Please note: all times are Central; end times are approximate

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

Group discussions with each speaker are an opportunity for you to ask the speaker questions. Book discussions with each author are an opportunity for you to learn more about our speakers’ books, to learn how they talk about their own books, and to ask them questions.

 

Monday October 5 

  • 8:30 – 9:15 Central: Andy Rogers (HarperCollins / Zondervan) presentation: “The Essential Elements of a Book Proposal” – learn more about Andy here
    • 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. 
  • 9:15 – 10:15 Central: Andy Rogers (HarperCollins / Zondervan) group discussion and book discussion
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Central: Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 Central: Kelsey Bowen (Baker Publishing Group / Revell) and Patnacia Goodman (Baker Publishing Group / Bethany House) presentation “Editing in Color” – learn more about Kelsey here and Patnacia here
    • This workshop will tackle the following questions and more: What should authors of color be looking for in an editor-author relationship? What does the developmental editing process look like under this lens? And how should editors best support their authors?
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Central: Kelsey Bowen (Baker Publishing Group / Revell) and Patnacia Goodman (Baker Publishing Group / Bethany House) group discussion and book discussion
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Central: Break
  • 1:00 – 1:50 Central: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) presentation for authors: “WOW Writing” – learn more about Joyce here
    • 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.
  • 1:50 – 2:30 Central: Joyce Dinkins Q&A and discussion
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Central: Break
  • 3:00 – 3:50 Central: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) presentation for editors: “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.
  • 3:50 – 4:45 Central: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) Q&A and book discussion
  • 5:00 – 5:30 Central: Melva Henderson book discussion and Q&A

Tuesday October 6 

  • 8:30 – 9:15 Central: Jillian Schlossberg (Tyndale House) presentation: “Dream Author 101: How to Make a Good Impression on Your Publisher—from Proposal to Publication” – learn more about Jillian here
    • 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).
  • 9:15 – 10:15 Central: Jillian Schlossberg (Tyndale House) group discussion and book discussion
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Central: Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 Central: Jason Fikes (Leafwood Publishers) presentation: “Growing as a Partner in the Changing Business of Publishing” – learn more about Jason here
    • 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.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Central: Jason Fikes (Leafwood Publishers) group discussion and book discussion
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Central: Break
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Central: Jevon Bolden (literary agent) presentation “What Every Writer of Color Needs to Know About Book Publishing” – learn more about Jevon here
    • From her 15 years as an editor and now a literary agent, Jevon Bolden exposes the industry’s best-kept secrets for securing your success as an author. This session gets right to 8 keys every writer of color needs to know to build a lasting and impactful publishing career.
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Central: Jevon Bolden (literary agent) group discussion and book discussion
  • 2:45 – 3:00 Central: Break
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Central: Rachelle Gardner (literary agent) presentation: “How to Get a Literary Agent and Get Published” – learn more about Rachelle here
    • Do all writers need agents? This workshop begins by discussing who needs an agent and why. You’ll learn how to decide whether you need an agent, how to research literary agents, and how to determine the right agent for you. We’ll discuss what to expect from an agent and what not to expect. Finally, we’ll talk about how to do your part in building and maintaining a successful long-term relationship with an agent. This workshop will dispel the mystique surrounding agents and help you make the best decision for your writing career.
  • 3:45 – 4:45 Central: Rachelle Gardner (literary agent) 8 group discussion
  • 4:45 – 5:15 Central: Kim Lock book discussion and Q&A

Wednesday October 7

  • 8:30 – 9:15 Central: Elizabeth Jackson (Tyndale House fiction) presentation: “5 Ways Fiction Authors Can Grow Their Social Media Platforms and Cultivate a Community of Readers” – learn more about Elizabeth here
    • Fiction writers can leverage social media platforms to create awareness about their novels and build and connect with a community of fiction fans. How do you identify specific opportunities to engage with fiction readers, develop an online community, and generate a brand that will help you market your books? This session will offer tips and suggestions specifically helpful for fiction authors as they work to grow their online audience, strengthen reader engagement, and successfully promote their novels online.
  • 9:15 – 10:15 Central: Elizabeth Jackson (Tyndale House fiction) group discussion and book discussion
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Central: Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 Central: Matt Reynolds (Christianity Today) presentation: “The Art of Book-Reviewing: What (Mostly) Works, and What (Mostly) Doesn’t” – learn more about Matt here
    • 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.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Central: Matt Reynolds (Christianity Today) Q&A
  • 12:15 – 1:30 Central: Break
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Central: Ed Gilbreath (Christianity Today / InterVarsity Press) Q&A and book discussion
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Central: Break
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Central: Edwina Perkins (Harambee Press) presentation: “Conference Prep 101: Preparing a Killer Pitch and Steps to Meeting with Editors and Agents” – learn more about Edwina here
    • Whether it’s your first conference or your 20th preparation will make all the difference in your experience. This workshop will give tips on preparing your pitch and steps to meeting with editors and agents. You only have one chance to make a first impression, make one that will count!
  • 3:45 – 4:45 Central: Edwina Perkins (Harambee Press) group discussion and book discussion
  • 4:45 – 5:15 Central: Micaiah James Young book discussion and Q&A

Thursday October 8 

  • 8:15 – 9:00 Central: Valerie Weaver-Zercher (Broadleaf Books) presentation “One Editor, Seven Secrets: The Things an Editor Thinks and How to Use Them to Your Advantage” – learn more about Valerie here
    • Writers can reveal—or conceal—their interior lives as they write. Editors have secrets too! Learn some of the things that run through editors’ minds as they sift through proposals, consider pitches, and read and edit manuscripts. Each editor is different, but we’ll examine some common things many editors think about as they work.
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Central: Valerie Weaver-Zercher (Broadleaf Books) group discussion and book discussion
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Central: Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 Central: Amy Simpson (Moody Press) presentation: “Elements of a Great Proposal” – learn more about Amy here
    • 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.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Central: Amy Simpson (Moody Press) group discussion and book discussion
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Central: Break
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Central: Pam Perry PR presentation: “How to Be Your Own Publicist” – learn more about Pam here
    • 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
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Central: Pam Perry group discussion and book discussion
  • 2:45 – 3:00 Central: Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Central: Xochitl Dixon presentation:The Ministry of Magazine Writing”– learn more about Xochitl here
    • Would you enjoy ministering to hundreds, thousands, and even millions of readers in your community or around the world with a project that averages 150-2000 words? Magazine writing can help you hone your craft, develop your voice, build your platform, and promote your books and blogs. Each magazine article you write can even lead to more writing, speaking and teaching opportunities, while you earn publishing credits and extra income. In The Ministry of Magazine Writing, I’ll share the benefits of writing articles and equip you to submit your articles for God to use . . . before leaving this conference.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Central: Xochitl Dixon group discussion and book discussion

Friday October 9

  • 8:30 – 9:15 Central: Taneki Dacres (Vine Publishing) presentation: “Becoming A Successful Authorpreneur” – learn more about Taneki here
    • Congratulations! You have written and published a book…now what? The reality is that your success as an author in contingent on your ability to incorporate business strategies for greater exposure, more opportunities and increase sales.  In this session we will discuss key business strategies that you should incorporate before and after you have published your book.
  • 9:15 – 10:15 Central: Taneki Dacres (Vine Publishing) group discussion and book discussion
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Central: Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 Central: JoLanda Rogers (T.A.L.K. Publishing) presentation: One book – Multiple Streams of Revenue– learn more about JoLanda here
    • 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.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Central: JoLanda Rogers (T.A.L.K. Publishing) group discussion and book discussion
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Central: Break
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Central: Porscha Burke – Penguin Random House presentation: TARGET AUDIENCE: How Book People Talk About Audience” – learn more about Porscha here
    • What group(s) of people (demographic, regional, interests/genre) do you intend to serve with your writing? Who are the people most likely to invest their money, time, and attention in your book? This presentation will discuss the language agents, editors, publishers, marketers, publicists, sales reps, and book sellers use when talking about target readers—including insights about shifts in audience needs due to the global pandemic.
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Central: Porscha Burke group discussion and book discussion
  • 2:45 – 3:00 Central: Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Central: Elevator pitch feedback
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Central: Robert Pyles book discussion and Q&A

Saturday October 10 

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Central: Worship – Joy Worships
  • 9:00 – 9:40 Central: Melva Henderson keynote presentation: A Writers Heart” – learn more about Melva here
    • Writing has been a part of my life for many years. When I became a writer, I didn’t do it for others; I did it for myself. My goal was to record the hidden intangibles that seemed to await me each morning when I opened my eyes. Words are powerful, and when I began my journey as a writer, I had no idea that my words would leave the confines of my own little life and impact lives globally. In my session, the inspiring writer will learn the importance of taking the treasures within, bringing them out for others to see. They will see the value one can offer the world through the printed page.
  • 9:40 – 10:00 Central: Melva Henderson Q&A
  • 10:00 – 10:40 Central: Kim Lock presentation: Find the Perfect Fit for Your Publishing Needs” – learn more about Kim here
    • 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.
  • 10:40 – 10:50 Central: Break
  • 10:50 – 11:30 Central: Micaiah James Young presentation: From Your Neighborhood to the Nations” – learn more about Micaiah here
    • Micaiah 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.
  • 11:30 – 12:10 Central: Victoria McAfee book discussion and Q&A – learn more about Victoria here
  • 12:10 – 1:00 Central: Break
  • 1:00 – 1:40 Central: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) keynote presentation: “Diversity in Publishing Successes 2020″ – learn more about Joyce here
  • 1:40 – 2:00 Central: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) Q&A
  • 2:00 – 2:40 Central: Robert Pyles presentation: The Anchored Writer” – learn more about Robert here
    • With over 20 years of experience as an Executive Coach, I’ve found that there are six primary areas in life that one must be anchored to experience exponential success in every area of their life. The Big 6 is not theory; it consists of proven principles to transform your life. If you’re an aspiring author or expert author, you want to make sure your life is anchored in these six areas to guarantee a successful writing career. Robert Pyles is a Real Estate Developer, Owner of 12 Franchise Restaurants, Award-Winning Business Strategist, and Executive Coach. He has been recognized on the list of America’s Largest Black-Owned Businesses. As a man of many titles you will often hear him share I am the same guy, with the same goals, serving the same God that brings them to pass. He and his wife Betty have three children and live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where his franchise is located.
  • 2:40 – 3:00 Central: Break
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Central: Edward Hennings presentation: From Prison to Published – How my book made a national impact in less than 3-months” – learn more about Edward here
    • Almost 23 years ago, Edward Hennings was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a Class B felony. In his book, he shares how the greatest mistake of his life caused him to reconsider the legacy and impact he wanted to leave as a man. He shares with readers and aspiring authors that your past does not own you, and you do not owe anything to your past. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and life coach and has used his book to impact one of the highest populations of incarceration in the nation. His book has received endorsements from the department of correction as a viable resource for those looking to prevent recidivism.
  • 3:45 – 4:45Central: Closing and Open mic

schedule subject to change

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