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.

Link for the Zoom webinar:

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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Meeting ID: 870 6605 6351

Passcode: 610223

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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)

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87066056351?pwd=WHg2ejNkQlU3bjhaV3h4Tms3UGx5Zz09

Meeting ID: 870 6605 6351

Passcode: 610223

One tap mobile

+13126266799,,87066056351#,,,,*610223# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,87066056351#,,,,*610223# US (New York)

Meeting ID: 870 6605 6351

Passcode: 610223

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January 5, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

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

December 16, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed. Dec 9th at 7pm – Bios & Media Kits

Diane Dobry
Diane Dobry

Bios & Media Kits for Writers

Grab attention by providing your audience information that matters to them, impress them with what you’ve done, the chance to learn something about a topic they love, and perhaps get entertained in the process. Dr. Diane Dobry is our speaker on Wednesday, December 9th at 7 pm via Zoom for the last talk of the Orlando FWA group for 2020.

Dobry, a Public Relations specialist and professor at Full Sail University will discuss, 1) important things to consider BEFORE writing a bio and creating a media kit, 2) what content goes into a bio and a media kit, and 3) how to jam a lot of information in the least number of words.

Consider that mothers are shameless promoters of their children: If your mother were bragging about you to her friends what would you want her to say and how would you want her to say it? That is what Dr. Dobry will discuss in this Zoom presentation.

Diane Dobry is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: RIK FEENEY FWA Dec 9 2020 meeting
Time: Dec 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID
: 959 3984 6910

For more information, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com / www.RickFeeney.com

or 407-529-8539.

Happy Holidays!

December 5, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Progressive Success: The Key to Following Through

Rocky and Cheryl Detwiler, Professional Coaches who teach authors how to land paid speaking engagements, create workshops, and sell their books in bulk state, “You can achieve anything when you use the steps of progressive success:  TAKE ACTION, process FEEDBACK, and FOLLOW THROUGH!”

In our next webinar, on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00pm, the Orlando FWA presents Rocky and Cheryl Detwiler who will discuss, Progressive Success in business and life. The top three things you will learn are: 1) the most common reasons writers self-sabotage and how to overcome them, so you can TAKE ACTION! 2) The importance of FEEDBACK for your progressive success and how to ignite your motivation. 3) How to FOLLOW THROUGH to achieve the success you desire.

Learn how to make an effort, not an excuse, on a daily basis to finish writing your book, market your book, sell your books in bulk, leverage media appearances, and/or turn your writing into a speaking business.

Dial-in number (US): (720) 740-9608
Access code: 1004614#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/usabookcoach
Online meeting ID: usabookcoach
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/usabookcoach

For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text ‘Call Me’ to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.

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

Rocky & Cheryl Detwiler
Rocky & Cheryl Detwiler

November 16, 2020. Tags: , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA rescheduled to 11/18/2020

Civil War – Part 2?

Businesses being boarded up, National Guard at a state of ready alert, potential riots between Biden and Trump supporters – sounds like Wednesday the 4th may be a day of recovery (or hiding). We may not even know who is president yet.

In my mind, I do not think many people will take their attention away from the election and other national concerns so I have decided to reschedule the webinar until Wednesday, November 18th.

I will send sign-in information as we get closer to the night of the talk.

Stay Safe!

Rik Feeney / RickFeeney.com / 407-529-8539

November 3, 2020. Tags: , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting: Wednesday, October 7th at 6:45 pm – Book Marketing Tips – Basic to Advanced

Book Marketing Tips – Basic to Advanced

Join us Wednesday, October 7th at 6:45 pm online for “Book Marketing Tips: Basic to Advanced” by speaker, author, book coach, Rik Feeney.

Feeney says, “5% of the effort is writing and publishing, 95% of the success of your book comes from consistent and effective marketing.”

The talk will cover tips pre-publication, book launch, and what to do with books that are back-listed (available for more than a year).

If you have any questions or would like to donate a marketing tip that has worked well for you, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Dial-in number (US): (720) 740-9608

Access code: 1004614#

International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/usabookcoach

Online meeting ID: usabookcoach

Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/usabookcoach

For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text “Call Me” to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.

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

October 5, 2020. Tags: , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Reminder: Orlando FWA Mtg – Wed Sept 2 @ 7pm – Ask Author Ben Hale Anything

Dial-in number (US): (720) 740-9608

Access code: 1004614#

International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/usabookcoach

Online meeting ID: usabookcoach

Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/usabookcoach

For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text “Call Me” to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.

 

Ask Author Ben Hale Anything

Ben Hale

Ben Hale

The next online meeting of the Orlando FWA on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. features author, publisher, and speaker Ben Hale who will answer any questions about writing, publishing, and marketing your book. Put another way, he will answer any questions on what it means to be an author and how to achieve your goals.

To make this online event a success, I request you email me any questions you have for Ben to usabookcoach@gmail.com. I will collect and organize them so Ben can address each of your concerns.

Ben’s background:

Ben has published well over 16 books and sold over 150,000 copies, achieving his goal of writing full-time in just six months from the publication of his first title.

He has participated in numerous panels and coached many authors on writing, publishing, and marketing.

His books have been a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, received a Royal Palm Literary Award, and been nominated for a prestigious VAA audio book award.

  • He has earned a Masters in Professional Writing.
  • In addition to his literary pursuits, he has six children and enjoys snowboarding and tree houses.

We only have two weeks left until the meeting, at which time I will send a link to the webinar. Please send your question for Ben to me as soon as possible.

Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to seeing you all at the next webinar.

Rik Feeney

usabookcoach@gmail.com

407-529-8539

August 31, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Mtg – Wed Sept 2nd @ 7 pm – Ask Author Ben Hale Anything

Ask Author Ben Hale Anything

Ben Hale

Ben Hale

The next online meeting of the Orlando FWA on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. features author, publisher, and speaker Ben Hale who will answer any questions about writing, publishing, and marketing your book. Put another way, he will answer any questions on what it means to be an author and how to achieve your goals.

To make this online event a success, I request you email me any questions you have for Ben to usabookcoach@gmail.com. I will collect and organize them so Ben can address each of your concerns.

Ben’s background:

  • Ben has published well over 16 books and sold over 150,000 copies, achieving his goal of writing full-time in just six months from the publication of his first title.
  • He has participated in numerous panels and coached many authors on writing, publishing, and marketing.
  • His books have been a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, received a Royal Palm Literary Award, and been nominated for a prestigious VAA audio book award.
  • He has earned a Masters in Professional Writing.
  • In addition to his literary pursuits, he has six children and enjoys snowboarding and tree houses.

We only have two weeks left until the meeting, at which time I will send a link to the webinar. Please send your question for Ben to me as soon as possible.

Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to seeing you all at the next webinar.

Rik Feeney

usabookcoach@gmail.com

407-529-8539

 

August 14, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Replay Link: Writing Dialogue that Matters

50 people attended our webinar titled, Writing Dialogue that Matters. If you missed it, here is the replay link:

https://fccdl.in/PIOZ3phWzz

Please note, I experienced a wrath of God gullywasher earlier that afternoon and was without power. I literally got power back one minute before the webinar was to begin, then found the storm had fried the power supply on my laptop. I ended up using an ancient (Windows 7) netbook to finally connect.

I relate this exciting tidbit, because the beginning of this replay is me babbling nonsensically about my earth shattering problems – I just wanted people to feel sorry for me. Plus, I had to stay seated because I forgot to put on pants! So you might want to fast forward through the first couple of minutes.

Fun fact: FreeConferenceCall has Closed Captioning making it easier to decipher what is being said.

Also, before or after you watch the replay, check the landing page at FFC for two PDF articles on Dialogue that Nancy has also included.

Thanks, look forward to seeing you all next month.

Rik Feeney

usabookcoach@gmail.com

www.RickFeeney.com

August 7, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

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