Orlando FWA – Feb 7th – 6:30pm – Al Pergande – Playwright, critic, speaker

Setting Your Story on Stage

“You’ve written a great short story. Transform it into a great play,” says Al Pergande, playwright, critic, and speaker at the February 2018 Orlando FWA meeting held at the University Club in Winter Park on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Pergande will discuss 1) how plays differ from Short Stories and other literary forms, 2) the internal structural elements of a play – the Character Wheel, The Hero’s Journey, and Theatricality, and 3) how to format professionally and submit successfully. According to Pergande, “Theater – it looks so easy until you try it.” So, give it a try. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

 

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!!

Orange Blossom Publishing is launching a new anthology series called How I Met My Other. We want unique, funny, amazing, and unforgettable true stories of how people got together. 3,000 – 5,000 words. Submission window open until May 31st. Click below for full info!

http://www.orangeblossombooks.com/how-i-met-my-other.html

Follow our Facebook group to see fun couples and get updates about the project!

https://www.facebook.com/metmyother/

 

Belize Writers Conference

This conference is a tremendous opportunity for anyone with a finished or close-to-finished manuscript. It is a small conference, limited to just 30, and attendees will have the opportunity to work closely with 2 literary agents–Carrie Howland of Empire Literary and Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Services–as well as writing coach, Jane Anne Staw. Attendees will have the opportunity to not only pitch their work, but potentially form a working relationship with our agents.

The conference will take place April 23-28 at the Ak’bol Yoga Retreat on Ambergris Caye, in Belize. It is a tropical paradise and attendees will have the opportunity to relax on the beach, participate in yoga sessions, and time will be set aside for generative writing.

For more information and to register please see our website:

http://www.joeygarcia.com/events/­

 

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 – Jan 3rd 6:30pm – Ava Doppelt – Intellectual Property Lawyer

Legal Basics for Independent Authors

Ava Doppelt

Ava Doppelt Intellectual Property Lawyer Orlando, FL

“Free legal advice!” offers Ava Doppelt, intellectual property lawyer and speaker for the Orlando FWA writer’s group on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park. This meeting will cover, “What anyone writing or publishing should know about the law,” says Doppelt. The top three things Doppelt will cover are: 1) Copyright law for writers, 2) Defamation / Privacy / Right of Publicity legal issues, and 3) What must be put in writing. This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

FWA Focus Days

Book Marketing Kick Start for 2018

“5% of the effort is writing and publishing the book. 95% of the effort that leads to book sales success is marketing and promoting,” says Speaker / Book Coach Rik Feeney. In an effort to help kick start your marketing and promotion efforts for 2018 Rik Feeney has put together a document titled, “Book Review Contacts: Pre and Post Publication Sites,” which lists nearly two years worth of sites you can contact to get book reviews. To get a copy, send your request to Rik Feeney care of 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. 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 Double-header! November 1st – Two talks in one night!

Co-Conspirators and Collaborators: Writing with Co-Authors

Join us Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30pm when our first talk, Co-Conspirators and Collaborators: Writing with Co-Authors, presented by our panel Nancy Quatrano, Judy Weber, and Mike King. Writing a book by yourself has its challenges but writing a book with someone else has a whole new set of concerns. Find out just what it takes to collaborate on writing and publishing a new book by listening to our panel of experts.

Get Paid to Speak… Even if You Haven’t Finished Writing Your Book

Jess Todtfeld

Jess Todtfeld Magnetic Speaker

At 7:45pm, magnetic speaker, Jess Todtfeld says, “If you are not out speaking, you are leaving money on the table.  Authors (and future) authors need to know the following strategies: 1) how to build a speaking platform and get paid doing it, 2) become a speaker whether you write fiction or non-fiction, and 3) free to fee strategies, create learning products, and monetize your knowledge.

Both talks are free and open to the public and are held at the University Club of Winter Park. For more information, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Magnetic Speaker Event

Use Promo code: MSEFriend to get $100 off.

Speaking is the #1 way to build instant credibility in your niche. When you attend the Magnetic Speaker Live Event you’ll gain the tools necessary to create, launch and grow a speaking business that can impact thousands of people, increase your revenue, and give you authority in your niche.

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., Sept 6th @ 6:30pm – Bill Suchy – Writer / Producer / Director – Emmy Award winner!

The Use of Visual Literacy when Writing Non-Fiction

Bill Suchy - Emmy Award Winner!

Bill Suchy – Emmy Award Winner!

Bill Suchy, winner of four Emmy’s, seven Emmy nominations, and one Academy Award nomination, and many more accolades, will be our speaker on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park. Suchy says, “…understanding visual literacy will improve your use of creative freedom when writing.” The top three things attendees will learn are: 1) the basics of visual literacy – the adverbs and adjectives of film, 2) how to use creative freedom and visual literacy when writing fiction and non-fiction, and 3) the similarities and differences between documentary film writing and non-fiction book writing. Suchy says of his talk, “It will change the way you view what you see and how you translate to the page.” You don’t want to miss this talk which is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.  

Upcoming Writer Events

Sponsorship Boot Camp  Use Promo code: SBCFriend to get $100 off.

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  – Use Promo code: 201708RIK to get $100 off.

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 Fair – October 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.

Magnetic Speaker EventUse Promo code: MSEFriend to get $100 off.

Speaking is the #1 way to build instant credibility in your niche. When you attend the Magnetic Speaker Live Event you’ll gain the tools necessary to create, launch and grow a speaking business that can impact thousands of people, increase your revenue, and give you authority in your niche.

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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Discount Code for Author101 University

As requested by several attendees at last months Orlando FWA meeting, I have the discount code that will allow you to sign up for Author101 University at a discount.

Please remember you must sign up under the affiliate link I have provided below.

NOTE: When you sign up you are allowed to bring another person for FREE!

Discount Code:   2017A101RIK

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The code and the link will get you in to the event for $197 ($100 off the normal fee).

Additional Upcoming Conferences

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.

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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.

 

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Reminder: Short Story Editing / Development w/ John Hope – Wed., July 12 @ 6:30pm – University Club of Winter Park – Orlando FWA

REMINDER: If you are looking for new and different ideas on how to improve your short story writing, be sure to attend short story superstar author John Hope’s presentation this Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm at the University Club of Winter Park for our monthly Orlando FWA meeting.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

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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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FWA Special Talk: Ben Hale – “Courage of Writing” Tues. – May 30 – 7-9 pm

The Courage of Writing

Ben Hale

Ben Hale

(Special presentation by Ben Hale Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the University Club in Winter Park.)

“The publishing world is daunting, but anyone can conquer it with the write tools, “says speaker and mega-selling Kindle author Ben Hale. During this talk Hale will help you to recognize your courage, and learn to harness it, how courage and discipline can help you attain your goals, and how to use your courage of writing to triple your word count. Hale asks, “Do you want to write and publish like a professional?” Then, find your courage. Join the undaunted on Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the University Club in Winter Park for his presentation, The Courage of Writing. This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Note: The normal FWA meeting in June will still take place on Wednesday, June 7th starting at 6:30pm.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., May 3 – 6:30pm – Over $2 Million in Free Advertising?!

Over $2 Million in Free Advertising?!

If you’ve ever read the newspaper, surfed the web, watch TV, or read magazines you’ve likely seen our speaker Mark Simon. He’s a master of getting self-promotion. On May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. he will share the following secrets with you.

  • How to get free promotion.
  • How to write an article that papers and magazines will run.
  • How to get radio and TV interviews.
  • 16 Steps to Get FREE Advertising.
  • How to build a Press Kit.
  • How to turn promotion into $$$.

If you’re an author, creative, or run any type of business don’t miss this event! It can change your income! This program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com . Go to https://fwaorlando.wordpress.com/ for updates.

 

Upcoming Talks

May 2017 – Bonus Presentation! Ben Hale – super successful Kindle author will be in town to tell how he got on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous through writing. His talk will be on Tuesday, May 30th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Suggested donation: $5.00 (All proceeds to benefit the University Club of Winter Park.)

June 2017 – An Introduction to Writing Erotica by Caramel

July 2017 – Deep Editing Short Stories, Good to Great by multiple RPLA award winner John Hope

August 2017 – TBA

September 2017 – Developing Research and Ideas for Documentary Films – Bill Suchy

October 2017 – Pitching for TV Shows – Jeanne Simon

 

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.

 

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