Friday 11:30 am

Friday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT

Self-Publishers, Piranhas, and Pariahs

with Jim Watkins ~ Track: General

The waters of independent publishers are filled with danger! Here’s some practical advice for successfully self-publishing your work—without blood in the water.


There is no handout for this class.

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Why Writers Must Also Be Speakers

with Lori Hatcher ~ Track: Business/Marketing

Most writers prefer the solitary confines of their writer’s cave, emerging only occasionally for family dinners and social gatherings. “I’m a writer, not a speaker,” they say, and retreat to the safety of their own company. Unfortunately, times have changed. Today’s increasingly public society requires that writers must also be speakers if they hope to have successful careers. From the elevator pitch, to the agent interview, to the speaking invitation that follows your book publication, writers must be prepared. This workshop will share nine reasons why writers must be speakers. We’ll also enjoy a peek into one of the foremost speaker training programs in the world, Toastmasters International.


Why Writers Must Also Be Speakers

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The Importance of Your Pitch

with Edwina Perkins ~ Track: Writing Craft

Pitching your book is one of the most important things you’ll do as an author. A memorable pitch can help a book go a long way in a crowded marketplace. It’s a concise, one or two sentences used to sell your book to an editor, agent, and eventually to readers. This workshop will give tips on how to create a killer pitch.



The Importance of Your Pitch

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So You Want to Write A Picture Book

with Tama Fortner ~ Track: Writing Craft/Children's

Mem Fox is credited with saying, “Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.” In other words, it’s not as simple as you think. In this class, writers will explore the what, who, why, where, when, and how of writing picture books.

Using examples from classic children’s books, as well as her own works, ECPA award-winning and bestselling children’s writer Tama Fortner will lead writers through the steps needed to create a “Read it again, please!” picture book.