The Untold, Amazing, Shocking! Secret Formula for Becoming a Bestselling Author Finally Revealed

FWA Presentation at St. Pete Public Library (Main) – Becoming a Bestselling Author

I’ll be presenting this Thursday, 11/9, at the main St. Petersburg library location at 37th St. N and 9th Ave. at 6pm for the FWA St. Pete writers group.

The Topic: The Untold, Amazing, Shocking! Secret Formula for Becoming a Bestselling Author Finally Revealed

or, Scamming the Dream – How Others are Happy to Take Your Money in the Writing and Publishing Industry

I’ve spent countless hours listening to webinars, reading advice on how authors can make it to the big time. Fame! Fortune! All you have to do is [pay] for my [course] [webinar] [book] [manual] and you’ll be taking the steps to becoming rich!

There’s a hidden message they aren’t telling you. I’ll give you the straight scoop, and answer any questions on writing and publishing that I can.

I will be there before 6 if anyone wants to chat informally beforehand. I look forward to renewing acquaintances and making new ones.

I hope to see you there!


Tampa Bay Book Fair 2017

Tampa Bay Book Fair Appearance

Saturday, Oct 14, from 12-5 pm, I’ll be joining other local authors and publishers at the Tampa Bay Book Fair. It’s at the 49er Flea Market on 49th St N. in Pinellas Park, just north of Quaker Steak (on the other side).

Let’s talk about all things books – writing, publishing. Pick up a pen or a book – they will be discounted on that day. Get ideas for what you’d like to produce as well. Be inspired by others like you who live here.

I’ll be sharing a booth with local author Bria Burton, which adds variety to the types of books you’ll find at our booth.

I’ve been kind of quiet this year – busy helping others get their books into print, creating a photo book for the family, and finally getting back to finishing the next draft of my novel.

I hope to see you there!


Get Yourself Published

Get Yourself Published Workshop Oct 21

Coming next month, there’s still time to sign up, is a new full-day workshop, Get Yourself Published, that I’ll be presenting with author Bria Burton at the FWA Conference, on Friday, October 21st. You can sign up here.

This will be a work shop. You will really work, You’ll practice some editing techniques, to strengthen the quality of the readability of your story. You’ll be shown several fun ways to promote your finished product, and you’ll work on formatting your story, and designing a cover.

All Day Work, Free Software Included!

It will be a full day of work and you’ll have the opportunity to install all the software necessary to complete your work, from word one to the end.

You’ll be working on your story. In addition, at least one attendee will have part of their story formatted for them, or their front cover laid out in graphics software.

We cover editing, formatting for print, marketing, and cover design. By the end of the day, you should be able to make this decision:

A. I can do it myself! (Because you are confident that you can handle the steps with what you learned in the workshop.)


B. I can prepare it and have someone else do it for me! (You’ll be able to understand what makes for good cover design, what helps in preparing ahead of time for the simplest translation from story to finished product. But you don’t want to bother with the details. However, just understanding them gives you the information to ask the right questions when you hire someone to do it for you.)

So, come out to a great conference and take in the incredibly-priced full day workshop on self-publishing. We hope to see you there, and will be available throughout the weekend for any questions.

June 2024

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Thank You!

Thank You

… to all those who attended tonight’s presentation. I had a wonderful time showing several software programs (all free) that might help one write in the style they are comfortable in.

I met wonderful people, fielded interesting questions, and offered my opinions on some things, hoping to open up aspiring writers to the wealth of possibilities out there.

Basically, understand what you want from your writing, and look for a way that matches that desire.

In addition to the free download of the presentation on this website (under the DIY publishing tips/free download page), I covered 3 programs and promised to include links here for those who didn’t get a paper with the links on them.

Software for the Way You Write

If you like everything in one program, including storyboard, character bios, locations, plot points, scene missions, etc. you want yWriter. (Click to go to the download page for version 6. This works for Windows. For Mac and Linux, download version 5 and run via Wine.) I call this the Maximalist approach.

If you want just a blank piece of paper, distraction free, you want FocusWriter. Available on all platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows), and also as a portable app for Windows (install on a usb drive and take with you anywhere). I call this the Minimalist approach.

If you want the program to handle the formatting for you, try LyX. This is my preferred one now (relatively new), because in addition to handling the formatting, it also has a sidebar outline view that allows me to see where I’m at in my story as I’m writing. (In other programs you have to toggle between views to see similar things.) I call this the Format-for-Me approach.

Following the presentation we had a lively discussion on software, writing, self publishing, and related topics. It was an honor to present, to share my experiences with fellow writers, and I hope it was helpful. (Feedback seemed to indicate it was for some.)

Once again, thank you, to Bria and FWA, and to those who attended, for this opportunity.

To your writing success…


Speaking Event

Speaking Event – FWA St. Pete – Thursday 3/10/16 at 6PM

Dump Your Word Processor! is the title of my presentation this Thursday at the monthly FWA St. Pete writers meeting. I’ll be demonstrating several alternatives to the standard word processor (like Word), that might improve your writing efficiency, or fit your mood better, pulling more words from your muse.

All the programs I’ll show are FREE downloads, and you’ll have a selection that might address the style you like when you write. I’ll also answer any questions on self publishing, and would love to see you there.

The event is at the St. Pete main library at the corner of 37th St. and 9th Ave N. (Just west of 34th St/US 19, on the north side.)

Author Joanne Lewis

Author Joanne Lewis joins Soul Attitude Press

New to us, we are pleased to announce that we have contributed to author Joanne Lewis’s latest offering, Sleeping Cupid on Amazon, with interior formatting. Joanne has been writing and publishing her work for some time now, and we welcome the opportunity to serve her. Please check out her website and  Amazon author page.

Author Joanne Lewis

Sleeping Cupid is the second installment in her Michelangelo and Me series, with two new books due out later this year. Here’s a picture of the cover of her latest:

Author Joanne Lewis: Sleeping Cupid cover

We welcome her and wish her the best in her writing endeavors, and in life. We are here to serve you, the author, or writer on the journey of your dream.

Art Walk – Cold and Friendly

Can something be cold and friendly at the same time? The answer is yes! The Gulfport Art Walk, held this past Friday, (Feb 5), was a great success for authors Bria Burton and John Rehg (aka J Gerard Michaels and Grandpa Tic).

The walk brought out a lot of people, and the location, right by the corner of 31st Ave S, proved ideal. The local astronomy club set up on the very corner, and if they had more time the two authors would have taken looks at real stars.

Instead, they settled for all the interesting people that passed by, stopped to chat, and even bought some books. It’s difficult to predict how one will do, and with the temperatures hovering just over 50, the night delivered on its promise of being cold.

The saving grace, for most of the night? The wind kept silent until the final hour or so, allowing the authors and assistant to manage without freezing up for most of the time. When the wind picked up, it worked intermittently as a gentle breeze. Unfortunately, at 50 degrees, any breeze, gentle or not, magnifies the cold!