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!
We'll start at 9:30 am EST each day and sessions run until about 6:30 pm EST. All events will be live, so you can ask questions and engage with the speakers. Everything will be recorded, and you'll have access to the recordings to watch at your convenience.
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
We'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 Wilkov – The Five Routes to Publishing
Bublish – Kathy Meis – Writing with an audience in Mind – Where Craft Meets Commerce
Amy Collins: Are you ready for an Agent? (Before planning your pitch, please review the agent guidelines on the full schedule HERE.)
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
Justine Manzano: Types of POV & How to Use Them
Kris Kennedy: Top 3 Keys for Crafting Turning Points
DiAnn Mills: Creating the Antagonistic Setting
Eileen Cook: Setting: It Doesn’t Have to Be Dull
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
CL Fails: The Lifecycle of a Book, the Importance of Story Arc, & Writing Tips
Melanie Votaw: Keys to a Successful Self-Help Outline
Donna Conrad: What Remains: Discovering the Central Theme of Your Memoir
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
E. Danielle Butler: Compassion & Activism Through Diverse Children's Books
Special Evening Session
We're talking about tips and resources for editing/production/distribution, and routes to publication.
FirstEditing – Chat with JoEllen Nordstrom, CEO and Founder
ProWritingAid – Hayley Milliman: ProWritingAid 101
Special Inspirational Session:
Laura Formentini: Love in Action
Corinne Anderson: Tips for Queries & Submissions to Publishers
Lynn Morrison: Paranormal Fiction – The Science of Writing About Magic
Dakota Nyght: The Developmental Edit: How to self-evaluate your manuscript and what elements your editor will look at
Erin Casey: World Building in Fantasy
Angela Engel: Let's Make a Book: Understanding Each Role in the Publishing Industry
Pam Sheppard: Log Lines & Hooks: Writing the Most Powerful Short Description of Your Book
Mariah Sinclair: Book Cover Makeovers to Improve Sales
Keri Barnum: Getting Your Books into Airports, Chains, & Bookstores
Teri Rider: How to Produce an Award Winning Book Using Industry Standards
Arielle Haughee: On Boarding Authors: Best Practices for Staying Organized
Fern Brady: Vetting the Small Press: How to Find the Right Small Publisher
Lilianne Milgrom, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan: A publishing journey: How to Choose Your Most Successful Publishing Path
Meg Welch Dendler: Self-Editing to Make Your Manuscript Shine
Brooke Vitale: How to Self-Publish a Children's Book in 9 Steps
April Cox: Amazon A+ Content
Sunny Duran: Working with a book designer: What you need to know to format your children's book
Special Evening Session
Irena Miller: Decompression and Meditation
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
Aurora Publicity – Samantha Williams – Learn About Author Assistants & Smart Marketing for Every Author
Sara Stibitz – Making Your Book Project & Simple
BookBrush – Kathleen Sweeney: Creating Amazing Graphics for Book Promo
Kirsten Oliphant: Creating an Online Persona / Brand that Turns Readers into Super Fans
Shayla Raquel: 3 Step Formula to Amazon Success for Indie Authors
Stephanie Bourbon: “Make Them Swoon” Writing RomComs
Dawn Hardy: How to Promote Your Book Like a Publicist
Yvelette Stines: How to Create a Social Media Plan with Purpose & Ease
Leann Garms: How to Build Buzz in the Media: Publicity Tools & Tactics for Fiction & Non Fiction Authors
Michelle Glogovac: How to Create a Successful Book Launch Using Podcasts
Kiffer Brown: The 4 Types of Book Reviews & Why Book Reviews Should be a Part of Your Marketing Strategy
Jess Kotzer: Growing & Selling More with YouTube Ads
Laura Briggs: Training Your Team: Outsourcing Your Book Launch for Higher Results & Less Stress
Nina Amir: How to Build Your Audience While Writing Your NonFiction Book
Mary O'Donohue: The Power of Publicity to Sell NonFiction Books
Tara R. Alemany: Book Launches Simplified
Jenny Lisk: How to Win at Content Marketing for NonFiction Authors
Jodi Brandon: Book Building Blocks for Business Owners
Kate Stead: Your 90 Day Launch Plan for Children's Books
Belinda 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 to add additional revenue streams, we're digging into the business side of being an author.
PubSite: Author Website 101
Children's Book Mastery – Karen Ferreira: Creating Your Picture Book Interior & Cover for Free in Canva
Special Agent Session:
Michelle Lazurek – Q&A and Pitch Session (Before planning your pitch, please review the agent guidelines on the full schedule HERE.)
Julie Cantrell with Allison Pittman, Janyre Tromp, Kelli Stewart, Lynn Gentry: Growing Your Readership & Author Biz Through Collaborative Fiction Collections
Matty Dalrymple: How to Use Podcasts to Grow Your Author Business
Jenna Avery: Fulfilling the Call to Write: Overcome Procrastination & Self-Doubt and Do What You Were Put Here to Do
Estelle Van de Velde: How to Make SEO Work for Your Author Business
Sandra Lane: 7 Habits of Highly Productive Women
Kate Watson: Growing Your Speaking Career as an Author
Elizabeth Ducie: Author Business Foundations
Heather Vickery: Podcasting to Grow Your Platform
Layne Booth: 4 Shifts to Scale Faster for Publishers & Authors
Alesha Brown with Saadia White, Jasmine Andrews: Diversify Your Income Using Your Book to Build Your Biz (Films, Podcasts, etc.)
Lindsey Smith with Julie Neale, Jenjii Hysten: 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!
Special Evening Session
How Make the Most of this Conference: What's Next?
Join us for this incredible event!
- Live training workshops, special events, and Q&As with sponsors & speakers
- Three tracks for Beginner/intermediate authors, advanced authors, and industry professionals
- Special offers & discounts on tools & services from speakers & sponsors
- Community support built in
- New this year: Publisher Speed Dating!