A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Publishing Professionals

A Spotlight on the 2024 Workshops for Publishing Professionals

Workshops for Publishing Professionals

This year, we're really excited to offer a track for all of the professionals in our community! These are sessions for publishers, publishing assistants, self-publishing assist professionals, editors, and others who are building businesses in the publishing industry!

If you're a publishing professional, there are several sessions just for you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit! This year we have some really good sessions specifically for you.

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

Audience: Publishing Professionals

“Beyond the Red Pen: Amplifying Author Voice Through Skillful Editing”
Presenter: Angela James
In this workshop, editors will move through a 5-step approach of working with authors in a way that creates a positive editing environment that respects author voice, and amplifies and highlights the author’s vision, while also polishing and enhancing the story to create the best reader experience possible.

“Welcome, Ghosts: Should Your Writing Client Use a Ghostwriter?”
Presenter: E, Danielle Butler
This session will walk publishing professions through the considerations of working with a ghostwriter.

“The 42 Minute Hour: A Time Management Tool for Enhancing Business Productivity”
Presenter: Michelle Oucharek-Deo
This workshop is a time mentoring program for real women whose goals often get sidelined by everyday challenges and the technique shared can revolutionize your productivity, not just in writing but in managing many areas of your life.

Everything You Need to Know About Prepping for Taxes”
Presenter: Lily Tran
Join Lily Tran to learn about how to best prepare your small business for tax season!​

“The Case for Community: Why Editors and Freelancers Need to Find Their People”
Presenter: Tara Whitaker
This part how-to, part tell-all session discusses why and how joining or building the right values-focused virtual community- whether as an author, editor, or creative freelancer- has become necessary for a stronger and more sustainable solo business.

“Offset Printing vs POD- Truths, Lies, and Virtual Examples”
Presenter: Lori McKnight
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.

“Developmental Editing of Fiction Concepts and Deliverables: An Intro to Developmental Editing for Copyeditors and Others Considering Adding it as an Editing Service”
Presenter: Miranda Darrow
During this workshop, an overview of developmental editing will be shared, and a discussion on main developmental editing concepts will take place, with examples of deliverables and more.

“Achieve Success – Find the Manual to Your Brain and Optimize Your Workspace”
Presenter: Dayna Reidenour and Penni Askew
In this presentation, authors and service providers will learn different ways to approach their work with a focus on neurodivergent brains and ways to flourish using methods that fit for every person.

“How to Motivate Your Author in Marketing Strategy”
Presenter: Nev March
This presentation cover an approach to building an effective marketing plan with a publisher.

“Goal Focused Distribution”
Presenter: Keri-Rae Barnum
This workshop will cover distribution opportunities for print books, eBooks and audiobooks and the costs, time commitments, and sustainability for every option.

“The Top Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your Publishing Business”
Presenter: Tara Alemany
Workshop attendees will learn of tools that streamline publishing to give them the productivity boost needed to run their business efficiently and effectively.

“How to be Successful as a Publisher at In-Person Book Signing Events”
Presenter: Jen Milius
You have an in-person event, like a book fair, book signing, or table at a conference, lined up – now what? How do you create a wonderful experience and best present yourself, your authors, all of your books and your business?

When this presentation is complete, attendees will be able to:
1 – Have the right mindset for success
2 – Understand what is needed for publishers to put themselves, their authors, and their businesses in the best light
3 – Know how to shine during the event for your business AND your authors.

This session will also be valuable for authors looking to do more in person events.

“Leveraging LinkedIn for Entrepreneurial Authors and Editorial Professionals”
Presenter: Jessican Andersen
Authors, publishers, editors, freelancers, and industry professionals will learn how to turn their long-neglected LinkedIN profile into a powerful marketing asset for their personal brand or business in this session.

“Building a Media Kit That Gets Your Author Noticed”
Presenter: DiAnn Windsor
This workshop will cover the elements of a media kit, where to find templates that are editable, how to write and distribute a press release, and how to find the right person to send the kit to.

Join the Summit for these and many more sessions you will be able to access through the end of the year!

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

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

Publisher & Service Provider Training Event

Publisher & Service Provider Training Event

Calling all new and aspiring publishers, publishers who have team members that need training in publishing basics (and not so basic things!) and author service providers who assist or coach authors (or want to!)

Introducing the all-new Publisher Training Extravaganza – a two-day virtual training event.

Over the course of two days we’ll be digging into TONS of vital publishing information to help you learn, grow, and prosper as a publishing professional.

All sessions will be recorded and there is no expiration date on access.

THE BEST PART IS YOU CAN BRING YOUR TEAM MEMBERS WITH YOU or in your place! At no extra cost.

Publishing experts from all over the industry will join us to talk about: 

  • Common publishing mistakes even experts can make and how to avoid them  
  • Publisher essentials of ISBNs, imprints, formatting, covers, positioning, KDP categories, and setting books up properly on IngramSpark 
  • Project Management plans and how to make them work for your publishing business
  • Ways to collaborate with publishing peers to save money and time AND build community
  • Proven processes and tips to get books into libraries and bookstores – implementation workshop – we're covering the HOW
  • Key legal considerations for authors and small publishers  
  • The most effective way to onboard new authors and have great relationships 
  • Using data to drive your business strategy and help you make spending decisions
  • Distribution deep-dive, going beyond print-on-demand to working with a distributor to get your authors’ books where they need to be
  •  Bookkeeping basics for publishers, including structuring royalties 
  • How (and when) to consider partnerships with larger publishers 

This two-day celebration of all things publishing is happening on June 7 & 8, and you DO NOT want to miss this chance to boost your publishing knowledge and find your publishing community! Get signed up right here, and mark your calendars for two days of publishing business growth power sessions! 

Speakers include:

  • Alexa Bigwarfe (The Women in Publishing Summit, Purple Butterfly Press)
  • Keri Rae Barnum (New Shelves Books)
  • Tara Alemany (Emerald Lake Books)
  • Kim Eley (KWE Books)
  • Emily Storm-Smith, JD
  • Jeff Bigwarfe, MBA, CMA
  • Layne Booth (The Project Booth)
  • Jennifer Dolce (Pathway Book Services)
  • Arielle Haughee (Orange Blossom Books)
  • Michelle Vandepas (GracePoint Publishing)

 

You don’t know what you don’t know…until you’re paying the invoice for “what you didn’t know” actually COST.

Let us help you avoid those experiences!

REGISTER HERE.

How To Make a Publisher Sit Up and Take Notice

How To Make a Publisher Sit Up and Take Notice

How to Make a Publisher Sit Up and Take Notice

Small, independent publishing companies have been increasing in popularity and visibility over the past few years. It’s an exciting time for new authors, who previously had not been able to find a publisher for their work. Indie publishers tend to offer more control to the author, and the royalties are typically larger. It’s a great time to tell your story, and make it available to the whole world.

That’s why I love being a publisher. My goal is to help mothers make their stories available for millions of people to read. 

“Mothers?” you may be wondering. “Why just mothers? Shouldn’t you be helping everyone publish their books?”

Not necessarily. As a publisher, it’s important that I have a focus and not spread myself, or my company, too thin. I know what’s important to me, and who I want to help the most. Having spent quite a few years as a single mother, I particularly enjoy working with other single moms. We have some incredible stories, and invaluable advice.

However, I don’t agree to publish every book by every author that comes across my desk. Even if it was written by a lovely single mom whom I’ve known for a long time, there are still certain criteria I look for that will make a book more publishable.

A book that I agree to publish needs to have a good story, flow well, and be well written. The following advice will help you achieve those goals.

 

Complete Manuscript vs. Idea

Some authors have been working on their book for years. So, by the time they approach a prospective publisher they have the complete work ready to go. This is great, but it’s also fine if an author simply approaches a publisher with an idea. 

You may have the entire idea for your book in your head, complete from start to finish. Even though you know exactly what will happen to each character, you need to be able to convey this to a publisher. 

You’ll need to provide them with one or two complete chapters, so the publisher can have an idea of your writing style. Make sure these chapters are detailed, the characters are well developed, and the scenes are set properly. You don’t want anyone wondering how old the main character is, or what she looks like. 

Make sure these sample chapters are very well-edited. You don’t want to use a period where a question mark should be. God forbid you write the word “too” when you meant to write “to.” Sure, spell-check will catch many misspellings, but it won’t catch the correct spelling of the wrong word.

A publisher will also want to see a chapter-by-chapter outline of your proposed work. Again, this is all about getting your amazing book from inside your head to a publisher’s desk. I’ve spoken with many authors who state that they prefer to write freely, without creating an outline first. But a publisher needs to have a solid understanding of your book before they decide to work with you. 

Editing

Like 99% of writers, you’re most likely writing your novel using a laptop. You probably believe that reading your work directly on the screen is just fine. I’m sorry to say that it’s not. 

If you plan to submit an entire manuscript to a publisher it is vital that before you do, you print the entire thing and read it cover to cover. Many authors I’ve spoken to think this step is unnecessary. Take my word – it is vital. 

When you’re reading your work on a screen it’s very easy to miss errors, or even phrases that just sound awkward. You are much more likely to notice these inconsistencies in a hard copy of your book. Then, you can make notes or highlight passages that you can improve. 

You might also that you already know your book inside and out. After all, you’re the one who wrote it! Again, when you pick up that print-out and read it from the first word all the way through to the last, you will notice things that you never noticed previously.

So before you send your manuscript to the publisher, make sure you complete this important step.

 

Marketing

You might think that since you want to work with a publisher, you don’t need to market your book. They will take care of all the sales and marketing. I’m afraid to say, that isn’t true! No matter who you work with to bring your book to life, you, the author, will be expected to do a lot of work to get the word out about your book.

A good publisher should certainly help you, so keep that in mind when you’re talking to different publishers. 

But even before your book is complete and you start searching for the perfect fit with a publisher, you should be working on your author platform. Build a website. Learn how to best use all forms of social media. Build your e-mail list. 

Follow these guidelines, and then find the publisher that is the perfect fit for you. 

 

Diane Windsor Diane Windsor is the owner of Motina Books, an independent publisher in the Dallas area. She’s always loved books, and spent many late nights in high school scaring herself to death reading Stephen King novels. Diane founded Motina Books to help moms tell their stories, both fiction and non-fiction. There’s a special place in her heart for single moms. Diane lives in Allen, Texas with her husband and two Boxers. When she’s not writing, editing, or formatting, she’s probably baking sourdough bread – her latest addiction!

 

Be sure to catch Diane on the Publisher's Panel  on Day 3 of the 2020 Women in Publishing Summit.

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