Stu’s Big Party
Florida Authors & Publishers Association – Picture Book Award winner!
Meet large and lovable Stu Potamus! He’s throwing a party and everyone is invited. Before the night is over, he’ll learn that you can’t judge your friends by how they look on the outside – it’s what’s inside that counts!
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How Long Will You Love Me?
Whether it’s a question from a child to a parent or an adult to their significant other, that question probably gets asked more than you think…even if it just stays in your head and you are the only one who hears it. Patti Brassard Jefferson’s creative first book starts with the question and each page gives a warm, rhythmic reassurance — “I promise I will love you ’til…” Along the way to the definitive answer, you will see shopping frogs, tanning dolphins and blues-playing bunnies. The sun drives a fancy car, an octopus writes love letters and baseballs grow on trees! (All of these silly characters are also hiding a heart for you to find on each page.) So just how long will I love you? The answer is perfectly clear in this book!
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You may think you’re marketing your book effectively, but you’d be surprised at some of the research, targeting, and promotion you might be missing. Learn how you can do so much more — even with limited time or finances! Introducing a simple guide for independent authors to do at least one task every day that promotes themselves as authors and their books to readers.
Four ways to choose your daily task:
2. based on time availability
3. based on financial availability
4. start at the beginning and work to the end
Each Task Features:
– time and cost estimates per task
– step-by-step instructions including checklists and Q&A
– results tracking (do more of what brings results; less of what doesn’t)
– calendars to schedule reoccurring tasks
– tips to customize your marketing
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Patti Brassard Jefferson is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books as well as non-fiction. She is currently the president of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and CEO of PJ Inx Press.
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Wilson received an BA in English Writing from the University of Georgia in 1983 and has been writing ever since. He has published countless magazine and newspaper articles, seven novels, and written hundreds of ads and television projects. Other works include annual reports, social media writing, web copy, instruction manuals, screenplays, and corporate communications. Wilson has also spent 30+ years working in all aspects of television and film production creating documentaries, corporate videos, and TV commercials. He currently serves as Project Manager at American Business Writers, coordinating the writing projects.
At the November 2019 GCWA meeting, we asked what workshops people would like to attend. The following are current requests for workshops.
- How to write a Query Letter
- How to beat Writer’s Bock
- MS Word tools, tricks, and formatting
- Fictional character development — adding dialogue, “show” vs. “tell”
- Selling your book — marketing and publicity
- Better Writing
- Revision. Saying more with less. Rewriting your prose. Did you say that already?
- Revision and rewriting your poetry. When in doubt leave it out.
- How to conduct a successful oral presentation. Can you hear me? Yes?
- Marketing one’s self as well as your new book. A Total Plan.
- How to use the new technology on your cell phone, tablet and PC. Is this thing on?
- Creating a good press kit, business cards, book marks, postcards for promotion. Say what?
- Ways to get unstuck when you have writer’s block. Don’t give up yet.
- Memoir Writing Workshop. You don’t have to tell your entire life.
- Prompts for writing poetry. Getting started. Yes, you can write a good poem!”
We will list any workshops scheduled by GCWA here. Also keep checking events, which include workshops from various writers organizations.
Please COMMENT below if you would like to add your suggestions for workshops.
If you are willing to help run a workshop, please include that information in your comment.
From his earliest years in rural Virginia, Andrew loved nature. From crawfish to thunderstorms, he marveled at the creativity on display wherever the influence of man was not overpowering. Growing up, he invented stories to entertain friends. He went on to explore the limits of photography. He created a style he named ‘natural surrealism’ by taking photos of real objects in a way that expressed hidden extra-ordinary characteristics. He reworked photographic processes to expand and distort what the lens actually saw. Exploring furniture making, he designed and manufactured pieces such as a cantilevered wooden aquarium that seemed to defy gravity. Turning to larger works, he became an architect and created the firm Associates in Architecture. His other creations include two beautiful children and a fabulous relationship with his wife, Vivian. Naturally, he entertained his children with fantasies based on reality and now has made those stories available to all children.
Today he sees nature under siege, and a people not recognizing the jeopardy we have put upon ourselves. His debut novel The Venus Prophecy published May 2020, in the emerging genre of cli-fi uses a blend of science fiction and drama to illustrate our peril. He hopes people worldwide will see what is happening in time to prevent his fictional catastrophe on Venus from becoming reality on Earth.
He is joining others in fighting for a healthy atmosphere and a clean environment.
Award-winning author and Gulf Coast Writers Association member Charley Valera is inviting everyone to his official book launch party. The book in an autobiography titled, A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens. Captain Arens and Valera will be in attendance to talk with readers and sign books. There will be books available to purchase at the event.
Date changed: October 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00
Military Heritage Museum,
900 W Marion Ave,
Punta Gorda, FL 33950