The Writer's Digest Conference: The Business of Getting Published is designed to guide any author through the new dynamics of today's publishing world. The event is Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20, 2009, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, on Times Square in New York.
With emphasis on platform, networking and social media, The Writer's Digest Conference is an innovative and ground-breaking conference, featuring the industry's top forward-thinking speakers, leading sessions on topics relevant to the current state of the publishing world. Chris Brogan, social media genius, is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Mike Shatzkin, the industry's top
publishing consultant; David Mathison, whose online sales success is the
new business model; Bill O'Hanlon, one of the country's top motivational speakers; April Hamilton, leading proponent of independent publishing; Jennifer Gilmore, author and former publicity director at Harcourt; Kassia Krozser, editor of BookSquare.com, a leading publishing blog; Christina Katz, author and well-known blogger; Amy Cook, attorney focusing on issues affecting writers and small publishers; independent editors Ruth Greenstein, Linda Carbone, and Alice Rosengard; and Seth Harwood and Scott Sigler, whose own podcasts and videocasts have made them superstars in the business; and many more, plus the editors of Writer's Digest!
Registration is now open at www.writersdigestconference.com. Writer's Digest has partnered with the Marriott Marquis to bring you an incredible rate of $199 per night. Details on the website.
My specific workshop is called "Indie Authors and the Temple of DIY":
This 90-minute session will cover three major topics: Laying The Groundwork, Publishing, and Promotion.
‘Laying The Groundwork’ will address what it means to be an indie author, how to decide if indie authorship is right for you, publishing options (i.e., Print On Demand [POD], subsidy, ebook, podcast/audiobooks), how to choose a publisher, and creating your author brand.
‘Publishing’ will delve into the nuts and bolts of publishing: when and how to hire out for professional services like editing and book cover design, formatting your manuscript for POD and ebook publication (including Kindle publication), working with a POD publisher, using Smashwords and Amazon DTP to publish ebooks.
'Promotion' will provide an introduction to Author Platform and a survey of both traditional and new media approaches to book promotion, with a specific emphasis on budget-conscious strategies.
Attendees will be given access to free, supporting excerpts from The IndieAuthor Guide, provided online in the form of downloadable pdf documents.
This workshop will be offered on Saturday, and again on Sunday. I'll also be there for the "Breakfast With the Stars" networking continental breakfasts on both days. And now...drumroll please...here's that discount code: HamS6.
Hope to meet some of you there!