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!

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!

The Basics of a Book Blog Tour

The Basics of a Book Blog Tour

It can be a challenge to spread the news about your book, especially once the thrill of the launch is done. It takes a bit of recalibration for authors to figure out how to develop a long term strategy to ensure continued success.

Our friend Mardine Perrins published Expiration Date, her dystopian medical thriller, this winter. Now, she is taking charge of her book’s post-launch marketing strategy by kicking off her very first book blog tour on June 21! If you love to read, or if you just want to find out more about how it’s done, check it out here. 

The Basics of a Book Blog Tour

The Basics of a Book Blog Tour

It can be a challenge to spread the news about your book, especially once the thrill of the launch is done. It takes a bit of recalibration for authors to figure out how to develop a long term strategy to ensure continued success.

Our friend Mardine Perrins published Expiration Date, her dystopian medical thriller, this winter. Now, she is taking charge of her book’s post-launch marketing strategy by kicking off her very first book blog tour on June 21! If you love to read, or if you just want to find out more about how it’s done, check it out here. 

A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Beginner Authors

A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Beginner Authors

Workshops for Beginner Authors

Are you thinking about writing a book, somewhere in the process, or have your book written and need help with finding an editor, learning about routes to publication, and looking for marketing support? Get ready for a 4 day event filled with insightful and empowering workshops that will help you grow as a writer, marketer, and leader in the industry. It's been touted as “life changing” for many of our attendees!

The Women in Publishing Summit is a four day virtual conference, running live on Zoom March 6-9, 2024. Can't attend live? All sessions are recorded and available through Dec. 31, 2024.

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 beginner author.

 

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

 

Audience: Beginner Authors

How to Set and Spend Your Editing Budget Wisely
Presenter: Danielle Anderson of Inkworthy Books
Through years of working with authors, Danielle discovered that few authors are prepared for editing and publishing services. Her session will dig into the process and the investment, covering: The difference between the types of editing and when and why you may need them; How to find, hire, and work with the best type of service provider; how to save time, energy, and money working with editors for the highest quality result.

“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.

“Writing Books for Young Readers: Determining What Type of Children’s Books to Write”
Presenter: Jen Navarre
Beginner level attendees will learn about the different categories of books kids seek out, the differences between book types and how to determine which is the best audience for your book.

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

“The 3 Biggest Mistakes Children’s Book Authors Make”
Presenter: Brooke Van Sickle
Attendees will learn about what to do with a new story idea, how to get started and what biggest mistakes are often made when it comes to illustrations in children’s books.

“Memoir Mastery: How To Tell Your Story So It Sells”
Presenter: Jennifer Wilkov
Beginner level attendees will learn what it takes to actually tell their story in an impactful way to attract attention and visibility in the marketplace, as well as strategies to reach publishers, the media and even gain speaking opportunities and more.

“Being Successful in Self Publishing is All About Having the Right Tools!”
Presenter: Chelsea Bennett
There are choices in publishing and distribution of their book, beyond just Amazon. This session will cover the best resources and online learning to get started in publishing, what to consider when making big decisions about publishing, and information about the tools required to set their business up for success, and how Lulu can be your perfect partner!

“Picture Book Design and Production: Book Formatting and Design for Children’s Books”
Presenter: Tamera Dever
Formatter and cover designer Tamara Dever will teach why you need both illustration and design and how they work together, and how to plan for production while still in the writing process.

“Echo Chambers: A Winning Marketing Strategy Before Your Finish Your Book”
Presenter: Markeyla Henton
This presentation will cover how to pitch to potential supporters to gather, excite, and incentivize them into marketing your book and how to launch your book with raving reviews from the start!

“How to Launch Your Non-Fiction Book onto a Bestseller List”
Presenter: Renee Bauer
Beginner level attendees will uncover a roadmap to launching their book into the world and increase the chances of it landing on a bestseller list by knowing when to do what to launch your book into success and create your PR plan.

“What Authors Can Post on Social Media Before the Book is Published”
Presenter: Jennifer Hanson dePaula
Did you know you don’t need a published book to start growing an attentive and active audience on social media? Jennifer will teach what to post, how to set up an easy system to build a supportive community, and the tools to help you grow your audience well before your book is published.

“5 Simple Tips to Starting a Newsletter that Grows Your Audience and Your Sale”
Presenter: Amber Petty
Workshop attendees will learn why a newsletter is a great way to grow your platform, the best software to use to set up a newsletter quickly and how to structure it so that it helps ideal readers, remains sustainable and showcases your work.

“Amplifying Your Words: Harnessing the Power of Podcasts to Boost Book Sales”
Presenter: Toby Dorr
Learn how creating your own podcast will increase your reach which will ultimately provide opportunities for an increase in book sales and impact. In this workshop, attendees will learn everything from what tools are needed, the best approach, how to name your podcast, where to find guests and how to monetize your podcast.

“Embracing the Role of Entrepreneur: The Business of Being a Profitable Non-Fiction Author”
Presenter: Alesha Brown
This session dives into how to blend your creativity with a market-driven approach, how to tailor your stories to your audience’s preferences in order to turn your readers into devoted fans. Attendees will learn how to shift their perspective from being authors to authorpreneurs.

“How to Create a Successful Crowd Sourcing Campaign- KickStart Your Book and Why You Should Do It”
Presenter: Kiffer Brown
Especially important for authors who are struggling to fund your entire publishing project – Kickstarter may be an option to help you raise capital. You will learn different crowd-sourcing platform options, how to use KickStarter as a book launching tool, how to connect directly with your readers, and how to design your campaign.

“Amazon Ads for Authors”
Presenter: April Cox
Attendees will learn actionable strategies to optimize your Amazon Ads, improve visibility and increasing sales, gain insights into key metrics and how to use them to make ad decisions, how to ensure your ads will be effective, and end the session with a roadmap to success.
Note: This is a beginner level Amazon Ads course, but not for the beginning author, as you need to have a book published to run ads.

In addition to these sessions, the conference includes workshops that are for the general audience, special sessions, and lots of networking time. Plus, time to meet with our sponsors and publishers!

 

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

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