By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
Whether its under the umbrella of her Felicia Archer Enterprise or her Fresh Fire Ministries, businesswoman and youth minister Felicia Archer is always working to create something purposeful that will inspire people beyond the four walls of the church.
This Saturday, Ms Archer will host “Write That Book”, an event that seeks to equip aspiring authors with the necessary tools and information to get started in the field of writing.
The event will take place at the Global Worship Centre, Summer Winds Commercial and Industrial Park, from 10am to 1.30pm. Participants, she said, will learn how to get started, edit and prepare manuscripts and how to approach agents and publishers.
Speakers will include Bahamian authors Sherika Brown, Sharell Carroll, Malcolm Foulkes, Davrielle Burrows, Paul Ellis, and Dr Dave Burrows. Ms Archer said he specifically handpicked each speaker because their stories cater to different audiences. She said all of their books were written based on real life experiences, which makes their writings unique.
After publishing her first book at the age of 18, she founded Felicia Archer Enterprise to inspire individuals outside of the church; working with influential persons to help them discover their God-given purpose, to equip them with strategies needed to becoming 21st century agents of change, and to coach them persons to write and publish their first book.
“I recognised that I attracted many individuals that requested information on how to write and publish a book. I believe that the majority or our population aspires to write at least one book, whether it might be about their life experiences, career experiences, a manual, a fiction or a novel,” she said.
Ms Archer said too many times people make excuses for themselves as to why they never finished a book they started; these excuses range from lack of finances or resources to lack of inspiration. And this is why she is encouraging Bahamians to “Write That Book” this weekend, she said.
“The event is divided into three parts: writing, publishing and marketing sessions. Writing for those that need assistance in getting started with the writing process; publishing for those that have completed their manuscript but need assistance with publishing their books, and marketing for authors that have already written and published their books but want to take book sales to another level,” she said.
Ms Archer said she wants the event to have a ripple effect in the country that will encourage people to stop procrastinating and pursue their dreams, whether it’s writing a book or starting their own business.
“This is the first time this event is being held, but based on the demand, we will be hosting a part two before the year is out. The late Dr Myles Munroe is my inspiration to host this event, after listening to a message he made about two years ago that said everyone should write at least one book before they die, because in doing so it will be preserving their legacy for generations to come. We can see that even though he has passed, his legacy is still alive through his books and his teachings, and even after we have passed it will still be here,” she said.
“I see this event blossoming in the near future because I have discovered that sometimes in life all people need is inspiration, information and a coach to simply tell them they can do it or not to give up.”