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 – Using Internet Resources to Find an Agent – 03/02/16 @ 6:30 pm

Using Internet Resources to Find an Agent

Racquel Henry

Racquel Henry

Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm for a talk by Writer’s Atelier owner and author Racquel Henry. Henry will show you how to get your work in front of agents, how to use Twitter to find out what agents want, how to use Twitter contests to get your work in front of agents (plus the do’s and don’ts of those contests), and how to figure out what agent is right for you. The meeting takes place at the University Club in Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik Feeney – 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. Go up the ramp to the side door, then keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

For additional information contact: Rik Feeney / usabookcoach@gmail.com / 407-529-8539

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FWA Meeting Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm with Professor Leonard Birdsong

Writing and Selling Humor Books: Where I Plan to Go from Here…

Leonard Birdsong

Leonard Birdsong

On Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m., author, speaker, and law professor Leonard Birdsong will: 1) show you why you need multiple books to make money in publishing, 2) discuss finding the time to write and getting help to do it, 3) show you how to get your book(s) in the hands of readers and buyers. Birdsong says, “My story is certainly different from everyone else’s but I hope I can provide inspiration to help you succeed in your publishing endeavors.” This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or www.RickFeeney.com.

 

Upcoming Orlando FWA Speakers – 2015

March – John Hope – Short Stories: How to Fit It All In

April – Darlyn Kuhn – Change the Names and Make Stuff Up

May – Shannon Bell – Social Media Marketing

June – Ken Pelham – Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Writing in the Fictional Point of View

 

Writer Events (speaker: Rik Feeney)

February 23, 2015 – Orlando Public Library – Article Writing Success! – 6:00 p.m.

February 25, 2015 – Southeast Branch – Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune! – 6:30 p.m.

March 30, 2015 – Orlando Public Library – Fiction Writing Basics – 6:00 p.m.

 

Need writer for: The Prose of Passion: A Night of Literary Seduction

The event will be March 19th at 6:30pm at Leroy’s 19th Hole in Palm Coast (formerly Cypress Knoll Country Club).

Here’s what I need:

A writer to come up with something romantic that pushes boundaries without going into porn. We don’t need graphic insertions and money shots. What we are looking for is something geared more to couples that pushes the rated “R” envelope a bit.

The writing will be read/presented at the event. There will be 7 writers. Each presenter gets 8 minutes, so the story MUST have a beginning, middle, and end and be wrapped up in 8 minutes or less. We are really looking for a writer who can not only write something “hot” but present it well – vocally. We’re not looking for a runway model, but someone who can read/present their original material with enough pizzazz to grab the audience.

You will have a table where the writer may sell his/her book(s) at the event. There is no compensation, but a ticket to the event is free. Food or drinks will be available  to purchase.

Word count is determined by the author’s ability to present their material done in 8 minutes or less.

Contact: Mike King at author@michaelrayking.comwww.gowriteandyouwontgowrong.com.  (Click on “Events” tab.)

 

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.

Next month…

Story Stories – How to Fit it All In Hope, John_2009_small

Join us Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. and learn how to tackle the challenge of telling a complete story, with fully realized characters, scenes, and plot, within the confines of a short story’s limited word count presented by award-winning author John Hope. John will teach you how to: 1) minimize the fluff and maximize word usage, 2) structure your story, and 3) focus on a key piece of a large concept/story. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., January 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Picking and Training on the Perfect Word Processor

MJ Carlson

MJ Carlson

On Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m., author and speaker, MJ Carlson will: 1) discuss common word processor pros & cons (PC&Mac), 2) review common novel organizing software (PC&Mac), 3) show you how to make Word behave––setting up MS Word for (almost) painless ebook uploading. Bonus! A quick look at the possible future––system independent web-based word processing. This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or www.RickFeeney.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.

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December 3, 2014 Orlando FWA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Writing Resolutions: Tips and tricks to maximize your writing time

Larry Leech

Larry Leech

On Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. author of 2300 articles and a dozen ghostwritten books, Larry Leech, will show you how to find the right time to write, how to maximize that writing time, and show you why a daily writing schedule is important. Leech says, “If you’re working on what you’re burdened to write, then you have things in your daily schedule that don’t belong.” This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or http://www.RickFeeney.com.

Stocking Stuffer Fundraiser

University Club dues for next year are right around the corner. To help defray the cost, your fearless leader will be sacrificing his cherished video and CD collections for unbelievably low prices like $1 for individual videos and CD’s or $5 for multi-unit sets. The fundraiser takes place from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. and again at the end of the meeting. First come, first served, as-is, no returns. Cash only. No items will be reserved for future purchase.

Upcoming Orlando FWA Speakers – 2015

January – MJ Carlson – Word processors
February – Leonard Birdsong – Write Your Passion and Then Sell It
March – John Hope – Short Stories: How to Fit It All In
April – Darlyn Kuhn
May – Shannon Bell – Social Media Marketing

Writer Events (speaker: Rik Feeney)

January 13, 2015 – Edgewater Library
January 23, 2015 – South Florida State College
January 26, 2015 – Orlando Public Library
January 27, 2015 – South Creek Library
January 30, 2015 – Writers League of the Villages

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.

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Book Marketing Success!

Book Marketing Success! (for authors on a budget) rik feeney pic 72dpi

Saturday, April 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Winter Park Library, 460 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407-623-3300)

Did you know that writing the book and getting it published is really only 5% of the effort in having a successful book? The critical 95% of your effort is in marketing and promoting your book.

Make no mistake; whether you are traditionally published, used P.O.D. or digital technologies, or are an independent publisher, YOU, the author, bear the largest burden of responsibility in marketing your book. Your book is like a baby, you can’t abandon it after giving it life; you must now nurture it through successful marketing techniques, in this case, without having to break the piggy bank to do it.

This workshop will cover the tried and true basics of marketing as well as several additional marketing techniques, that won’t break the bank, to build a constant and developing awareness of your book. Many of these techniques can be put to use during and after the talk.

Participants will learn:

1. The basics of book marketing.

2. Low-cost and no-cost techniques to market the book.

3. Follow-through techniques for traditional and digital marketing to build book sales.

This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

Why Publish Now? Ben Hale Author Headshot copy

Ben Hale talks on Why Publish Now? At the Winter Park Library on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. Contact Ben Hale at authorben@hotmail.com. Winter Park Library, 460 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407-623-3300).

 

Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference

3rd Annual Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference, April 26, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando / Altamonte Springs, 350 S. Northlake Boulevard, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. http://floridawriters.net/uploads/2014_04_26_Writers_Nest_MC_Flier_color.pdf

 

Kindle Publishing Seminar 
Ben Hale Author Headshot copyrik feeney pic 72dpi

On Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., publishing experts Rik Feeney and Ben Hale will show any writer how they can publish successful ebooks on the Amazon Kindle and make money at it. The Kindle Publishing Seminar will take place at the Winter Park Library, 460 E New England Ave, Winter P
ark, FL 32789 (407-623-3300). The fee for this seminar is $50.00. www.KindlePublishingSeminar.com.

 

Write it Right-Write it Tight nancy quatrano pic 72dpi

Nancy Quatrano presents, Write it Right-Write it Tight, an interactive discussion about writing with power at the FWA meeting on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Nancy discusses how to choose powerful words, powering up pitches, blurbs and hooks, and grabbing the reader’s attention. Bring an opening hook, a pitch or draft letter to an editor or agent with you for feedback. The talk is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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