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MARCH  2020

daytona writers guild meeting

We have many treats coming as to presentations, and all will be revealed little at a time as they come close to fruition. Keep looking for the AUTHORS’ OUT AND ABOUT SECTION and READ ALL ABOUT IT in the coming months.

We had a wonderful presentation at our last meeting this past Saturday, Feb 29, 2020. Great bonding occurred during the very interesting morning. 


-   We announced Jesse Sam Owens’ ideas about the upcoming women poetry presentation. Jesse Sam Owens, one of our Vice Presidents in charge of special events, has been ill and is facing an operation. A great asset to all, he has been sorely missed. He continues to plan great things, but he needs our thoughts and prayers at this time. Please keep him in mind and pray for his good health. He is a fine, fine gentleman and fantastic poet and we would like to have him back among us ASAP.

- We then heard Jill Clark’s most interesting and informative presentation of benefits to be had from Facebook and Pinterest. She has had great success with the poetry book LOOSE BALLOONS, which is fast becoming popular with young children. Presently she is at work on her second poetry book. Jill is a seasoned writer with books and articles in journals. We look for much more to come. She has also graciously consented to being on the board of the Daytona Writers Guild and on acting as secretary.

Next Meeting: MARCH 28 at 10:00 AM

2 oceans grand meeting room,

daytona beach shores



Meetings will always be the last saturday of the month. 

 Interesting Coming Events for Out and About .....

Meet The Author - Daytona Beach Shores Book Club 

Wednesday, March 4, 2-4pm

The Red Lobster in Daytona Beach Shores

Dr. Linda Straubel will present her book MYSTIC FRUIT . It is an interesting novel about the 60s and the traumatic events which impressed and changed the lives of many young idealistic people at that time. Some enjoy conviviality with book-lovers in a beautiful literary atmosphere. Sponsored by the Culture and Entertainment Volunteers of Daytona Beach Shores 

B.J. Alligood


Don't miss the deadline!!!!

Accepting entries until March 15

BJ will be one of the presenters at the Women’s Poetry Presentation coming soon. Meanwhile, she has fantastic evenings of poetry at the Copperline Cafe in Port Orange. We will keep you posted. 

DL Havlin 

 Friday, March 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

A History Talk with DL Havlin

Rising Above: The Jacqueline Cochran Story

This event is free, but RSVP is required.

(941) 505-1624

Sandman Books

5240 Duncan Road

Punta Gorda, FL 33982-1783

Joan Cochran

Rising Above: The Jacqueline Cochran Story

This panhandle girl rose from obscurity to be a giant in aviation and in business. Though she never received the publicity that Amelia Earhart is accorded, she accomplished much, much more, in a life filled with triumphs and heartbreak. She was instrumental in forming the WAAC (Women's Auxiliary Army Corps), the WASP (Women's Air Force Service Pilots), was an acclaimed test pilot, was the first female pilot to break the sound barrier, and was the driving force in forming the first women's astronaut group. At one point Ms. Cochran held every women's aviation record at once! Learn more about this amazing heroine at Sandman's next History Talk, featuring local author and historian DL Havlin.

Saturday, March 21, 10am-3pm Daytona Beach Shores Arts and Crafts Market

42 vendors, hand-made items only market. The community is supporting the local artisans, bring others to show your support. There will be at least 6 local authors at this event. Many of the vendors are at other shows, they may be able to tell you about new places where you can sell your book(s).  

Poetry Night

March 21, 5-6:30pm

A delightful evening of poetry and music! Dan Pels, a surrealist poet, will emcee the evening, along with his co-host Mary Jane Barenbaum, a realist/romantic poet.

Author Luncheon  -- Fundraiser for the Daytona Beach Friends of the Library

Thursday, April 2, 2020 

More information to follow... 

Author will be selling her book for $10.00 

Tickets are $30.00 each and includes a hot luncheon of ??? and drinks. 

Taylor and Seale has donated 20 books to place on the tables to be raffled off to attendees.  



Bob Stone, whom you have seen as our professional photographer at essential events, is working on his series of children’s books centered around Ryley, a young girl who takes ballet lessons and loves sports and her friends. Her various activities as she and they succeed in a number of various sports events are geared for middle grade students. We look forward to his new book now being prepared by a new artist. This one is about soccer, where Ryley helps a young piano player prove she can succeed at playing the piano and playing soccer.

Dr. Deborah Lee Prescott has written another book. After her successful run with Mitzvah, which she also presented as a play in West Palm Beach at the Kravitz Center, she is hard at work presenting something else about a “darn cat.” That, too, will be in a play at the Kravitz Center in a few months. Meanwhile, she is on a jaunt to the ARCTIC. A world traveler, she brings such joy to others in relating her experiences, in teaching and in her enthusiasm for writing stories children love . Her latest book is Mazeltov, Mitzvah. This, too, will be translated into different languages, as are her others. It’s all so exciting.  


Frank Ferrante has a book in the works - a coffee table book of his extraordinary oil paintings. The book is in the early, design phase and will take several months to complete. Once published he will have a book signing at The Hub in NSB.

The plein air images will follow the progression of Frank's art from the snowy scenes and pine tree marsh paintings of his New Jersey days, to the seascapes and palm tree marsh paintings inspired by his move to Florida.


DR. Kyra Gudron von Brokoph has just received a university grant for her new poetry book soon to be published by Taylor and Seale. Kyra and three other poets will also soon be performing in the new Women’s Poetry series created by Jesse Sam Owens, J.D. and a wonderful poet. What a treat is in store for us. this will be a first with 5 great poets—all from our area. We are all thrilled that they are among us and that we have something delightful in store.


1. You as an author should have their your own website to promote you and your book(s). Look at Melody Dean Dimick, Donna Nicholson, or Dr William Collins. Type in the person's name, author press ENTER and see what appears. Examine how they have their books listed, how they write about themselves and their local events.

If you look at DL Havlin's website he is always holding appearances and creating sales  He is a consummate writer and very successful , Not only because his books are great but also because he is serious about his craft and has brande himself as a historian and great story-teller.   

 You can set up a free webpage on

2. Daytona Beach Library Florida Scholar Speaker Series.  The third Saturday of the month there will be a speaker from 2-3pm on the third Saturday of the month.  Write to [email protected] to submit your topic that you would like to speak on.  Peggy McDonald is the first speaker on March 21.  She is a history instructor at Stetson University.  She will speak about Florida's Female Pioneers.  The Friends group takes the summer off so they MUST have their schedule figured out by the end of May for the rest of the year!!

What to expect from this page.... 


In the past we have not had time to fill this age with all the wonderful things you have all been doing , PLEASE, PLEASE,  send us the pictures (JPEG format) and details from now one.  We will be posting them and you can not only see  yourselves listed and becoming more known, but you will also inspire other writers.  When I was first approached by publishers I  did not know much about publicity or how to reach the public and become known. I learned much now after seeing our wonderful writers at work. Serious writers want their words to be appreciated by all—they want what they have to say spread to the public.

We now have a person on board who will help us out very much. This is the first OUT AND ABOUT and READ ALL ABOUT IT.  

More will be forthcoming. Keep looking at this page to be inspired.