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May 22, 2013
12:00 PM CT (Think Chicago)
Recharge Your Writing Batteries: How to Survive Writing for the Middle Grade Market
Donna Gephart, author of As If Being 12-3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running For President!, How To Survive Middle School, and Oliva Bean, Trivia Queen.
Donna Gephart's first novel, AS IF BEING 12-3/4 ISN'T BAD ENOUGH,MY MOTHER IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her second novel, HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL, received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal and landed on these state reading lists: Texas, New York, Illinois and Louisiana. Donna's new book, OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN, about a girl determined to get on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, received a starred review from Kirkus and an endorsement from Jeopardy! champ, Ken Jennings! In addition to writing books for children, Donna has written for the following publications: Family Circle Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Newspaper, Parenting, Highlights for Children, Scholastic's Storyworks Magazine and many others. Visit her online at www.donnagephart.com
June 26, 2013
12:00 PM CT (Think Chicago)
From Premise to Published: How to get your book from first draft to first sale
Jocelyn Koehler, author
Amanda Valentine, editor
Nicholas Tulach, publisher
So you want to publish your book. Great! But how? The owners and partners of tiny press Hammer & Birch will show you how to actually get the book you've written into a polished draft, ready for publication, and in front of readers. This panel will cover every step in the life of one book: from beginning the writing, to finishing the writing, the editing process, cover design and formatting, publishing, and selling it to strangers. Some things we'll talk about: the craft of writing, the value of beta readers, how to do art direction, working with an editor, how to speak Amazon, where to market, how to engage readers, and what to do in the dark of night when you just want to give up. Hear our stories, learn from our mistakes, ask us questions, and then make the lessons work for you!
+Legacy or Indie: Should you publish independently or go with a traditional publisher? Both have pros and cons. How do you decide which path is right for your book?
+DIY or $$$: How do you make the best use of your money? What can you do yourself? What should you pay for? When do you cut your losses?
+Paper or Pixels: Choosing to go digital or doing a print edition isn't an either/or. But you do need to know how to prepare for formatting and marketing each version of your book.
+Advertising isn't Engagement: After your book is published, you still need to work hard to get the word out. Learn what worked or us…and what totally didn't.
Jocelyn Koehler writes science fiction and fantasy, as well as romance under a pen name. She is a full-time independent author. Jocelyn's short work has appeared in magazines, and her longer fiction is published by Hammer & Birch. Her taste in movies is appalling. She blogs at TeamBlood. Visit her online at Twitter or Facebook.
Amanda Valentine honed her editing skills during a decade of teaching writing at Penn State. In addition to fiction, she's edited award winning tabletop RPG game books. Pulling on her experience as an editor, educator, reader, and parent, Amanda reviews books for middle grade readers at Reads4Tweens and has a blog. Connect with her online at Twitter and at her Reads4Tweens Twitter account as well as on Facebook.
Nicholas Tulach is the silent assassin behind the scenes of Hammer & Birch. When not watching basketball, he works diligently to coordinate all aspects of production, marketing, accounting, and scheduling. You know, the dirty work. And he bakes a tasty batch of brownies.