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

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Elder Statesman Celebrates 96th Birthday!

Ed Lyman, our Honored Elder Statesman of the FWA-Sarasota Literati celebrated his 96th birthday (yes, 96, that is NOT a typo) on Tuesday, June 24th. At our FWA-Sarasota meeting last night, Ed gave US a gift by sharing another one of his sly, dry, witty and humorous stories, this one titled "VIAGRA FALLS". For the members who weren't there, Ed's story was about
... uh ... well ... it's kinda hard to explain. I guess you just had to be there, know what I mean?

Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ED!!! And best wishes for at least another 50 years of writing!

For anyone who wants to send a birthday wish to Ed, his email address is

Submitted by
Russ Heitz

Saturday, June 14, 2008

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Copyrights

At our recent FWA meetings there have been a number of questions about Copyrights: when do you need them? Why do you need them? How do you get them? And so forth. The following website of the Copyright Office should answer all your questions, plus a lot of questions you haven't thought of yet. Check it out:

Posted by
Russ Heitz

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mind-boggling Publishing Statistics

The Dan Poynter newsletter recently had a blurb about publishing statistics and referred the reader to the website: Here are just a few of the stats. There are literally dozens of amazing statistics that can generate both enthusiasm and depression, depending upon the stat and also upon your current writing/publishing situation. Here are just a few examples.

A new book is published every 30 seconds.

78% of the titles come from small/self-publishers.

80% of the book sales are controlled by five conglomerates: Bertelsmann (Random House), Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Time-Warner, Disney, and Viacom/CBS.

Lightning Source grew from 3 employees in 1997 to more than 500 today; the company digitally scans about 2,000 books a week and prints 1.2 million books a month. "It took us 7 years to print 10 million books," says Lightning Source VIP Kirby Best. "This year we published 10 million books in the first 11 months."

Contributed by Russ Heitz

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Florida Writer Magazine

To All the Sarasota Group

All of the paid up members of FWA should be receiving their copy of the The Florida Writer in the mail. The group leader no longer receives a separate copy by mail in addition to the alloted copies sent UPS so I'm not sure when they'll be arriving. If you are paid up and do not receive your magazine, you'll have to let me know so we can get the problem fixed. You are entitled to it as one of your member benefits. For those that do receive it, if you'd like to comment about the magazine or any specific article you found helpful, please email me your comment for my column by the 20th of the month. Nuther way to get your name in print! Too, it is YOUR magazine, please feel free to make submissions and showcase your work or your latest news.

Speaking of latest news, Michael Durr, "My Brain My Future" and myself are scheduled to be interviewed on Http:// next Tuesday, June 10th at 7am and again at 11am. Susan Klaus of Authors Connection has included the FWA members in this opportunity. To hear the broadcast, go to Radio Ear and click on Author Connection. If you have a book and would like to be interviewed on the air, contact Susan at I'd also like to congratulate Susan on her election to president of the Sarasota Fiction Writers. She, too, is one busy gal.