Saturday, April 25

 

  • 10:10 – 10:50 Breakout Seminars A
    • Our Daily Bread Ministries – for authors – Joyce Dinkins (Location: Room H1210)
      • “WOW Writing” Explore your motivations and gain inspiration for outstanding writing, plus practical insights for the macro and micro–big and little tasks you can tackle to eliminate barriers between your content and your readers. Includes specifics regarding what Our Daily Bread is acquiring.
    • Moody Press – Amy Simpson (Location: Room H1230)
      • “Elements of a Great Proposal” – When you send a book proposal, you want it to get noticed. But you also know publishers are seeing new proposals every day. How can you be sure yours will get a second look? From the perspective of an acquisitions editor, this workshop will help you understand what separates a great proposal from the rest of the stack.
    • Kim Lock (Location: H1250)
      • “One Size Doesn’t Fit All in the World of Publishing” Kimberly Lock is the Acquisition Editor and Senior Publisher for KRL, in her expertise, she explains that book publishing is not a one-size-fits-all. Publishing a book is more than arranging a few words together. Through her publishing house, she supports authors as they acknowledge the Lord for guidance, accomplishing a dream, fulfilling a purpose, and sharing a story of victory and triumph to the world. She will provide information on her Spiritual Guide to Authorship
        course and share opportunities to publish through KRL.
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings (Location: Kerrigan Hallway / Alumni Center)
  • 11:00 – 11:40 Breakout Seminars B
    • HarperCollins / Zondervan – Andy Rogers (Location: Room H1210)
      • “The Essential Elements of a Book Proposal” – The nuts and bolts of writing a book proposal. What publishers need and why. How to do it without letting it become a daunting task. A practical, hands on workshop. Based on my essay in Jot That Down.
    • Revell Books – Kelsey Bowen (Location: Room H1230)
      • “Deep Revision: The Importance of Critical Manuscript Review at Every Stop on the Road to Publishing” Good editors know how to push their authors to become better writers, and good writers know that their writing must be pushed and revised several times to get their content to its final stage of peak effectiveness. In this one-hour session, Kelsey Bowen will address all the stages of revision – from before contract all the way to the last time authors see their work before printer proofs. She’ll lead the group through reasons why revision is critical and provide practical information all writers should have along the way as they prepare the follow the well-trodden path.
    • Micah Young (Location: Room H1250)
      • “The World Needs Your Story” Miciah Young will share how after publishing his book through Xulon Press, it was published by UPBooks in Brazil and translated into Portuguese. Your story, idea, life experience is significant and equally as important as any other story ever told, written, and published. Many books have been published and promoted around the world some with your same theme, topic, genre, or style but nothing has ever been published that tells your exact story. Countless people are waiting to read and hear your literary work. There is a book in you and you are responsible for getting it from your mind and heart to pen and paper and ultimately to print. The writing process can be both exhilarating and exasperating but the gratification that follows emptying and completing your literary work lasts for a lifetime.
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings (Location: Kerrigan Hallway / Alumni Center)
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Breakout Seminars C
    • Tyndale House – Jillian Schlossberg (Location: Room H1210)
      • “Dream Author 101: How to Make a Good Impression on Your Publisher—from Proposal to Publication” –  As an acquisitions editor at a major publishing house, I’ve collected all the tips and tricks of the trade—from what publishers are looking for in a proposal, how to distinguish your target audience, and how to have the best experience possible once you sign the deal. Some elements of the answer change from season to season—but some are always the same (and easier than you think).
    • Pam Perry PR (Location: Room 1230)
      • “How to Be Your Own Publicist” – GET NOTICED.  GET KNOWN.  GET HEARD. HOW TO ATTRACT MEDIA ATTENTION BY BECOMING YOUR OWN PUBLICIST. Learn:
        • The number one thing media look for when booking guests for TV
        • How to build a platform so You’re Media Ready*
        • What actually stands between you, your book and amazing PR
        • How to leverage what you already have to get PR and attract publishing deals
        • How to find your niche media and be a regular guest  – and leverage that to get to the big outlets

        *(Will come with a Quiz on “How Media Ready Are You?”)

    • Victoria McAfee (Location: Room H1250)
      • “A Non-Traditional Journey of Acquisition by Major Publishers” I’ve been told for a successful Christian writing career, you need a launch team, an agent, connections, a brand, a speaking platform, social media presence, and able to win a Miss Popularity contest. But what if you just like to stay in your pajamas all day and write, are shy and would rather read books than be around people, have no money for an agent, and are clueless about branding, launching, can’t stand social media, have absolutely no business head, don’t want to self publish, and dislike being a main speaker?!? Let’s add to the list a little ADD (one’s thinking is all over the place), horrible at spelling and grammar. Can one still write a book and get published. I have. In fact, several times by major publishers. How did it happen? The faithfulness of God. He called and I answered. He’s been my hook up and my agent. Come hear my story and how you can trace his hand in your writing career.
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings (Location: Kerrigan Hallway / Alumni Center)
  • 2:30 – 3:10 Breakout Seminars D
    • InterVarsity Press  – Ed Gilbreath (Location Room H1210)
      • “Building Bridges: Embracing Your Mission As a Writer” – “We all have a story to tell. As Christians, it is a story inspired by Jesus and how he taught us to live. In his various roles as editor, author, and journalist, Ed has worked with many writers to craft their stories and tell his own. This seminar will provide inspiration and information to help your mission as a writer.”
    • Vine Publishing – Taneki Dacres (Location: Room H1230)
      • “From Writing to Publishing To…What?” You have written a book, secured a publishing deal…now what? Your published book is only the beginning of your literary journey. In this workshop you will discover your literary branches. These branches are extensions of your book and together we will explore the various ways that you can use them to reach a wider audience, increase awareness about your topic or passion, earn additional income and impact more lives.
    • Author Panel – hosted by Liz Luckett (Location: Room H1250)
      • “How I’ve monetized my book”
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings (Location: Kerrigan Hallway / Alumni Center)
  • 3:20 – 4:00 Breakout Seminars E
    • Christianity Today – Matt Reynolds (Location Room H1210)
      • “The Art of Book-Reviewing: What (Mostly) Works, and What (Mostly) Doesn’t” – What does it take to write an effective, engaging book review? It’s hardly an exact science! (Especially since no two books are exactly alike.) But on the whole, there are certain approaches that tend to work better than others. Matt Reynolds, books editor for Christianity Today magazine, will walk you through some of the lessons he’s learned from nearly a decade of editing book reviews. We’ll cover the essential elements of a compelling book review and also discuss some mistakes to avoid.
    • Leafwood Publishers – Jason Fikes (Location: Room H1230)
      • “Growing as a Partner in the Changing Business of Publishing” – If you were to look behind the curtain at your publisher, what would you find? What concerns do they have about authors, and what are their expectations? What exactly do they want you to do? In this class, we will look at the crucial conversations that authors should have with their publishers at every step along the way, from editorial to marketing, to book launch.
    • Author Panel – hosted by Kellie Sigh (Location: Room H1250)
      • “How my book has grown my platform”
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings (Location: Kerrigan Hallway / Alumni Center)
  • 4:10 – 4:50 Breakout Seminars F
    • Our Daily Bread Ministries – Joyce Dinkins for aspiring editors (Location: Room H1210)
      • “Style Matters in Editing” Questions and answers about editorial positions and roles, how editors enhance trade- and self-published works, and accessing editing opportunities in the industry.
    • T.A.L.K. Publishing – JoLanda Rogers (Location: Room H1230)
      • “Why Your Brand Needs A Book” You will not get rich just because you wrote a book. You can, however, produce multiple streams of revenue from writing a book. JoLanda Rogers is the founder and owner of T.A.L.K. Consulting that includes a Publishing House, Counseling, Advocacy & Awareness Services. As a publisher, she will share how trauma and testimony collide to produce inspirational books for a targeted audience while establishing your platform and growing your brand. T.A.L.K. Publishing expressly acquires authors who are committed to sharing their content through a message of healing, hope, and survival; we accept proposals from life coaches, counselors, pastors, thought leaders, and survivors of significant life events and complex trauma. Authors published through T.A.L.K. are featured on various media outlets and platforms across the country and the world. T.A.L.K. is currently accepting new authors.
    • Author Panel – hosted by Kellie Sigh (Location: Room H1250)
      • “How my book has inspired others”
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings (Location: Kerrigan Hallway / Alumni Center)

 

All information subject to change.

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