Seminar helps aspiring writers turn words into chapters

jeroline mccarthy“The Writer 2 Author Seminar” offered the perfect words to birth the books waiting inside the aspiring writers. The free seminar was held recently at the Palm Coast Days Inn.

Newly published author Orjanette Bryant and her sponsors shared information from experts. The seminar steered writers in the right direction to having their literary works published. It also was a marketplace for authors to sell their books.

Bryant’s friends talked her into writing a book because of her expertise in natural hair care. Bryant is a speaker for natural hair events.

Dr. Evelyn Bethune, Mahoganee, Michael Ray King, Donna Banks, attorney Michael Pyle and Orjanette Bryant, who organized the seminar, show aspiring writers how to get published.( PHOTOS BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)
Dr. Evelyn Bethune, Mahoganee, Michael Ray King, Donna Banks, attorney Michael Pyle and Orjanette Bryant, who organized the seminar, show aspiring writers how to get published.
( PHOTOS BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)

“It wasn’t easy, and the reason why it wasn’t easy is because I did not connect with my resources prior to my publishing my book. Had I known that my resources were here, I would have probably had a better experience. I wanted to make sure that these resources were here for you,” said Bryant during the seminar.

“Nubia’s Guide to Going Natural” is the title of Bryant’s book.

Life coach/author/seminar emcee Martha Cooper Hudson is the host of a TV show.
Life coach/author/seminar emcee Martha Cooper Hudson is the host of a TV show.

I believe that everything you go through is not wasted so there is something inside of you that needs to come out, and people are looking to hear your stories,” said life coach/author/seminar emcee Martha Cooper Hudson, who’s also a TV host from St. Helena Island, S.C.

The resources that Bryant was talking about are copyright attorney Heather Vargas, marketing expert/vocalist Mahagonee, author/publisher Michael Pyle, author/book festival director Donna Banks, author/publisher Michael Ray King, and author/publisher Dr. Evelyn Bethune.

‘A huge success’
Here’s what Bryant shared in her press release:

‘”The Writer 2 Author Seminar’ was a huge success on March 7!

“I don’t understand why there wasn’t any coverage on a free event to the community to educate people on the publication process. More people traveled great distances to learn how to get published.

Even with minimal media announcements and support, over 100 people and 12 authors, two attorneys, three book publishers, literary groups, a TV host, and a singer/song writer attended this seminar to share the experiences in the publishing world.

“I recently published my first book, and in an effort to help individuals avoid the multiple problems – knowing their rights, manuscript preparation, book reviews, finding a publishing company, funding, and finding the right kind of editor – I decided to host an event to connect authors with the best resources and information in their backyard. Five people traveled from outside of our area because they really wanted to get published soon.

“Twelve authors and our educational panel included: copyright attorney Heather Vargas, attorney/author Michael Pyle, marketing consultant/attorney Tony Jackson, who’s my co-organizer/mentor; award-winning singer/songwriter/branding coach Mahoganee, motivational speaker/author Martha Cooper Hudson, a TV host of her own show, “The Women of Greatness;” journalist/freelance editor Ashley Thomas; lovely author Donna Banks, who’s director of the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival and the radio show host of “Sweet Tea With a Chaser;” author/CEO of ‘The Inspired Mic’ and founder of the ClearView Press, Michael Ray King; author Dr. Evelyn Bethune, CEO of Bethune Publishing Company and the radio show host of “Sweet Tea With a Chaser;” as well as the combined authors: Marjorie Phoenix, Sandra “Felecia” Shank, Michael Ray King, Donna Banks, Dr. Evelyn Bethune, Ronald Adams, Robert Clements, Martha Cooper Hudson, Orjanette Bryant, Barbara Solomon, Michael Pyle, Yvonne Rice, and more.

“We had plenty giveaways from the community: Planet Fitness, Richard’s Whole Food Emporium, the Olive Garden, Giabella’s, Zaxby’s; book giveaways from the authors, in addition to meals provided, live entertainment, books for sale, and so much fun!

“The event was diverse and so unique that the authors came to share hope for someone wanting to be published.”

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Linda Sharpe Haywood, serving her third term as president, will give the “State of the Branch Address” for the Flagler NAACP. The community is invited to the meeting, March 24, 5 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S.1, Palm Coast.

Haywood will report on the affairs, including the branch’s activities and events.

For further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Reggie Pincham, March 19; Christopher Robinson, March 21; Master Mason Sword, Rory Ragoonan, Arthur Pete, March 22; and Evangelist Robin Darling Campos, March 24.

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