April 16: I was pleased to be accepted for membership in the Long Island Authors Group and the Military Writers Society of America. I joined both to seek advice on how to publicize “Heroes to the End” and suggestions on how to turn it into a screenplay for a Netflix series.
The Long Island group consists of local book authors who have joined together to promote the Island’s writing community. It conducts seminars, holds writing workshops, discusses marketing techniques and promotion strategies and the use of Internet outlets and new technology. It holds monthly dinner meetings for members.
The national MWSA is a community of writers with ties to the military which reviews and rates books, bestows awards and helps with marketing and brand building. I’m sending three softcover copies of my book to three reviewers today. Members also agree to review each other’s books.
I am a 1966 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY. I graduated from Nassau Community College in 1968 and Hofstra University in 1970. I was a sports reporter at Newsday from 1966-1999, covering 5 Super Bowls and 9 Stanley Cup Finals. I was a features desk copy editor from 2000 to Dec. 31, 2014, when I retired. I am married to Lynn, a social worker, since April 9, 1978, We have one son, Peter, 33, an air traffic controller in Ohio.