Please note: all times are Eastern; 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

Book discussions with each author are an opportunity for you to learn more about our speakers’ books.

 

Monday April 19 

  • 9:00 – 9:30 Eastern: Worship service
  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) presentation – learn more about Joyce here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Joyce Dinkins (Our Daily Bread Ministries) Q&A and book discussion
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Eastern: Break
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Jeff Crosby (IVP) presentation: “Publishing for Spiritual Formation in the 21st Century” – learn more about Jeff here
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Jeff Crosby (IVP) Q&A and book discussion
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Eastern: Networking Lunch Break – an unmoderated, informal time for you to chat with other conference attendees
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Eastern: Paul Pastor (Penguin Random House) presentation for authors – learn more about Paul here
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Eastern: Paul Pastor (Penguin Random House) Q&A and discussion
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Eastern: Break
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Eastern: Barbara Roose (literary agent) presentation: Getting Seen: How to Attract a Literary Agent’s Attention and Get Signed” – learn more about Barbara here
    • Landing a literary agent is essential to establishing a successful career in traditional publishing. How can you attract an agent’s attention when there are dozens of queries in his or her email inbox?  In this workshop, literary agent Barb Roose explains the three major elements that you need to attract a literary agent’s notice. She’ll share practical next steps to help you practically and creatively stand out in an email or during an in-person meeting.
  • 4:30 – 5:15 Eastern: Barbara Roose (literary agent) Q&A and book discussion
  • 5:15 – 6:15 Eastern: TBA

Tuesday April 20 

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: speaker 5 presentation – learn more about speaker 5 here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: speaker 5 Q&A and book discussion
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Eastern: Break
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Greg Johnson (literary agent) presentation: “Getting to the Third Level of Publishing Success (or How to Know For Sure, For Sure, For Sure, you’re ready for traditional publishing)” – learn more about Greg here
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Greg Johnson (literary agent) Q&A and book discussion
  • 12:45 – 2:00 Eastern: Break
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Eastern: Lisa Kloskin (Broadleaf Books) presentation: “How to get the most out of your relationship with your editor” – learn more about Lisa here
    • Whether you’re hiring a freelance editor to help you polish your manuscript before querying or self-publishing, or working with your assigned editor after selling your book to a publishing house, you’ll want to make the most out of that editorial relationship. In this session, we’ll go over some of the common pitfalls and advantages to working with an editor, and give you the tools you need to advocate for yourself and your book.
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Eastern: Lisa Kloskin (Broadleaf Books) Q&A and book discussion
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Eastern: Break
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Eastern: speaker 8 presentation – learn more about speaker 8 here
  • 4:30 – 5:15 Eastern: speaker 8 Q&A and book discussion
  • 5:15 – 6:15 Eastern: TBA

Wednesday April 21

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Jessica Miller Kelley (Westminster John Knox Press) presentation “Lessons from the Slush Pile” – learn more about Jessica here
    • Having an agent or a direct connection to an editor is a great way to get a leg up toward publication. But many small and midsize presses do consider proposals that come unsolicited—AKA the slush pile. The tips I’ll offer in this session can help you put your best foot forward when submitting your proposal through a general submissions inbox, or when you send it directly to an editor or an agent. Learn how to avoid some of the common blunders as well as the things that might seem positive but actually send the wrong message to prospective publishers. Unpacking potential pitfalls, we will explore many more things to know about making the right first impression for yourself and your book.
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Jessica Miller Kelley (Westminster John Knox Press) Q&A and book discussion
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Eastern: Break
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Edwina Perkins (Harambee Press) presentation – learn more about Edwina here
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Edwina Perkins (Harambee Press) Q&A and book discussion
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Eastern: Networking Lunch Break – an unmoderated, informal time for you to chat with other conference attendees
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Eastern: Raela Schoenherr (Bethany House) and Toni Shiloh (author) presentation Finding the Right Fit” – learn more about Raela here and Toni here
    • How do you know which publishing house or editor is the right fit for you? This workshop will help authors know what to look for as they seek a publishing home or publishing option that’s the right fit for them. Authors will also learn what might will help them be the right fit for publishers seeking new authors. Experienced author, Toni Shiloh, and Senior Acquisitions Editor for Bethany House Publishers, Raela Schoenherr, will bring perspective experience to these topics from both the author and the publisher perspective.
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Eastern: Raela Schoenherr (Bethany House) and Toni Shiloh (author) Q&A and discussion
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Eastern: Break
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Eastern: speaker 12 presentation – learn more about speaker 12 here
  • 4:30 – 5:15 Eastern: speaker 12 Q&A and book discussion
  • 5:15 – 6:15 Eastern: TBA

Thursday April 22 

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Amy Newmark (Chicken Soup for the Soul) presentation: “Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul – How to Get into One of Our Books” – learn more about Amy here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Amy Newmark (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Q&A and book discussion
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Eastern: Break
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Bunmi Ishola (Penguin Random House) presentation – learn more about Bunmi here
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Bunmi Ishola (Penguin Random House) Q&A and book discussion
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Eastern: Break
  • 1:30 – 2:15 Eastern: Jevon Bolden (Embolden Media Group) presentation – learn more about Jevon here
  • 2:15 – 3:00 Eastern: Jevon Bolden (Embolden Media Group) Q&A and book discussion
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Eastern: Open mic
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Eastern: speaker 16 presentation – learn more about speaker 16 here
  • 5:00 – 5:45 Eastern: speaker 16 Q&A and book discussion

Friday April 23

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Amy Gingrich (Herald Press) presentation – learn more about Amy here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Amy Gingrich (Herald Press) Q&A and book discussion
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Eastern: Break
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: speaker 18 presentation – learn more about speaker 18 here
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: speaker 18 Q&A and book discussion
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Eastern: Networking Lunch Break – an unmoderated, informal time for you to chat with other conference attendees
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Eastern: Pam Perry presentation; “How to Get Media Ready” – learn more about Pam here
    • Learn how to show up and shine your light in the media. When to pitch yourself, what to say and to whom. Craft Sound bites and great talking points. Become the “go to” guest that the media loves. How to share your message to get out there using publicity tactics from a book publicist for TD Jakes, Bill Winston, Dr. Cindy Trimm… more.
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Eastern: Pam Perry Q&A and book discussion
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Eastern: Break
  • 3:45 – 5:00 Eastern: Elevator pitch feedback

 

All times and sessions are subject to change

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