If Your Book is Released in a Forest, Will it Make a Noise?
Now that you have a book coming out, do you really have any control over how many
people it reaches? Probably not. But in this class, we'll talk about ways to market
your book without breaking the bank or consuming your life. Don't have a book coming
out? Don't worry! The best time to start marketing your book is before you even have
a book! The sceond best time to marketing your book is...NOW!
43 Years of Book Publishing
The publishing business has changed over the years. Learn what it's like now and what
publishers expect today.
Welcome to the Survivor's Club
Challenges--they're all relative, but definitely conquerable. Don't let them stand
in the way of achieving your dream of writing and publishing. Learn ways to push past
any challenges to a finished product. So really -- challenges aside --the next award-winning
author? Why not YOU?
The Agony, The Ecstasy: Writing the Best Book You Can
How do you make your book stand out? How do you write what you know if you're writing
fantasy, but you've never been to Narnia? It's all about the LOVE: the love for writing,
the love for your topic, the love for your words!
Having a Firm Grasp of Purpose, A Process for Writing Non-Fiction
The importance of knowing your purpose for writing non-fiction is a major key to getting
it done. I will share my journey to getting published and how defining and fully grasping
my purpose was often the only thing that pulled me through. Learn about purpose and
how to remain committed.
Navigating the Publishing Process, from Beginning to End
This presentation looks at traditional publishing, self-publishing, and the steps
for both processes. Attendees will understand what it takes to get a finished novel
on the shelf.
How to Write a Winning Synopsis
Writing a synopsis is something most authors dread. To condense an entire book into
a few hundred words is a daunting task that works against our storytelling instincts.
However, it's an essential item for agents, editors, marketing departments, cover
designers, and reviewers. This class will review the intent of a synopsis and break
down the process of creating one into a valuable tool every writer needs in their
Self-Edit your Picture Book Manuscript!
Nowadays, agents and editors are looking for carefully-crafted, highly polished manuscripts.
The less editing your piece requires, the better chance it has for publication. This
touches on what makes an effective picture book manuscript, and provides you with
thirty-six (plus) questions to help you self-critique and analyze your work.
Tips for Publishing Adult (Not That Kind of Adult!) Fiction
Congratulations! You've finished your novel, and it's ready for submission. Or is
it? Learn what constitutes finished, and find out what publishers are looking for
in fiction for the over-18 crowd... including some tips on how to make it out of the
Successful Website Design for Authors
Designer, Daniel Ruesch, will explore the 6 critical elements necessary for the creation
of a successful book-promoting website. Each step will be explored thoroughly with
ample examples that will give authors knowledge of the important elements and confidence
to create or improve an already existing site.
Marketing Secrets from Authors Who Sell
Have you ever wondered what more you could be doing to market your book? In this class,
we'll discuss innovative marketing practices from best-selling authors and talk about
new trends in overall book marketing.
Writing the Book Only YOU Can Write
Writing a book is the easy part. Creating the concept for a book is where most authors
Organize Your Writing: A Project Notebook
Writing and staying organized in the process can be tricky, but there are tricks to
the trade you can use to not just get it done, but preserve your sanity in the process
-- all the while still allowing the muse to do her thing!
Knowing Your Market
My goal is to help new writers understand the differences between the genres in children's
and YA markets, from short stories to full novels. I will also cover how to know which
market is right for your work and how to best prepare manuscripts for submission.
Communion Between Writer and Editor
Any competent writer knows how important revision is to the art of creating a text;
we will discuss the writer/editor relationship and roles as the editor joins the creative/revision
Keys to Great Writing
From beginnings, middles to endings, key elements to creating stories that readers
love and editors want will be revealed!
To the Last Nuance: Revising and Editing a Story to an Impeccable Finish
A story isn't just about "what happens." A story is about experiencing one beautiful
sentence after another. It's about each word choice on every page. A story is about
the way it aligns with and transgresses the boundaries of tradition. Editors, writers,
and discerning readers are highly aware of the medium, not just the message: experienced
writers know that grinding the events of a story to "The End" is only the first milestone
in drafting a fine manuscript.
The Development of a Book Series
Concept-to-concept, you will learn how to create a top-selling fictional series.
So You Want to be a Writer?
This class, geared specifically for the beginner writer or for young adults, covers
the basics: developing ideas, plotting a book, maximizing your writing time, and how
to overcome writer's block, as well as other helpful tips and advice.
Marketing Your Book
Congratulations! You've been published. Now what? Basic and foolproof marketing ideas
and plans that will keep books on the shelf. Step-by-step instructions to save you
time and make the best of your marketing plan.