Orlando FWA Mtg – Wed June 5 @ 6:30pm / Belea Keeney – Start Your Memoir Now!

Belea Keeney

Belea Keeney

Start Your Memoir Now!

“Writing memoir can help you—and others— see events and people who have changed your life.” says Belea Keeney, author, editor, and speaker at the Wednesday, June 5th meeting of the Orlando FWA held at the University Club in Winter Park at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Keeney will use memory prompts and writing exercises to get you started on your memoir. Participants will learn: 1) how to mine your memory to recall near-forgotten events and incidents, 2) how to use writing exercises to help determine which stories you want to tell, and 3)  how to dig into key events in your life that affected your journey.

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

 

Hospital Hijinks: A Patients Memoir (Rik’s new book!) 

Hospital Hijinks

Hospital Hijinks

What’s so funny about dying?  By playing jokes and pranking the hospital staff I was able to minimize the suffering and depression when I almost died on three separate occasions. I have captured those moments in my new book, “Hospital Hijinks: A Patient’s Memoir,” which I wrote under my pen name Rick Mulligan.

For those of you who know me, or think you know me, this memoir will give you added insight to the wacky world inside my head. The book is available on Kindle for .99 cents right now (https://amzn.to/2Y9sMRg). I would greatly appreciate the honor of a review so I can get enough 5-star reviews for Amazon to take notice, plus I might be able to put cheese on my macaroni this month. Thank you all in advance. Cheers!

 

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. Continue on Lee over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) until you come to the light at Webster. Turn left on Webster and follow it 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.

May 27, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Mtg – Wed May 1 @ 6:30pm – What’s So Special About a Series? – Nancy Quatrano

What’s So Special About a Series?

Nancy Quatrano

So, what’s so special about a series? And what things are helpful to know about writing series as opposed to writing stand alones? Find out at the Orlando FWA writer’s group on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park, when Nancy Quatrano joins us to lead this discussion. She’s the author of several short and long fiction series and currently has twelve books published in both traditional and indie.

“Sales numbers show that readers prefer reading a series – learn how to build your series so every book hooks the readers and keeps them hooked from book to book.”

 During this talk you will learn about 1) The power of writing a series in fiction and non-fiction, 2) How to keep things straight book to book and, 3) How much of book one goes into books two, three, etc.

This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com (www.RickFeeney.com).

 

Merciful Blessings

Merciful Blessings

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 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.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Writing for Hollywood – Wed., April 3rd @ 6:30pm

Writing for Hollywood

Herb Sennet

Herb Sennet

Join us Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm

when Herb Sennet, producer and/or director of nearly three dozen theatrical productions and a dozen movies will present his talk, Writing for Hollywood.

Sennet says, “Writing for Hollywood entails less than you would ever imagine. When I found out the information I’ll be sharing, I was shocked and then relieved. I think I knew it all along but just couldn’t bring myself to believe it. And this is no real secret!” Sennet will discuss 1) what Hollywood directors and producers are looking for, and 2) what Hollywood directors and producers expect of a writer.

The meeting will be held at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney (www.RickFeeney.com) 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 go over 17-92 and 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 (directly across from the golf course). 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 – 03/06 – 6:30pm – Article Writing Success Workshop

Photo: Rik Feeney

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

Article Writing Success Workshop

Join us Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park for the Article Writing Success Workshop presented by Rik Feeney. Feeney says, “Writing articles is a great way to get your first piece published, promote a book you already have available, explore other areas of interest to write about, and create links to published articles that build the value of your web site.”

During this talk you will learn 1) how to research ideas, gather information from highly placed sources, and use creative techniques to develop unique articles, 2) employ simple and effective techniques for proofing your article, and 3) where to get your articles published.

This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.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 go over 17-92 and 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 (directly across from the golf course). 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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Kindle Publishing – Th – 02/14/19 – 6:30pm – Maitland Library

Kindle Publishing

Photo: Rik Feeney

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

Do you have a book ready to be published? Is there a book inside you? Do you have some special knowledge through your profession, a hobby, or a life experience that can help someone else? If you can help someone solve a problem, relieve a pain, or provide a solution to get ahead – you’ve got a book ready to be published! That goes for fiction writers too. If you have a great story to tell, Kindle could be a fantastic way to get started in the dynamically changing world of publishing.

The best part? Publishing on Kindle is FREE!

Join author, speaker, and book coach Rik Feeney to learn the easy-to-use techniques to publish your book on the Amazon Kindle.

Participants will learn:

  • Determining your Topic and Developing your Content.
  • Titles, Covers, and Marketing Blurbs – the keys to discoverability.
  • Pricing, Uploading, and Publishing your Book.
  • Walk through Kindle Set Up and Upload

The meeting will be held at the Maitland Public Library.

Maitland Public Library

501 South Maitland Avenue Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 647-7700

Directions:

From I-4, take Maitland Boulevard exit. Head East on Maitland Boulevard until it crosses Maitland Avenue. Turn right on Maitland Avenue. Turn right onto Ventris Avenue after crossing the railroad tracks. The library is located at 501 S. Maitland Ave on the corner of Ventris.

From the Orlando/Winter Park area, take U.S. Hwy. 17-92 North to the intersection of Maitland Avenue. Turn Left. The library is on the left, next to the Maitland Civic Center. Turn Left onto Ventris Avenue to access our parking lot.

February 13, 2019. Tags: , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

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.

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