Reminder: Orlando FWA Mtg – Wed Jan 9th – 6:30 pm – Titles, Covers, & Blurbs

Book Title, Cover, & Marketing Description Are Critical!

(or How the Outside Sells the Inside!)

Photo: Rik Feeney

Rik Feeney / Publishing Consultant
http://www.RickFeeney.com

Join us Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 pm for a discussion on how the outer elements of a book (i.e. the title, the cover, and the marketing description or blurb) are critical to the sales of your book. Book Coach, consultant, and Orlando FWA group leader, Rik Feeney, will show you how to 1) pick the right title, 2) create an eye-catching cover design, and 3) develop a marketing description for the back of the book that makes it irresistible. The meeting is held at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.com for more information.

Winter Park Bloggers and Social Media Meetup

How to Blog Your Book

WHEN: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: Casselberry Library
215 Oxford Road
Casselberry, FL

Our Speaker, Rik Feeney is the author of several books including Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune!, and Editing Basics for Authors and Indie-Publishers! Rik is a Speaker, Book Coach and Publishing Consultant. He talks at writer’s conferences and seminars and is the leader of the Orlando Florida Writer’s Association group. He has done several talks at writing events throughout Florida and was a Platinum Sponsor of the 2008 Florida Writer’s Conference.

This is a brown-bag-Meetup, please bring your own lunch. Click here to see a list of local fast food restaurants. http://bit.ly/2fyC2st – Order early so you’re not late.

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Orlando FWA Mtg. – Wed. Jan. 9th @ 6:30 pm – Titles, Covers, & Blurbs

The Orlando FWA Meeting January 2nd has been moved to Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Book Title, Cover, & Marketing Description Are Critical!

Photo: Rik Feeney

Rik Feeney / Publishing Consultant
http://www.RickFeeney.com

(or How the Outside Sells the Inside!)

Join us Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 pm for a discussion on how the outer elements of a book (i.e. the title, the cover, and the marketing description or blurb) are critical to the sales of your book. Book Coach, consultant, and Orlando FWA group leader, Rik Feeney, will show you how to 1) pick the right title, 2) create an eye-catching cover design, and 3) develop a marketing description for the back of the book that makes it irresistible. The meeting is held at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

December 31, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Dec 5th @ 6:30 pm – Entertainment Writing Basics – Leslie Halpern

Leslie Halpern "Scantily Clad Truths"

Leslie Halpern
“Scantily Clad Truths”

Entertainment Writing Basics: Previews, Interviews, and Reviews 

Learn the basics of writing about movies, books, theater, comedy, and celebrities with entertainment journalist and author, Leslie Halpern at the next Orlando FWA meeting on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park. Halpern will discuss 1) planning and writing a preview, 2) planning, implementing, and writing an interview article, and 3) planning, implementing, and writing a review. According to Halpern, “Entertainment writing has a reputation for being fun and glamorous, and quite frankly, it often is… but it also requires research, technology, travel, and hard work.” This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

NaNoWriMo Special

Did you write a 50-thousand-word novel during the month of November? It’s likely you are starting the editing process now and will be ready to publish with a 2019 copyright in January of the new year. I am offering a special between now and December 31st. Only $999 to have your book published as a Kindle and a Paperback including cover design. You can also get a gift certificate for the above for the author in your life. Send me an email with the promo code NANO for yourself (even if you didn’t write the book during NaNoWriMo) or GIFT if you would like to purchase a gift certificate for someone else. Questions? Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or go to www.RickFeeney.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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

November 30, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Mtg – Nov 7th @ 6:30pm – Stephen Arsenault – Journey to Kindle Success

Journey to Kindle Success

Stephen Arsenault

Stephen Arsenault

Join us Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 pm when Stephen Arsenault, author of over 53 books, will tell us about his journey into writing and how the advent of Amazon Kindle made his journey a success. Arsenault will discuss 1) how to self-publish a book on Kindle, 2) best practices for success, and 3) strategies that have not worked. According to Arsenault, “Determination is the foundation of success.” This meeting is held at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney for more information at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Nanowrimo Special

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) I will reinstate the $999 Kindle Special for publication of a paperback and Kindle book. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park841 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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

November 1, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – Literary Agent Saritza Hernandez

Perfecting Your Pitch

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm Saritza Hernandez, the Sr. Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, is the leading literary agent in digital publishing deals, according to Publishers Marketplace. In her workshop, Saritza will show you how to improve your pitch just in time for the FWA Conference at the Hilton in Altamonte Springs, October 18 – 20. Saritza will tell you what to expect from a pitch appointment, how to prepare and how to deliver your pitch. “It’s not rocket science but it’s almost as nerve-wracking.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information email Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.com.

 

Nancy Quatrano on Birdsong

One of the hottest syndicated Internet talk radio shows on the air these days, is “Birdsong,” a weekly show hosted by Harvard Law School graduate, former law professor, former diplomat, and former federal prosecutor, Leonard Birdsong, JD. (and Orlando FWA member)

The author of a successful collection of unique books that focus on dumb, weird, and zany criminal stories, Birdsong is about helping other authors, too. His interview with Nancy Quatrano, who writes murder mysteries as N.L. Quatrano, will air on TalkZone.com radio on Sunday, Sep 30 at 9:07 pm (EST).

Visit https://www.talkzone.com/episodes/LegalChannel/BIRD092818.html to listen on Sunday or a later date. The luxury of Internet radio shows is that they’re archived and available to listeners 24/7 once recorded. Archived earlier shows are available on that same channel.

Listen to Birdsong interview your fearless leader (Rik Feeney) on getting your book published at https://www.talkzone.com/episodes/LegalChannel/BDSBG061518.html.

 

Paperback / Kindle Publishing Special – $999

Are you ready to publish within the next 3 to 6 months, or even a year? Do you have a bit of the entrepreneurial spirit and want to have complete control over the publishing process? From now until October 20, 2018, I will be offering a special package of $999 to create a book cover, layout the book, set you up as an independent publisher, and get your book published as a paperback, and a Kindle (text only). Note: Editing is a separate fee.

Save thousands of dollars in add-on fees from typical print-on-demand companies. This offer is open to clients new and experienced.

Not sure what to do? Give me a call for a free one-hour consult to discuss your publishing project. We’ll start on your book when you are ready, well, at least by December 31, 2019. We don’t want to wait too long to get your book published.

Need the perfect holiday or birthday gift for that special writer in your life? You can also buy this publishing package as a gift certificate to reward the author in your life, or motivate them to finish the book they have been working on for – it seems like forever, right?

For more information, contact:

Rik Feeney

407-529-8539

coachrik@aol.com or usabookcoach@gmail.com

www.RickFeeney.com

Author: Writing Books for Fun, Fame, and Fortune!

 (No, that is not a misspelling on my name. Unfortunately, most people spell RIK, R-I-C-K. As a result, the most effective domain name spelling for me is RICK, if I want people to find my site.)

I have over 25-years experience in publishing. I have been traditionally published several times, independently published numerous times as well (81 books total). I lead a writer’s group as well as a critique group, do talks at writer’s groups and conferences, and focus on staying up to date with the rapidly changing world of publishing. Some of my clients are national and international award winners.

 

Writer’s Atelier Second Annual Writing Contest is open for submissions!

One winner will get $100 and their story turned into a WA shorts ebook. Last year’s winner was an Amazon #1 New Release! Quick details: theme is interruptions, 3,000 – 5,000 words, fiction or creative nonfiction, $8 entry fee, deadline December 31st. Full details here: https://writersatelier.com/contests/ and the winning story from last year “A Proper Punk” by Casey Crawford can be found on Amazon.

 

Local Author Showcase

Gateway High School in Kissimmee is hosting a local author showcase in conjunction with their literacy night titled Enchanted Forest: Discover Your Story on Tuesday, October 9 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the school. By attending you have the opportunity to interact with students, teachers, parents and community members. You will also be given the opportunity to sell any of your books or merchandise. We are also giving away door prizes, so if there is anything you would like to contribute to that, we will certainly accept it. As of right now, we have two $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble and a few gift cards to restaurants. The event is free and will be held within our media center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me on my cell phone at 407-791-8653 or email paul.kersey@osceolaschools.net.

 

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 cross over 17-92 then dead end at Webster Ave. where you will make a left turn. 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.

 

 

October 2, 2018. Announcements. Comments off.

Getting to Know Your Primate Friend: Introduction to Mail Chimp

Join us at the Orlando FWA meeting Wednesday, September 5th at 6:30 pm for a presentation by Nylda Dieppa, an award-winning poet, author, and

Nylda Dieppa

Nylda Dieppa

presenter, who will introduce you to the concept of automating your communications; give you a bird’s-eye view of how a free and user-friendly marketing automation platform simplifies the whole process for you; and give you some guidelines for producing visually attractive and compelling products. Nylda will cover the following topics: 1) What is a marketing automation platform? 2) How does Mail Chimp simplify the automation of list management, scheduling mailings, getting reports, and providing a signup form? 3) How to design a visually attractive and compelling newsletter.

If you’ve ever organized a large birthday party, book launch, or conference, you may have used or wished you had the assistance of user-friendly Mail Chimp, a marketing automation platform that simplifies your communications with your clients, friends, and followers. With seventeen years of experience making life easier for anyone interested, Mail Chimp likes to brag that they “democratize technology” by sending more than a billion emails a day from free and paid accounts.

This meeting is free and open to the public at the University Club of Winter Park. Contact Rik Feeney for more information at usabookcoach@gmail.com / http://www.RickFeeney.com.

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Orlando FWA Mtg. – Wed. Aug. 1 – 6:30pm – Mark Wayne Adams – Writing Reality Check: New to Professional

Mark Wayne Adams

Mark Wayne Adams

Writing Reality Check: For New to Professional Writers

Mark Wayne Adams asks, “What can a writer expect to earn throughout a freelance or professional writing career – in the real world?” Superstar children’s book illustrator, author, former FAPA president, and savior of the galaxy, Mark Wayne Adams is our presenter for the Orlando FWA meeting on Wednesday, August 1st at 6:30pm at the University Club of Winter Park. Adams will discuss, 1) how to develop a side income with writing, 2) how to transition from part-time to full-time writer, and 3) how to maintain a professional career as a writer. Adams says, “Written content doesn’t instantaneously create money. The awareness of gross verses net profit is important for a successful writing career. By treating every word as income, writing will become a business.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at: 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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

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Orlando FWA meeting, Wednesday, March 7th

Spy vs. Counterspy – Separating Fact from Fiction

Jeff Walton - award winning author

Jeff Walton – award-winning author

From national security to eternal security, author Jeff Walton melds his decades of experience in national security work into a primer on protecting our nation’s secrets and a quest to confirm that there is life after death.

Walton will discuss: 1) Who the real players are on our country’s national security team, 2) How they really operate – with an emphasis on NCIS, and 3) What basic facts about national security every American should know – particularly writers.

If you want to understand national security issues in today’s politically-charged environment and how you can apply that information to your writing, you’ll want to hear multi-award winning author Jeff Walton.

This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Final Departure

Final Departure

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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

 

February 26, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA – Feb 7th – 6:30pm – Al Pergande – Playwright, critic, speaker

Setting Your Story on Stage

“You’ve written a great short story. Transform it into a great play,” says Al Pergande, playwright, critic, and speaker at the February 2018 Orlando FWA meeting held at the University Club in Winter Park on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Pergande will discuss 1) how plays differ from Short Stories and other literary forms, 2) the internal structural elements of a play – the Character Wheel, The Hero’s Journey, and Theatricality, and 3) how to format professionally and submit successfully. According to Pergande, “Theater – it looks so easy until you try it.” So, give it a try. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

 

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!!

Orange Blossom Publishing is launching a new anthology series called How I Met My Other. We want unique, funny, amazing, and unforgettable true stories of how people got together. 3,000 – 5,000 words. Submission window open until May 31st. Click below for full info!

http://www.orangeblossombooks.com/how-i-met-my-other.html

Follow our Facebook group to see fun couples and get updates about the project!

https://www.facebook.com/metmyother/

 

Belize Writers Conference

This conference is a tremendous opportunity for anyone with a finished or close-to-finished manuscript. It is a small conference, limited to just 30, and attendees will have the opportunity to work closely with 2 literary agents–Carrie Howland of Empire Literary and Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Services–as well as writing coach, Jane Anne Staw. Attendees will have the opportunity to not only pitch their work, but potentially form a working relationship with our agents.

The conference will take place April 23-28 at the Ak’bol Yoga Retreat on Ambergris Caye, in Belize. It is a tropical paradise and attendees will have the opportunity to relax on the beach, participate in yoga sessions, and time will be set aside for generative writing.

For more information and to register please see our website:

http://www.joeygarcia.com/events/­

 

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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

 

February 2, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Mtg – Jan 3rd 6:30pm – Ava Doppelt – Intellectual Property Lawyer

Legal Basics for Independent Authors

Ava Doppelt

Ava Doppelt Intellectual Property Lawyer Orlando, FL

“Free legal advice!” offers Ava Doppelt, intellectual property lawyer and speaker for the Orlando FWA writer’s group on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park. This meeting will cover, “What anyone writing or publishing should know about the law,” says Doppelt. The top three things Doppelt will cover are: 1) Copyright law for writers, 2) Defamation / Privacy / Right of Publicity legal issues, and 3) What must be put in writing. This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

FWA Focus Days

Book Marketing Kick Start for 2018

“5% of the effort is writing and publishing the book. 95% of the effort that leads to book sales success is marketing and promoting,” says Speaker / Book Coach Rik Feeney. In an effort to help kick start your marketing and promotion efforts for 2018 Rik Feeney has put together a document titled, “Book Review Contacts: Pre and Post Publication Sites,” which lists nearly two years worth of sites you can contact to get book reviews. To get a copy, send your request to Rik Feeney care of 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. After going over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave., where you will make a left turn, 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.

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December 31, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

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