Since our January meeting dealt with death, our February meeting naturally focused taxes and treating your writing career as you would any other business venture. President Charlotte Hunter facilitated our business meeting and advised CCW members about the book Agatha Christie’s Golden Age by John Goddard, which deconstructed her creative use of puzzle elements (Solution, Plot and Clues) in her mysteries.
Jean Macaluso delivered the Author of the Month talk on Dorothy L Sayers, a famed UK author of mystery novels and short stories, set between World War I and II, as well as poetry and other academic works. Her best-known series featured two different amateur sleuths, monocle-wearing Lord Peter Wimsey and novelist Harriet Vane. A female pioneer in the mystery genre, she helped to establish and operate the Detection Club, a secretive organization for UK mystery writers, with other golden age authors of detective fiction, including Agatha Christie.
This month’s Ask An Expert, acclaimed thriller writer and recovering accountant, Mindy Mejia, gave an insightful talk via teleconference on authors recognizing that they are developing and operating a small business as a writing professional. She strongly recommended that all writers should create a business plan, an outline of which can be found on her website. She also discussed key expenses that are and are not deductible for authors. Check out her author website and tax blog for writers for more info as well as this link to her SinC webinar on tax planning. Special thanks to Vice President Bess Carnan for bringing in another great guest speaker for our monthly meeting!
Lucky Ann Meier won the Valentine’s basket drawing, but kindly declined since she had won the December basket. On a second try, President Charlotte Hunter happily took home the basket of Valentine’s goodies. Thanks Ann!
In our March meeting, we’ll learn about putting together a pitch to agents and publishers with Ask An Expert, Sarah Nicholas, the current Managing Director for Pitch Wars and the host of PubTalk Live. So march over to the Winter Park Library for our next monthly meeting—one week later than usual!
Sunday, March 15, 2020
(Note: one week later than usual due to Library event conflict)
1:30 PM – 3 PM
(1:30-2:00 business meeting/2:00-3:00 presentation and socializing)
Winter Park Public Library, 3rd floor meeting room