New One-Day Event Focuses on the Art and Business of Savvy Self-Publishing
NEW YORK – February 12, 2013 – As options for self-publishing increase, barriers to becoming a published author have become greatly reduced. In a new one-day conference, Writer’s Digest will host a lineup of experts who will examine new publishing options and opportunities and share actionable advice for writers who are thinking about – or who are actively pursuing – the self-publishing route. The inaugural Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Conference will take place April 5, 2013 at the Sheraton New York Hotel in New York City. Full details and registration information can be found online at www.writersdigestconference.com.
"Every day new opportunities and avenues become available for writers who want to self-publish," said Phil Sexton, Publisher, Writer's Digest. "Writers need to fully understand and evaluate their options to self-publish with success in today's competitive climate. Even more importantly, they need to know how to define their audience, optimize the discoverability of their work, and convince readers to buy it once found. Our goal with this conference is to help writers learn the tools necessary to launch a book that sells, regardless of the method chosen to publish it.”
With major publishers implementing cutbacks on all fronts -from the number of books published to the marketing, design, and editorial staffs that support those efforts- it's more important than ever for aspiring and published authors to take a more active role in their book’s path to publication and sales.
Topics at the Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Conference include:
8:30 – 8:40
Freemiums, Crowdfunding, and Hybrids: The New Era of Self-Publishing
8:40 – 9:30
Data 101 for Authors – How understanding the numbers can help you build your business
9:30 – 10:20
Success Requires More Than Good Writing: The Importance of Meta-data, Copy, and Cover Design
10:20 – 11:10
The Agent/Self-Published Author Relationship: The Relevance of Agents in the Self-Publishing World
11:10 – 12:00
My Story – How Self Published Authors Found Success
1:00 – 1:50
Legal Issues for Self-Published Authors
1:50 – 2:40
Congratulations! You Published It – Now How Do You Sell It?
2:40 – 3:30
The Future of Self-Publishing
The Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Conference will take place immediately prior to the Writer’s Digest Conference East, which opens the evening of April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 7. Now in its 5th year, the Writer’s Digest Conference East offers sessions on self-publishing, social media usage, online sales, and creating a marketing platform. The Pitch Slam on Saturday, April 6, 2013 brings together 50 literary agents and editors to provide immediate feedback on the writers’ works. The round-robin format allows participants the rare opportunity to pitch their ideas to some of New York’s top agents, experts they might not otherwise access outside the conference.
Complete details on the Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Conference and Writer’s Digest Conference East may be found at www.writersdigestconference.com. Discounts apply to registrations made by February 15th.
For nearly a century Writer's Digest has been the most turned-to authority on the craft and business of writing. Writer's Digest first began one-to-one writing instruction more than 50 years ago through correspondence courses. The education program at Writer's Digest today includes guided tutorials, online courses, and in-person conferences. Millions of writers have trusted their writing success to Writer's Digest.
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