North Florida Writers’ Minutes

February 11, 2006

 

President Richard Levine called the meeting to order at 2 P.M.

 

Treasurer Howard Denson introduced the guest speaker: Steven Kerry Brown, author of Private investigating:  The Complete Idiot’s ‘guide.  Mr. Brown is a former FBI Special Agent and currently a private investigator.

 

Mr. Brown’s presentation highlights:

1.      True/False questionnaire describing private investigating scenarios/responses.

2.      Emphasized value of attending writers’ conferences/visiting with publishers

3.      Recommended Larsen’s How to Write a Book Proposal.

4.      Discussed favorite PI books (Robert Crace/Parker)

5.      Offered services to members at his website:  stevenkbrown.com

 

Frank Green requested members to volunteer as drivers for visiting authors at the May “Much Ado About Books.”

 

Treasurer Howard Denson reported $140 in the Intelligent Eye account and approximately $2,500 in the account.

 

President Richard Levine made a motion that was then seconded to change NFW’s official address to Howard Denson’s home address.

 

Discussion was conducted about meeting places:

  1. Downtown is too far to travel for OP members
  2. Meeting at a library will be explored
  3. Returning to FCCJ is preferred by group.  Richard will meet with a campus representative to discuss our insurance situation.
  4. Group voted to remain at Crispers until something is decided…moving monthly may lose members.

Announcements:

  1. Richard’s short film will be shown at Delray Beach Film Festival in March.
  2. Writers’ Festival-NFW sent proposal for a panel to promote Saturday at 2. 
  3. The book vendor for the festival is Booktique.
  4. Beachside Bookbag Book Festival, April 8 at Ormand Beach.  Several members expressed interest in attending this to set up a book display of Saturday at 2.
  5. Richard reminded members to send him information for free individual websites that he has volunteered to create.

 

One manuscript, a children’s story, was critiqued.

 

President Richard Levine adjourned the meeting at 4:50.

 

Respectfully Submitted by Kathy Marsh, Secretary