Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Terrific Conference Coming Up

Time Out For Writers ANWA's 22nd Conference will be held at the Mesa Hilton from February 20 through February 22. Attendees can participate in a query/pitch workshop, attend two full days of classes with industry professionals, enter our "BOB" contest (Beginning of Book) and win fabulous prizes, and pitch their work to both national and local agents and editors. 
Jon Samuel Lewis   
Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing or Both?
  One major retail chain shuttered over 900 stores. Another announced an average of 20 closures per year for the next decade. And while total trade sales dipped 5% in Q1 of 2013, overall digital sales were up 3% to capture 27% of all trade sales. Add to that renegade authors like J.A. Konrath, Hugh Howey, Amanda Hocking and others selling hundreds of thousands of copies without going through a publisher and you have a recipe for hyper change. Self-published authors no longer need to wear a scarlet letter but major publishers are here to stay as well. So how do you pick between traditional publishing, self-publishing? Or does it need to be an either/or? The truth might surprise you.

Book Marketing 101
With shrinking revenue, the publishing industry can't afford to promote all authors the same way. In fact, there are rumors that traditional publishers are looking to sign authors with large social media fan bases because those fans represent potential buyers. That means it doesn't matter if you publish traditionally or if you self-publish, the success of your marketing campaign falls squarely on your shoulders. Should you hire a PR agency? Line up your own book tour? What about Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms? This session will show you how to outperform your competition no matter their budget, and all for a fraction of the cost. 

Jon Samuel Lewis is an American writer best known for the acclaimed Grey Griffins series published by Scholastic's Orchard Books. After selling nearly a million copies in the original trilogy, Lewis and his writing partner, Derek Benz teamed with Little Brown to publish the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He is also the author of CHAOS Novels, a young adult urban science fiction series published by Thomas Nelson and has written for DC Comics. Lewis is also a marketing executive and content strategist who works with Fortune 500 companies on their digital marketing strategies.
Arizona Educator Licensing

"Time Out for Writers" offers Professional Development hours for Arizona Educator Licensing. Receive up to 17 Professional Developmental hours that can be applied toward the renewal of your Arizona Educator's License!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
February 20-22, 2014
Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa
1011 West Holmes Avenue
Mesa,  Arizona   85210-4923 

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