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Tight on Funds? Here are Some FREE Resources for Aspiring Writers!

With the holidays coming up, your wallet may be a little strained with the gifts you’re stock piling — but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of following your dreams of becoming a published writer.

Whether you’re just beginning your manuscript, or brainstorming a concept, Richter Publishing is only a phone call away to get some advice and guidance. Richter also offers ghost writing services for those who cannot find the time to write their own story.


If you are eloping for inspiration or what your future could look like as a writer, check out the details, set up a free 30 minute phone consultation go here: https://richterpublishingllc.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

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Richter Publishing Announces details for the 2017 4th Annual Author Awards Ceremony & Book Gala!

We are excited to announce the 2017 date and venue for Tampa Bay’s 4th Annual Author Awards Ceremony & Book Gala! Grab your table early before they’re gone.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hampton Inn & Suites, 5329 Avion Park Drive, Tampa  

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     This event features published authors from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books. The night will be filled with music, drinks, food, prize raffles, award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with each author personally and purchase their works.

Featured Authors:

  1. Rita Lowman, “From the Farm to the Boardroom: Leadership Lessons
  2. Stephanie Wynn & Jeffrey White, “Readi – Set Go!
  3. Luke Chichetto,  “Fighting Will”
  4. Edward Porcelli, “Scabs Heal All Wounds”
  5. Arielle Giordano, “Dancing With Your Story From The Inside Out”
  6. Tonja Anderson-Dell, “The Missing 52 Soldiers of the C-124 Globemaster”

5:30 Event Starts – Bridgette Simmonds “The Go Coach!”

6:30 Speech by Tara, President of Richter Publishing

7:45 Awards Announced

8:15 Raffle

8:30 Party Ends

Attire: Business / cocktail attire
Ticket price includes: Entrance to the event, appetizers & cashbar.  Early bird tickets will end one week prior to the event date. Regular ticket prices will be sold the last week. Day of the event ticket sales will at the door with cash or credit card.

Author Tables: We have packages available for you to showcase your book and be entered into the awards ceremony. Please download our application here: Author Awards 2017 Application

Check out previous year’s events below:

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Don’t forget to schedule your FREE 30 minute phone consultation to discuss your book by going here: Schedule Your Appointment Today!

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Writing Tip of the Day

Man writing in notebookWhile you are composing your book, don’t worry about formatting, how it looks in word, or editing. Sometimes you will get caught up in those details, but it’s more important to get the thoughts out of your head & on paper. Cleaning it up, editing and formatting will be done during revisions. Your first document is a rough draft. They call it that for a reason, it’s rough, probably going to suck at some points, but that’s ok. No one writes a perfect book the first time around. Just get the concept and ideas out of your head no matter how awful you think it might be at the time. Especially once you get into the writing flow, sometimes phrases come out of your mind faster than your fingers can type. So things can get chopped up and not make sense, but that’s what the editor is for. To read it from another persons perspective that is not in your head knowing where the story is going. Your job is just to write!

by Tara Richter

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Design a Compelling Book Cover

Now that your manuscript is finished you need to design a cover to showcase book. This is the selling part of all your great content inside. It needs to sell itself just from looking at the cover. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, neither does your novel.

This maybe a  more difficult part if you do not have any design skills. However, less is more. You do not need a really fancy cover to get someone’s attention to buy your book. It should be simple and bold. Think about a billboard for instance. Companies have about 30 seconds or less to get your attention while you are driving 70 miles per hour on the freeway. Most billboards have few words with a large picture, plain, bold fonts. The same should be with your book. You should think about how it would look sitting on the shelf 5 or 10 feet away. Can you read the title? Can you see the pictures? Does it intrigue you enough to walk over and take a closer look? Do you get the overall concept within 30 seconds?

A tip from a graphic designer, (that’s my college degree) is to every now and then during the process get up from your computer and walk across the room to view your design. How does it look? Sometimes we get caught up being so close to it, you forget to look at it from another perspective. Think of the books that you have purchased in the past. What did you like about the cover or didn’t like? Mimic the design that compelled you to buy a book. I personally like to place my professional photos on the front or back of my books because I’m branding myself. It also gives a human touch to my advice so others can relate to me. Deciding if you want your photo on the cover depends upon the kind of book you’re writing. If the story is about depression, you wouldn’t want a bright eyed, smiling face on the front. Make sure the images portray the content accurately.

Since  I am a graphic designer, yes I do have an extra talent to be able to design my own book covers. Nonetheless, you can do it too. I have used Photoshop and Illustrator on my first 3 books. Photoshop is the best tool to use because you need layers and be able to know the resolution of your images,  300 DPI (dots per inch) minimum for printing purposes. If you do not want to buy Photoshop, you can download a free 30 trial period that will give you enough time to create your cover. Or you can hire a professional to do it for you. We have a lot carte services & can create a great cover for you.

by Tara Richter

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Write Every Spare Minute You Have

Young woman writing,sketching, by lakeYou need to take advantage of every spare moment you have to finish your book and write when you feel inspired. Once you get your thoughts spinning in your head you need to stop what you’re doing and write them down, even if its chicken scratch notes. If you don’t you may forget them or the thoughts will not be as intense as they were feeling at the moment. I composed my 2nd and 3rd books writing in small 5 to 10 minutes chunks in grocery stores, on the treadmill,  and on airplanes. I use the notepad app on my iPhone. I bought a blue tooth key board for $50 and carry it around with me so when I’m inspired I sit down and easily write it out. Once I’m done with my thoughts I email it to myself so when I get home, it’s sitting in my email box waiting for me so I don’t forget. Then I copy and paste it into my word document and clean it up.

Anytime you have an extra five minutes in your day, you need to write. Waiting in line to pick up the kids from school? Write on your smart phone or tablet. Walking on the treadmill? Jot some ideas down. Working out always gets ideas rolling in my head. Probably because of all the blood pumping through my veins and those feel-good endorphins flooding my body. I come up with some of my best material while working out. However , I don’t want to lose those racing thoughts!

Traveling soon? Airports is another great time to write. Just think about how many minutes you waste standing in line to be groped by security, flights that are delayed, sitting on the plane waiting for them to fuel up and damn where is that truck to push back the plane!   I was on a flight heading from Tampa to Nebraska one summer and I had my cool little portable Bluetooth keyboard with me. I was typing away on my iPhone, listening to music and having a grand ‘ol time. The couple next to me just kept staring out of the corner of their eyes. Trying to be sly, but not pulling it off. Finally I took my earbuds out so they could ask me that dying question, “Are you really writing on your iPhone?” I told them I’m an author and I how I compose most of my books with this method, they were amazed.

I have tried using the voice dictation option on my iPhone and my experience is that it does not work well. It doesn’t seem to understand what I’m saying and it makes more errors than it’s worth. Even though it would record my speaking quickly, editing all the errors out wasted way more time.  Also I realized that when I’m writing and thinking of what I want to say and how to say it, I pause and re-organize the thoughts in my head a lot. When I do this verbally it makes for a messy transcription to clean up. When I’m typing, I have more time to adjust my information while it goes from my brain to my fingertips to the laptop. So typing versus speaking works better for me. There may be better voice to text software out there and that may be an easier option for you. It doesn’t really matter how you do it, just finding your sweet spot is the key.

by Tara Richter

*This is an excerpt from her next book, “How to Write & Publish a Book for FREE” it will be available for purchase soon! Subscribe to the blog for updates on the process of the book.*

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