Florida Authors and Publishers 2014 Annual Conference Discount Hotel Rates Ending

Florida Authors and Publishers 2014 Annual Conference Discount Hotel Rates EndingIf you are planning to attend the Florida Authors and Publishers Association annual

Conference (August 8-9) in Pompano Beach Marriott (800-228-9290), the last day for getting a discounted hotel room is July 15.

There are three pre-conference workshops scheduled for this year’s conference, along with a full day of sessions and Presidents Book Awards banquet. Check www.floridapublishersassociation.com for details.

 


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Facebook Resources for Florida Writers, Authors, and Publishers

If you are a Florida-based author, writer or publisher looking for conferences and networking opportunities, check out these resources on Facebook.

 


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Florida Authors and Publishers Association Conference Early Registration Ends Soon

 

Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2014 Annual ConferenceJune 30, 2014 is the closing date for obtaining discounted registration pricing for members and non-member.

Friday workshops are:

  • Children’s Books: Show n’Tell
  • Fiction Writing – Novel in a Day
  • Marketing: Using Today’s Technologies

Saturday sessions include:

  • Electronic Editing that crosses genre’ lines
  • Book Design Inside Out
  • Book trailer basics: Discovering a valuable tool for book promotion
  • Energize your author platform using technology

To get more information about the conference and to register for the Friday workshops and all day Saturday conference sessions, visit www.floridapublishersassociation.com.


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Use SMART Goals When Writing Non Fiction Books

Use SMART Goals When Writing Non Fiction BooksBoth aspiring and experienced writers often make the mistake of failing to develop and follow a plan when writing a nonfiction book.  This is a mistake and can lead to a less than stellar product in the end.

In some cases, non fiction writers are subject matter experts (SMEs) who have years of expertise and extensive knowledge about their topic. Because of this, they often just dive in to putting words into their computer or on paper. When they do so, they are likely to omit key steps or forget to capture key points or ideas that might have otherwise improved then quality of their book.

To prevent making this mistake when you are deciding on what you will put in your book and how you will organize and approach writing it, create a set of SMART goals to help guide your writing efforts.

Here the suggested steps for creating your goals:

Specific. Choose distinct topics that you want to cover in the text and then spend time researching articles and published books on the subject of your book.

Measurable. Create a deadline for completion of the book or some other quantifiable means for tracking your progress.

Attainable. Be practical and realistic when developing your goals. Ensure that you have the knowledge, skills, writing competence and other resources available to reach your objective. Otherwise, you will likely be frustrated and may develop writer’s block or even stop writing.

Results-Oriented.  Stay focused on the final objective that you have in mind rather than on short-term goals or deadlines. If you happen to run behind at times, catch up and then re-focus your efforts.

Time-Related. Set specific interval and final completion deadlines, then work with those in mind. Make your goals visual by creating a spreadsheet or written timeline that shows what is due and when. Highlight, circle or otherwise note when you arrive at a particular milestone. Reward yourself for each of these accomplishments. Some potential rewards include, going to a movie or to a nice restaurant to celebrate your successes. 

If you are reading this article, you likely have aspirations of writing the best non fiction books possible. For additional ideas on effectively writing non fiction books, check out some of the useful resources on Amazon.com.


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Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2014 Annual Conference

Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2014 Annual ConferenceIf you have not already done so, there is still time to register for the August 8-9 annual Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) and still get the early bird discount.

The conference is designed for authors, small, self and independent publishers, as well as others involved in book writing and publishing businesses. It includes three Friday workshops on developing and publishing children’s, nonfiction or fiction books and powerful sessions on a variety of topics by industry experts all day Saturday. Attendees get breakfast, lunch and refreshments for the day(s) they register.

The event will be held at the Ft Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort where you will can get a special $99.00 room rate, with an option to go three days prior or stay three days afterwards at the reduced rate to make it a staycation!

For more details on the conference and venue, visit the Florida Authors and Publishers Association website at www.floridapublishersassociation.com.


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Maya Angelou Quote About Becoming a Writer

Maya Angelou Quote About Becoming a WriterMany people aspire to get their name and ideas into print with articles and books. Unfortunately, many do not know how to become a writer and are either unwilling to invest the time and effort required to develop the skills necessary to become successful (e.g. grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, marketing, and editing) or do not have the confidence that they can achieve their goal. There are many articles, books and classes available to learn the writing craft, and if you want to write and publish books, to identify the process and resources necessary to do so.  If your goal is to start the journey of becoming a successful writer and to create a personal brand that can lead to income, begin by doing research online or in books stores or a library. Also, search for local writing groups through which you can network and meet those on a similar path. To gather ideas on how you can position yourself to become successful as an author, get a copy of Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors. It focuses on strategies for developing an author platform through personal branding activities.


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Four Tips on How to Become a Successful Author

Four Tips on How to Become a Successful AuthorIf your dream is to be a published author, there are certain things that you must do in order to succeed. Here are four tips for becoming a successful author:

1. Commit Time for Writing.  Many new and established authors also have “day jobs” and have to write in the evenings or on weekends, in airports or wherever they can grab a few minutes to put their words in print. Others are retired or in transition and are finally pursuing their dream to become a recognized author.

No matter what your personal situation, you must decide when and how your masterpiece will be written, since writing is a profession that takes time. If you do not commit to developing your material in an organized and planned fashion, you will not succeed and will likely be very frustrated.

If you decide that you have the ideas and vision for your book but not the time, consider investing the money to work with a ghostwriter who will interview you and develop the text for your review and approval.

2. Develop a book marketing strategy before you write your book. It does not matter if you are the most well-known subject-matter expert on your topic or if you have a professional, readable writing style; if you do not let people know that you and your book exist, you will not be a successful author who sells a lot of books.

Simply having a book in print does not guarantee personal fame and recognition or financial gain. You must get the word out through a variety of means in order to make potential readers of your work. Part of this is through personal branding.

Once you have decided on a topic and title, get the word out about it and your planned publication period (e.g. in the Spring of next year) on social media, through presentations, in media interviews and through other means. By building “buzz” and anticipation about your forthcoming book, you can start to develop a mailing list of potential buyers. Once the book is actually in print, you can then start another round of announcements about its publication and where it can be purchased. For example, use interviews, news releases, articles, social media and personal contacts. You might hire a publicist to help accomplish all this.

To be successful at promoting your book, you should participate in some type of marketing activity every day.

3. Create a budget for the book. The old adage of “It takes money to make money” certainly applies when producing and selling books. Too many new authors attempt to create inexpensive works by cutting corners.  They look for ways to find the cheapest cover designer, editor, graphic artist, printer and other professionals to create and publish their book. By doing this, they often get what they pay for – an inferior product that does not sell.

Keep in mind that YOUR name is going to be on the front of any book that you write. Part of you success as a professional, person and writer is your personal brand. Think of all the successful authors you have seen or met. They are continually doing things to create an image that says quality and professional. That is what you should be doing as well. By finding and using quality resources, you will end up with a product that people are likely going to want to read.

4. Use technology effectively. Millions of people access technology (e.g. computers, websites, social media, and advertising) each day. There is an underlying expectation that anything they want can be found on the Internet. This certainly works to your advantage in that you can become known by branding yourself (building an author platform) through a personal website, book website, blog(s), resources related to the writing, publishing and marketing professions and venues to place articles and promotional information.

In today’s world, there is no faster and effective means for getting the word out about your book(s) than through the Internet. Leverage this vehicle to your advantage. Either learn how to use elements of technology, such as those I just mentioned, or budget to have someone skilled in using these tools to do it for you.

For more personal branding tips, ideas and strategies about how to build and hone your personal brand and market your book, check out Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors.


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Four Common Excuses That Inhibit Aspiring Non Fiction Authors

Four Common Excuses That Inhibit Aspiring Non Fiction AuthorsThousands of people likely say each day that they want to become a non fiction author…someday. Yet, many never achieve their dream because the find reasons why they cannot write. These people often have college degrees, years of experience and expertise in a given field or on a specific topic about which they want to write, and they have the ability to write effectively, but something holds them back. Are you one of these people? What is stopping you?

The following are  a four common excuses often heard from aspiring nonfiction (and fiction) writers and some ideas on how you might overcome your personal hurdle to getting started:

I do not know how to write a book. Like anything else in life, writing is a skill that must be learned, practiced and honed over a period of time. Start by writing short non fiction articles and getting feedback from friends, colleagues and family. As your expertise and confidence grows, submit your work to print publications and online sites that publish non fiction articles (e.g. www.selfgrowth.com or www.ezinearticles.com).  These sites do not pay for submissions but you do gain visibility on the Internet by getting them published by well-know sites.

I do not have time to write. Welcome to the real-world. In today’s hectic world, most people never have time to do the things they want to do. My philosophy is that if something is really important to you and you truly want to do it, you will find time to achieve your goal. Even if you can squeeze out half an hour a day, you can complete articles and even a book draft in a relatively short period. For example, if you write one page a day for 365 days, you will have completed a book of approximately 200 pages in length, once you add front materials (e.g. table of contents, preface, dedications, and introduction) and back materials (e.g. references, index, and glossary) by the end of one year. You can then have a good editor work their magic and you are on your way to a published book.

I do not know what to write. Take out a piece of paper and create a list of all the things you really like to do, read about, talk about, think about and have researched in depth as part of your job or school projects. Add to this the things that you believe you are good at doing (get input on this from the people who know you best) For example, co-workers, clients, family, and friends. Do some research online, in magazines and newspapers, in electronic media, in professional and collegiate journals, or wherever else you spot patterns in society. What are people looking for and talking about regularly? What issues agencies highlighting and are being featured on daily talk shows? What book topics are popular at your library (as your circulation librarian), in bookstores, or in online stores like Amazon?  After doing all this and capturing your lists on paper, go to some of the online websites (e.g. Google AdSense) that track word searches on the Internet to narrow your topic down. What are people most often searching for? After doing all this, you should have a pretty good list. Choose the top three and check to see how much has been written in articles, books, magazines and other sources. If a topic is not well covered, you may have just found you topic.

I have family obligations that inhibit me. Most people have this issue to deal with. Talk to family members and friends to let them know of your writing dreams and aspirations and ask them for ideas on how you can best reach them? Ask for their assistance. For example, could a relative stay with an elderly parent or child for a couple days to allow you a “writing weekend?” Could a friend stop by to help out or look in on a sick relative? Can someone assist you with some of those projects you have to work on each weekend and that prohibit you from writing? If the people you ask are truly your friends or interested in your personal success, you can likely find someone to assist. Maybe you can swap of helping on projects. They help you and you later do likewise.

Writing non fiction can be fun, fulfilling and rewarding, but you first have to start. Through non fiction writing, You can share your knowledge and expertise and actually help others in the process. Give it a try by thinking about how you can; not how you cannot write.

Go to Amazon to explore some of the great resources in print for new and hopeful authors.


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How To Become a Writer – Four Easy Implementation Steps

How To Become a Writer – Four Easy Implementation Steps How to become a writer or author is what many aspiring writers and authors want to know. This is one of the most common things that current and potential writers and authors ask me about when I do presentations on becoming a writer. They also want to know, “Where do I begin in order to write a book or article.”

Here are four things I typically share in response .

1. Research your topic. Familiarize yourself with your intended topic by reading articles, books and online content related to it.

2. Refresh your writing skills. Make sure that you have the writing knowledge and skill needed and expected by publishers. For example, a sound understanding of grammar, syntax, and punctuation.

3. Educate yourself about the writing profession. Take classes and review materials that teach the writing process and use your new knowledge to develop an outline to guide you as you create your article or book. Professional writing and publishing groups are good sources for such content.

4. Get started. Once you are confident in your knowledge and abilities, get started by identifying a name for the work and beginning to write.

You can write as little or as much as you like daily. The key is to stay focused and motivated, then work toward your writing goal.  To accomplish this, maintain a daily journal of things such as, how many pages you wrote and your thoughts about how the day went (e.g. good, bad, easy, hard, and with what you struggled). Additionally, find a mentor or coach to help you through the days when writer’s block seems to inhibit your progress.

For more ideas and strategies on getting started or building your skills and knowledge as a writer or author, check out these resources on Amazon.com.


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Writing Articles To Build Your Credibility and Author Platform

Writing Articles To Build Your Credibility and Author PlatformOne effective way for you to gain visibility for your book(s) and product(s) and to gain name recognition and credibility is to regularly write articles and get them published on the Internet and in print. You can also make money writing articles. In many instances, you can paid if you write for blogs or Websites that hire writers to produce their content. There are a variety of freelance writing jobs available for talented writers. What you have to decide is whether you would rather be paid a flat article or per word fee and give up copyright of the work, or create content for your own Blog or Website and sell pay-per-click advertising while maintaining copyright control over what you produce. This is an individual choice and you should research the benefits of both before deciding.

It is not enough to simply publish a book and expect it to sell. Part of your book marketing strategy should contain ways to stay in front of your audience by writing articles that tie to the book theme or content. For example, if you write children’s books, you could write articles for parents related to a theme covered in your book. Say you wrote something that addresses bullying. You could write an article for parents and teachers that provides tips on how to prevent bullying and includes the title of your book, where it can be bought, your domain name, and contact information.  A novel or book about a law enforcement character or the profession could lend itself to an article on home or firearms safety, personal security, safe driving, or some other topic. You may provide a link to your book in your biography at the end of the article.

Be creative and look for any sort of connection that gets your name and book title(s) in front of as many people as possible. For example, if you are scheduled to speak to a professional group, write an article about your presentation or training topic and ask the organization to send it to members and attendees along with the promotional announcement for the event. Also ask that they list it on their Website and insert it into their newsletter, if they have one. This generates advance awareness about you and your topic and potentially drives traffic to your website or blog(s).

Some online sites do not pay for articles, but list them for newsletter editors, trainers, and others to read and download for use and distribution (while leaving attributions and biographical information attached). Other sites connect directly to newspaper reporters and others looking for printed content for their publications.

The following are some popular writing sources that you might want to contact.

Writing Articles To Build Your Credibility and Author PlatformFor numerous additional ideas and strategies for building your author platform, branding yourself, marketing books, and for creating passive and residual streams of income, get a copy of my Kindle book, Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors.


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