Guest speaker Nancy Quatrano will address the Ancient City Chapter of the Florida Writers Association at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Main Library, 1960 US 1. Quatrano will discuss the differences between writing a series, whether fiction or non-fiction, and writing a stand-alone book. She will explain how to keep facts straight from book to book, how much of book one goes into subsequent books, and the power of writing a series and how it impacts sales. Sales numbers show that readers prefer reading a series, so it’s important to build a series that hooks readers and keeps them that way from book to book.

Quatrano has two series in print: a murder mystery series and a women’s fiction/inspirational series written with a co-author. The first book in that series, “Merciful Blessings,” won an honorable mention in the 2019 Forward Indies Book of the Year Awards for religious fiction; it was a Bronze Winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Award; and also earned first place in the 2015 Unpublished Women’s Fiction category of the Royal Palm Literary Awards.

Quatrano is a developmental editor and owner of On-Target Words, a boutique, hybrid publisher. She has been winning writing awards since 1993, and speaks at writers’ groups, seminars and conferences from New York to Florida. She is also co-leader of the Ancient City Chapter of the Florida Writers Association.

Meetings are held in conjunction with Friends of the Main Library. All book sales benefit the FOL. Library doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting begins around 10:15. All meetings are free and open to the public. For information, e-mail