2016 Writer's Digest Conference: Portable Value Pack
This special value pack is filled with 2016 conference sessions, you will learn how to write, pitch, publish, and market your book – all from the comfort of your couch! Let this value pack guide you through every step of the writing process from character development all the way to promoting your finished book. All the information you need to build your author platform, develop dynamic characters, become your own publicist, and much more is included in this convenient and informative value pack.
Three Ways to Build a Successful Author Platform
Whether you're an author or someone who advises authors (publisher, agent or publicist), this session will be relevant. You will learn through examples and case studies how to connect all the elements of online marketing (website, mailing list, blogging, social media, advertising and publicity) into a cohesive, successful and sustainable author platform.
Effective Marketing Strategies for Authors
The biggest challenge facing an author—whether traditionally published or self-published—is effectively promoting your work and motivating the public to buy it. In this session you will learn a number of strategies and how to make the best use of your time from a panel of experts!
Creating Book Buzz on a Shoestring Budget
In this session, internationally published, award-winning author Kristen Harnisch will help you determine what's unique about your book or your personal story, and how to use it to market your book in out-of-the-box ways and on a budget.
How to Be Your Own Best Publicist
In this session, bestselling author Emily Liebert discusses the growing need in publishing to become your own biggest cheerleader and publicist and provides insight, advice, and anecdotes from her own publishing journey to illustrate her success in this area.
Maximizing Your Business as an Author on Amazon
In this session, James Kuykendall, Amazon's Senior Business Development Manager for Kindle, discusses ways you can leverage Amazon's marketing platform to find new readers and maximize sales of your books.
In this panel, literary agent April Eberhardt, Jordan Rosenfeld, and C.P. Lesley discuss the growing trend among indie authors to band together to form literary cooperatives, enabling them to support one another’s efforts while benefiting from group collaboration on editing, marketing/promotion, financial and other aspects of publishing.
10 Essential Writing Lessons from 10 Years of Interviewing Bestsellers
This session distills 10 years of collected wisdom into the 10 all-time best insights into the creative process, the writing life, the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Get new perspectives on revolutionizing your writing routine, following the path of your story, revising with the right mindset, persevering through rejection, and empowering yourself—straight from the mouths of award-winners and bestsellers including Alice Walker, David Sedaris, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Khaled Hosseini, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, Chris Cleave and more.
Getting Intimate with Your Characters
You allow readers to engage with characters in this deeply intimate way through mastery of Point of View, which is the intimacy through which you share your characters’ experiences and plant the reader right inside the character's very skin. In this workshop, author Jordan Rosenfeld will discuss key character cues and the emotional layers of each point of view for masterful character development.
From Storytelling Mire to Page-Turning Momentum
In this invaluable session, author and writing coach Annalisa Parent will walk you through a straightforward system for plotting your fiction to ensure that your readers keep turn pages until The End.
Creating Dynamic Characters That Come to Life
Novelist Brenda Janowitz will discuss where to find inspiration for your characters, how to make your characters feel authentic, and how to present your characters in your narrative. Attendees can expect to do writing exercises, and come away with a clear understanding of how to create a character study for their characters.
Saying Yes to the Writerly Life
A bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling, and a splash of performance by Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander as he shares from his recent books, educational insights, and plan to change the world one word at a time.
What makes the difference between the writer who sees success and the one who struggles to make it? Persistence. Author Jordan Rosenfeld will walk you through practical ways to sustain an unshakable writing practice through the mastery of persistence skills such as: building strong boundaries around your writing time; carving out distractions; collaborating with others; learning when to walk away, and when to try again.