Reminder: Orlando FWA Meeting tonight May 5th at 7:00 pm.

Rik Feeney is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Page to Stage. Read your Writing for Performance!

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Time: Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm.

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May 5, 2021. Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm

Page to Stage. Read your Writing for Performance!

“No-one knows your words like you know your words! Why pay to give them away?” The most important question posed by our presenter, Jennifer Gregory at our next Orlando FWA Meeting held at the University Club of Winter Park Wednesday May 5th at 7:00 pm.

The top three things attendees will learn, 1) the importance of Pitch, Pace, and Pausing, 2) how to give your audience an inflection, 3) switching between narrative and character voices.

Gregory has over twenty-years’ coaching acting and performance talent to professional level, many of her students have gone on to perform in London’s West End theater district, and in film and television, to include starring alongside Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. Jennifer’s students have also enjoyed representation by top New York commercial agents and gained entry to renowned training programs such as AMDA conservatory in New York and RADA in London.

Special Note: This is the first time we will be back at the University Club since the beginning of the pandemic. Social distancing will be observed. Masks are mandatory – no exceptions. (Thanks for your understanding.) This meeting will also take place via Zoom webinar (see sign-in information below). The plan is to record the talk and make a replay available for those who are unable to attend online or in person.

This talk is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com, or 407-529-8529, or www.RickFeeney.com.

Jennifer Gregory
Jennifer Gregory

Rik Feeney is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rik Feeney: FWA ORLANDO Meeting
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TONIGHT: Writing the Thriller!

SEVEN SECRETS TO WRITING THE THRILLER

Today’s thriller novels plunge the reader into an adrenaline-fueled world of non-stop action and intense conflict. Writing the thriller requires an understanding of the basic conventions of the genre necessary to keep readers on the edge of their seats. In this workshop, award-winning author Vic DiGenti (aka Parker Francis) reveals “Seven Secrets to Writing the Thriller.” During the one-hour presentation, Vic will discuss the seven essential elements of a thriller, identify the differences between mysteries and thrillers, and illustrate the best ways to add tension and conflict.

This meeting will be held via Zoom Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm.

For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.com / 407-529-8539.

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Topic: Orlando FWA Writers Group

Time: Apr 14, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm – Writing the Thriller!

SEVEN SECRETS TO WRITING THE THRILLER

Today’s thriller novels plunge the reader into an adrenaline-fueled world of non-stop action and intense conflict. Writing the thriller requires an understanding of the basic conventions of the genre necessary to keep readers on the edge of their seats. In this workshop, award-winning author Vic DiGenti (aka Parker Francis) reveals “Seven Secrets to Writing the Thriller.” During the one-hour presentation, Vic will discuss the seven essential elements of a thriller, identify the differences between mysteries and thrillers, and illustrate the best ways to add tension and conflict.

This meeting will be held via Zoom Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm.

Starting in May 2021 we can go back to meeting at the University Club although we will also broadcast on Zoom for those not comfortable meeting in groups.

For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.com / 407-529-8539.

Vic DiGenti
Vic DiGenti

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Topic: Orlando FWA Writers Group

Time: Apr 14, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Reminder: Orlando FWA Meeting – Saturday, March 20 at 10:20 a.m. – Creative Writing Techniques

Reminder: Creative Techniques to Develop Story Ideas

Join book coach and author Rik Feeney this Saturday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. as he shares ideas for making your book stand out from the crowd. His Zoom workshop, “Creative Techniques to Develop Story Ideas,” will explore ideas for giving your book a sense of uniqueness and driving your creativity. The meeting is a joint effort with Rik’s Orlando Area Writers Group and the Ponte Vedra FWA group but is free and open to all.

Doors to the meeting room will open at 10:20 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee and join us by clicking on the link below.

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Vic Digenti

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Rik Feeney

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Orlando FWA Mtg – Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 am – Creative Techniques to Develop Story Ideas with Rik Feeney.

Creative Techniques to Develop Story Ideas

What can you do to give your book some pizazz, a sense of uniqueness; literally make it stand out from the crowd? It has been said that “…there is nothing new under the sun. It has been already in the ages before us.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4-11). It is only the unique spin your imagination puts on the topic that will draw the reader’s interest.

The Orlando FWA meeting will be held on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the Ponte Vedra FWA hosted by Regional Director – Vic DiGenti.

In this talk, author, book coach, and speaker, Rik Feeney will show several creativity techniques you can use to kick your writing up a notch and make your books unique.  During the Q&A part of the talk, please share your ideas on creativity with other writers and authors.

The meeting is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com, 407-529-8539 or www.RickFeeney.com.

Topic: March 20, 2021 FWA Meeting

Time: Mar 20, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., 02/10/21 @ 7pm

Audiobooks with ACX

Nancy J Cohen

Learn how to turn your book into an audiobook to raise your readership and appeal to a whole new audience of listeners Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 pm with award-winning author and speaker Nancy J. Cohen.

Audiobooks are booming, and your book could be streaming into thousands of ears right now. Learn how to set up your book title on ACX, select a payment option, choose a narrator, proof your audio files, and promote your new audiobook. Tips on optimizing your novel for audio will also be covered in this informative workshop by award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen. You’ll be fully prepared to start producing your own audiobook with the choice that’s best for you.

This will be a Zoom webinar. Please use the link provided below to attend. This webinar is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com, 407-529-8539, or www.RickFeeney.com.

Rik Feeney & Nancy Quatrano are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Orlando FWA – Nancy J Cohen – 02/10/21

Time: Feb 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Reminder: Orlando FWA Zoom Meeting – Wed., Jan 13 at 7:00 pm

10 Ways to Know You’re About to Be Hacked

You’ve just written the last sentence of your magnificent new book and the screen zaps then turns to a solid blue. If you have ever lost any amount of writing from a paragraph to a full manuscript you will want to attend the Orlando FWA Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm.

Our speaker, S. Lamar Barnett, has over 35 years’ experience working with computers. The top 3 things participants will learn:1) How can I prevent system breaches? 2) Can I rely on my antivirus to stop malware infections? 3) How can I tell if my system has been breached?

Barnett says, “It’s always better to know how to avoid malware infection than to deal with it once it happens.” Lamar Barnett is fully qualified to rebuild a breached network, but finds greater satisfaction educating people about how to avoid it in the first place.

This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney via usabookcoach@gmail.com, 407-529-8539, or www.RickFeeney.com.

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Topic: Orlando FWA – Wed Jan 13 – 10 Ways to Know Your About to be Hacked

Time: Jan 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm

10 Ways to Know You’re About to Be Hacked

You’ve just written the last sentence of your magnificent new book and the screen zaps, then turns to a solid blue. If you have ever lost any amount of writing from a paragraph to a full manuscript you will want to attend the Orlando FWA Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm.

Our speaker, S. Lamar Barnett, has over 35 years’ experience working with computers. The top 3 things participants will learn:1) How can I prevent system breaches? 2) Can I rely on my antivirus to stop malware infections? 3) How can I tell if my system has been breached?

Barnett says, “It’s always better to know how to avoid malware infection than to deal with it once it happens.” Lamar Barnett is fully qualified to rebuild a breached network but finds greater satisfaction in educating people about how to avoid it in the first place.

This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney via usabookcoach@gmail.com, 407-529-8539, or www.RickFeeney.com.

 Topic: Orlando FWA – Wed Jan 13 – 10 Ways to Know Your About to be Hacked

Time: Jan 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Book Reviews: Tis the Season of Giving

Book Reviews: Tis the Season for Giving

©2020 by Rik Feeney – usabookcoach@gmail.com

One of the keys to a successful book launch and continuing sales is a book review. As an author, I feel like it is Christmas all year when I unwrap and read a review from another reader. Did they like my book? How many stars did they give me? What did they write?

I also think book reviews are an excellent promotional tool for authors trying to get their name out and recognized in the “niche” market where their new book resides. I believe it is the “season for giving” so I am going to suggest you review as many books from other authors as you can between now and the new year.

Have you ever noticed if you go to the “self-help” section in the bookstore or online you likely will see the name “Jack Canfield” author of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s name on many books? A foreword or testimonial on the cover of another book by Mr. Canfield carries some serious credibility for the quality of that book. It also gets Mr. Canfield’s name in front of several more book buyers in the self-help niche.

How many books did you read when researching your book? How many books have you read in your lifetime that lent ideas to your current book? How many other books outside your writing genre have you read that you could write a review on?

First, let’s quickly discuss the difference between a review and a testimonial. A testimonial is typically only two or three sentences expressing your dominant thought about the quality of a book. A review could be just a few sentences, but it could also be paragraphs or pages long. For this article, I am suggesting you do an online review that is essentially a two or three sentence testimonial.

The simplest format is to state the author’s name, the title of the book, and what you liked best about the book. And the critical part, finish with a signature line stating your name and the tagline “Author of: (Insert title of your book). No hypertext links or URL’s.

______________________________________________________________________________________________

For example:

Sydney Stern’s new book The Scandal Clause is an exciting and sometimes blood-boiling account of the issues women face in business dealing with men of power. I can’t wait until the movie version comes out!

Rik Feeney / Author: Editing Basics for Authors and Self-Publishers

________________________________________________________________________________________________

I would finish by giving the book a 5-star review. My personal preference is to leave positive reviews and give no less than 3-stars. It’s the old “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” theory of book reviewing. If I don’t like a book, I just don’t review it.

The benefit is the more books I review, the more new readers will see my name and the title of my book, and just maybe, they will click on over to it after they are done looking at the current book.

If you take the time to review three to five books a week, or more, soon your name will be all over various online bookstores. Please remember there are more online bookstores than Amazon. Leave reviews at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and any of several independent booksellers.

If you are part of a writer’s group, you likely know several authors that would appreciate a book review. The more reviews an author gets, the more the bookseller promotes the title. Just be sure to read the book. Putting up fake, paid for, or bogus reviews does not help the author. I believe there is software that can spot fake reviews and remove them and maybe get you removed from the site as well. Read every book you review!

Help promote yourself by promoting and reviewing books by other authors.

Happy Holidays!

P.S. I have a list of several starter phrases for writing book reviews. If you would like a copy, send your email address to usabookcoach@gmail.com. I have also updated my book, Writing Books for Fun, Fame, & Fortune! for the 2020s. If you would like a free PDF copy of that book as well, please note it in your email.

New Books from Rik Feeney (2020)

Great Stocking Stuffers (if you don’t have feet)

My Angel Journal – https://amzn.to/37v0CI9

Editing Basics for Authors and Self-Publishers – https://amzn.to/34lnM1l

Self-Publishing Simplified: Book Design & Upload Checklist – https://amzn.to/3oZShlk

Writing Books for Fun, Fame, & Fortune! (2020 version) – usabookcoach@gmail.com

GYMNASTICS: The Round Off – Key to Advanced Tumbling – https://amzn.to/2K3BoHX

©2020 by Rik Feeney – All rights reserved. usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.com

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