August Meeting

When: August 21, 2013 at 6:15-8 p.m.

WhereOrange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue, off Kingsley Ave., just behind the Dairy Queen

PresenterChris Berman presents Believable Fiction Using Fact based History to Build Your Story.” Learn to raise the dead. Well-researched historical figures breathe life into your fiction writing. Find out how to convert historical facts into believable fiction, where fact and fiction collide. 

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July Monthly Meeting

When: July 17  6:15 to 8 p.m. at

Where: Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue, off Kingsley Ave., just behind the Dairy Queen.

Presenter: Robert W. Lucas, MA, CPLP, presents Capitalize on Your Writing Strategies for Recognition and Marking Money.”

Many people say, “One day I’m going to write a book.” Yet few are successful in getting into print. If you want answers about how to take your book idea from vision to reality, you’ll find them in this mini-workshop. For material, Bob draws on his own experience writing and getting published: 18 books and hundreds of articles and anthology contributions, working with nine major publishers. His latest work is Make Money Writing Books.

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FWA News

Writers Nest Mini-Conference

Oct. 18-20, 2013

Welcome to our 12th year!

We packed a full house at the second annual Writers Nest Mini-Conference April 20 in Altamonte Springs, FL, where attendees enjoyed a dozen workshops, interviews with an agent and three publishers, and a rousing keynote address by award-winning YA author Adrian Fogelin. Watch the FWA blog for details and photos, which should be posted in the next couple of days. For information on upcoming conferences, visit the FWA website.

Look What’s Ahead

Speaking of conferences, look what’s ahead:

  • The FWA’s Nonfiction Mini-Conference will be held June 22 in Winter Park, FL.
  • The Florida Writers Foundation’s Celebrity Workshop with Mary Burton will be held Oct. 17 in Lake Mary.
  • Also in Lake Mary, FWA will host its three-day annual conference, with this year’s theme, “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth.”
  • Concurrent with the annual conference will be the first annual Youth Writers
  • Conference Oct 19. Get details on the FWA website.
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May Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue, off Kingsley Ave, just behind the Dairy Queen

Presenter: Tim Gilmore, Ph.D. “Writing About Place: How to Let the Local Haunt You.”

Place can play a dramatic role in a story, whether your genre is fiction or nonfiction. Too many authors neglect the power of place to bring their stories to life. Dr. Gilmore explains how to explore, research, and appreciate local places, and how to translate your exploration into writing.

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April Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 17, 3013 from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue, off Kingsley Ave, just behind the Dairy Queen
Presenter: Rik Feeney, “Titles, Covers, and Back Cover Copy Blurbs,” 
Getting published doesn’t guarantee book sales. Author and publisher Rik Feeney says, “95% of the effort [of writing and publishing] is marketing and promoting your book—if you want sales success. Give yourself a head start by using the title, cover, and back copy blurb to market your book.” 
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Mind Mapping and Goal Setting for Writers

Maureen Jung, Ph.D, Writing Consultant, will present a mind mapping mini-workshop at The Black Horse Winery on Kingsley Avenue from 6:30 – 8:30 on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. She will be providing a hands-on exercise in mapping your writing goals for the coming year. Bring along your to-do list, your questions, and your ideas. You will leave with a writing goals map that includes steps for achievement.

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Carrol’s Handout for the March Monthly Meeting

Below is the handout that Carrol Wolverton is providing during the meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

www.northfloridawriters.org/CarrolW.htm

carrolwolverton@hotmail.com

Books promoting

Boston Basement, a dirty family secret mystery

           Raylaina, the story of a teen with an abusive boyfriend

            Method Weight Management 2, How not to be a Fat Cat

            Living Cheap & Loving It – being rewritten

            Sex, Lies & Real Estate – will be rewritten

            Serious Survival: Skills for Single Parents – first book

www.createspace.com – using createspace leads to KDP or http://kdp.amazon.com

How to Make, Market & Sell Ebooks All for Free – Jason Matthews

APE, How to Publish a Book – Guy Kawasaki & Shawn Welch

www.parapublishing.com – Dan Poynter – marketing newsletter good for reviews

Guy Kawasaki quoting Dr. Bojan Tunguz’s guidelines for formatting margins on createspace

1 ½ spacing                                         Using KISS principle

0.5 margins                                          1” & .5” margins

0.5625 outer

0.6875 bottom

Getting rid of amateurish look – Pick a book you like of similar genre

Copy Editing – as important as any other part

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March Monthly Meeting

When: March 20, 6:15 to 8 p.m

Where: Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue, off Kingsley Ave., just behind the Dairy Queen.

Presentation: “Self-Publishing on a Budget”

Self-published author, Carrol Wolverton, (Boston Basement, Method Weight Management, and many others) presents “Self-Publishing on a Budget.” She will focus on the most common self-publishing mistakes authors make. If you’re thinking about doing-it-yourself, don’t miss this presentation.

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We hope to see you all there!

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Clay County Writers Brainstorming Session Number One

Brainstorming GroupOn Wednesday, March 6, 2013, the Black Horse Winery (BHW) filled with excited, energized voices as local writers with varying levels of expertise from a wide range of genres came together around the table for the first ever Brainstorming Session. Led by Linda Shilling Mitchell, this group of 12 discussed various marketing techniques and strategies for both the seasoned and novice author alike.

It is our hope to make this an ongoing event and greatly look forward to the next one to be held on April 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., once again at the BHW, when Maureen Jung will lead us through a technique called Mind Mapping.

Hope to see you there!

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February Monthly Meeting

When: February 20: Clay County Writers, 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue – just behind the Dairy Queen

Presentation: “Getting the Gigs”

Author Linda Schilling Mitchell (Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter) presents “Getting the Gigs.”  How to land interviews, articles, book signings, and speaking engagements, as you promote your book.  

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We hope to see you all there!

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