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To access each session, click on the link showing the time for that session (for instance, 1:00 – 1:45 Eastern). Many of these links will not be “live” until the time of the conference. Following each live session, the link will change from Zoom (for the live session) to YouTube (for the recording of that session) once the recording is available.

Please note: all times are Eastern; end times are approximate; Also please watch for schedule changes.

All sessions can be viewed at the times indicated below, or for 3 months following the conference

All times and sessions are subject to change

If you would like to sign up for any 1-on-1 meetings with selected speakers, here is where to do that. These virtual private meetings are informal 20-minute “get to know you” meetings where writers can convey information about their project and ask questions. They are NOT manuscript review sessions, and the speakers are under no obligation to follow up with you after your meeting. The cost of each meeting is $10 and is non-refundable. The supply of meetings for each speaker is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, until the end of the conference. Please do not sign up for more than 4 meetings. At some point after you sign up, the speaker will contact you to schedule a mutually convenient time to talk, sometime before, during, or after the conference.

If you would like to offer an Open mic reading (Wednesday from 3:45 – 5:00 PM Eastern) no sign-up is necessary.

Don’t forget to check out our Bookstore! There you can learn about our recommended books on writing, marketing, and getting published, as well as books from some of our conference speakers.

(links to the entire conference to follow below when available)  

 

Monday October 31, 2022

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Eastern: Cheryl Price (Judson Press) – learn more about Cheryl here
    • 9:30 – 10:15 AM Eastern: “Utilizing Your Resources” – Writing “Your” book (printed or audio), article in a magazine or journal, or digital form requires various resources. One of the central and primary resources is You, but what or maybe who else? We will explore together questions and opportunities such as 1) Identifying what resources you have or need to make your writing become a reality and a manuscript; 2) Do You know Your targeted audience; 3) Who and what are You targeting, and why, and 4) Do I/We need help? I have included phrases like I/We if persons are writing as co-authors or thinking about it. Publishers are interested in how you will help market and sell Your/Our book. What resources do you presently utilize to promote or connect with others that can serve as channels for you to advertise and sell your book? These topics are opportunities to engage You in learning more about who You/We are, ways to showcase Your/Our book, and the gifts/talents You/We share.
    • 10:15 – 11:00 AM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Eastern: Edwina Perkins (Harambee Press / Iron Stream Media) – learn more about Edwina here 
    • “Practical Tips to Help a Writer go from Concept to Contract”
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Eastern: Networking Break
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Keely Boeving (literary agent) – learn more about Keely here
    • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Eastern: “What Is An Agent and Why Do I Need One?”
    • 2:45 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 3:45 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Lluvia Agustin (literary agent) – learn more about Lluvia here
    • 3:45 – 4:30 PM Eastern: “Writing with international appeal” The world of subsidiary rights is enormous. The most translated language around the world is the English language when it comes to stories. The decision to sell a license into another language is mostly left to the licensing teams at the publisher you sold your rights to in English. What if the writer can construct a manuscript that has international appeal from the beginning? In this workshop, Lluvia Agustin, founder and director of The Agustin Agency, a literary agency that represents Hispanic authors, explains:
      • How and who selects the lists of titles that will be presented for publication into other languages.
      • Why many of the titles that get selected are not always the best options.
      • How to avoid selling international rights publishers will never use and you won’t be able to get back.
      • Elements to consider when writing your story, to appeal to an international audience.
      • What marketing materials you can incorporate if your book gets published into other languages.
      • Which are the best options for publication into other languages.
      • Discussions to have with your publisher and/or agent, about surrendering your “other languages” rights.
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A

Tuesday November 1, 2022

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Eastern: Rebeca Seitz (Chalice Press) – learn more about Rebecca here
    • 9:30 – 10:15 AM Eastern: Pre-recorded video presentation
    • 10:15 – 11:00 AM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Eastern: Mari Fitz-Wynn (Faith Journey Publishing) – learn more about Mari here
    • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: “Been There?  Done That?  It’s Time to Write Your Book!” – Do you have a message birthed from a lifetime of experience? Are readers captured by the first line of your character’s journey? Then this workshop is for you! Discover a unique and exciting pathway from pen to published. Because at Faith Journey Publishing, female authors and emerging writers, 45+, of Asian, Black, Latinx, or Indigenous descent, are finding their voice. And now you can too.
    • 12:00 – 12:45 PM: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern: TBD
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Karen Neumair (literary agent) – learn more about Karen here
    • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Eastern: “Landing a Literary Agent” – Get insider information on how to open the door to traditional publishing with the right representation. Senior Literary Agent Karen Neumair will answer all your questions about literary agents, including how to find the best fit for you and your unique writing aspirations.
    • 2:45 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 3:45 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Elizabeth Jackson (Tyndale House fiction) – learn more about Elizabeth here
    • 3:45 – 4:30 PM Eastern: “5 Ways to Begin Preparing Now to Publish Your Novel” – Publishing a book is a journey that requires time, investment, and intentionality. Whether you’ve just begun thinking about writing a novel or you are starting to pitch your manuscript to editors and agents, there are some things you can be doing now to prepare yourself for a great book launch. In this webinar, you’ll hear about how you can set yourself up for success as a debut author, what editors and agents look for when they consider pitches, and practical steps you can be taking now to establish your brand and audience online.
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Q&A with Suzanne Woolston-Bossert (Wildhouse Publications) – learn more about Wildhouse Publications here

Wednesday November 2, 2022

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Eastern: Jessica Miller Kelly (Westminster John Knox Press) – learn more about Jessica here
    • “Using Your Story for the Greater Good” – An author’s personal story often provides the unique hook for their book, but memoir is not the only—or necessarily the best—way to use that story. This session will help you discern your purpose for putting your story to paper and finding the best genre through which to do it. Who do you hope will read your book, and what do you hope they will gain from doing so? We’ll look at a variety of story-driven non-fiction books and talk about ways to use your story to provide the most meaning and value for the reader.
  • 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Eastern: Helen Lee (InterVarsity Press) – learn more about Helen here
    • Learn about IVP’s Every Voice Now initiative for developing, marketing, and selling books by authors of color and recruiting diverse professionals
  • 12:55 – 1:50: Networking Break
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Sharon Norris Elliott (Literary agent) – learn more about Sharon here
    • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Eastern: “Before, During, and After the Book Proposal” – Yes, you need to know how to craft a winning book proposal in order to explain what your book is all about and why it deserves to be published. However, some important actions need to happen before that proposal will pack its required knock-out punch, and your work is not over after the proposal is finished. Attend this workshop, taught by award-winning author and successful literary agent Dr. Sharon Elliott, and go away with the full picture of what is required before you write the proposal, during your writing of the proposal, and after you write the proposal if you plan to be a published author with longevity in this business.
    • 2:45 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A
  • 3:45 – 5:00 PM Eastern: Open mic

Thursday November 3, 2022

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A with Pam Perry – learn more about Pam here
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Live Zoom “How to Independently Publish Your Book” with Adam Thomas – a live walk-through demonstration of what it takes to independently publish a book – learn more about Adam here
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern: How to Heal Our Divides Book Discussion – learn more here
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Leticia Gomez (literary agent) – learn more about Leticia here
    • “Writing and Selling Fiction vs. Nonfiction” – Selling a fiction or non-fiction book project to a traditional mainstream publisher requires different approaches. Whether you are a first-time unpublished author or a seasoned one who has been around the publishing block once, twice or more times, the industry rules and guidelines must be adhered to in order to be able to get your feet through the door. In this session, Literary Agent Leticia Gomez will explain in great detail what these established rules and guidelines are. She will also discuss precisely what sample material components are must haves and what is the best way to package them up in order to secure the publishing deal of your dreams.
  • 3:45 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Stephanie Carter (Teleion Books) – learn more about Stephanie here
    • 3:45 – 4:30 PM Eastern: “Life After Publication – Insights on Author Opportunities & Responsibilities After Pub Date” – New authors often assume their work ends when final manuscript edits have been submitted. They soon discover that an author’s opportunities and responsibilities do not end with publication. Join Stephanie Carter for an interview with best-selling author Dorena Williamson to learn more about life after publication. Topics will include book marketing, author website management, book signings and readings, and reader relationships.
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Live Zoom Q&A

Friday November 4, 2022

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Eastern: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) – learn more about Joyce here
    • Live Zoom: “Publishing in Color Success Stories and How They Are Written” – Who succeeds in Christian publishing and why? Prayer, networking, mentors, devotional writing as a gateway to publishing, and book proposal tips will be shared. Discover how God allows us to work together to succeed in our service.
  • 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Eastern: Porscha Bourke (Penguin Random House) – learn more about Porscha here
    • Live Zoom dialogue about what it means to be a writer of color in the inspirational publishing space
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern: Celeste McCauley (Guideposts) – learn more about Celeste here
    • Live Zoom presentation and Q&A: “The Power of the First-Person Story: How to Get Published in Guideposts”
  • 3:45 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Elevator pitch practice