insider's look at the publishing industry from an editor's perspective.

Belea T. Keeney's novel, The Tiger Whisperer, won the 2014 Cat Writers Association Best Book Award, and she has also sold three short story collections.  Her stories have placed in the Writers in Paradise Short Story competition, the 2010 Florida Review Editor's Choice Award, the 2007 Left Coast Writing Contest, and the 2011 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival Short Story contest.

She works as an editor for a variety of publishers, agencies, and private freelance clients. She especially enjoys working on paranormals, horror, romances, memoirs, and most anything written about animals. Find out more about her editing services and books at www.beleatkeeney.com.

   

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** NO MEETING in October **