Thursday June 13

Breakout Seminars A – 11:00 AM

  • HarperCollins / Thomas NelsonJenny Baumgartner, Editorial Director and Acquistions Editor
    • “An Inside Look at an Acquisition Editor’s Job” An acquisitions editor’s take on how books are published at Nelson Books, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing—from the editor of the #1 New York Times bestselling book in America, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. This workshop will provide insider tips about becoming a published author. I’ll describe the three areas I evaluate when considering a new book for acquisition: Idea, Writing, Platform. A unique and compelling idea, stellar writing, and your ability to reach a core audience are the keys to success. We’ll also discuss the editor’s role in the publishing process and the significance of agents and a good proposal. Bring your questions for the Q&A time!
  • Editorial PortavozPeter Cerra, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing
    • “Understanding the Spanish Christian Publishing industry”
      • Who are the publishers?
      • Aligning content with the correct publisher(s)
      • What are the publishers looking for?
      • How to present a proposal to a publisher.
      • Should I work through an agent?
  • Kevin Wayne Johnson, Author
    • “From Start to Finish for the First Time Author” Have you wondered about ‘how’ to get started on your writing journey? All first-time authors face this dilemma. This workshop will teach you the basics regarding your book cover, obtaining your copyright, purchasing your ISBN, developing your content, typesetting and formatting, how to develop a relationship with a distributor, how to maximize book sales and understanding how the book publishing industry works.
  • 1-on-1 meetings

Breakout Seminars B – 2:30 PM

  • Bethany HouseJessica Barnes, Fiction Editor
    • “Your Editor and You” Learn what to expect from your editor after your publishing contract is signed, and how to make the most of your relationship as the two of you work to make your book the best it can be.
  • Upper Room BooksJoanna Bradley Kennedy
    • “How to Get Published Without an Agent” Though getting a publishing deal from one of the “Big Five” houses may require the representation of an agent, many smaller and/or denominational publishers are happy to work with you directly. In this presentation, you will learn how to decide if a publishing house is right for you, how to create a book proposal that will get noticed, and how to negotiate and be your own advocate.
  • Guideposts – Celeste McCauley
  • Self-publishingBrian Allain, Publishing in Color / Writing for Your Life / Enliven Your Tribe!
    • “Why You Should Consider Self Publishing” In this presentation we will discuss how changes in the publishing industry mean that there has never been a better time to consider self publishing. We will review recent and current industry structure, the top 10 reasons to consider self publishing (all the way from tools to economics to platform to sources of assistance), and deal with the concern of legitimacy. We will also consider a couple of examples.
  • 1-on-1 meetings

Breakout Seminars C – 3:30 PM

  • Penguin Random HousePorscha Burke
    • “The Book Proposal: Your Connection to the Publishing Process” If your manuscript were a conversation with the world, consider your book proposal the fiber-optic cables connecting you first to your agent, then to your publishing team, and lastly establishing the foundation of your broadcast to your audience. The loudest, clearest calls are supported by these strands of a book proposal: Overview, Synopsis, Author Insights (Bio, Platform), Market Assessment (Audience, Comp Titles, Marketing Plan), Chapter Outline, and Sample Chapters. Together, we’ll discuss how you can use this document to not only convince agents and editors that your story deserves its day in print, but that you’re the perfect person to tell this story and to help your publishing partners connect it with your readership
  • From Scholarly to Trade PublishingJack Seymour, former Dean, Garrett-Evangelical Theologial Seminary
    • “Write to Be Read: From Academic to Popular and Public Writing” How do we move religious scholarship from the academy and cloister to the public square? How do we impact public conversation? How do we write so our ideas are read? After examining characteristics of academic, popular, and public writing in religion, this interactive workshop focuses on communicating academic research in public and popular ways.
  • Build Demand for Your Book ProposalStephanie Nikolopoulos, Editor
    • “Build Demand for Your Book Proposal” To land a book deal you need more than a good manuscript. Get insider tips as we go step-by-step through the elements of a proposal. Discover how to market through social media and network with agents and editors. Even if you haven’t written a single page of your book, now is the time to build your readership. Open to any genre, this workshop will include writing exercises to help you develop your proposal.
  • All Things FulfillingSue Leonard
    • “Words Really Do Matter!” Sue Leonard shares her own personal journey of going from non-writer to becoming an award-winning author. Information about independent publishing as well as tips to stay motivated through the process will be presented.
  • 1-on-1 meetings

 

Friday June 14

Breakout Seminars D – 10:00 AM

  • Church Publishing, Inc.Milton Brasher-Cunningham, Editor
    • “How to Turn an Idea into a Book” A good idea has a lot of growing to do before it becomes a book. We will look at how to collect your thoughts, how to shape them into a cohesive unit, and how to present them in a book proposal.
  • InterVarsity Press – ChristinaGilliand, Assistant Marketing Manager
    • “Building Your Platform: Finding Your Audience Without Selling Your Soul” In today’s world of publishing, writing the manuscript and getting a book contract is only half of the job aspiring authors have in front of them. In this session we will unpack how to gather a strong tribe of supporters that will stick with you before you get a book contract, all the way to book launch. We will also talk about what today’s book marketing process looks like as well as a time of Q and A. Christina will draw from her experience of being a part of several book launch teams as well as assisting in the execution of recent title marketing. It can feel pretty daunting to get your book to stand out in a crowded industry and this workshop will help you not feel so overwhelmed!
  • Vine PublishingTaneki Dacres, CEO
    • “Polish and Shine Before Submission” — Publishers are looking for well-written manuscripts that are clear, consistent and engaging. Revising your manuscript with a critical eye is vital to you in becoming a successful published author. Self-editing is key, and so in this workshop we will discuss the 3 things that you must do to polish and shine your manuscript before submission.
  • 1-on-1 meetings

Breakout Seminars E – 11:00 AM

  • New City PressClaude Blanc, Publisher and Executive Director
    • “9 Ways to Promote Your Book and Your Story” Nobody can promote a book as effectively as its author. Participants in this workshop will acquire tools and skills to help them get the word out about their book, giving it the “boost” that every new book needs in order to find its audience.
  • Write with Power and PurposeLisa Crayton, author and freelance editor
    • “Write with Power and Purpose” As spiritual writers we are called to communicate from a position of power in Christ and from our God-given purpose. When we do, we maximize our potential to influence and empower others! Come explore how to use your God-given power and purpose to unlock writing dreams, explore new opportunities, and potentially increase your income.
  • Waterbrook Multnomah – Shannon Marchese
    • “Hook, Audience, Platform, and Craft: What Publishers are Talking About and Why” Publishers use these common terms as industry shorthand to describe what they are looking for in authors or projects, but how should writers translate these terms to their individual work? This workshop unpacks these four words, giving writers behind-closed-doors insight and tips for further discovery.
  • 1-on-1 meetings

Breakout Seminars F – 3:45 PM

  • Urban Ministries, Inc.Cheryl Price
    • “Creating Space to Write.”  Making time and space to write is sometimes difficult. We will explore opportunities to create the physical and mental space and the precious time to write.
  • Presbyterians TodayDonna Jackson, Editor
    • “Breaking into Magazine Writing” Writing for magazines is a great way to build your platform  — and earn extra cash — as you write your book. But how does one successfully break into the world of magazine publishing? Discover the tips and tricks for becoming a magazine editor’s go-to writer.
  • Self-publishingBrian Allain, Publishing in Color / Writing for Your Life / Enliven Your Tribe!
    • “Why You Should Consider Self Publishing” In this presentation we will discuss how changes in the publishing industry mean that there has never been a better time to consider self publishing. We will review recent and current industry structure, the top 10 reasons to consider self publishing (all the way from tools to economics to platform to sources of assistance), and deal with the concern of legitimacy. We will also consider a couple of examples.
  • 1-on-1 meetings

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