How This Works
This year's conference features live presentations that will happen virtually throughout the week, with lifetime access to the recordings. We'll have a mixture of networking events, Q&As with the speakers & sponsors, writing sprints, and other fun! We're still tweaking it a bit, but it's 90% planned!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 1st – Special pre-conference kick off event
Featured Guest Speaker
Robin Cutler: The State of Publishing: Challenges, Innovations and What's To Come
Getting Your Books into Airports, Chains, & Bookstores.Paranormal Fiction – The Science of Writing About MagicWe're digging right into writing craft for all genres and all levels!
GracePoint Publishing – Michelle Vandepas: Why entrepreneurs, Personal Development Experts and Quantum Healers Should Write a Book to Share Their Knowledge with the World.
Your Book Is Your Hook – Jennifer Wilcov – The Five Routes to Publishing
Bublish – Kathy Meis – Topic to be added shortly
Brenda Hardwick: Writing Minority Characters without Stereotyping
Steff Greene: Writing Your Novel Using a Skeleton Draft Method
Megan Hennessey: Everything You Wanted to Know About Good Sex Scenes But Were Afraid to Ask
Lucy Hay: Screenwriting Tips for Novelists
Lynn Morrison: Paranormal Fiction – The Science of Writing About Magic
Erin Casey: World Building in Fantasy
Stephanie Bourbon: RomComs: How to Use Comedy, Write Fresh-fun Characters, & Use Tropes in a Unique Way
Justine Manzano: Types of POV & How to Use Them
Kris Kennedy: Methods for Creating Powerful Character Driven Fiction
DiAnn Mills: Creating the Antagonistic Setting
Eileen Cook: Writing Dialogue that Matters
Glede Brown Kabongo: High Stakes, Ticking Clocks & Killer Twists – Writing Gripping Thrillers
Lydia Michaels: Write 10K in a Day – Avoid Burnout & Unleash Your Prolific Potential
Pam Sheppard: Log Lines & Hooks: Writing the Most Powerful Short Description of Your Book
Jodi Brandon: Book Building Blocks for Business Owners
CL Fails: The Lifecycle of a Book, the Importance of Story Arc, & Writing Tips
Melanie Votaw: Keys to a Successful Self-Help Outline
Alyssa Reynoso-Morris: How to Write a Picture Book an Agent Will Want to Represent
Jennifer Navarre: Create a Chapter Book Series Kids Will Love
Danielle E. Butler: Compassion & Activism Through Diverse Children's Books
Special Evening Session
Irena Miller: Meditation / Preparation
We're talking about tips and resources for editing/production/distribution, and routes to publication.
FirstEditing – Who is FirstEditing & How Do We Work with Them?
ProWritingAid – Hayley Milliman: ProWritingAid 101
Children's Book Mastery – Karen Ferreira: Creating Your Picture Book Interior & Cover for Free in Canva
Corinne Anderson: Tips for Queries & Submissions to Publishers
Angela Engel: Let's Make a Book: Understanding Each Role in the Publishing Industry
Amy Collins: Are you Ready for an Agent?
Mariah Sinclair: Book Cover Makeovers to Improve Sales
Keri Barnum:Getting Your Books into Airports, Chains, & Bookstores.
Brooke Vitale:How to Self-Publish a Children's Book in 18 Steps
April Cox: TBD
Whether you have already launched your book or you're still just thinking about writing it, you can never start marketing early enough! Many writers will say they quickly learned the writing was the easy part and MARKETING is what nearly cooked their goose.
Today's session is JAM PACKED with marketing information, media information, and ideas to help you sell the heck out of your books!
Launching, Marketing, & Promoting Your Book and YOU as the Author.
BookFunnel – Damon Courtney: Using BookFunnel To Grow Your Email List
BookBrush – Kathleen Sweeney: Discover Awesome Ways To Use Animation To Market Your Books
Kirsten Oliphant: Creating an Online Persona / Brand that Turns Readers into Super Fans
Samantha Williams: Promo Tools for Fiction Authors
Alexa Bigwarfe: Readers on Demand: Growing Your Author Platform
Emily A. Myers & Raewyn Sangari: Working in Tandem with Your IG Manager for Your Book Launch & Book Marketing Efforts
Shayla Raquel: 3 Step Formula to Amazon Success for Indie Authors
Dawn Michelle Hardy: How to Promote Your Book Like a Publicist
Yvelette Stines: How to Create a Social Media Plan with Purpose & Ease
Leann Garms: Preparing for the Interview (PR Tactics) for Fiction & Non Fiction Authors
Michelle Glogovac: How to Create a Successful Book Launch Using Podcasts
Tara Alemany: Book Launches Simplified
Laura Briggs: Training Your Team: Outsourcing Your Book Launch for Higher Results & Less Stress
Nina Amir: How to Build Your Audience While Writing Your Non Fiction Book
Mary O'Donohue: The Power of Publicity to Sell Books
Tara R. Alemany: Book Launches Simplified
Jenny Lisk: How to Win at Content Marketing for Non Fiction Authors
Kate Stead: Your 90 Day Launch Plan for Children's Books
Belinda N. Mays: How To Repurpose Your Children's Book Content into New Products, Events, and Marketing Materials.
The Business of Being an Author
Congratulations. If you've published or are about to publish a book, you now own a business! These sessions focus on ways to grow and manage your business. From considering how you position yourself, where you sell your books, how you gain publicity for yourself, and how you add additional revenue streams, we're digging into the business side of being an author.
PubSite: Author Website 101
Julie Perkins Cantrell, Allison Pittman, Jenyre Tromp, Kellis Stewart, Lynn Gentry: Growing Your Readership & Author Biz Through Collaborative Fiction Collections
Jess Kotzer: Growing & Selling More with YouTube Ads
Matty Dalrymple: How to Use Podcasts to Grow Your Author Business
Jenna Avery: Overcoming Self-Doubt & Procrastination in Writing
Estelle Van de Velde: How to Make SEO Work for Your Author Business
Sandra Layne: 7 Habits of Highly Productive Women
Kate Watson: Growing Your Speaking Career as an Author
Elizabeth Ducie: Author Business Foundations
Heather Vickery: Growing Your Own Podcast to Grow Your Platform
Layne Booth: 4 Shifts to Scale Your Business Faster for Publishers & Authors
Dr. Shirlene Reves: Creating Profitable Programs for Your Book
Alesha R. Brown, Saddia White, Jasmine Andrews: Diversify Your Income Using Your Book to Build Your Biz (Films, Podcasts, etc.)
Julie Neale, Lindsey Smith, & Alexandra Franzen: Tiny Books: 5 Types of Non Fiction Books That Can be Written in Almost No Time
Karen Strauss: 7 Ways to Monetize Your Book & Attract New Clients
Phillipa Warden: Creating Activities from Your Children's Books (Grow Your Email List!)
Kate Seldman: How to Run a Successful Kickstarter to Finance Your KidLit Book
Natasha D'Anna: Making Your Books Into a Brand; Oh the many things you can do and sell!
Join us for this incredible event!
- Live training workshops, sprints, and Q&As with sponsors & speakers
- Three tracks for Non Fiction, Fiction, and Children's book authors
- Special offers & discounts on tools & services from speakers & sponsors
- Community support built in