Reminder: Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., Sept 7 at 6:30pm – Speaker: Larry Leech

We’re back. The next Orlando FWA meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm at the newly renovated University Club in Winter Park. The speaker will be Larry Leech and his topic is “Tips from a Writing Coach.” See the original post below for more information about this talk.

The Future of Publishing – Rik Feeney

 How can anyone possibly predict the future of publishing? It seems we live in a world where technology changes day by day and just trying to keep up means you are at least a year behind. I remember as a kid reading the Dick Tracy cartoons and thinking how awesome it would be to have a wrist radio. Guess what? Samsung now has a wrist phone that it is marketing on TV.

I thought holograms were the coolest thing when I saw an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Commander Riker met Lt. Commander Data on a holo-deck made to look like a beautiful park in summer. With the command, “End program,” the holo-deck reverted to its real shape of a relatively small room with gridlines painted on the walls and floors. Now many devices, including wristwatches, are being outfitted with holo-emitters to project holograms of people. What happens if someone calls when I am in the shower?

In Japan, some concerts are being held where holo-emitters are being set up on stage and an artist computer-created or live, possibly halfway around the world in another studio performs for the audience and they see a solid three-dimensional representation. If only Milly-Vanilli (sic) had this technology when they were superstars. (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kM3n64WJmo&feature=related)

But, what does this have to with us as authors and publishers in the here and now?

The here and now includes tablets and e-readers that have the ability to link to websites, videos, and audio. Some children’s books can now add animation. Cell phones around the world are literally becoming smaller versions of tablet computers and a steadily increasing number of people are reading books on their phones. Do I have to learn every new technology that comes out to be an effective author or publisher?

I hope not. I started writing because I liked capturing thoughts and ideas on paper, oops…, I mean the screen, and sharing them with other people. And, no matter how you slice it, the basic component of any TV show, movie, hologram, podcast, audio, or ebook is the written word. Without the written word there would be no programming, stories, or entertainment.

Being a true rebel without a cause, but with deeply held convictions (for which I was acquitted) I believe you should focus on what you do best, which is creating entertainment through writing fiction or education through writing nonfiction, and then follow the motto, “Do your best, then outsource the rest.” Let someone else worry about formatting for technology while you create the stories that either put us to sleep or keep us up all night.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending the Independent Book Publishers Association University in Chicago. While at the conference, I had the chance to rub elbows with a bunch of bigwigs in the industry (not near as much fun as holding hands and just wearing a hat), where I got the distinct impression that independent and self-publishers are setting the stage for the coming developments in the publishing industry whether the Big Dog Publishers like it or not.

The keynote speaker at the event was Guy Kawasaki, author of the book, Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur. Kawasaki talked about an intriguing idea called “Artisanal Publishing.” The concept being that artisans of all types from sculptors, to artists, to bread makers make and design without reference to much in the way of outside influence. An artisan is free to create as he/she sees fit.

This, I believe, is the real future of publishing. Artisan authors and publishers creating new and different books in a style and format that reflects their artistry, tastes, and style. More and more artisan authors will discover new and unique ways to express themselves much to the dismay of traditional publishers who likely will be too slow to make the necessary changes to survive.

While some rebellion in the use of the English language will result in this new paradigm, the author that understands the basics of grammar, the knowledge needed to publish, and the keys to effective marketing will succeed. Organizations like IBPA and other writer/publisher/marketer oriented groups will be needed more than ever to guide new authors and publishers on the path to success. Once the new author is firmly established he/she can break the rules effectively to broadcast their uniqueness to the world.

The future of publishing is you. Go out and write your bestseller.

© 2016 Rik Feeney. All rights reserved. / usabookcoach@gmail.com / http://www.RickFeeney.com

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September 5, 2016. Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – 09/07 – Tips from a Writing Coach

Larry Leech

Larry Leech

Tips from a Writing Coach

Weak and unprofessional writing will sink a manuscript every time. Learn the craft and the professionalism needed to attract readers at the next Orlando FWA meeting held at the newly renovated University Club in Winter Park, Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Writing coach Larry Leech will show you: 1) Words to eliminate from your manuscript to make it read better, 2) How to grab the attention of an editor or agent, and 3) How your writer’s voice will separate you from the noise of the masses. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Larry Leech – Short biography

Unholy Quest

Unholy Quest

For more than thirty years, Larry J. Leech II has written and edited in a number of capacities. He began his professional writing career in 1981 at age 18 and spent twenty-three years writing and editing at daily newspapers and a magazine. With more than two thousand published articles and twelve thousand interviews under his belt, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten twenty books and coached dozens of aspiring writers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach.

 

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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Orlando FWA Meeting August 2016 Cancelled – Next Meeting Wed., Sept 7th

August 3rd Orlando FWA Meeting Cancelled

Our beautiful meeting place, the University Club of Winter Park, is under construction with several renovations being made to the building. Due to that activity we will be unable to hold our normal monthly meeting on August 3rd. We will return to our normal meeting schedule on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm with a presentation by writing coach and speaker Larry Leech titled, Tips from a Writing Coach.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. I look forward to seeing you all in September.

 

Upcoming Speakers

September 2016 – Larry Leech – Tips from a Writing Coach

October 2016 – Leslie Halpern – Earning a 5-Star Book Review

November 2016 – Paul Schad – Police and Crime Technical Advice for Literature

 

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – July 6th – Writing Flash Memoir – Alison Nissen

Alison Nissen

Alison Nissen

Writing Flash Memoir

Join us Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club in Winter Park for a presentation on Writing Flash Memoir presented by Alison Nissen. Nissen describes flash memoir as, “A single moment in time revealed in 500 words or less.” Nissen will cover: 1)How to select the perfect memory. 2) How to engage your audience. 3) How to write directly but descriptively. Nissen claims “Memories fade but memoirs last forever.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rik Feeney / usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting – The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Go up the ramp to the side door, then keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

If you get lost call Rik Feeney at 407-529-8539.

July 4, 2016. Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, June 9th at 6:30pm

Due to some scheduling conflicts with my speaking / consulting business I have rescheduled the June 2016 Orlando FWA meeting for the following week on Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park. The topic will be Book Marketing Online.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Thurs. June 9th – Book Marketing Online

I have said this a thousand times and will probably say it a thousand more, “5% of the effort is writing and publishing the book. The effective 95% of the effort is marketing and promoting.”

During this meeting we will discuss many ways that you can promote your book online. Some of the elements to be discussed are:

  • Electronic media kits.
  • Kindle marketing techniques
  • Reviews and testimonials.
  • Amazon author page.
  • Basic web sites for authors.
  • Google alerts.
  • Expert sites.
  • Article directories.
  • Silent auctions online.

Please bring any new or unique marketing ideas you believe will help sell books to share with the group.

See you Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 pm for this month’s Orlando FWA meeting.

May 31, 2016. Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA – May 4th – 6:30 pm: “Offline Marketing for Online Success” (Book Marketing)

Offline Marketing for Online Success

Orlando Florida Writer’s Association presents “Offline Marketing for Online Success,” a talk by writer, speaker, and book coach Rik Feeney at the University Club in Winter Park on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm.

Having a web site and promoting your work online is critical for success in this technological era, but many times the spark that makes a topic or a book go viral happens in day-to-day conversation, finding a business card, or attending a talk. As Feeney says, “The map to your online presence is often found in the mundane world.”

Have you designed a marketing campaign that includes offline techniques? What niche market have you targeted? What’s the timeline for your promotions? How much will it cost? How can you sustain the marketing effort for a minimum of two to three years?

In this talk, you will learn how to make sure your offline marketing supports your online efforts by: 1) creating word-of-mouth campaigns, 2) singing for your supper (doing author talks), and, 3) using your book as a business card (free booklet, sample chapters, CD). These are just a few of the many ideas that will be discussed. There will also be an open forum where you can contribute ideas that have worked for you.

Join us at the Orlando Florida Writer’s Association on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park (corner of Webster & Park). The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information go to https://fwaorlando.wordpress.com or email usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – April 6th – Preparing a Manuscript for Submission

The Manuscript’s Journey

Cindy Campbell

Cindy Campbell

Cindy Campbell knows a lot about editing fiction, but she learned even more, including insights to her own writing strengths and weaknesses, when she became an author. Join us Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club in Winter Park to learn an editor’s suggestions for preparing a manuscript for submission or publication. The top 3 things participants will learn:

  1. General GPS (Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling) rules, including Dos and Don’ts,
  2. Suggestions for writing realistic dialogue (and determining when/how to use tags), and
  3. An insider’s view of why fiction manuscripts get rejected.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster Avenue. Follow Webster through a light at Denning Road, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave.) you will turn left into the University Club. Go up the ramp to the side door, then keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

Upcoming Writer’s Events

The Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference | April 30, 2016

Day at the Bay Mini-Conference | May 7, 2016

Nonfiction & More Mini-Conference | June 25, 2016

Florida Writers Conference – October 20-23

Multi-Genre Book Signing – May 1, 2016

Webinars – May 14 & July 9, 2016

April 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Using Internet Resources to Find an Agent – 03/02/16 @ 6:30 pm

Using Internet Resources to Find an Agent

Racquel Henry

Racquel Henry

Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm for a talk by Writer’s Atelier owner and author Racquel Henry. Henry will show you how to get your work in front of agents, how to use Twitter to find out what agents want, how to use Twitter contests to get your work in front of agents (plus the do’s and don’ts of those contests), and how to figure out what agent is right for you. The meeting takes place at the University Club in Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik Feeney – usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Go up the ramp to the side door, then keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

For additional information contact: Rik Feeney / usabookcoach@gmail.com / 407-529-8539

February 29, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Mtg – Feb 3rd @ 6:30 pm – Jeffrey Rembert / News Techniques You Can Use

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Join us February 3rd at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park where world famous, literary giant, associate editor, and journalist without compare, Jeffrey Rembert will show us how his news writing approach will bring order to your initial draft. Rembert says, “I’m not as tall as you’d think, or as young, and my drawl only kicks in when I’m drinking.” Hard to believe he may actually be responsible for protecting First Amendment rights. The talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney for more information at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting site

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., 01/06 at 6:30 pm

Introduction to Wordslingr Online Writing Studio

On Wednesday, January 6th at 6:30 pm Patrick and Shannon Burrows will introduce and demonstrate the online writing studio, Wordslingr, and how you can use it to quickly get started working on your novel today. The meeting takes place at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

2016 Q&A Session

Directly after the Wordslingr session, we will have a question and answer time for you to ask the most pressing questions you have on any aspect of writing, publishing, or marketing your work.

Laptops for Sale!

Your fearless leader, Rik Feeney has a laptop for sale. This is an HP 14-inch monitor with Windows Vista and 3 GB of RAM with many writing software programs loaded; $200 with laptop bag. This is a first-come, first served, cash only, no guarantees or warranties offered.

Looking for speakers

Have you got a specific concern you would like addressed this year? If so, please let me know and I will endeavor to find a speaker who will answer your need. In addition, if you know of any speakers with presentations appropriate to our groups goals, please let me know.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting – The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

 

January 4, 2016. Announcements. Comments off.

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