Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., May 1st at 6:30 PM – The Query Letter

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Larry Leech

The Query Letter: What’s Next?

Join us Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm when Larry Leech, author, ghostwriter, editor and speaker will show you how to develop effective query letters to present your book topic to editors and agents. Discover what you need to take the next step in your writing journey. Come prepared with lots of questions. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at Rik@PublishingSuccessOnline.com

Top 3 things participants will learn:

1. How to write a dynamic query letter.

2. How to overcome fears that hold you back.

3. How to polish your manuscript before sending it off.

2013 NonFiction Mini-Conference – June 22nd

Discover the secrets of the nonfiction niche market from experts. Hone your craft at workshops. Pitch your work to agents and publishers.  More information – click here.

Nonfiction Mini Conference – June 22, 2013, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $60 Members / $80 Nonmembers

Interviews: $25.00 if booked prior to June 1, 2013; $40.00 if booked on or after June 1, 2013.

University Club

841 N Park Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

Prices increase on June 1, 2013 – So reserve your spot now!

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting & NonFiction Mini-Conference 2013

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 (as you turn a Borders book store will be on your right). 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

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April 29, 2013. Tags: . Announcements, Meetings Information. Comments off.

Capitalize on Your Writing: Strategies for recognition and making money!

Many people want to write and be known for their work, but only a small percentage of those succeed. On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Bob Lucas, a traditionally published author of more than 31 books will share his thoughts and experiences about getting published and creating residual income streams. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik@PublishingSuccessOnline.com.

Top 3 things you will learn:

1.  To recognize the importance of actively promoting your books, before and after publication.

2.  To identify key sources for getting the word out on your articles and books.

3.  How to prepare a strategy that can help you generate revenue and write off expenses for your writing efforts.

New Blog!

www.BookPublishingResource.com authored by Rik Feeney.

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 (as you turn a Borders book store will be on your right). 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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L.A. screenwriter on writing, marketing, and collaborating

L.A. screenwriter Ron Riekki is our speaker August 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM at the Orlando FWA meeting at the University Club in Winter Park. Riekki has experience in journalism, fiction writing, poetry writing, television spec writing, screenwriting, and playwriting. Riekki will discuss how to write in any genre; how to market your work; and, how to collaborate with other writers. The meeting is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the FWA blog at www.fwa-orlando.org  or contact Rik Feeney, group leader UsaBookCoach@gmail.com.

Ron Riekki’s  novel U.P. was nominated by National Book Award winner John Casey for the Sewanee Writers Series and two producers in L.A. have it in-development to turn it into a film. Riekki has an MFA in Theater Arts/Playwriting from Brandeis University, an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. He has also been nominated for two Illinois Press Awards, and had his plays produced in seven states, and had poetry published in over twenty publications.

August 2, 2010. Meetings Information. Comments off.

Writing biography, autobiography, and memoir: What you need to know

Janna and Geoff Benge, authors of over 150 books will explore the subject of biography and memoir writing at the FWA Orlando Writer’s Group on May 5, 2010 at the University Club in Winter Park (doors open at 6:30 PM).

Janna and Geoff will present an overview of what you need to know, the pitfalls to be avoided, and how to shape a life story (your own or someone else’s) into a compelling narrative. The Benge’s have a deep understanding of this subject having made their living as professional writers for the last 24 years. Among the 150 books written by the Benge’s is a 50 book series of biographies for teenagers with two million copies sold to date.

Janna and Geoff are gifted teachers with a passion to help others fulfill their writing goals. They share with wit and wisdom the things they have learned through their years of experience in the publishing industry.

The meeting is free and open to the public at the University Club in Winter Park (corner of Webster & Park Ave.). For additional information, visit the FWA blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Rik Feeney, group leader at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

May 1, 2010. Meetings Information. Comments off.

Meeting Reminder: This Wednesday, 6:30 PM

Remember that the next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group, Florida Writers Association, is this Wednesday and will feature Greg Dawson. Greg is eager to share the ups and the downs that he experienced while publishing Hiding in the Spotlight.  He will also be accompanied by his wife, Candy Dawson, who helped produce a DVD documentary about his book.

So, plan to attend! That meeting is this Wednesday, March 3, at the University Club of Winter Park. As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Rik Feeney, group leader—usabookcoach@gmail.com or 407-862-5037.

March 1, 2010. Meetings Information. Comments off.

Hiding in the Spotlight

Greg Dawson, a humor writer and journalist who got serious and wrote a Holocaust book (Hiding in the Spotlight), will speak at the next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group, Florida Writers Association, on March 3. Greg’s talk focuses on the ups and downs of getting published. And, based on his publishing experience, one of those downs is that “marketing departments, not acquiring editors, decide what gets published.”

However, “If a C+ student like me can get a book published, so can you,” he says.

“I’ve been in journalism forty-two years,” he said in an interview with Norm Goldman of BookPleasures.com, “most of it as a columnist writing fifteen- to twenty-inch columns, avoiding long-form narrative whenever possible. . . . The first day I sat down [to] write—after months of research and marking up interview transcripts—I stared at the screen like a zombie from the Village of the Damned. I think I finished one paragraph.”

For the rest of Greg’s story, and a look at a DVD documentary about his book that was filmed and narrated by his wife, Candy Dawson, plan to join us on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at the University Club of Winter Park—we’ll be there from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and, as always, the meeting is free and open to the public. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Rik Feeney, group leader—usabookcoach@gmail.com or 407-862-5037.

February 21, 2010. Meetings Information. Comments off.

This Wednesday: Growing a Plot from a Simple Sentence

Bestselling author Nancy Haddock has gathered many unique tools and tricks in her trek to publication. And, fortunately for us, she will share some of them during her presentation this Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at the Orlando Area Writers Group (Florida Writers Association). After the meeting, she will also share a special gift basket, which she has graciously donated to be raffled off for the benefit of our group’s efforts.

“Chia Plot: Growing a Plot from a Simple Sentence” is an interactive program Ms Haddock designed to help lead the high school creative writing class she taught in Dallas through the story-building process. She now presents the program to professional writing organizations, assisting writers to make the dive from initial concept to full story development.

Nancy is a nationally known paranormal mystery-romance author. Her debut book, La Vida Vampire, launched a new series for her publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and garnered rave reviews, including a 4-1/2 star rating from Romantic Times. Her second book, Last Vampire Standing, was released this past May.

In writing paranormal romantic mystery, Haddock draws on her own experiences with things-that-go-bump, on her love of the mystery genre, and on the historic wealth of St. Augustine, Florida. She writes full time and is a dedicated resident-tourist who never tires of exploring the sights of her new hometown.

As always, this meeting (and its raffle) will be held at the University Club of Winter Park from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and is free and open to the public. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Rik Feeney, group leader: CoachRik@aol.com or 407-862-5037.

January 30, 2010. Meetings Information. Comments off.

This Wednesday: Twelve Months of Book Marketing

How would you like to sell your books as an extra source of income? Rik Feeney, group leader, author of numerous books, reports, and CDs, and owner of Richardson Publishing will inspire you to do just that at the next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. His presentation will focus on twelve specific marketing activities you can use to boost your book sales.

So, join us. As always, we’ll be meeting at the University Club of Winter Park from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM; the meeting is free and open to the public. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Rik: CoachRik@aol.com or 407-862-5037.

January 1, 2010. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

This Wednesday: Book Marketing Tricks

No, not a Halloween kind of trick, but little-known and innovative tricks that will help you stop pushing your book and start attracting buyers.

What do TV ads, telemarketers, and most authors have in common? They interrupt what potential buyers are doing and try to sell them something. But, how do you—or should you—follow those tactics? Pulitzer-nominated writer Doris Bloodsworth will answer that question this-coming Wednesday during the November meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group, Florida Writers Association.

While talking, Doris will share the book marketing techniques that helped her pre-sell hundreds of copies of her first book (Groveland, from the Images of America Series) before it was released and the methods she used to make that book the one book an entire city was reading this summer. Along that journey, we’ll discover the difference between “push” and “pull” marketing, and we’ll learn how social media fits into the marketing mix, how to recognize and create affinity groups, and how to attract media coverage. In the end, you’ll discover how to have fun marketing your book with strategies that will have people clamoring for copies!

So, don’t miss that meeting! It takes place at the University Club of Winter Park from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, and, as always, is free and open to the public. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue.

For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-Orlando.org or contact Rik Feeney, group leader—usabookcoach@gmail.com or 407-862-5037.

October 30, 2009. Meetings Information. Comments off.

Meeting Reminder: October 7, 6:30 PM

This month’s meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group, Florida Writers Association, will feature local television journalist and author Bob Kealing, who will discuss how to identify unique topics in your local community and how to use public records to complete the story. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Bob, hear his advice for getting published, and ask him questions about researching and writing.

That meeting is this Wednesday, October 7, at the University Club of Winter Park. As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Rik Feeney, group leader—usabookcoach@gmail.com or 407-862-5037.

October 4, 2009. Meetings Information. Comments off.

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