Message from the President (from August 2019 edition of the Author Voice)
Greetings, members and friends. With the first anniversary of the Authors Showcase Series at Books & Books right around the corner, I thought I’d take a moment to share what a wonderful opportunity it is for the South Florida Writers Association.
Some of you may not know that this awesome series was spearheaded by our own Norma Chew, former Director of Communications. One day she mentioned that Books & Books in Coral Gables hosted some of our events in the past, and that we should try to resurrect our relationship with them. So we tested the waters and went to see Cristina Nosti, Director of Books & Books in Coral Gables, who was very receptive to having our authors showcase their work every month in various store locations. A few weeks later, we were referred to Elizabeth Solar, Manager of the Books & Books at Suniland in Pinecrest. Norma, Evelyn Benson and I met with Elizabeth and together we planned the very first Authors Showcase Series event on Sept. 22, 2018 at Books & Books in Pinecrest.
It was Norma’s finesse and perseverance that secured the new Authors Showcase series, and Evelyn raised awareness, member engagement and attendance and assisted Norma by filling the gap with digital/social media presence.
Every Authors Showcase Series has been a huge success and Books & Books has been wonderful. Kudos to the Authors Showcase Committee members composed of Norma Chew, Evelyn Benson, Jonathan Rose and me. Several officers participated by introducing the authors, (Jeff, Jonathan, Steve and Connie), Holly talked about SFWA membership and others donated raffle prizes. Members have been diligently supporting the events by networking with guests and purchasing the books of fellow members/authors. Leveraging teamwork contributed to SFWA's success in fulfilling its mission. Books & Books store manager Elizabeth and her staff have been so kind and attentive to us, our authors and audience, and we are truly grateful.
I look forward to these events every month and I am filling my bookshelves with autographed copies of the rich talent of our SFWA authors, which I will treasure forever! So join the fun on Aug. 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and listen to SFWA writers just like you and me who have stories to tell and took the incredible journey to becoming published authors. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in participating in the SFWA Authors Showcase Series, please contact Rocio Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are just a few conditions for participating in our Authors Showcase Series:
You must be a member in good standing before requesting a date for the showcase.
All author paperwork and the $20 payment to cover your share of the refreshments must be processed 30 to 45 days prior, so we can make a flyer and meet the Author’s Voice deadline.
Remember, SFWA belongs to you – our members and friends. Let us help you get the most out of your membership.