The countdown is on to the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit. Our virtual conference will give you 4 packed days of content built to grow your writing career and find your author community. We’ll talk about everything from starting the book in your heart to finding a publisher (or deciding to self-publish!) to marketing and selling your book! Every single session is about moving your author’s life forward.
But there’s a lot of information out there, so how do you know if this conference is right for you?
Well, if you’re seeking…
Writing workshops that cover how to craft a memoir, explore using different POVs, dig into creating magic systems, get real about writing sex scenes, offer tips on writing nonfiction books that support your business, talk about how to write diverse children’s books that make an impact and SO much more…
Sessions with publishers, editors, graphic designers, agents and other publishing industry insiders to help you figure out how to find your publishing path and get your book into the hands of readers…
Strategic tips and tricks for marketing your book, growing your author platform, using social media to move the needle, working with publicists,, figuring out how to leverage video and audio platforms and everything else on your marketing “to do” list…
Tactics for expanding your author career and making writing your business, like starting a podcast, developing programs to support your work, finding speaking gigs, getting outside funding and all the ways you can help pay the bills while you grow as an author…
…then you’ll find a lot to love about this year’s Summit.
You might wonder why you should sign up for another writer’s conference. And I get it! There are a lot of resources available, and it’s important to be sure you see all the value you are getting before you buy a ticket.
To that end, I want to invite you to check out our Summit schedule right here.
We are kicking things off with Robin Cutler – read a bit more about her in our blog post announcing her as our featured speaker!
After that we’ll dive right into 4 days of content hitting all those bullet points we mentioned above. Whether you’re looking for help writing, publishing marketing or selling your book, there is a ton of content just for you.
And yes, there will be a recording of every presentation, so you don’t need to worry about missing a thing. You’ll also have lifetime access to the recordings, in case you need to rewatch or if life gets in the way.
One of the things that makes the Summit so special is that community that grows out of it. We have live social and networking events so you can connect with writers just like you. We even keep up our community year-round, so folks can stay in touch and keep connected to the amazing group of women who are there to support and encourage each other.
Lastly, we also are so lucky that SO many of our sponsors and friends of the Summit participate in our virtual goodie bag of discounts to help you save money on the tools you need. You’ll save $200 off the ProWritingAid lifetime license, get a great discount on author website services for your first year at Pub-Site, receive a free marketing resource bundle from Children’s Book Mastery and tons of other benefits, freebies and savings just for our community!
We hope you can join us for the Summit this year – it’s going to be better than ever! And the one promise I can make is that you’ll leave this event with more information, tools and resources to help you get your book into the hands of readers.
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: we are ready to share our list of speakers for the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit!
Choosing the right speakers for the Summit each year takes months of planning. We want to make sure we’re always addressing the latest concerns writers and industry professionals are talking about, and there are SO many amazing women who apply to share their expertise each year. It’s a tough decision, which is why we want to thank all of those who served on our Selection Committee this year!
Speaking of gratitude, we are particularly grateful that our featured speaker, Robin Cutler, agreed to join us this year! Read on to find out more about Robin, as well as information on some other exciting presentations and where to find the schedule!
Meet Robin Cutler.
Robin has been a force within the publishing industry throughout her career. She’s spent time in transformative roles at USC Press, Amazon and Summerhouse Press, leading to her position creating and leading the development of IngramSpark.
After finishing her mission of building IngramSpark into a publishing powerhouse, Robin joined LMBPN Worldwide Publishing as President, and became the CEO of How To Publish Books.com, a consulting service for indie authors and publishers.
In addition to all these accomplishments, Robin has served on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) from 2014-2018, and she frequently appears at industry events. You may have heard her speak at Book Expo America, Frankfurt Bookfair, London Bookfair, SFWC, and NINC, for example, and we are delighted she’d adding the Women in Publishing Summit to that list!
Robin brings a huge amount of experience in indie, trade and academic publishing, and her expertise in everything from content creation to distribution will all inform her Summit presentation, entitled, The State of Publishing: Challenges, Innovations and What’s to Come.
Check out some Summit highlights.
Day 1 of the Summit will, as it has before, focus on the craft of writing. From writing dialogue that works to making sure your thriller delivers thrills, we’ll talk about fiction writing. And from writing a children’s book that grabs agents to how to create a self-help outline, we’ll give writing tips that work for EVERY genre of book.
Day 2 is going to be about the publishing process and covers the process of working with agents and publishers, as well as how to self-publish your work. We’ll talk book covers, working with editors, sending out queries, distribution and so much more!
Day 3 will dig into marketing, and no matter what kind of book you’ve written, you’ll find tips galore. We’re offering sessions on growing your email list and your author platform, promoting your book on Amazon, creating social media plans (and making sure you have great graphics for those plans!) and developing your brand. This day is jam-packed with ways to market your book.
Day 4 covers the business of being an author. We are all small business owners, even if that’s not what we set out to be. We’ll get into monetizing platforms like YouTube, building a speaking career, putting out collaborative fiction collections, building great author websites, booking podcasts, understanding SEO and so many other great ways to make a living as an author.
How can I find out more about the Summit and the speakers?
You can find all the info on the speakers we’ve announced and when you can see them right here.
And if you haven’t already purchased your ticket, there’s still time! Grab yours by clicking here and join us for what is going to be a PHENOMENAL 4 days of learning together!
Even when you have a great story, sometimes you need help telling it. That’s where professional ghostwriters and developmental editors come in.
Not everyone can – or wants to – turn their life upside down to write a book over the course of years. But that doesn’t mean you can’t share your voice.
YOUR idea might change the world. YOUR business might touch thousands of lives. YOUR life might inspire someone to grow.
The mission of the Women in Publishing Summit is to empower, encourage and support women to share their stories. So we are very delighted and grateful to welcome the fantastic Sara Stibitz as a bronze sponsor of the 2022 Summit, since that’s precisely her specialty!
What does Sara Stibitz do?
Sara has spent her career helping books get into the hands of readers by helping authors write, edit and sell their books. She’s been integral to the success of multiple bestselling books, with chart toppers on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today lists. She’s worked with traditionally published writers and indie authors to bring award-winning work to fruition, and her work has appeared in magazines from the Harvard Business Review to New York Magazine.
She also specializes in helping authors build winning book proposals. For anyone who’s overwhelmed by the process of selling your book traditionally, she is a gamechanger!
But Sara is more than her (impressive) resume. Her attention to detail, her passion for partnership and her elegant prose are all the product of a life as a reader. She knows compelling storytelling matters. Whether you need a hand streamlining, adjusting pace or just finding the words, her experienced guidance can light the way.
What kind of author needs to work with Sara Stibitz?
Sara specializes in helping authors who need to shape their story. Memoir, nonfiction, business: if you need a hand editing or writing, she has the portfolio that proves she can help.
She’s someone that can bring order to your work, though editing and writing in service of your voice. The thing that her clients praise over and over again is how she listens. She really wants to dig into the big picture and talk about what can be accomplished with the finished book. And that vision makes a big difference.
How can I learn more about Sara Stibitz?
You can read about Sara in her own words and find out about working with her by heading to her website – click here to visit!
You can also join us at the Women in Publishing Summit to find out more about her exclusive offer for the summit community!
Children’s book publishing is its own animal. It adds new, complicated elements to the already-complex process of publishing a book. The formatting, the illustrations (and the collaboration that might involve!), the marketing and messaging…it’s all just another layer that challenges aspiring authors.
That’s why I’m delighted to welcome Children’s Book Mastery to the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit as a Bronze Sponsor. I have been closely following their work since Karen Ferreira founded the company that began as Get Your Book Illustrations. I loved the idea of a facilitated process for finding high quality, experienced illustrators for new kids’ books, and Karen had the know-how to do that. She’d spent her career as a creative director and illustrator, making inspiring designs that sell for major corporations. She brought that talent for design and marketing to authors who needed guidance.
I was thrilled to see the evolution of the business to address the huge need for specialized soup-to-nuts guidance on the process of publishing children’s books. Karen and her team host an annual online summit and offers online courses, author challenges and coaching for authors writing for ages 2 to 12. They’ve helped over a hundred authors bring their books into the world so far, and I’m so grateful they’re joining our Summit this year as a sponsor!
What does Children’s Book Mastery do?
Children’s Book Mastery is a full service consulting company that offers support to authors who have a children’s book in their hearts. They support authors by providing courses, challenges and coaching sessions, as well as hosting an annual summit specifically on topics that matter most to children’s book authors.
The specific challenges of working in the children’s book genre – from the way the book is written to the illustrations, from the layout and formatting to the marketing – are unique. Karen and her team offer experienced insight into how to win at every level.
They do it by offering hands-on, action-based support. Whether it’s running a bootcamp or doing one-on-one calls, Karen and her team are there to support authors in all the ways they need throughout their process. And, even better: they give them the knowledge and experience to do it for their next book, too!
What kind of author needs Children’s Book Mastery?
If you’re writing a book pitched at ages 2 through 12, these are the experts you need. They specialize in books with pictures – though not exclusively illustrated books! – but they offer insights and support to any author of a book for kids.
They are the ideal partner for anyone who doesn’t want to wing it through the process of publishing and marketing a children’s book, and who wants to learn how to grow their author skillset to do it again and again!
And if you’re considering publishing a kids’ book, you’ll want to put their next Summit on your calendar! It’s a great place to grow your network and build your author’s toolkit!
How can I learn more about Children’s Book Mastery?
Check out their website by clicking right here. There you can find out about their services and see their list of amazing on-demand courses!
Karen will be hosting a session and a Q&A for everyone interested in learning about Children's Book Mastery. So, if you haven’t gotten your ticket, be sure to grab it now – we’re already hosting private networking and social events for our ticket holders, so don’t miss any more! Click here to grab yours! (The price is for real going up from $97 to $127 on January 8th!)
Behind every great book is an incredibly overworked author.
When it comes to publishing these days, authors aren’t just expected to write something amazing. They’re also busy building an author brand, putting themselves out there in relatable social media posts, sending press releases, creating eye-catching graphics, building a website, seeking out reviews, pitching media appearances, crafting ads that deliver sales and…well, you get the idea.
Being an author today is being a small business owner. And if there’s one thing that every small business owner needs, it’s trusted partners. Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say.
In that spirit, I’m delighted to announce that Aurora Publicity, a 2022 Women in Publishing Summit Silver Sponsor, is ready to help you find that team that will take your book to the next level. Founder Samantha Williams understood that authors need space to create and support to grow, and we are so grateful she and her team have stepped up to support our Summit!
What does Aurora Publicity do?
If you’re a fiction author who needs help around your marketing and branding, Aurora Publicity has help for you. Their team of assistants-for-hire includes experts in graphic design, social media, editorial process, Amazon ads, book formatting, content planning, marketing writing and SO much more. All you need to do is connect with them to find which of their team members would be a great fit to help YOU on your journey.
Aurora Publicity sets you up with their experienced publishing industry experts who can consult with you or see your project through to the finish. They have a diverse team who can do it all, so anything you’re ready to try, they’re ready to support!
They also offer design services, if you just don’t have the bandwidth or visual style to do it yourself. Every author can get polished, professional graphics by working with the Aurora team!
What kind of author needs Aurora Publicity?
Aurora Publicity primarily supports fiction authors. If you’re busy, fighting overwhelm, or just want the support and guidance of an experienced professional, Aurora Publicity is a perfect match for you.
Rather than selling you a raft of services – some of which you might need, some of which you simply won’t – Aurora’s model is truly personalized. You can sit down and have direct, one-on-one conversations about your goals and meet regularly to assess what’s working and what isn’t. It’s more than just a service, it’s a relationship with an assistant that can move your writing career – with all the quirks and special things that make your book different – forward.
For anyone who doesn’t want to go on your publishing journey alone, an assistant from Aurora Publicity is the solution you’ve been looking for.
And be sure to check out founder and CEO Samantha Williams on Day 3 of the Women in Publishing Summit! She’ll be talking about promo tools for fiction authors, so if you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet, get it today!