Love Is In The Air

Love Is In The Air

Happy Valentine's Day! Love is in the air and we have a little treat for our Romance writers!

Free Writing Romance Mastery Summit!

GET YOUR FREE TICKET HERE!

We are really excited to announce that Paula Judith invited Alexa back to be a speaker at her FREE Writing Romance Mastery Summit that begins Feb. 19th!

Their conversation this time is around overcoming the fear of marketing, but as you'll see when you check out the page below, there are SO MANY great sessions with so many masters of romance and the writing and publishing business!

Register for the Free Writing Romance Mastery Summit now!

The Writing Romance Mastery Summit will take place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we can promise it’ll be a top-notch event. Paula Judith is bringing together a great lineup!

Here’s a selection of speakers we are excited about hearing from:

  • Alexa Bigwarfe – Overcome the Fear of Marketing (you might recognize that name 🙂 )


Alexa is an author coach, book marketing expert, host of the Women in Publishing Summit, and a published RomCom author under the pen name Lexi Haddock. Alexa is known for her courses and training, which focus on author platform growth and creative ways to make marketing FUN, not scary!

Whether you are indie or traditionally published, marketing is essential. In this session, Alexa Bigwarfe discusses ways to approach marketing in a manner you enjoy.

  • Jill Lublin – Audience Building for Romance Authors

Jill Lublin is a Premier Publicity Authority, 4x Best-Selling Author, and International Speaker, who helps Entrepreneurs, Speakers, Coaches, and Authors. Jill has worked with ABC, NBC, CBS, and other national and international media as a highly regarded publicity expert. She has been featured in The New York Times, Women’s Day, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines.

There are many ways to approach building your author platform. In this session, Jill Lublin explores how branding yourself leads to more book sales.

  • Philip Duncan – Book Marketing Made Easy With Email (Philip is one of my favorite people and knows his stuff with email marketing!)

Philip Duncan is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling fiction author. He's the host of Email Marketing and List Building Made Easy and the co-host of Fiction Marketing Academy.

In this session, Philip Duncan discusses how to make book marketing with email a natural and easy process to incorporate into your author platform.

Philip is a friend and I've had him guest lecture on email list growth. He's a pro!

  • Ellen Finkelstein – How to Promote Your Books through Email Marketing


Ellen Finkelstein started her first website in 1999 as an author platform – she's written 11 published books with McGraw-Hill and Wiley and self-published 10 e-books during her 20-year career as an author. The books range from 20 pages to more than 1200 pages. Since then, she has developed e-mail lists of over 22,000 people and a social media audience of over 100,000.

In this session, Ellen Finklestein explores ways to build your author platform to make more book sales from your reader email list.

  • Elise Krentzel – Generating Sales Without Advertising on Amazon


World traveler, author, ghostwriter, and coach. Elise is known as the Rebel Writer. From rock journalist to restaurant critic, she’s been stirring up the pot since the 1970s! Published her wild memoir, Under My Skin – Drama, Trauma, and Rock & Roll was a #1 bestseller in 9 categories on Amazon.

Elise Krentzel details connections and methods to increase organic book sales.

Happy Valentine's Day, Romance Writers!

And do not miss the 2024 WOMEN IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT!

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

PublishHER Podcast Episode 121: I Still Have Love to Give with Emily A. Myers

PublishHER Podcast Episode 121: I Still Have Love to Give with Emily A. Myers

In this episode of the PublishHer Podcast, host Alexa Bigwarfe interviews Emily Myers, an author who delves into romantic suspense, mafia romance, and poetry. Emily's writing journey, from her initial struggles with contemporary romance to finding her niche in mafia romance, sheds light on the importance of personal growth and healing in creative pursuits. Her recent poetry collection, “I Still Have Love to Give,” serves as a powerful outlet for emotional healing and offers support and inspiration to others facing similar experiences.

Uncover the unexpected journey of a mafia romance author's poetic release as a healing outlet. Listen in as Emily A. Myers, renowned for romantic suspense, sheds light on her surprising foray into a world of heart-wrenching poetry. Join us as she unveils her intense emotional journey and the creative healing process behind her latest book, I Still Have Love to Give. Stay tuned for the gripping tale of personal growth and artistic evolution. Will this unexpected detour lead to a new wave of inspiration that transcends genres? Find out how Emily's poetic pursuit intertwines with her captivating storytelling in this intriguing rollercoaster of emotions.

“I just naturally write poetry when I'm going through really intense things. That's how I process.” – Emily Myers

 

Key Takeaways

  • Explore different genres to expand your writing skills and find your unique voice in the literary world.
  • Harness the intrigue and passion of the Mafia romance genre while understanding its marketability in the publishing industry.
  • Discover the potential of poetry as a powerful tool for personal healing and emotional expression.
  • Overcome the marketing challenges specific to nonfiction poetry and effectively promote your work to a wider audience.
  • Embrace the importance of personal growth and find your niche as a writer to stand out in the competitive literary landscape.

Memorable Moments:

00:00:55 – Emily's Writing Journey
Emily Myers shares her journey from wanting to be an author since middle school to publishing her first book, “The Truth about Unspeakable Things,” and venturing into mafia romance.

00:05:36 – Writing Poetry as a Healing Process
Emily discusses how she uses poetry to process intense emotions, leading to the creation of her poetry collection “I Still Have Love to Give,” which reflects her experiences with divorce and heartbreak.

00:09:11 – Marketing a Poetry Collection
Emily talks about her marketing plan for the poetry book, reaching out to consistent reviewers and finding readers who resonate with the themes of healing, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

00:13:29 – Using Social Media for Book Promotion
Emily shares her experience of using TikTok to create a book club and share insights from a self-help book, highlighting the potential for connecting with similar audiences and building engagement.

00:16:20 – The Healing Power of Writing
Emily discusses how writing helped her heal during a dark time, emphasizing the importance of personal growth alongside the creative journey.

00:22:00 – Finding Her Genre: Mafia Romance
Emily shares her fascination with mafia history and how it influenced her decision to write mafia romance. She highlights the flexibility within the genre and her plans to incorporate variety in her series.

00:27:35 – Milestones and Goal-Setting
Emily reflects on achieving her goal of publishing five books by the age of 30, expressing excitement for her upcoming steamy mafia romance, “Mind to Tease”.

00:30:09 – Series Planning and Time Jumps
Emily reveals the natural progression of her series and the decision to incorporate a time jump, providing a glimpse into her interconnected arc for the upcoming books in the series.

00:33:25 – Inspirational Conversations
Emily and Alexa discuss how their conversation has inspired them. Emily shares her website and where her books can be found, and teases her next release coming in 2024.

00:34:00 – Where to Find Emily's Books
Emily directs listeners to her website and Amazon for her books. She also hints at a new release in 2024 and encourages people to follow her on Instagram for updates.

00:34:35 – Meeting in Person
The hosts discuss the possibility of meeting in person in Vegas for an Author nation Conference. They talk about potential dates and express excitement about a potential meeting.

00:34:54 – Wrapping Up
The hosts thank each other for the conversation and discuss future plans to meet in person. They express gratitude for the episode and sign off with thanks to the musician Jasmine Commerce for the podcast's theme song.

Learn more at:

  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
  • Rate the podcast to help increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.
  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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The 2024 Workshops for Authors of Children’s Books

The 2024 Workshops for Authors of Children’s Books

Workshops for Authors of Children's Books

We're excited to bring a great lineup of sessions to our ever growing segment of our audience: authors writing children's books!

The Women in Publishing Summit is a 4 day virtual event, March 6-9, 2024. All sessions are recorded, and you can view as many times as you'd like until Dec. 31, 2024. We also have networking and community building events, and special sessions. It's a LOT of fun!

Be sure to get your ticket today so you can enjoy all of these workshops for children's book authors in the conference, and revisit the content in the recordings all year! 

 

Audience: Children's Book Authors

“Marketing and Selling Books to the K-12 Market”
Presenter: Jane Wood
Schools can be a lucrative market for authors and publishers, but their priorities are different from other buyers. Educators at the local, district, and state levels are looking for books that will reinforce what is being taught in their classrooms. In “Marketing and Selling Your Books to the K-12 School Market,” Jane R. Wood will share how to connect with the decision-makers to this unique market and what marketing strategies will be most successful. Attendees will learn: What kind of specific content is appealing to educators, who are the buyers and how to contact them, and how author visits to schools increase book sales.

****This session was a preconference bonus workshop, so you'll gain immediate access to this upon purchase of your ticket. And it was AMAZING!

“Writing Books for Young Readers: Determining what type of Children's Book to Write”
Presenter: Jen Navarre
Audience: Beginner Author

At the conclusion of this session you will know:
1 – The differences between picture books, early readers, and chapter books
2 – How to determine the best audience for your book and why this matters for emerging readers
3 – Tips for revision so your book aligns with what's already on the market

“What you REALLY need to Know About Writing and Publishing a Children's Book”
Presenter: Alexa Bigwarfe, Purple Butterfly Press
You may know Alexa as the host behind the Women in Publishing Summit, but what you may NOT know is that she's also the publisher behind Purple Butterfly Press, an award winning hybrid children's book company. Through the years of publishing children's books, she has developed a wealth of knowledge about the key things most indie picture book authors don't know. This session will cover topics such as: word count for your books (this is one that gets messed up all the time!), ensuring your book is leveled for the appropriate age group, understanding the needs of schools and librarians, distribution and print options, when and how to start your marketing, and more. This is a key session for anyone just starting a children's book, in the process of writing one, or previously published and not seeing the success they want.

 

“The Three Biggest Mistakes Children's Book Authors Make”  *PRERECORDED SESSION”
Presenter: Brooke Van Sickle
Audience: Beginner Author

By the end of this session, you'll know:
1 – What do with a new story idea
2 – How to get started with your first draft
3 – The biggest mistakes writers make when it comes to illustrations

“Picture Book Design and Production: Book Formatting and Design for Children's Books”
Presenter: Tamara Dever
Audience: Beginner Author

Picture books must deliver a big punch in a small package. It is vital that each piece is carefully planned and executed to put together the best packages possible to deliver your special story.
1 – Learn the production options available, whether printing digitally, offset, or on-demand
2 – Learn why you need both illustration and design and how they work together to bring your story to life
3 – Learn how planning for production while you're writing can streamline the book creation process and even improve your book.

A Printer's Guide to Offset Printing Your Children's Book
Presenter: Lori McKnight, MCRL

In this session, the pros and cons of both offset and POD printing with real-life examples will be discussed to help writers make an informed decision on the best route for their book and business. This session is really important for children's book authors who are looking to do a high quality print run of their books, rather than Print on Demand. MCRL also has a great resource guide for formatting picture books for print, available to our attendees.

“Amazon Ads for Authors”
Presenter: April Cox
April is an expert in Amazon Ads AND in children's books. She'll be teaching how to set up and effectively use Amazon Ads to drive more traffic and sales to your book.
Audience: Already published or close to publishing

“Metadata for Beginners: The Key to Driving Discoverability and Sales”
Presenter: Kathy Meis, Bublish
This workshop is critical for all new and beginner authors. Knowing and understanding what your meta data is, and how to make sure you've made the right choices, will make or break how discoverable your book is once it's published.

“Book Influencers: How to find, contact, and work with readers on social media”
Presenter: Manon Wogahn
While not specific to children's book authors, social media is a key component for picture book authors. Influencers can help you get far more eyes on your book than you can alone. This will be a good one for children's book authors to attend!
Audience: Already published or close to publishing

These are the sessions that speak directly to authors of children's books. We have three children's book publishers/support companies who will be at the Sponsor meet and Greet, (Old Mate Media, Purple Butterfly Press, and Children's Book Mastery) and many other general sessions and marketing sessions that, while not specifically geared to children's book authors, are relevant to ALL authors in their marketing.

 

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

Fantasy editor Jenny Hubert dives into the world of genre-specific editing, guiding indie authors towards improved manuscript quality.

Jenny Hubert, a seasoned freelance editor and writer based in the New York City area, brings over nine years of expertise in the editing domain, underpinned by a degree in communications and writing. Her unparalleled experience includes editing numerous number one new releases on Amazon for fantasy authors, solidifying her reputation as a go-to professional in the indie author community. Jenny's commitment to assisting authors in refining their manuscripts is evident in her publication, “The Book Editor Matchmaker,” which offers comprehensive guidance on vetting and hiring a book editor. With a keen focus on developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, Jenny provides invaluable genre-specific insights and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring improved manuscript quality for indie authors. Her dedication to enhancing the editing process and elevating authors' work positions her as an indispensable resource for indie authors seeking expert guidance in the editing journey.

“Remember, your editor is your friend and your partner to help you get your book better, not to tear you down.” – Jenny Hubert

Navigate Different Types of Editing
The editing process isn't one-dimensional; it expands through various stages from developmental to copy editing. It's crucial for authors to understand these stages and their specific needs in each. Balancing between focusing on the big-picture elements of the story and the nitty-gritty details like grammar and punctuation can greatly enhance the final manuscript.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Master the Art of Editing for Publishing Success
  • Navigate the Different Types of Book Editing
  • Discover How to Find the Ideal Editor for Your Genre
  • Explore Top Resources for Finding Professional Editors

Memorable Moments:

00:00:25 – Importance of Editing in the Writing Process
Host Alexa and Jenny discuss the crucial role of editing in the journey of writing a book. They emphasize the importance of editing to ensure a final product that readers will love and adore.

00:01:50 – Journey to Becoming an Editor
Jenny shares her journey of becoming an editor, starting with a degree in communications and writing. She discusses how the demand for book editors surged during the pandemic, leading her to dive into fulfilling the need for authors.

00:04:24 – Understanding Types of Editing
Jenny explains the five main types of editing – manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She emphasizes the importance of knowing the order of these editing types and their impact on the writing process.

00:06:16 – Managing Author Expectations
Alexa and Jenny discuss the role of an editor in improving a book, highlighting that an editor's goal is to elevate the book rather than achieving perfection. They emphasize the need for manageable and achievable advice to avoid overwhelming authors during the editing process.

00:14:50 – Importance of Genre in Editing
Jenny Hubert emphasizes the importance of finding an editor who works within your genre. Knowing the difference between fiction and nonfiction, as well as understanding the subgenre, is crucial for effective editing.

00:16:16 – Understanding Subgenres
Jenny discusses the impact of subgenres on editing, using an example of a cozy fantasy. Understanding the subgenre allows for tailored advice to match the specific style and stakes of the story.

00:18:27 – Finding the Right Editor
Jenny recommends resources like the Editorial Freelancers Association and Reedsy for finding an editor. She also highlights the value of author referrals for identifying a suitable editor for a specific genre.

00:20:47 – Specialization in Genres
Jenny mentions her primary focus on fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and historical fiction editing. She explains her decision to avoid editing romance due to lack of familiarity with the genre's tropes.

00:21:36 – Contacting Jenny Hubert for Editing
Jenny shares that authors can reach out to her through her website, jennyhubertedits.com, to inquire about her editing services. She prefers email correspondence for official communications.

Learn more at:

  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
  • Rate the podcast to help increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.
  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Fiction Writers

A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Fiction Writers

Workshops for Fiction Writers

We've got such a great lineup of workshop for fiction writers in the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

This year, we are presenting workshops for your specific needs, focusing on your level of experience. With a variety of workshops to choose from, you're sure to find one (or several!) that will help you reach your goals and achieve your dreams as a fiction writer.

The conference runs live via Zoom March 6-9, 2024. All sessions are recorded, and you can replay to your heart's extent until Dec. 31, 2024. We will learn, laugh, and leverage new opportunities together!

Be sure to get your ticket today so you can enjoy all of these workshops for advanced authors in the conference, and revisit the content in the recordings all year! 

 

Audience: Fiction Writers (sessions for beginner through advanced level)

“Six Secrets Every Indie Fiction Author Should Know”
Presenter: Alessandra Torre
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, frustrated and confused. New York Times bestselling author Alessandra Torre will share her six secrets, that include understanding the differences between successful and non-successful fiction authors, the types of novels are the easiest and most profitable to sell, the stumbling block that derails most careers, and why a “failed” release isn’t the kiss of death.

“How to Write a Well-Structured Scene”
Presenter: Savannah Gilbo
Beginner level attendees will learn the importance of well- structured scenes from start to finish, what it is to write a meaningful arc and how to troubleshoot scenes that need work.

“Every Word Matters: Using Prose to Enhance Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction”
Presenter: Wendy Van Camp
Beginner level attendees will learn about Meaning, Voice, Tone, Rhythm/Meter, Sound Devices, and Word Choice and how to best apply them as a novelist.

“How to Survive and Succeed as a Writer (without breaking your heart or losing your mind)”
Presenter: Gabriela Pereira
In this fast-paced session, Gabriela
1 – Debunks some major myths about creativity
2- Shares key mindset shifts that will help you get past blocks and get back to writing
3 – Walks you through an essential technique that will change your creative process forever.

“The At of Giving and Receiving Feedback”
Presenter: Georgia Clark
In this presentation, attendees will learn how to give feedback that expresses your ideas in a helpful way, how to receive feedback, even when it’s hard to hear, and how to turn feedback into a solid, achievable revision plan you feel excited to tackle.

“From Flat to Fabulous: Reviving Characters with Dynamic Body Language”
Presenter: Stacy Juba
By the end of this session, beginner and intermediate authors will
1 – Know how to identify and avoid the most overused nonverbal phrases that result in flat characters and lackluster writing
2 – Gain strategies for enriching nonverbal communication, allowing your unique voice to shine and fostering deeper reader connections with your characters
3 – Learn three critical mistakes to steer clear of when using nonverbal communication in your writing

“Six Techniques to Create More Compelling Novels”
Presenter: Shirley Jump
This is an interactive class will guide you into more powerful writing. Benefits include
1 – Deeper, richer plot
2 – Stronger, more compelling characters
3 – A tool to make any aspect of your book more unique

“The Art of Immersion: Boost Productivity and Morale with Journaling, Role-Playing, and Method Writing Techniques”
Presenter: Eryka Parker
By the end of this presentation, you will know
1 – How to create compelling imagery through vivid descriptions and emotions
2 – How to tap into your reader's deepest needs, wants, and desires
3 – Ways to create a writing strategy that defies obstacles and embraces your author theme

“Creating Believable Characters Using Myers Briggs Types”
Presenter: Barbara V. Evers
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) will help you answer questions about your characters, such as, what makes them tick? How do they recharge? What type of information do they trust? And more.
After this session, you will be able to
1 – Establish your character's type
2 – Recognize examples of the four areas that create the sixteen MBTI types and how you might use this information to create characters who leap off the page
3 – Begin to develop how your character behaves under normal circumstances and how their enviroment might change those behaviors
4 – Describe what happens to your character's type under stress and conflict

“Writing About Grief and Trauma in Your Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Books”
Presenter: Jacci Turner
This session focuses on writing characters who have experienced trauma with sensitivity and compassion, without spreading misinformation.

“Show, Don't Tell: A Secret Weapon for Writers”
Presenter: Leslie J. Hall
After this session you will
1 – Understand what the phrase “show, don't tell” means for your story
2 – How to identify “telling” prose
3 – How to convert “telling” to “showing”
4 – What is it okay to tell
5 – How to use point of view to height ‘show, don't tell'

“From Data to Drama: Leveraging Market Research to Create Bestselling Fiction”
Presenter: Jana S. Brown
By the end of this session, you will know
1 – How to research the genres you are passionate about to find out what your audience needs to be satisfied
2 – How to choose your cover, blurb, and details about your content to fit wtih the best sellers in your genre
3 – Why market research matters and how it can be applied to work that is completed, or used to create a writing plan for your newest novel

“Serving Your Superfans: How to Build and Foster a Fandom”
Presenter: Steff Green
Participants in this workshop will learn what fans are, how they respond to a strong brand, and how to cultivate fandom into your work from the beginning. 

“From Page to Screen: Screenwriting Basics for Novelists”
Presenter: JoAnn Sky
This workshop will teach writers how to understand the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences of adopting a novel into a script. Important information will be shared in this session such as structural choices made during the adaptation process, stylistic components to embed in your script, formatting requirements, and more.

While these are the sessions that speak directly to fiction writers, you'll also receive a large number of sessions that are for the general audience, special sessions, and lots of networking time. Plus, time to meet with our sponsors and publishers!

“My Facebook Ads are Failing: Strategies to Reboot and Improve the Performance of Your Facebook Ads”
Presenter: Malorie Cooper
Attendees of this session will learn from a Facebook ad expert the basics of utilizing Facebook ads, the set up and creation, and how to grow your audience from the use of ads on Facebook.

There are other sessions in the GENERAL track that may also be applicable, so check out the full schedule below!

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit! We're Better Together!

Do authors need a website

Do you need an author website?

If you’ve invested your time in social media, you might wonder if you can skip an author website.  While you can still operate primarily on social media, you’ll still want to be using that social media to direct your followers to get on your email list. Your email list is, and will remain, at least for the near future, your most successful selling tool. So, at a bare minimum, you need a landing page that you can send readers to so that they can get on your email list.