Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed. – Aug 2, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm

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

Editing Basics for Authors & Indie Publishers

You’ve created an awesome book cover design, a great title, and an intriguing market description. People pick up your book to read, and hopefully to buy it. But, will they? No matter how good the story, if the reader is assaulted with poor grammar, spelling errors, and incorrect punctuation they will put the book back on the shelf. Poor editing is one of the biggest problems with independently published books.

Author, speaker, book coach, Rik Feeney will present his talk, Editing Basics for Authors & Indie Publishers at the Orlando FWA meeting held Wednesday, August 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University Club in Winter Park. Feeney says, “I always recommend a second set of eyeballs on everything you write. You know what you meant to say, but did it get down on the paper effectively?”

Under the pressure of a deadline or the excitement of the new electronic publishing capabilities, many writers have become “one-draft wonders,” who publish the first thoughts that pop into their minds. Abbreviated text in e-mail and Twitter-type messages seem to have lowered the bar in communications significantly. If you want to get reviews and testimonials that confirm your book is the next bestseller, you need to have your book edited.

Keeping in mind that editing fees can be expensive, Feeney will discuss ways you can self-edit to save yourself time and money before you present your book to a professional editor or publish online. This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming Conferences

2017 Annual FAPA Book Awards & Conference 

The 2017 FAPA Annual Conference is scheduled for August 4th and 5th, 2017 in Orlando. This year we will be at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This networking and educational event will offer two days of sessions with a focus on The Business of Publishing.  

Sponsorship Boot Camp

If you want to get your product or message in the hands of more people, you can’t ignore the power of sponsorship. There is no better time than now to grow your business and fund your dreams with other people’s money.

Author 101 University

Spend 3 days with our close circle of experts, friends, and mentors. Our hand-picked panel of literary agents want to meet you and read your proposal. The networking alone will change your life and business. Come be a part of our family on Oct. 12-14, 2017, Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

FWA State ConferenceOctober 19 – 22 in Altamonte Hilton – Altamonte Springs, Florida

Whether you’re just getting started, or midway through a 400-page opus, or have published multiple books, the Florida Writers Conference is the one writer’s conference for you.

Deltona Book FairOctober 28, 2017.

The Book Fair begins with workshops for authors from 9:30 to 12:30 and continues from 1:00 to 4:00 with a Meet & Greet with over 25 authors who will be selling and signing their books.

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.

 

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Orlando FWA Mtg. – Wed., July 12 – 6:30 pm – Short Stories In Depth – John Hope

Deep Editing Short Stories, Good to Great

John Hope

John Hope

Join us Wednesday, July 12th for the Orlando FWA meeting featuring superstar short story writer John Hope. John’s talk, Deep Editing Short Stories, Good to Great, will start at 6:30 pm at the University Club of Winter Park. John shows how digging deeper into the editing and development process by dissecting specific elements allows writers to view their stories the way readers and publishers view them. In addition, John will focus on 1) Audience, Conflict, and Pacing, 2) Creating Winning Heroes and Villains, and 3) Making Your Story Successful. This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at Rik@PublishingSuccessOnline.com for more information.

NOTE: This meeting is being held on the second Wednesday of the month, July 12th, to avoid conflicts with the July 4th holiday.

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.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – April 6th – Preparing a Manuscript for Submission

The Manuscript’s Journey

Cindy Campbell

Cindy Campbell

Cindy Campbell knows a lot about editing fiction, but she learned even more, including insights to her own writing strengths and weaknesses, when she became an author. Join us Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club in Winter Park to learn an editor’s suggestions for preparing a manuscript for submission or publication. The top 3 things participants will learn:

  1. General GPS (Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling) rules, including Dos and Don’ts,
  2. Suggestions for writing realistic dialogue (and determining when/how to use tags), and
  3. An insider’s view of why fiction manuscripts get rejected.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney 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 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 Avenue. Follow Webster through a light at Denning Road, 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.

Upcoming Writer’s Events

The Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference | April 30, 2016

Day at the Bay Mini-Conference | May 7, 2016

Nonfiction & More Mini-Conference | June 25, 2016

Florida Writers Conference – October 20-23

Multi-Genre Book Signing – May 1, 2016

Webinars – May 14 & July 9, 2016

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