Friday, July 4, 2014

Meet FAPA Fall Conference Presenter Elise VanCise



The time is drawing nigh...the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) Fall Conference is closer than you think. The conference is sure to prove itself in being a worthy event, chock full of helpful information being presented by industry professionals who will be on hand before, during, and after their sessions, ready and willing to help aspiring authors. Be sure to take a look at the FAPA Fall Conference and register today!  

And now, we proudly present one of JLB Creatives Publishing's own who has been invited to present their expertise...JLBCP Chief Media Director / author Elise VanCise.


Elise Vancise, Chief Media Director for JLB Creatives Publishing, is a Florida Cracker who was born in sunny Miami, Florida. She grew to love historic places and mini adventures. She discovered a passion for writing in middle school and high school when she began to write fan fiction for Star Trek (original), V, and Robin of Sherwood.

As the JLB Creatives Publishing Media Director, Elise provides her expert knowledge and services within social media and marketing to our authors. As an author herself, Elise possesses a large and respected presence on the web. She develops professional, extensive social media foundations for JLB Creatives Publishing authors to ensure a strong platform and continuing success.

Since those early days, Elise has become an award winning author and photojournalist published in both print and digital media. She has a degree in Journalism, specializing in travel and education, and holds a second degree in hospitality management, specializing in hotels/ resorts, public relations and tourism.

Elise loves to inspire the writer in everyone: she kindles the author spirit as Lake County Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and founder of Lake Writers of Lake County Florida. She is also a Charter Member of Authors in the Park. Visit or to learn more about Elise.
Authors learn to blend their platform using technology to make their marketing strategy more effective and efficient. Leaving the author more time to do what they love best... Write!

At the end of this session and when applying what was learned, you will be able to:
  • Effectively navigate social media.
  • Blend their author platform for efficiency.
  • Energize their platform using audiovisual marketing. 

Elise Vancise

Mark your calendars for:
  • Friday August 8th, either of three Friday workshops: Children’s Book, Fiction Writing, or Non-Fiction Educational Sessions.
  • Saturday, August 9th, FAPA Fall Conference
  • Saturday evening, August 9th, 2014 FAPA President’s Awards Banquet.  
Date:  August 8th and 9th, 2014!
Program Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062  •  
(954) 782-0100
Florida Authors and Publishers Association annual Fall Conference is coming. We offer two exciting days of conferences and professional development sessions designed to provide authors and self-publishers with the tools they need to SUCCEED AND MAKE MONEY!  Register Now!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

5 ways to boost your word count without cheating

It's the 3rd day of Camp NaNoWriMo! This is a NaNo light so you get to choose your own word count starting at 10, 000 words. But let's use the daily word count  for a 50k novel. Writers need 1,667 words to reach that goal by day 30 (31 in July yay we get an extra day!) That doesn't seem like an unreasonable amount of words to write in an entire day. (Are they crazy? )  But there are days that life will interfere with our lofty noveling goals and we're lucky to get 2 words on paper. Try one of these word pumpers when your fingers start to slow.

1. Sprinting
Meet up with other Wrimos in person or online and see who can write the most words in a set amount of time. Most sprints are 10-20 minutes long. This is great for a tweet-up. You'll be amazed at how many words you can get down with a couple hours of sprinting. Not to mention the fun! 

2. Long Lost Friend /Relative
If you feel your scene is dragging or you just can't get those words out. Try having your character run into an old friend or relative while their out and about. Or even a phone call from them. You can add tons of words as they reminisce about old times or that Thanksgiving when Aunt Mable's cat ate the stuffing. Even if it's something you may edit out in the next draft it will breath some new life into your muse and pad that count! 

3. Disaster Strikes
A hurricane heading in, a freak F5 tornado, earthquake, flood, a 3-10 car pile up. Any one of those can add at least a couple of pages worth of wordiness. You have the before, during, and effects after that might even bring out some qualities you didn't know your characters had

4. Kill'em
Let's face it. Death is wordy. Not matter how or who gets bumped off you've get at least 4 scenes off a corpse turning up. The death itself, the discovery, the aftermath, and the funeral, lots and lots of words. 

5. Use Your Senses
You have 5 senses taste, touch, scent, sight, sound. Every single environment your characters walk into, or crash into in some cases, holds each of these elements just waiting for you to detail them. A car crash could have the scent of smoke and gasoline in the air. They would see broken glass, dented and crushed cars, hear someone crying for help or a sirens approaching, maybe a car horn. Taste blood from a gash, or if gas is thick in the air it will leave a taste on your tongue. They may feel the ache of injury or the rough edges or the broken plastic of the dash. Talk about filling the pages, just let your nose guide you... literally

Okay, there you have it 5 ways to get wordy and pad that word count. Now, stop reading this blog and get back to your novel! :)   

About Elise VanCise, Meida Director for JLB Creatives Publishing 
Elise VanCise, award winning author, published in print and digital media. Elise is a Florida Cracker, with a love for adventure and historic places. NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for Lake County, Florida, Founder of Lake Writers of Lake County, Florida. Member of Marketing for Romance Writers.Org, Member of Coffee Time Romance Brew Crew, Advocate for Public Libraries, Young Writers, Autism, COPD. 

Where to find Elise on the web! 
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Beach #PalmTrees #Pink #Sunset #Sunsets
This week's photo takes us to Florida's Gulf Coast
Janet has titled this photo, "Evening Pinks"

Happy Creating!

On Wednesdays we're posting a photo taken by our CEO, author Janet Beasley to help inspire authors, painters, musicians, and other awesome artists. We've titled the new feature, "Spark Your Creativity." How did we come up with this? Read on...

When Janet isn't hard at work in the literary world, you'll find her and her husband kayaking the crystal clear, spring fed rivers of Florida. Janet's second passion next to writing is photographing nature as they glide through the serene settings these rivers have to offer. She and her husband also enjoy traveling the US, so you'll also be seeing some of Janet's
photos taken from hikes and journeys she and her husband have done nationwide. She has used her photos time and again for her own inspiration when it comes to many of her stories, and decided she would like to share the same inspiration with the literary and arts world.

And not to worry if you're not inspired this week, come back each Wednesday to catch a glimpse of what could "spark" your next amazing piece of work. And if you don't want to wait until next Wednesday, we'd like to invite you to visit our JLB Creatives Photo Gallery on Flickr where the photos are always free to download and use as book covers, business cards, wallpaper, etc. All we ask is that you give credit where credit is due - perhaps by something as simple as adding a credit link to the JLB Creatives/Janet Beasley Flickr site in your book or on your presentation. 

We hope you enjoy our new Wednesday feature, "Spark Your Creativity." And we want to let you know, if a photo inspires you to write a story that you would like to have considered for publication by JLB Creatives Publishing, be sure to visit our website at where you'll find our company's history, be introduced to the publishing team, discover our Submission Guidelines, and may submit your work for consideration.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Florida Authors and Publishers Association Fall Conference ~ Hope to See You There!

August 8th and 9th, 2014!
Program Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062  •  
(954) 782-0100
Florida Authors and Publishers Association annual Fall Ed-U-Conference is coming. We offer two exciting days of conferences and professional development sessions designed to provide authors and self-publishers with the tools they need to SUCCEED AND MAKE MONEY!  Register Now!
Vendors and Sponsors complete a Sponsor & Vendor Application now and advertise to FAPA attendees until the conference. Read more about Vendor/Sponsor Advertising Guidelines.

 3 Stripes

Friday, August 8, 2014
3 Workshops Tracks to choose from!
(Registration includes:  1 workshop track, breakfast, and lunch.)
Early bird registration (Members): $150.00 (Before June 30, 2014)
Regular Registration (Members):   $175.00 (After June 30, 2014)
Early bird registration (Non-Members): $175.00 (Before June 30, 2014)
Regular Registration (Non-Members):   $200.00 (After June 30, 2014)
 Register Now!

Track 1:  Children's Books: Show n' Tell
Mark Wayne Adams
Jane R. Wood
 Jennifer Swanson

Track 2: Fiction Writing Workshop
Vic DeGenti

Track 3: Marketing: Using Today's Technologies
 Patricia Charpentier
Ginger Marks
Janet Beasley
Elise Vancise

3 Stripes

Saturday, August 9, 2014
4 Publishing Professionals!
(Registration includes: 4 sessions, breakfast, and lunch.) 
 Early bird registration (Members): $150.00 (Before June 30, 2014)
Regular Registration (Members):   $175.00 (After June 30, 2014)
Brian Jud
Heidi Richards
Deborah Greenspan
Nick Bollettieri

Enjoy a full two-day, well-rounded program and many networking opportunities.
(Registration includes:  1 Friday Workshop, Saturday Sessions, breakfast and lunch both days, and refreshments.)
Early bird registration: $325.00 (Before June 30, 2014)
Regular Registration:   $375.00 (After June 30, 2014)

Reserve your room(s) at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.  
Reserve your room(s) now! 
Learn more about hotel amenities and property information at:  Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
Note: Valet parking is $15.00 a day for their entire stay, and that there is no self-park option at the hotel since street parking at meters is available.

Jane R. Wood ~ FAPA Fall Conference Presenter

JLB Creatives Publishing is proud to be a member of Florida Authors & Publishers Association. It is with great pleasure we are bringing you a mini series of the presenters who will be on hand, helping other authors, at the FAPA Fall Conference August 8 - 9, 2014. Be sure to check out the links to discover an amazing group of like-minded literary enthusiasts, and to check out registration for the upcoming event.

We're excited to introduce to you Jane R. Wood.


Jane R. Wood is the author of four award-winning juvenile fiction books and a How-To book for authors who want to connect with schools. Jane uses her previous experience as a teacher, newspaper reporter, and television producer in promoting her books. She has successfully marketed her books to Barnes & Noble, Costco, Amazon, numerous independent book stores, museums, specialty shops, and libraries.

Jane incorporates history and science into stories rich in mystery, adventure, and humor, making them fun as well as educational for young readers. She designs her books to be compatible with schools’ curricula and has created numerous teacher resources for all of her books.

To learn more about Jane R. Wood and her books, visit her website at and follow her on Facebook at Jane R. Wood.
During the Marketing: Beyond the Bookshelf session, Jane will share strategies from other successful children’s authors, and lead a discussion:
  • Connecting with Book Stores, large and small
  • Identifying Specialty Markets
  • Marketing and Selling to Schools 
Jane R. Wood
Join Jane R. Wood for her presentation: Marketing: Beyond the Bookshelf

Date:  Friday, August 8th, 2014
Location:  Pompano Beach Marriott, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062 Phone: (954) 782-0100

Mark your calendars for one of either three workshops: Children’s Book, Fiction Writing, or Non-Fiction Educational Sessions, Friday, August 8th. The FAPA’s Fall Conference 2014 on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 offers another educationally rewarding day. Florida Authors & Publishers Association invites attendees to register for the 2014 FAPA President’s Awards Banquet held Saturday night, August 9th. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Protective Measures author Jessica Arman in the spotlight

YWW writer Jessica Arman is in our Monday Spotlight this week. Jessica lives on a farm in small town Michigan. She grew up working outside and caring for animals. At present she is a student at Lake Superior University with a major in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. She hopes to attend Colorado Mountain College and work toward becoming a veterinary technician.

Every other Thursday Jessica attends the Pickford Community Library’s Young Writers Workshop to enhance her writing skills. She has been writing short stories her whole life, basing them on a bent reality of everyday events.

As Jessica grew so did her writing, the stories became more realistic. She writes to do the things that will never happen.

Jessica has a short story Terror Bond published in the 2012-2013 Pickford Young Writers Anthology of Short Stories and Poetry. She published her first sci-fi thriller Protective Measures with JLB Creatives Publishing in May of 2014.

Jessica’s dream is to open an animal rehabilitation center, but for now she will continue to write her many other lives.

Download Jessica Arman’s novella Protective Measures and the Pickford Young Writers Anthologies on Smashwords FREE today!  

About Protective Measures:
Imagine being stuck in school forever. Living there, working there, and eating every meal there. That’s what Taryn and every other kid from her town has to do. What they don’t know is that this so-called slave school is run by Taryn’s father. This secret will lead to heartbreak and despair. Freedom will be had, but not without a heavy cost.

Before she even reached the classroom, she knew something was wrong. The hallway was too empty and too quiet. She walked into the room to find most of the teachers present, and at the very back stood the master, Alloy. He was short and heavyset. His black suit fit like a second skin. He had bleached blond, slicked-back hair, and his face was always tight and emotionless. Taryn knew this could not end well. She put on her best “I don’t care” face and stood in front of the assembly.
“Do you know why you’re here, Ms. Bicks?” Alloy asked.
“I left class without being dismissed. Since when is that something you get involved in?”
“That is one reason you are here, but there are many more. I have been keeping my eye on you and have found that you are a leader for some of these students—too much of a leader. They seem to think that when you are around they can get away with more. Not to mention your constant misbehavior anyway. We are going to put a stop to that.” Alloy said. He grabbed the intercom mic and made the announcement, “All students must now report to the auditorium. Please sit in your rank order, with the highest in the front.” He clicked off the intercom and faced Taryn again.

“Now, Taryn if you would follow me to the auditorium, we can get this over with and put you back in your place.” Alloy's face sported a devilish grin.

Learn more about the Pickford Community Library's Young Writers Workshop here
Learn more about JLB Creatives Publishing here. We are open for submissions of most genre.

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