Monthly Archives: October 2015

An Evening With Jonathan Kile

Jon Kile spoke about his life, his writing process, and his book THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK.  He also opened our eyes regarding the business of self-publishing.  Formerly known as vanity publishing, it is now known as indie publishing, is immeasurably easier today than in the past, and has lost most of its stigma.  The internet is a resource for publishing information, writing support groups, cover design contests, and countless other resources.  No longer does a writer have to order and then try to sell a garage full of boxes of books;  nowadays, the books are printed on demand and delivered in a few days.  Amazon’s financial arrangements have made publishing both paper and electronic potentially profitable for even modestly successful writers, especially those who can write in quantity.

Two huge success stories for indie publishing were 50 SHADES OF GRAY and its sequels by E.L. James and The MARTIAN by Andy Weir.  Both books were made into mainstream Hollywood movies.  If they can do it, so can Jon Kile, and so can you.

Read a lot more on these subjects at Jon’s blog:

Here are some photos of Jon’s talk at our beautiful Mirror Lake library.  He does look a little like Ben Affleck, doesn’t he?




Friends President Wayne Finley presents a mug with the event poster art to Joanthan Kile


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Friends President Receives City Award

Congratulations to Friends of Mirror Lake Library President Wayne Finley for receiving a City of St. Petersburg 2015 Leisure Services Outstanding Volunteer Award on October 5. A letter from Mika Slaughter Nelson, the Director of the St. Petersburg Library system, includes this: “As President of the Friends of the Library, you have continuously championed library advocacy and fundraising. Your leadership has also yielded great programs, which have involved the community in both literary and visual arts.” Wayne is pictured here with Mirror Lake Community Library Coordinator Sandy Allen.

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Meeting minutes for September 2, 2015

The September 2, 2015 meeting of Friends of Mirror Lake Library (FMLL) was called to order by President Finley at 6:10 PM. A quorum was in attendance.

Approval of the August minutes was passed unanimously. The treasurers’ report was given by Monika Finley and approved by the board. We had a total cash balance for both of our accounts combined, of $2,218.12. We had a discrepancy of $37 that will be adjusted by Monika and Linda Branson. It was also noted that our $500 contribution to the summer program was not yet debited from our account.

Our October event will be held on October 5th. Maureen McDole will be responsible for obtaining the speaker. Maureen’s vibrant group “Keep St Pete Lit” will be joining us, to combine our efforts to promote authors and the library. Maureen’s group also agreed to take over obtaining speakers in the future, with Barbara’s guidance. Barbara suggested we notify the “Times” of our partnership.

Wayne will contact Nevin Sitler for our November author event.

We will solidify our December “Pioneer” program and exactly what we will do for FIRST NIGHT.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Sagese
Secretary, FMLL

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