Joanna Penn on Self-Publishing and Hybrid Authors

Joanna Penn, author and writer of the The Creative Penn writing and publishing advice website, spoke to a meeting of Women In Publishing recently about her experiences of self-publishing. Penn first self-published in 2008, a time when the Kindle was only available in the US and the infrastructure that we now take for granted wasn’t yet in place. Although her first book was a non-fiction title, she has since written three novels which have sold 60,000 copies, mostly in America.

“Amazon picked up [Pentecost] for a daily deal,” Penn said. “Sales sky-rocketed and from that point on I could see my future, which is write more novels.”

Penn isn’t solely dependent on Amazon to access potential readers as her own reach is sizeable, with 100,000 people visiting her blog each month, 8,000 subscribers to her podcast on iTunes, 35,000 followers on Twitter, not to mention her mailing list subscribers. Many a pixel has been spilt on the importance of creating an ‘author platform’, but authors shouldn’t feel the need to do everything.

“I’m not going to say you need to blog or use Twitter,” Penn said, “but you do need to do something. Authors are told they need to do all of these things but, for most people, you just have to pick one. But you do need to get out there and become known.”

Penn emphasises that authors also need to have more than one product. The more books you write, the easier it is to build your numbers, particularly if you’re writing a series.

After her success self-publishing, Penn says that she has now signed with an agent who is looking for a more traditional contract her fourth novel, a thriller. In part this is so that she can get her books into bricks and mortar bookstores, which is very difficult for self-published authors. And having such a strong sales record should help.

“If my agent gets a deal that sounds good,” said Penn, “then I will go into it with full knowledge of what I bring to a publisher — I can sell my own books.”

Penn could, like Hugh Howey, end up with a hybrid deal where the author retains the ebook rights and sells only those rights that they can’t immediately exploit themselves, such as print rights. Indeed, Howey has become the poster child for hybrid authors. Off the back of 500,000 in ebook sales for his post-apocalyptic thriller Wool, he signed a print-only deal with Simon & Schuster while retaining the ebook rights. He has even sold the film rights to producer Ridley Scott. Wrote the Wall Street Journal:

Last year, [Howey] turned down multiple seven-figure offers from publishers before reaching a mid-six-figure, print-only deal with Simon & Schuster.

“I had made seven figures on my own, so it was easy to walk away,” says Mr. Howey, 37, a college dropout who worked as a yacht captain, a roofer and a bookseller before he started self-publishing. “I thought, ‘How are you guys going to sell six times what I’m selling now?’ “

“Hybrid is the way forward,” said Penn, “I’m a fan of publishers who want to be creative and do exciting things, and there are lots of things I’d like to do, so I think hybrid is the best way, allowing authors to do some projects with publishers and others that they self-publish.

“[Thriller writer] CJ Lyons has books with New York publishers and she self-publishes, though she makes more money each month self-publishing than she does in a year through traditional publishing.”

Penn has already sold the audiobook rights to Pentecost, which, she joked, means she doesn’t have to do it herself. It also means that she could join the Crime Writers Association because her audiobook contract made her eligible. And her sales allowed her to join International Thriller Writers, as it now takes people based on volume rather than publication route.

But it’s not just a matter of writing a book, throwing it up on Amazon and waiting for the opportunities to roll in. The downside is that you have to learn new skills such as marketing, as well as the craft of writing.

“You are both author and publisher,” Penn said, “and it’s a big learning curve. Back in 2008, I piled a load of money in, but got no return. I had to learn the business, but we all have to learn, in any job in any situation.

“The idea that if I sign with a traditional publisher I only have to write, that has never been true. Authors have always had to do festivals, readings etc. People moan about the need for marketing, but more and more authors are asked to do marketing.”

The publishing industry is changing and authors are becoming empowered, not just because of their ability to self-publish, but also because of the free flow of information and easier networking, Penn said. Authors can easily learn how to interpret the niggling details of book contracts, and it’s much easier now to meet and stay in touch with professionals in the industry.

“The point is that we have an ecosystem. It used to be that there was a veil drawn around the industry, it was secret. Now we all share, we recommend people to each other, people put contracts online, and by sharing stuff we can get around a lot of problems. I think of the future as more balanced, as about partnerships. How do we help each other make more money?”

ASD Publishing Signs New Authors for Spring

ASD Publishing is pleased to announce the signing of three new authors to the ASD Family. All authors bring unique stories of persistence and fortitude and will have books released digitally in April, 2013.

Hawthorne, NJ, March 26, 2013 –(PR.com)– ASD Publishing is pleased to announce the signing of three new authors to the ASD Family. All authors bring unique stories of persistence and fortitude and will have books released digitally in April, 2013.

Deborah French is the author of the memoir, A Brief Moment In Time about raising one child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and another with Down’s syndrome. An award-winning speaker from the UK who now resides in Israel, French gave up her market research business in order to devote her time to her children.

Karen DelleCava is the author of the young adult novel, A Closer Look released in print in 2011 by WestSide Books. It was named a 2011 Top 40 Title for Realistic Fiction by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. DelleCava is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and has had her work published in Highlights Magazine and in standardized tests for reading comprehension. She lives in northern, New Jersey.

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning author of the young adult novels, Saved By The Music, and The Girl Next Door, both published in print by WestSide Books. She has also authored three children’s books and has an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. Castrovilla uses life experience in her fiction as Saved By The Music is based on helping her own aunt with a floating concert hall in Brooklyn, NY and The Girl Next Door was born from a dream after re-reading The Catcher In The Rye for a critical thesis. Castrovilla lives on Long Island, NY.

“We are excited to offer these books by some incredible female authors to readers,” says ASD Publishing president Greg Goldston. “The mission of our company is to publish stories of personal growth that can enrich readers’ lives or give them a new understanding of a subject. I believe readers can be challenged by fiction and non-fiction and all of these books are on truly inspirational topics.”

There are moments that occur in life that can change everything that follows and A Brief Moment In Time recalls that time for mother Deborah French. During the birth of her second child, she was told the baby was born with Down’s Syndrome. And then when her first child turned two years old, she discovered he had Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Raising even one child with special needs is a task fraught with challenge and takes a special parent. French has written this powerful and heartfelt memoir to share her own perseverance through adversity to inspire and assist others that may be starting their own journey on this road.

ASD Publishing is expanding its audience to include young adult readers with the creation of a YA Branch of digital books originally published in print during the past few years. “We are thrilled to supply young audiences these wonderful books in an electronic format,” Goldston says. “We believe this will open up a new audience to both of these accomplished authors.”

A Closer Look examines the life of a high school freshman girl who has to deal with not only the normal teenage angst about boys and school, but also with the fact that her body is “turning against her” when she discovers she has alopecia areata; a hair loss condition. A serious topic for anyone, but for a teenager dealing with fitting in and acceptance – this book explores so many wonderful themes.

The last place fifteen-year-old Willow wants to spend her summer is on a run-down former coffee barge which her aunt is converting into a floating concert hall. In Saved By The Music, Willow creates bonds through shared pain and laughter with an older teenage boy while dealing with budding sexuality, eating disorders, and even suicide. It is a summer where music must do more than simply soothe the soul.

In The Girl Next Door, two teens are forced to make some very grown-up decisions when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer which twists them into an unpredictable world. Beautifully written while handling a very heavy topic, Castrovilla addresses the question of whether people can ever truly feel safe.

For more information on each author, visit ASD’s website or http://www.deborah-french.com/ http://www.karendellecava.com/ http://www.selenecastrovilla.com.

About ASD Publishing

ASD Publishing is an independent book publisher based in New Jersey specializing in thought-provoking literary fiction, memoir, and self help non-fiction. http://www.asdpublishing.com

The Send to Kindle Button

by Kindle Editors on AMAZON.COM

Sending web content to Kindle is now easier than ever.

We are excited to announce the “Send to Kindle Button”, a convenient new way to send content directly from a website to your Kindle.  Customers can check out the Send to Kindle Button today on The Washington Post, TIME, and the popular blog Boing Boing.

Have you ever encountered news, blogs, articles and other content on the web that you want to read but don’t have time to do so immediately? The Send to Kindle Button lets you easily send that content to your Kindle to read later, at your convenience. Just send once and read everywhere on any of your Kindle devices or free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad and Android phones or tablets. No more hunting around for that website or blog that caught your eye — just open your Kindle and all the content you sent is right there. The Send to Kindle Button is also great for those who want to collect content from the web to use in work projects, school assignments, or hobbies.

The Send to Kindle Button is part of a family of Send to Kindle applications that make it easy for customers to send personal documents and web content to read on their Kindle. To find out more about other Send to Kindle applications for PC, Mac, Chrome, and Firefox, please visit www.amazon.com/sendtokindle.

If you happen to own a website and want to add the Send to Kindle Button, you can get it for free at www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/developers/buttonor at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/send-to-kindle/ for WordPress bloggers.

FACEBOOK FOR AUTHOR PROMOTION BY CINDY RATZAFF

Facebook has emerged as a driving strategic tool for authors to use in marketing and promoting their own book or books. This platform is free in terms of initial investment, but very expensive in terms of time. An author, or any other business person for that matter, can make costly errors in setting up and using their Facebook presence IF they do not understand the nuances of Facebook. Here are my top recommendations for authors, speakers, solopreneurs and other business people to consider as they prepare to enter the social media fray.

Facebook is effectively, in addition to being a micro-blogging and communication platform, a search engine. One of the reasons an author needs to be on Facebook is to increase his or her visibility and therefore, help readers find his/her work. Facebook provides three different types of pages to choose from and each has rules, advantages and disadvantages.

Personal Profile
A personal profile is, by Facebook’s own terms of use, a page for people to list themselves by their real name and interact with friends of their choosing. People who connect to a personal profile are referred to as “Friends.” It is against Facebook’s rules to set up a personal profile for your business, your book, your dog or a dead saint. Facebook can, if it chooses, close fraudulent profiles and all the work you’ve done to create that page will be lost along with all of your friends. I recommend that you set up a personal profile, adhering to all of the rules before setting up a Facebook Fan Page (see below). Having a personal profile and setting up a Facebook page from that profile will allow authors to utilize more custom application on the Fan Page. A Fan Page can be created without first creating a personal profile, but doing so limits the customization options available. If the Facebook rules don’t convince you to do this properly, there’s another good reason. A personal profile can only accept 5,000 people as friends. At 5,001, new friends will start receiving a message from Facebook stating that you are over your friend limit and cannot accept any new friends. Trust me and set up your personal profile first.

Facebook Fan Page

Fan Pages are best option that Facebook provides for creating a branded social media presence for you the writer.

This is best option that Facebook provides for creating a branded social media presence for you the writer, for your book, and for your career. People who connect to a Facebook Fan Page must click the “Like” button in order to receive updates from the Page. Once they “Like” a page, they are still referred to by most people as Fans. Because you followed my advice and set up a personal profile first, you can now create custom tabs for your Facebook Fan Page such as “About the Book,” “More about the Author,” “Tour Schedule,” or whatever custom information you’d like to make available to fans. Facebook allows a Fan Page to have an unlimited number of Fans. This is good news for an author or speaker who is working to amass the largest possible list of followers and spread the word about a new book, appearance or project far and wide. Authors can even create an opt-in box and invite fans to subscribe to an e-newsletter, all from a Facebook Fan Page. Facebook Fan Pages are indexed by Google and therefore, they increase an author’s search engine ranking by putting out new, original content regularly.

Facebook Groups
People who join a Facebook Group are called Members. One advantage of Facebook Groups is that they can be made public or kept private. At this writing Facebook Groups are not indexed by Google and that is the single biggest reason for author’s to create a Fan Page over a Group. Unlike pages, groups allow to send out “bulk invites” so you can invite all your friends to join the group. With Pages, you’ll have to invite people individually. Groups are good for spreading a message or brand name through viral marketing, because any group member can also send bulk invites to his or her complete list of friends. But, and this is a big but, Groups are not indexed by search engines yet and that is my number one reason for recommending Pages over Groups to promote an author and his or her work.

I hope this look at Facebook options helps authors, speakers and entrepreneurs start right and maximize their promotional efforts on Facebook. I strongly recommend that all authors create profiles and pages for their work and look forward to answering any questions about the use of Facebook to promote books.

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Literary Publicist Sarah Russo on How to Promote Your Book (and Yourself)

Sarah Russo on How to Promote Your Book (and Yourself)

I love this question. It tells me an author is evolving and starting to think differently about their work. First things first, if you’re publishing your third book I would stop thinking about promoting them individually and start thinking about promoting you as the creative force behind your work. And this goes for artists of any genre whether it is literature, music, film, designers, you name it—start promoting you, and then you have a solid platform from which to engage fans about each project you create. But promoting you isn’t all me, me, me! You need to offer something to people, something interesting and engaging.

This hints at the next important part of this promotion puzzle: branding. There are so many great resources out there that talk about branding, but at the end of the day it’s just about one simple thing: adding to the discussion and having something smart to contribute in your area of expertise. Now don’t walk away, I’m not telling you that you need to spend four hours a day on Facebook and Twitter to engage with the community. Nobody has time for that, and if you do you’re not writing your next book. I recommend finding the platform that works best for you, whether that is Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or a niche social community, either genre specific or subject specific. Give it 5-10 minutes of your day, twice a day, and make it work for you too. And I mean by this, if you love NPR and find it adds something to your life and engagement with the world, follow Brian Lehrer on Facebook or The Picture Show blog. If you don’t get something out of it, you won’t use it. But don’t stop there, share what you love!

What’s the right format for you?

Each type has pluses and minuses, Tumblr is well suited for lots of niche communities particularly the literary one. You will find publishers, authors, magazines, you name it, there, and Tumblr lends itself to visual content and short or long form posts and is easily piped out to Facebook and Twitter so you don’t have to post to all three places. If you like the format of Tumblr you need to learn how to use tags or it will be hard for people to find you. Look to the bottom of this post for resources to help you.

Twitter is nice if you want to find people talking about like-minded ideas. Curate who you’re listening to and who you’re talking to so that it doesn’t get overwhelming or distracting. An excellent, finite list of 100 important people will inform you about your craft and provide you with ideas of how you can in turn give relevant or entertaining tweets to people who will start following you. Start conversations, it’s not a contest, it is a tool for talking about your work and the writing life more generally. If you need help getting started, find a few authors you admire and see if they have any “lists.” For your book in particular, I would recommend looking at Suspense Magazine on Twitter and combing their “lists” for other Twitter feeds you might want to follow.

It’s About Personality!

Now you are thinking to yourself, “What does this have to do with promoting my new book?” Well it’s not directly about promoting your new book; it’s about building your long term platform which will certainly help promote your new book. If you want to look at people who are doing this marvelously, both when they have a book and when they don’t, I recommend Anne Rice on Facebook, Margaret Atwood on Twitter, and Emma Straub on Tumblr. They all provide something significant outside of promotion of their books (or other things they might be promoting). Ms. Rice is very engaged in religion and gay rights, Ms. Atwood makes a valiant effort to provide smart tips for her fellow writers, and Ms. Straub does a brilliant job of reflecting the quirkiness and varied interests that are herself (or the self I assume she is, not knowing her personally). My point, they all have personality whether it’s their real personality or not I don’t know but they are engaged, interested and interesting, and informed about something. You too are informed about something, so talk to people about it.

We live in an amazing world. One that is changing and dynamic and allows all types of people to have a voice they would have been hard pressed to have even five years ago. Your “followers” start with your friends and family and if you engage those people and they engage you back you will be surprised at how organically those people will start to expand.

Okay, so there’s my pitch for a constant, medium level of engagement with the public and therefore self-promotion of your personal brand whatever that brand may be.

Sarah, Get to the Point Now, Please

Now I’ll answer your actual question a bit more directly but I will say it will be harder to do these things without also doing the above.

1. Write!Well, duh, Sarah,” you say. You write novels but I’m willing to bet you write all kinds of other things too, and I bet they’re interesting. Publish them. Part of that platform above will allow you to engage with editors, readers, and bloggers in a new way. Send all three original pieces that you want published in the lead up to your novel. In a perfect world, one or two per month would be optimal. Publish in a magazine, an online literary journal, a great blog, or your own blog or Tumblr.  If you are publishing these pieces to your own blog tagging your posts is critical.

2. Talk! Get talking to people. This takes several forms, you should be thinking both personally and professionally: conferences, invitations to speak to students (both young and old), libraries, and book clubs in your community. If you are out in the world, the world will start buzzing around you and you should be chatting about your new book!

3. Touch! (All right, this is getting kitschy now.) Get in touch with your publisher or publicist, if one has been assigned to you. It’s a bit early to start hitting up your publicist for October (given that it is currently March), but do let them know that you are starting a Twitter (Tumblr, Facebook, GoodReads page something, something . . .) and that you would love their input and feedback and possible retweets when the time comes. Ask if they have some basic resources for you: a best practice sheet for how authors can use these social media networks and/or people at the company you should “friend,” “follow,” etc. (Also see below for more resources.)

4. Join! If you’re not already a member of your appropriate organization (Mystery Writers of America) join them. For the other writers of many genres consider joining the lovely people at PEN, if you’re not only a book writer but a book critic look into joining the National Book Critics Circle. You get the idea. These organizations provide valuable connections, seminars, and resources for authors.

Easier Said Than Done, You Say?

Some writers find it hard to take that next step from promoting their book to promoting themselves. Many feel there is a fine line between promoting a product and appearing “self-promotional.” The trick here is to not be self-promoting. If all you are doing is touting your own achievements, posting your book reviews and blurbs, announcing your events all day long that gets old fast. You want to contribute something valuable because that’s what brings people to you. If you don’t think you have anything to add to the discourse right now I ask you to really think about it, because everyone has something to contribute.

As the tag line on my Tumblr says, “Being a publicist isn’t a job, it’s a way of life.” And this statement is true not just for being a publicist but for being absolutely anything that you love. I am fortunate and grateful that my job is to talk to authors and editors and journalists all day long. It’s not a walk in the park, it is hard work, but I love it, I’m engaged in it, I’m living it, learning from it, and most of all I do my best to share what I know with others. That, in my humble opinion, is the key to engagement!

Good luck!

Sarah Russo is a literary publicist. Over the years she has worked for Alfred A. Knopf, Doubleday, Scribner, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Other Press and Oxford University Press. Two years ago she founded her own public relations firm working largely with authors but also film makers, app designers, architects, photographers and artists. She is the U.S. Director of Publicity for And Other Stories. You can connect with her on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads…and whatever comes next.

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Outskirts Press has a sweet Valentine offer for Authors in Feb 2013

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Leading Self-Publishing Service Provider Outskirts Press Pays Authors $300 to Publish Books in February

The most exciting self-publishing promotion of the year sees $300 added to the author accounts of every writer who publishes a book with either the Diamond or

http://www.outskirtspress.com

Having an additional $300 to spend on self-publishing services is priceless in terms of what that ‘mad money’ can help an author do.

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced that authors can get an extra hand in fulfilling their dreams to publish a book with the return of the company’s popular “Mad Money” promotion. Authors who purchase the Diamond or full-color Pearl book publishing packages in February are rewarded with a credit of $300 applied to their Outskirts Press shopping cart accounts.

The $300 “mad money” credit can be applied toward any production or marketing option offered by Outskirts Press, including custom cover design, professional copyediting, cover scribing, the Amazon Kindle edition, or many others.

“Having an additional $300 to spend on self-publishing services is priceless in terms of what that ‘mad money’ can help an author do,” said Manager of Author Services, Jodee Thayer. “When planned wisely, these extra production or marketing efforts result in a higher-quality, more marketable, more visible book. That investment can pay for itself many times over in increased book sales.”

For more information about Mad Money Month, including the necessary promotion code to receive $300 in publishing money, visit: http://outskirtspress.com/promotion.html

About Outskirts Press: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control.

Penguin, Random House Announce Merger

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by Krishnadev Calamur

October 29, 2012 5:36 PM

Bertelsmann and Pearson announced Monday that they were merging their book publishing arms, Random House and Penguin. The new firm will be called Penguin Random House.

Bertelsmann and Pearson announced Monday that they were merging their book publishing arms, Random House and Penguin. The new firm will be called Penguin Random House.

There’s big news in the world of publishing: The two conglomerates that own Random House and Penguin announced Monday that they were merging their book businesses to form a new company.

German media company Bertelsmann, the owner of Random House, will own 53 percent of the new firm, Penguin Random House; Pearson, which owns Penguin, will control the rest. The merger, subject to regulatory approval, is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013.

Writers like George Orwell, Salman Rushdie and E.L. James, the author of Fifty Shades of Gray, are now under the same corporate roof.

In a statement, Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann’s chairman and CEO, said the merger could ensure the firm’s future in the digital publishing realm.

“The combination of Random House and Penguin, first of all, significantly strengthens book publishing, one of our core businesses. Second, it advances the digital transformation on an even greater scale, and third, it increases our presence in the target growth markets Brazil, India and China.”

Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson, said the deal would allow both companies to share costs.

It will allow the companies “to invest more for their author and reader constituencies and to be more adventurous in trying new models in this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers,” she said.

NPR’s Lynn Neary reported on the deal on Monday’s All Things Considered. Here’s what she says about the merger:

“The hope is that combining these two publishing powerhouses into one company will make easier to cope with the increasing popularity of ebooks which can be bought at a much lower price than print books.”

Dohle will be CEO of the new group when the deal is finalized. John Makinson, Chairman and CEO of Penguin, will become chairman of the board of directors.

The Associated Press reports that the combined company will control 26 percent of the global consumer publishing market, leaping ahead of the 17 percent share of French publisher Lagardere. Here’s more from the AP:

“The announcement may also lay to rest the ambition of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. of netting Penguin. Reports over the past couple of days have indicated that News Corp. had expressed an interest in buying Penguin for 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) in cash. News Corp. owns HarperCollins, another big publishing house.”

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Sales Increase After iPad Mini Revealed

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The Amazon  Kindle Fire HD line of devices have witnessed increased sales since Apple’s  reveal of the all new iPad Mini. According to the company sales for its  moderately priced $199 tablet shot up following Apple’s Wednesday press  conference.

According to an Amazon representative the day following the Apple  announcement was the Kindle Fire HD’s “biggest day of sales since launch.”

Sales for the device are believed to have been three times higher than the  same period last week, although Amazon has made it a policy to not reveal exact  device sales numbers for its tablet line.

The sales increase is not good news for Apple. Customers were likely waiting  to see what the Apple Mini would offer, after realizing the device lacked GPS  and offered a screen with less pixels at a premium price of $329 they instead  opted to buy the Kindle Fire HD and quite possible the Google Nexus 7.

Google was also forced to cancel its Nexus Event as Hurricane Sandy headed  towards New York, an event that may have slowed Kindle HD sales with the  announcement of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, a 10-inch version from  Samsung.

As Apple continues to fall below analyst and customer expectations with its  devices the company’s premium pricing appears to be offering a leg up to the  competition. The true value of the Apple iPad Mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire  devices will be determined in the coming months as customers rack up purchases  during the Holiday shopping season.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/378537/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-sales-increase-after-ipad-mini-revealed/#S6F0u0XcQ5ZVmdJB.99

2012-2013 Writers Conferences and Bookfairs

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It is important for a writer, especially an indie writer to integrate themselves into the publishing industry and build a strong network of contacts.  Writing is creative but publishing is still a business and that means any writer who wants to be a success in today’s electronic  and very competitive market will have to become marketing  and social media savy.

A great way to immerse oneself into the publishing scene is to network at writer conferences and fairs.  Take a pack of your business cards and your book proposal and get to work making those important contacts. Hopefully you will return home with a renewed enthusiasm for the industry as well as a stack of new contacts.  Then it is all up the followup, getting that proposal or that book in the right hands and in front of the right readers.

I have composed a list of conference that I know of for 2012/2013 but will add on to this list as more are announced throughout the year. If you know of more please email me and I’ll add them to the list. Best of luck!

2012-2013 WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Hynes Convention Center &

Sheraton Boston Hotel

March 6 – 9, 2013

https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview

San Francisco Writers Conference

10th Anniversary in 2013

February 14th – 17th, 2013 (Mark Hopkins Hotel, Mason & California, San Francisco)

R.L. Stine will be our keynote speaker for 2013

http://sfwriters.org/

Romance Writers of America

33rd Annual Conference

Atlanta Marriott® Marquis

Atlanta, Georgia

July 17–20, 2013

http://www.rwa.org/cs/conferences_and_events

Left Coast Crime 2013

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Colorado Springs, CO

Evergreen, CO 80437

2013 (March 21-24)

http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/

POPULAR BOOKS FAIRS AND EVENTS:

http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/

http://events.latimes.com/travelshow/

http://www.miamibookfair.com/

Brooklyn’s Book Festival

Call Out to All You Book Lovers….Come one, Come all to Brooklyn’s Book Festival: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 10am-6pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENTS SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2012

2012 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL: A RECORD 280+ AUTHORS, MORE THAN 104 PANELS CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER 23; OVER 50 “BOOKEND” EVENTS MAKE A FULL-WEEK FESTIVAL

Paul Auster, Carol Higgins Clark, Tony Danza, Jimmie Walker, Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Dennis Lehane, Esmeralda Santiago, Terry McMillan, Sapphire, Billy Collins, Earl Lovelace, Christopher Hayes, Dan Savage, Isabel Wilkerson, Pankaj Mishra, Karl Ove Knausgård, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Adrian Tomine, Gordon Korman, R.J. Palacio, Judith Viorst, Libba Bray and many, many more to headline Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors.  One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.- Pete Hamill

check out full schedule of events: http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home