Come See Me! (In Bethesda, Maryland)
Are you close to the Washington DC metropolitan area? Are you interested in being (or becoming!) a rational writer? Do you have $35 to invest in pursuing your writing career (or are you a member of the Mystery Writers of America)?
If you answered yes to all three of those questions, then do I have a deal for you!
On Tuesday, October 20, I’ll be speaking at the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Mystery Writers of America’s monthly meeting. Here are all the details:
MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA
Once upon a time, authors wrote a book, sent it off to their publishers, and started writing the next book. They didn’t have to worry about business matters. At least that’s the fairy tale. But these days, authors definitely have to worry about business matters: tracking data, promotion, legal concerns, and more. This split focus between the creative and business ends of writing makes it all the more important for authors to have effective time-management techniques and plans for success. That’s where Mindy Klasky comes in. The author of The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts will be our guest speaker at our October 20th meeting, sharing her project-management techniques for writers.
Klasky, a USA Today bestselling author and an attorney, will discuss her step-by-step guide to project management. Her techniques are suited to authors who self-publish their books and traditional authors with publishing contracts from large or small presses. With more than twenty years of publishing experience, Klasky aims to help writers spend more time writing books and less time managing business details.
This meeting promises to be of interest to writers as well as people interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look into how writers work. We hope to see you there.
Tuesday, October 20th
Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Ballroom Level
4300 Military Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Garage parking under the hotel.
Metro: Friendship Heights.
6:30 p.m. Reception/Cash Bar
7 p.m. Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate.
8 p.m. Mindy Klasky speaks
9 p.m. Book sales and signing. Credit card sales may not be available. Please bring other methods of payment.
RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and nonmembers. To reserve your seat, call or email Trish Carrico no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, October 15th, and let her know your entrée and dessert choices (choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate). Trish’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com. Her phone number is 240-560-7085. If you reserve your seat by email, or if you reserve by leaving a voicemail message, you should receive a response confirming your reservation within a couple of days. If you don’t receive a confirmation, please contact Trish again to ensure your reservation was received.
PAYMENT DETAILS: We no longer accept cash. Please remember to bring a check made out to Mystery Writers of America with you to the meeting. Payments will be collected at the door. Our in-person payment policy is based on trust, and we want to continue this practice. Please don’t be a no-show/no-pay.
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice.
WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com.
Our meetings are open to the public. You don’t need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.
Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting. Thank you.
I’d love to see you there!