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April 1, 2012

Did you know that FWA and its sister organization, the Florida Writers Foundation, offer five different electronic resources, each with a special purpose to serve you?

Try this test. Where would you go to do the following? (Answers at the end of this post.)

  1. Announce your book signing
  2. Learn which agents will be attending the annual conference—and what they’re looking for
  3. Download guidelines to FWA’s writing competitions: the RPLA and the Collection
  4. Register for the annual conference
  5. Arrange for FWA to sell your book(s) on the Online Bookstore
  6. Arrange for FWA to sell your book(s) in the Conference Bookstore
  7. Post a graphic of your book cover(s)
  8. Post a link to your website
  9. Download the schedule for the annual conference
  10. Renew your FWA membership
  11. Purchase an FWA T-shirt
  12. Stay abreast of industry news, including trends in technology and publishing
  13. Place an ad in the annual conference program
  14. A bazillion other things….

As a help, below is a rundown on what the electronic resources are, what they look like, what they do, and where to find them.

The FWA Website

  • The FWA website provides information on FWA membership, writers groups, the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition, the annual conference, and mini-conferences. It’s a resource for the purchase of products, services, and member books, as well as links to member websites. Wanto to know what writers groups meet in your area, and when? It’s on the website. There’s even a contact form where you can submit questions about FWA when you can’t find what you’re looking for. All queries receive a personal response.
  • NOTE: This year’s dedicated conference webpage will be deep, complete, and easy to navigate. We expect it to be up and running by the end of the first week in April.
  • Anne Linne’ is the webmaster for the main FWA website. This is your first resource for all things FWA.
  • Please visit www.floridawriters.net. Content changes frequently. Visit, bookmark, and return to this site again and again.

The FWA Network

  • The FWA Network is a private social networking site where members can make personal and professional connections to support their writing careers. Post your events, join any of dozens of groups that match your interest, begin your own group, and crow about your successes, among many other activities the Network offers. This is a lively interactive site where all content is user-generated.
  • Mary Ann de Stefano manages the FWA network.
  • Please visit fwanetwork.ning.com. Content changes frequently. Visit, bookmark, and return to this site again and again.

The Conference Blog

  • The FWA Conference Blog provides daily postings on the FWA conference and a plethora of original articles about the craft and business of writing, detailed guides explaining how to use tools of the writers’ trade, writing prompts, and much more. This blog has gained national attention, with more than 60,000 hits.
  • Chris Hamilton, with the help of an occasional guest blogger, writes the blog.
  • Please visit floridawriters.wordpress.com. Content changes daily. Visit, bookmark, and return to this site again and again. (Hint: You’re already here, so you don’t really need to do anything except come back again and again.)

The Florida Writers Foundation Website

Florida Writers Foundation Silent Auction Blog

  • No image here because the donations are just beginning to roll in, but when this year’s Silent Auction blog is officially up and running, you’ll want to check it often so that when you visit the actual Auction in October, you’ll know exactly what you want to bid on.
  • Please visit floridawritersfoundation.wordpress.com.

Answers

  1. Announce your book signing FWA Network
  2. Learn which agents will be attending the annual conference—and what they’re looking for FWA Website
  3. Download guidelines to FWA’s writing competitions: the RPLA and the Collection FWA Website
  4. Register for the annual conference FWA Website
  5. Arrange for FWA to sell your book(s) on the Online Bookstore FWA Website
  6. Arrange for FWA to sell your book(s) in the Conference Bookstore FWA Website
  7. Post a graphic of your book cover(s) FWA Network
  8. Post a link to your website FWA Website & FWA Network
  9. Download the schedule for the annual conference FWA Website
  10. Renew your FWA membership FWA Website
  11. Purchase an FWA T-shirt FWA Website
  12. Stay abreast of industry news, including trends in technology and publishing FWA Blog
  13. Place an ad in the annual conference program FWA Website
  14. A bazillion other things…. All of the above

FWA is pleased to offer so many electronic resources. We hope you’ll use these resources to full advantage for your career and enjoyment.

Have you checked out these resources? What other information or services would you like FWA to provide?

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One Comment
  1. Susan Berry permalink
    April 3, 2012 10:12 am

    Great blog! Thanks for the information.

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