Steven James is the critically-acclaimed author of seventeen novels. He has served as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest Magazine and is the author of the groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure as well as the guidebook used by thousands of novelists, Troubleshooting Your Novel, both from Writer’s Digest Books. Publishers Weekly calls him “[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game.” When he’s not working on his next novel, Steven teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.
In his podcast “The Story Blender,” he interviews leading storytellers in film, print, and web. Listen now to any of the dozens of archived podcasts for free by visiting his website www.thestoryblender.com.
- Keynote: The Untouched Moment
- Workshop: Pulling The Rug Out: How To Craft Twists Your Readers Will Never See Coming
Pitching an Agent 101
- Learn: The tricks of brevity and breath and how to confidently pitch to any agent.
- Practice: Get time to practice your pitch with hands on instruction and help.
- Pitch: Take this opportunity to pitch an agent with the help of a class critique.
PUBLISHING A TO Z
- Preparing a manuscript and query for submission
- How to find an agent and the submission process
- What comes next – negotiations, contracts, copy-editing and the general steps toward publication.
THE INS AND OUTS OF
Choosing to work with another author is a brave choice. We are storytellers and people who speak of our characters as if they are friends. Or enemies depending on the character. To complete a novel or a short story or novella with another such person can be a rewarding experience, but just like any business relationship, proceed with caution—and choose with care.
- Ways a coauthor can help
- Selecting a coauthor
- How to share responsibilities
- What to do when conflict arises
NEWSLETTERS AND BUILDING YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM
We’ll discuss the components of an attention grabbing newsletter and why it’s your most important promotional piece. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss ways to create a newsletter people actually read. Topics include
- Reader “Capture”
- Captivate, Capture, Cultivate, Control – The 4 Cs of newsletter sales
- Building an effective newsletter
- How often is too often
- Ways to ensure that email gets opened
INDIE AUTHOR MARKETING 101
Learn to market yourself and make real money.
- Developing an online presence
- Gathering followers
- Quit wasting time with promotions and ads that don’t work
- Amazon and Bookbub paid ads
- An Author’s best asset for promoting and marketing (yourself).
GOING AUDIO: THE RISE OF THE AUDIOBOOK FOR INDIE AUTHORS
- Key Benefits Of Publishing Audiobooks For Indie Authors
- Publishing trends for Indie Authors
- Audiobook Trends
- How to get your book to Audible.com
- Audiobooks from the Narrators Perspective (Paul)
- 90 plus titles to his credit
- The Narrator – Author connection
- It should be a performance, not a reading.
- How to get the Audiobook Industry’s Ear (Nikki)
- Adding a Creative Edge To Your Audiobook
- Marketing Strategies in the Video Age
FROM THE BIG FIVE TO DO IT YOURSELF, BE INFORMED
Find out what publishing avenue could be the best for you when we explore:
- Big Traditional Publishers
- Small Traditional Publishers
- Vanity Presses
- Self-Publishing Service Providers
- Do it Yourself
We’ll cover all the bases.
EDITING & INDIE-PUBLISHING
While the indie world has paved the way for many successful authors, many readers and authors still view self-publishing as the writer’s last resort. If you ask around, the most common reason a reader will cite for avoiding self-published authors is quality. Quality books demand quality editing. Topics include:
- You wrote The End! Now what?
- Different Types of Editing
- Finding the Right Editor
- Show Me the Money
- Expectations vs. Reality