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BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING [clear filter]
Friday, November 8
 

12:00pm

Social Media and the Modern Writer
Websites, Facebook fan pages, email lists, contests, twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, ads, blogs and that annoying thing called a "platform": what works, what doesn't, and why you need to care (spoiler: you do).

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Panelists
avatar for William Hertling

William Hertling

writer, williamhertling.com
I'm a science fiction writer interested in artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, data ownership, and corporate power. I'm the author of Avogadro Corp, AI Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, The Turing Exception, and Kill Process.


Friday November 8, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

1:00pm

Pitch it to Me: The Art of the Elevator Speech
Hone your skills for pitching to literary agents, editors, and film agents and managers. Bring your pitch questions and learn how to pitch one-to-one.


Friday November 8, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Morrison

2:00pm

Publishing Ethics
When does a long response time become unprofessional or even insulting? How does an editor or publisher offer suggestions to a struggling author without offending them? Should they? This panel discusses where in the field of publishing the line is drawn (or should be drawn) between ethical decisions and business decisions.


Friday November 8, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

2:00pm

Publishing Your Ebook
You've just gotten back the rights to your backlist! Or you have a manuscript you KNOW will find its audience. What next? Make it into an ebook and get it out there making you some money. Where to publish, how to publish, and how to get help.


Friday November 8, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roosevelt

3:00pm

Newbies Beware: Pitfalls for New Writers
Eager new writers are always looking for a break. And people looking for a break are easy targets for scams that can sap both their money and their motivation. This panel discusses professional pitfalls for new writers to watch out for.


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

3:00pm

Synopses Summaries Book Descriptions and Other Horrors
Few things exasperate writers more than condensing their masterworks into a single page synopsis--or worse, a 150 word book description! What to include, what to exclude, and strategies to keep it fresh and reveal your voice without sounding unprofessional.


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Madison

6:00pm

The Death of the Stand-Alone Book
Trilogies, tetralogies--we're not even sure of the right names for five, six, seven-book series! Where does the madness end? Is there no market any more for non-series books?


Friday November 8, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Madison
 
Saturday, November 9
 

10:00am

Crowdfund Your Book!
You've got a book. Your fans want it. How do you raise the funds to get it to them? Let them pre-order it via Kickstarter or the other crowdfunding sites. We'll discuss best practices, when not to crowdfund, backer rewards people want, fulfillment nightmares and successes, and handling the haters (they gonna hate).


Saturday November 9, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Ross Island

11:00am

The Future of Traditional Publishers
How are traditional publishers adapting to the changing market, are they doing it fast enough, and what does it mean for writers? The consensus is, they're here to stay--but what will they look like when things settle out? And has consolidation ruined the industry?


Saturday November 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

12:00pm

Agents in a Changing Landscape
The face of publishing is changing so fast it's sometimes hard to track, and the role of agents is changing, too. Are agents still relevant in the age of dwindling traditional publishing book contracts and the self-publishing boom? Find out when you need an agent, who to look for, and what they can do for you, from finding a traditional book deal to selling foreign rights to landing that elusive film deal.


Saturday November 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lincoln

1:00pm

Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing
Don't believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn how to let the project choose the path.


Saturday November 9, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hamilton

4:00pm

I Quit My Job to Be a Writer! WHAT HAVE I DONE?
What the full-time writing life is like, how to stay focused when you're all by yourself, the realities of making a living via the written word, and techniques for forcing yourself to get dressed and leave the house.

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Panelists

Saturday November 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

4:00pm

The Marketing of Historical Fiction
Does it only sell as romance and mainstream? How might historical fiction be made appealing to a broader audience?


Saturday November 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Madison

6:00pm

The Creative Commons
All rights reserved, some rights reserved, public domain; copyright isn't simple, nor universal. Why some authors offer their work for free while others insist on fair pay, who can get away with printing your material without permission, and how (and when) to defend your copyright.


Saturday November 9, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Madison
 
Sunday, November 10
 

11:00am

Audiobooks
Selling the rights, ACX, hiring a narrator or--gulp--doing it yourself!


Sunday November 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison

12:00pm

Accounting for writers artists and fen
Paperwork, Taxes and the IRS. Who gets paid what? Who deducts what? Can I really write off that trip to Belize and do I have to keep every receipt? When can I start treating some of my hobbies and start-ups as real businesses?


Sunday November 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hamilton

12:00pm

Reprints
When is a short story posted or novel portion posted on the web or micro-market considered published, and is that the end of the line for that work? At the other end of the spectrum, what clauses to look for in contracts that affect the future possibilities of published material and what writers and artists can do when the copyright reverts to them.


Sunday November 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Roosevelt

12:00pm

Short Stories Novelettes and Novellas and The Markets Who Love Them
Yes! There are markets out there for shorter fiction!


Sunday November 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Madison

1:00pm

Pseudonyms Genre and Branding
Can one writing name encompass, say, space opera, high fantasy, military scifi and erotic romance? When to fracture your writing identity, how and why.


Sunday November 10, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lincoln

1:00pm

Writing in Other People's Worlds
The fine art of franchise writing: working with established universes like Star Trek, Star Wars and more--including the new Kindle Worlds licensed fan fiction program.


Sunday November 10, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Madison