AGENDA

Friday, October 9, 2020

8:30 AM

Kickoff

8:30 - 9:00

30 minutes

Room A

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

45 minutes

9:00 AM

PLOTTr Workshop: Learn about the new PLOTTr app!

Room B

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

45 minutes

Shannon Nemechek: Writing Believable Military Characters

It’s not news to you that one of the biggest challenges in writing is creating authentic scenes, settings, and dialogue that make the story feel real. Sometimes, especially with the military, the obstacles are huge and when you’re dealing with very realistic scenes, settings, characters, and readers who are quite familiar with all of those, it becomes an even more daunting task. One of the toughest things to write is writing something you don’t know. 
 

Many service members are huge readers, and they know when you are making it up. So if you don’t want to get called out or get a scathing email then I think this presentation is for you.

Room C

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

45 minutes

Madeline Martin: Digging Deeper into Reader Connection

Make your readers connect with your characters on a deep level. Go beyond genre and even GMC to create characters who will lodge themselves in your reader's hearts and minds and make your story unforgettable. 

10:00

AM

Room A

10:00 AM - 10:45 PM

45 minutes

Smashwords' Jim Azevedo : Top 10 Trends Impacting the Future of Publishing
This presentation identifies the top trends influencing your future as publisher of indie ebooks.  You'll learn how to navigate these trends to build a more successful, more robust long-term career as an indie author or publisher. The workshop provides a solid foundation for any author considering indie ebook publishing.

Room B

10:00 AM - 10:45 PM

45 minutes

Chastity Bowlin: Career Planning for Newbie (and Oldie) Authors

You can fly by the seat of your pants writing your books, but not mapping out your career and what it takes to be a professional author without the safety net of a day job. This workshop will touch on how to plan financially for taxes, health insurance, unexpected business expenses and the importance of utilizing technology to stay abreast of book keeping when you're not the most diligent at it. We'll also talk about what it takes to make it as a mid-list author in today's market by discussing how many books to publish per year, how length of books can impact your number of releases and your bottom line. In short, this is the down, dirty, and sometimes ugly truth about how unglamorous the #writinglife really is.

Room C

10:00 AM - 10:45 PM

45 minutes

Eliza Knight: Maximizing Marketing Strategies

Room D

10:00 AM - 10:45 PM

45 minutes

PLOTTr Q&A
 

11:00

AM

Room A

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

45 minutes

Smashwords' Jim Azevedo: An Introduction to Ebook Self-Publishing: How to Publish, Distribute and Sell Your Ebook
It's easier to self-publish an ebook than you might imagine. No technical expertise is necessary. In this introductory, jargon-free primer to ebook self-publishing, we'll cover the basics. You'll discover the advantages of ebook self-publishing and receive an ebook publishing checklist covering everything you need to know to get started, such as ebook formatting, metadata, pricing, distribution tips and more.

Room B

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

45 minutes

Andy Peloquin: An Author's Complete Guide to Understanding Great Villains and Antagonists

“Evil” comes in more shapes and sizes than you might realize! Andy Peloquin dissects a list of all the classic villain and antagonists types to help inspire writers to craft thrilling new characters for their stories. Join this panel to learn how to make the enemies your heroes face truly memorable.

Room C

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

45 minutes

Jennifer Probst: Write True: A Romance Writers's Guide to Craft, Career, and Staying True to Oneself

You can handle the truth. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst teaches a surprising key to success in the romance industry: truth. Join Jennifer as she discuses handling fear, developing your craft, the importance of pivot in an ever-changing industry, and discovering your truth as a storyteller.

Room D

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

45 minutes

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

30 minutes

Keynote Webinar (Live)

12:00

PM

12:30

PM

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

90 minutes

Lunch & Social Hour

2:00

PM

Room A

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

45 minutes

Smashwords' Jim Azevedo The Book Launch: Using E-book Preorders and Presales to Grow Readership
Imagine if you could press a magic button that would make your next ebook release land higher in the sales charts at Apple Books. Imagine no more. The magic button is real, and it’s called the ebook preorder. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use ebook preorders to make your next ebook launch more successful. In addition, you’ll also learn how to add ebook presales to your marketing toolbox. Presales allow early and immediate access to new ebooks before release to the general public, whereas preorders act as a product reservation system where the reader must wait until the book’s general release date. Presales help authors turbocharge newsletter subscription signups, build readership, and turn fans into superfans.

Room B

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

45 minutes

Debra Holland: Staying Sane and Productive During COVID-19

Room C

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

45 minutes

Denise Grover Swank

4:30

PM

3:00

PM

Room A

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

45 minutes

John Van Stry

Bestselling Author John Van Stry was the first author to ever successfully sue an owner of an illegal book downloading site and WIN. John's lawsuit in federal court set legal precedent and we are very happy to have him as one of our keynote speakers. 

 

John will present a workshop titled: Show, don't Tell, but don't Filibuster either!

 

We've all been taught to 'show' things to our readers by characters and their actions, rather than just have a narration that explains everything to the reader - i.e. 'Tell'. But what if our story involves one character telling another about something that happened? How do we avoid a filibuster (one character just talking on and on while telling their 'story')? A filibuster, one character just giving a long dialogue is often no better than the narrator telling us, so how do we avoid it and what are some techniques to make it more interesting while still showing our reader what the need to see?

Room B

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

45 minutes

Allie Pleiter: Dynamic Dialogue

Sure, dialogue records conversation.  But it can do so much more--if you know how to wield it.  Dialogue can provide subtle backstory, vivid characterization, or shoot a plot forward at high speed.  Great dialogue is memorable and effective.  Bad dialogue is cumbersome and can turn your reader (or potential editor) off quickly.  Multipublished author Allie Pleiter leads you through all the ways you can use dialogue within your story to pack a far bigger punch than “she said.” 

Room C

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

45 minutes

E. Ardell: Tips to Getting Your Book on Your Local Library's Shelf

It is simple as cake to bring a free copy of your freshly published book to your local librarian and request that it be added to the library’s collection. After all, it’s a free book written by a member of the community, and libraries love free books. They give them out all the time. You go in with a smile and leave confounded. The librarian did not seem happy to see you and they may have told you something vague and inconclusive about adding your book to the library’s collection. You check the library catalog a week later and your book is not there. What went wrong?

Well, for anyone who bakes, you know that cake is not simple, and neither is adding a book to a library’s collection. There are nitty gritty things that must take place.

 

Libraries have collection development policies, limited shelf space, and other circumstances they must consider before adding new titles to their collections. Learn from a librarian what all we are looking at and for when it comes to adding new books. Eliminate “red flags” and “blackball” status during and after your interactions with your friendly neighborhood librarian.

Rebecca Forster: The 'B' Word: Writing Your Blurb

Room D

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

45 minutes

8:00

PM

4:00

PM

Room A

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

45 minutes

Terry Maggert: Building a Science Fiction or Fantasy Brand

Left-handed. I like dragons, coffee, waffles, running, and giraffes; order unimportant. I write the Halfway Witchy, Messenger, and Shattered Skies series, with thirty-nine titles and counting. Trained as a Military Historian, I was a history professor for six years, and have taught in an MFA for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing since 2018. I don't sleep, but you probably guessed that already.

Room B

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

45 minutes

Vellum Q&A

Room C

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

45 minutes

D2D (Draft to Digital) Q&A

Room D

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

45 minutes

Samantha Cole: The Right to Remain Silent: Writing Police Procedure

Room A

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

45 minutes

5:00

PM

World Building Fantasy Panel

with Terry Maggert, Andy Peloquin, John Van Stry, Aaron Michael Ritchey, and Jolanthe Alexander.

Room B

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

45 minutes

TJ Mackay: My Masterpiece is Finished, Now What?

You did it! Your book has been written, re-written, edited, formatted and is about to publish. So... what now? This class gives a step by step approach to the best ways of guaranteeing that masterpiece sells!  In a fun and informative way, we’ll discuss the areas that work best in promoting, why reviews are so important and how to use them for maximum benefit, as well as many other avenues that will put your story in the hands of readers specific for you. Come and join us as we plot your success together!

Room A

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

60 minutes

6:00

PM

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