Schedule and Location

Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. We meet the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Nokomis Fire Station. Coming from Sarasota or North, proceed a few blocks south of Albee Road on US 41 (past Matthews-Currie Ford) to Pavonia Road. Turn right (West, toward the bay) at the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are 2 blocks north of Dona Bay. Turn left onto Pavonia Road at the flashing yellow caution light. At the Fire Station, drive to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room at the far end of the complex. We Gather for a meet and greet at 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten-minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Adjourned: 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Inside News From The World of Publishing

For those of us who are still in the "outside world" of small presses and independent publishing, it is often difficult to find out what's going on inside the world of traditional publishing. One professional writing group -- Sisters In Crime -- recently published an article that at least provides a glimpse of what's in the present and also what may be in the future of publishing in general. Sisters In Crime is a group of professional writers who specialize in mystery or crime-related novels and non-fiction books, but their interviews with traditional publishing insiders can benefit all of us, regardless of what genre we specialize in. Check out the following site. You may find it interesting, helpful, and certainly informative.

Submitted by Russ Heitz

Friday, May 23, 2008

Melanie's New Video

Melanie Bowles, who spoke at our April meeting, has a new video posted on YouTube. It'll give you some idea of what her Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary family is all about. The video is also an example of why some people (including me) think a herd of horses running free is just about the most beautiful sight anyone could ask for. At least it is for those of us who love animals in general and horses in particular. Check it out at:

Friday, May 09, 2008

Haley's Work Honored Nationally

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards are dedicated to celebrating and promoting the outstanding work of independent publishers and authors. It has just been announced that one of our own FWA Group Leaders, Susan Haley of the Sarasota Chapter, was honored as runner-up Finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence competition for the Audio Book version of her novel Rainy Day People. The audio was produced by Spoken Books Publishing.

In addition to now being able to affix the 2008 Gold Award Sticker on her books, Susan will be included in a National Publicity Campaign that reaches over 700 publishers, buyers, editors and producers culminating in recognition at the 2008 Book Expo America in Los Angeles, California in July.

Congratulations, Susan!

For further information about Susan's work, experience her beautiful website at

Russ Heitz