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.

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

“Country Joe” Rosier spins our next meeting

The August meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group, Florida Writers Association, will feature local writer, performer, and storyteller Joe Rosier. Joe will share a brief history of folktales and the art of storytelling, then focus on sharing his own process of researching, writing, and performing.

“Country Joe,” as he is widely known, has been a professional storyteller for twenty-five years but has also developed followings as a poet, playwright, and actor. “As a Central Florida trial lawyer, I’ve spun countless yarns to hundreds of juries; and, as a Maitland city judge, I’ve listened patiently to the ‘tall tales’ of other lawyers and their defendants.”

Outside the courtroom, Joe has performed at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and he is actively involved with the Central Florida Storyteller’s Guild (for which he is a former president), the Daytona Beach Sandcastle Storytellers group, and the Florida Storytellers Guild. His most popular gigs are his one-man play “An Evening with Ulysses S. Grant” and his annual performances of “Doctor Rosier’s Scary Stories” (each October) and “A Visit from Father Christmas” (December).

Join Joe at our next meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2009. 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 Stephen Evans, immediate past group leader—ImYourEditor@hotmail.com or 407-898-4299.

July 26, 2009. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

June 3: Best Web sites for writers

Those of you who made our May meeting know that our speaker was ill that evening and caused you to enjoy an open discussion, courtesy of member Rik Feeney and yours truly. Those of you who didn’t make the meeting know now!

Regardless of your attendance record, though, promising to make our June 3 meeting this Wednesday is our scheduled May speaker and his topic, Writer’s Digest list of “Best Websites for 2009.” Member Christophe Couallier will be leading the presentation and discussion, based on the list and contents of the magazine’s May/June 2009 issue.

Writer’s Digest publishes this list annually to enlighten writers about the best tools and resources on the Internet. “From word challenges to critique groups to hot markets, the annual list of best writing Web sites is a one-stop shop for all the free resources you’ll need to find success,” Christophe says. Since we could not possibly cover all 101 Web sites during our presentation, Christophe will highlight his personal favorites. Then, following his presentation, he will add a few sites that are not featured by the magazine and invite you to announce your own best Web sites nominations to add. “Bring your notepads—It promises to be a fun meeting!”

As always, that Wednesday meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the University Club of Winter Park, which is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. Our meetings are always free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Stephen Evans, group leader, at ImYourEditor@hotmail.com or 407-898-4299.

May 29, 2009. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

Free AWA writing workshops begin April 14

Geoff and Janna Benge, members of our local group, are offering a series of free writing workshops on Tuesdays from April 14 through May 5. The workshops will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Office Gallery and Art Studio in downtown Orlando. The Office Gallery and Art Studio is a working art studio, a great environment for writing.

Geoff and Janna have more than one hundred forty books in their portfolio and more than twenty-three years of experience in the publishing industry—evidence of the passion for writing that drives them to help others find their writing voices. Janna is also a certified instructor in the Amherst Writers and Artists’ (AWA) methodology.

The Benge’s own Silver Fern Writer’s Workshops, in conjunction with Apartment E, will be running the workshops. The workshops are free and open to all, though a donation box will be available for those who would like to donate towards the cost of running the workshop.

As added incentive—if any were needed—anyone who wishes may head over to Will’s Pub at 1042 N. Mills Avenue for additional conversation.

For a printable flyer, visit http://www.the-freelance-editor.com/BengeFlyer,Apr09.pdf   For directions and parking information visit: SilverFernWriters.com or apartmentE.com. For more information, e-mail Geoff or Janna at inquiries@silverfernwriters.com

April 2, 2009. Announcements, Member Information. Comments off.

Meeting Reminder: March 4, 6:30 PM

Remember to attend this month’s meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group, Florida Writers Association, for Christophe Couallier’s introduction to the social networking site LinkedIn and a demonstration of how it can be used to expand your writing career.

Remember, too, just for this month, use the “invisible” door on the north side of the library—to the left and around the corner from our usual entrance. Another group is using the main hall and has asked not to be disturbed. If the door is closed, just knock and someone will let you in. Thank you for cooperating.

That meeting is this Wednesday, March 4, at the University Club of Winter Park; 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 Stephen Evans, group leader—ImYourEditor@hotmail.com or 407-898-4299.

March 2, 2009. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

Using LinkedIn to promote your products and services

Writers need to manage their professional careers just like bankers do. And one of the social networking tools most often used by professionals is LinkedIn. Join us at the next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group (Florida Writers Association) to learn how to use LinkedIn to expand your writing career. That meeting will take place this coming Wednesday, March 4, 2009, with member and occasional speaker Christophe Couallier presenting information and demonstrating with a live connection.

Remember, just for this month, use the “invisible” door on the north side of the library—to the left and around the corner from our usual entrance. Another group is using the main hall and has asked not to be disturbed. If the door is closed, just knock and someone will let you in. Thank you for cooperating.

Most creative professionals use MySpace and/or Facebook to promote their talents and products. However, LinkedIn can have just as much or more value, especially on the business side of writing—where networking, branding, and research enter the picture—and it is more customizable and “respectable.”

Because the LinkedIn community is made up largely of professionals and business executives, you’ll find individuals and groups with higher ethical standards, greater interest in helping others, and better reputations, with less abuse, than some other social networking sites, where your profile can be uncontrollably linked to video-obsessed kids, love-sick teens, and overexposed perverts!

As always, that Wednesday meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the University Club of Winter Park, which 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 Stephen Evans, group leader—ImYourEditor@hotmail.com or 407-898-4299.

February 25, 2009. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

Using your book as your primary marketing tool

Does your book practically sell itself? It should, and the next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group (Florida Writers Association) will focus on how it should. That meeting will take place on February 4, 2009, with author and book coach Rik Feeney leading the marketing-oriented program.

Everything, from book cover to content, should help to motivate a sale and position you for additional sales in the future. In this talk, Rik will discuss the key factors for using your book itself as your primary marketing tool.

Topics for the evening will include cover design, interior layout and design, blurbs for the back cover, testimonials and reviews, pricing, and perhaps the most important missing element on many books—a call for action! And, be sure to bring questions specific to your own book.

Come to that next meeting, Wednesday, February 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the University Club of Winter Park, and find out how you can sell more of your books. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. Our meetings are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Stephen Evans, group leader, at ImYourEditor@hotmail.com or 407-898-4299.

January 22, 2009. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

Reviewing our January meeting and other notes

After a somewhat rough start (debates over respect and who had the floor at some given moments), our open forum on January 7 turned out to be a pretty informative session. During our discussions, several Web sites and blogs were mentioned; in case you couldn’t write quickly enough, here are a few that had the most interest:

This is a Yahoo Groups list that contains calls for submissions for all varieties of writing, including poetry, general fiction, and non-fiction. It also posts faculty openings, artist-in-residence programs, and grant offerings, if any of those are relevant to your needs. Thanks to Lara Zielinsky for that link.

HARO, or Help A Reporter Out, is a database listing of subject specialists who are available to provide comment or information to reporters and reporters who need subject specialists to help finish articles. Lists arrive by e-mail three times a day, Monday through Friday, and are fun to peruse, even if you only subscribe for a couple of days. Thanks to Rik Feeney for that one.

These three sites have long been staples in the arsenals of writers. Check them out for yourselves and see what you can get from them. Thanks to Robyn Weinbaum for those recommendations.

In other news, Elaine Person announced a St. Valentine’s Day Celebration with the Orlando Poetry Troupe on Saturday, February 7, at 1:30 p.m. She and sometimes-members Hinda-jonathan and Naomi Butterfield will be among the artists presenting original works by Florida poets. The celebration is part of Arts Fest 2009 at the Maitland Art Center (231 West Packwood Avenue, Maitland; 407-539-2181). A second performance is scheduled to take place at Infusion Tea (1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, 407-378-4675) on Wednesday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m.

And, finally, steadfast member Dan Anderson had this biographical and promotional article appear in the Jacksonville Beach Beaches Leader and BeachesLeader.com. Congratulations, Dan!

Thank you, again, to everyone who attended that experimental meeting and contributed to the information-packed result!  See you again on February 4.

January 18, 2009. Announcements, Meetings Information, Member Information, Reviews and Thanks. Comments off.

Congratulations to winners, and a son!

At the annual FWA conference earlier this month, two members of our Orlando Area Writers Group won Royal Palm Literary Awards.

The first went to member Robyn Weinbaum and Gene Hodes, who won the Honorable Mention (3rd Place) award in the Published Thriller category for their novel, Mastermind.

Member Dan Anderson received two awards at the conference. His Bad Vibrations, won First Place in the Published Mystery category, while his recently completed manuscript Death Cruise (forthcoming, 2009) received a First Place finish in the Unpublished Mystery contest. This was the third literary award for Bad Vibrations, which was previously recognized as best new novel in the RockWay Press International Writing Competition and as the Third Place finisher in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category of the Lighthouse Book Awards Unpublished Novel Competition.

In addition to the award winners, we also congratulate member Lara Zielinsky’s son, John Harry, who was selected to go to Japan with the People to People Student Ambassadors program. John Harry has started a blog (with a PayPal donation button) to help raise money for the trip—he needs to raise $1,000 a month, for a total of $7,000, by May 31. To help her son’s efforts, Lara is also contributing proceeds from the sales of her short story “So Many Ways” toward his trip. To purchase the story, visit Lara’s blog at her Web site, and scroll to the entry for Monday, November 17, 2008.

November 25, 2008. Announcements, Member Information. Comments off.

Introducing technology to your readings and presentations

The next meeting of the Orlando Area Writers Group (Florida Writers Association) on November 5, 2008, will focus on a variety of technologies from software to hardware that can make an author’s life easier and more productive. Once again, member Rik Feeney will address the group.

Rik will start out by demonstrating how to use a lapel microphone with a wireless connection (remember the system that Elaine Person used in our September meeting?) and a small, portable amplifier/speaker. Using such a system enables you to address larger audiences, helps listeners better hear what you are saying, and allows your readings and presentations to be saved for later use—as an audio version of your book (a CD or podcast), for example, that could potentially be sold or downloaded from your Web site.

Also during this first section of the meeting, Rik will demonstrate the simplicity of using a FLIP camera to visually record readings and presentations for posterity. These recordings can also be used to create DVDs and “videologs” for sale or download.

We had hoped, in the second part of Rik’s talk, to have a live demonstration of the Amazon Kindle e-book reader. (Here is a video review of Kindle from last December as well as some additional information on the capabilities of the reader.) Unfortunately, we have yet to line up such a demonstration. If it can be arranged, the demonstration will help you see the impact of publishing your books in an electronic version—and give you a possible holiday shopping idea for the reader in your family!

That next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the University Club of Winter Park. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. Our meetings are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the group blog at http://www.fwa-orlando.org or contact Stephen Evans, group leader, at ImYourEditor@hotmail.com or 407-898-4299.

October 27, 2008. Meetings Information, Member Information. Comments off.

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