- by Mmmelinda
I believe one of the best things about the NINC conferences is that the members really get a lot for their registration fee. The first year I coordinated Night Owls we did two hours of roundtable discussions on internet promotional venues. My Space and podcasting were the big new opportunities for the tech savvy novelist to promote to readers. We weren’t talking Kindles, Tweets or iPhone apps—then. Today, this second, there are no doubt hundreds Tweeting about uploading their backlist or self published book to Amazon after having installed the Kindle reader app on their smart phone or iPad.
From that single focus Night Owl session in New York, the 2011 NINC conference in St. Pete has expanded to become two conferences for the price of one. So many members have volunteered to present workshops that conference chair, Kasey Michaels, had to find more hours for us in the schedule. Consequently, Night Owls has become a miniconference with 15 workshops over three nights presented by 19 member experts. From the jam-packed daytime programming with industry professionals to the Members Only Night Owl Afterhours Miniconference that starts at 9:00 pm Wednesday night, this year’s conference is all about value-added for NINC members.
After the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, the Night Owls Minicon kicks off with hands-on workshops, panels and discussions on electronic and traditional publishing options, marketing and promotions, new ways to relax and recharge, how to enrich life and career with physical exercise and coping with health issues, plus several surprises. As a special bonus, Lori Devoti, Ebook Formatting for the Do-It-Yourselfer, will give her workshop attendees cards with links to her online ebook formatting videos.
After eight intense hours of Thursday’s New Publishing program, it will be time for more relaxed fun at Night Owls Afterhours Minicon which will start at 8:00 pm and run to 11:00 pm. Workshop choices include how to increase ebook sales, lower stress with cat philosophy, sell and promote to the library market, belly dancing for fun and more fun, and how to benefit from getting physical. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your favorite refreshment. It’s all for fun and as surprise, author/psychotherapist/professional psychic/tarot reader Lynda Hilburn will drop by to do some free mini tarot readings.
Friday’s Night Owls Minicon, 8:00 – 11:00 pm, workshops start with an ebook promotions roundtable discussion. In the same room, photographer/author Sasha White will hold an open call for headshots ($20 fee paid to photographer at session.) Next door, JoAnn Grote will lead a discussion on changing up your writing routine. Laura Phillips will share tips, tricks and tools for living with health issues and staying productive. Finish up your Night Owls Minicon experience with a Personal Time Travel© mind trip with Mmmmmelinda or get updated on latest successes of the Authors In Charge Again Co-Op Panel on author cooperatives. Check the Night Owls Minicon program on the NINC website for details on schedule, workshops and presenters. If you’d like to volunteer to do a Night Owl surprise program such as, but never limited to, a flash mob, Angry Birds tournament, an e-mime act, or how to use your old yearbook photos as ebook covers email me. We’ll always make room for more fun.
See you Afterhours at St. Pete BEACH. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmelinda Rucker Haynes, NINC Night Owl Coordinator