FL Writers Launches Treasure Coast Chapter

Guest Speaker Yvonne Mason (standing) with FWA Organizer Melanie Young

Kudos to Melanie Young for getting this off the ground. With all the writers and writing groups located here on the Treasure Coast a Chapter of The Florida Writer’s Association is long overdue. The FWA Treasure Coast Chapter met at the Jensen Beach Barnes & Nobel and will continue to do so on the first Wednesday of every month. Whether you are a published author or an inspiring wannabe, you should plan to attend the next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th at 7PM. This is a great organization that offers writers any number of opportunities to both hone their skills and create greater awareness of their work.

 The kickoff meeting was lively, fun and informative with guest speaker YvonneMason, who shared her secret of success.  Yvonne publishes her novels through LuLu Press, handling the sales and distribution herself. This tiny little dynamo of a woman is astounding. She is the author, marketing department, advertising coordinator, sales agent and fulfillment house for her work – imagine all of this packed into a frame that stands about five feet tall. Yvonne is also a give back person who was quick to share both her social media marketing tips and a list of her resources.  If you are a writer looking to expand your horizon, you’d do well to get in touch with her (ysam51@yahoo.com)

Yvonne is diametrically opposed to the pathway of traditional publishers. Instead of placing her books in brick and mortar locations, she does everything through the internet, this includes promotion as well as sales. With every book that goes out, she includes promos for other books and in this way she;’s created a self-perpetuating market niche. To buy one of Yvonne’s books, or check out the currently available titles, go to www.thebookattic.ecrater.com

Melanie has extended an open invitation to writers of the Treasure Coast to join us for the next meeting – again, it’s at the Jensen Beach Barnes & Nobel on April 7th at 7pm. Whether or not you are a member of the FWA, please attend, you just discover that you need to join this terrific organization! For more information e-mail Melanie at mustangmelly@comcast.net

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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