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

Photo: Rik Feeney

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.

 

July 28, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Mtg. – Wed., June 7th – 6:30 pm – Basics of Erotic Writing

Caramel Lucas

Caramel Lucas

Why I write erotica books

“Let’s talk about the fun of writing erotica,” says speaker / author / filmmaker Caramel Lucas, presenter at the Orlando FWA meeting on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm at the University Club of Winter Park. The topics of discussion include 1) writing erotica books vs. other books, 2) learning how to write erotica books, and 3) How I started writing erotica books. Lucas says, “Life is surrounded by passion, love, and romance that keep the world turning. Why not write erotica? ” This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

 

Orlando FWA Speaker – July 2017 – John Hope

Deep Editing Short Stories, Good to Great

 

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 Webster Avenue (after crossing over 17-92 – Orlando Ave.). You will make a left turn on to Webster. 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. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside, to the library where we hold the meeting.

June 1, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., March 1st – 6:30 pm – Advanced Book Marketing Techniques

Advanced Book Marketing for the Savvy Author

Photo: Rik Feeney

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

Orlando Florida Writer’s Association presents Advanced Book Marketing for the Savvy Author,” a talk by writer, speaker, and book coach Rik Feeney at the University Club in Winter Park on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:30 pm.

Knowing where to promote your work online is critical for success. The big question for every author is: Are you taking advantage of all the methods of promotion available to you? How have you researched your online niche market? Have you filled out your ISBN metadata? What’s the timeline for your promotions? How can you sustain the online marketing effort with your offline marketing techniques for a minimum of two to three years? Is it possible you can do all this for free?

In this talk, Feeney will show you easy-to-use strategies to integrate your offline and online marketing efforts, how to use Amazon to research pricing, cover design, and develop effective reviews, and, how and where to supply the appropriate metadata to make sure your book gets the notice it needs. These are just a few of the many ideas that will be discussed. There will also be an open forum where you can contribute ideas that have worked for you.

Join us at the Orlando Florida Writer’s Association meeting on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park (corner of Webster & Park). The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information go to https://fwaorlando.wordpress.com or email usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

Put your passion into Print!

Do you have a topic you are passionate about? Do you have a hobby you enjoy and would like to share with others? Have you suffered a life / health event that taught you an important lesson or will enable you to relieve a pain others may be suffering?

You should write a book!

Writing is so much easier than you may believe, especially if you have an easy-to-use blueprint that makes it both fun and easy to create a book ready for publication.

Let’s educate the world. Your story could help others and I want to help you.

Send me your email address and I will send you a free PDF copy of my book, Writing Books for Fun, Fame and Fortune! Within a few hours you can read the book from cover to cover and start outlining your new book. Within a couple of weeks you can finish your first draft. Sooner than you might believe possible you will be ready to publish your book online as an ebook, a paperback, a PDF, or an audio book.

Writing Books for Fun, Fame and Fortune! is still available for sale online as a Kindle and a paperback BUT you can get a free PDF download of the entire book by sending me your email address.

Are you ready to put your passion into print? Send your email address to usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

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 cross over 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) and dead end at Webster, 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. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

February 23, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA meeting – Wed., Nov 2nd – Paul D. Schad – Writing for Police and Crime Novels

Police and Crime Technical Advice for Literature

Paul D. Schad

Paul D. Schad

Law & Order, CSI, Miami Vice, NYPD Blue…they’re doing it WRONG! Learn from a veteran cop what law enforcement and the street is really like at the next Orlando FWA meeting held at the University Club of Winter Park on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm. Paul D. Schad, a former NYPD police officer and Broward County Deputy Sheriff and Detective, as well as script advisor and actor on TV shows America’s Most Wanted and Burn Notice will show you; 1) the ten common errors seen every day in film and on TV, 2) the generalizations and cultures of different law enforcement assignments, and 3) what it’s like to be a rookie cop. Spend an hour with Paul Schad to learn a summary of law enforcement (and crime) realities to help you write better. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Upcoming Talks

November 7th – Independent Publishing – What Does It Really Cost? – Rik Feeney – 7:30 – 9:00pm – library main room at the Winter Park Public Library. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

December 7th – A Courtroom and Trial Primer for Authors – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

January 4, 2017 – Humor Writing – Erik Deckers – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

February 1 – TBA – E. J. Wenstrom – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

March 1 – TBA – – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

April 5 – TBA – Dr. Gerald Schiffhorst – – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

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 (Chase Bank will be on your right as you 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. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside, to the library where we hold the meeting.

October 30, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA – May 4th – 6:30 pm: “Offline Marketing for Online Success” (Book Marketing)

Offline Marketing for Online Success

Orlando Florida Writer’s Association presents “Offline Marketing for Online Success,” a talk by writer, speaker, and book coach Rik Feeney at the University Club in Winter Park on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm.

Having a web site and promoting your work online is critical for success in this technological era, but many times the spark that makes a topic or a book go viral happens in day-to-day conversation, finding a business card, or attending a talk. As Feeney says, “The map to your online presence is often found in the mundane world.”

Have you designed a marketing campaign that includes offline techniques? What niche market have you targeted? What’s the timeline for your promotions? How much will it cost? How can you sustain the marketing effort for a minimum of two to three years?

In this talk, you will learn how to make sure your offline marketing supports your online efforts by: 1) creating word-of-mouth campaigns, 2) singing for your supper (doing author talks), and, 3) using your book as a business card (free booklet, sample chapters, CD). These are just a few of the many ideas that will be discussed. There will also be an open forum where you can contribute ideas that have worked for you.

Join us at the Orlando Florida Writer’s Association on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park (corner of Webster & Park). The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information go to https://fwaorlando.wordpress.com or email usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

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. 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. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

April 13, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.