This year we’ve discovered just how important it is for authors to build a support team. The support team can be independent contractors (cover designers, ebook formatters, book designers, and marketing professionals). But many authors are enlisting family and friends for more support in the “family business.” The changes in publishing and distribution of books have spawned new jobs, both part-time and full-time. We’re pleased to invite these new categories of industry professionals as industry guests. In order to make it easier for an Author Support Team (AST) member to see what conference workshops and panels may be of interest, we’ve marked those with AST. Because of the diversity of work that an AST member may do for an author, not all AST sessions will appeal to all AST members. However, we are excited to expedite the collaborative dialogue between authors who are looking for more time to write, and those old (and new) industry professionals who offer direct author support.
Please Note: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
2013 NINC Conference: The Author's World -- Schedule
|Wednesday, October 23, 2013|
|Thursday, October 24, 2013|
|FIRST WORD: Putting the Writer First|
|9:00-11:45 a.m.||Advanced Writing Workshop|
Join Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story, to explore ways to take storytelling to a new level, based on neuroscience's study of the human need to connect with each other in the form of story.
|11:45-1:15 p.m.||LUNCH (provided)|
|1:30-2:30 p.m.||Panel 1: Raising the Bar: New Opportunities to Explore Something New and Different|
The virtual shelf offers authors a chance to become visible in multiple genres and niches without physical limitation, reaching readers in ways that were not possible just a few short years ago. What does that opportunity mean for authors who want to stretch their writing wings and try something new or different, something readers may not yet have realized they want?
Lisa Cron, Lou, Aronica, Jim McCarthy, Lisa Erbach Vance, Lucia Macro, Carrie Ryan, Kam Miller, Daniel Slater
|2:45-3:45 p.m.||Panel 2: How to Keep the Focus on Writing in a Changing World: Career Building Support for Authors|
Nowadays, authors are expected to market, socialize with readers -- in person and on the internet -- and create a solid author platform, all while trying to keep the creative spark strong and write the next book. The bad news: that's not about to change. The good news: author support systems are popping up everywhere. The rest of the story: every author team is different, and trying to decide what kind of team to build means understand what your goal is and where you want your career to go.
David Symonds, Lisa Erbach Vance, Jim McCarthy, Mark Lafevbre, Lucia Macro, Carrie Ryan, Robert F. Stein, Pat van Wie
|4:00-5:00 p.m.||Panel 3: Audio is the New Black: How to Make and Market Your Books in Audio|
Let bestselling romance authors guide you through their experience making and selling audiobook editions of their best-selling books. Digital audio is a huge growth category, providing an expanding and voracious new audience for your work. If you (or your publisher) haven't produced your book in audio, you'll learn how easy and profitable it can be. Hannah Wall, Jasinda Wilder, Julie Ortolon, Pat Ryan, Wendy Lindstrom
|6:30-8:00 p.m.||DINNER (provided)|
|Friday, October 25, 2013|
|9:00-11:00 a.m.||General Session: NINC Talks: Listen to the Experts on the Cutting Edge of the Publishing Future|
In an exciting addition to the regular NINC sessions, we're adding in our own version of TEDTalks -- NINC talks. Listen to experts steeped in publishing talk about what excites them about opportunities for authors.
Lou Aronica, Daniel Slater, Nina Paules, David Symonds, Lucia Macro, Nicole Op Den Bosch, Carrie Ryan, Lisa Cron, Jim McCarthy, Mark Coker, Mark LeFebvre, Pat van Wie, Kam Miller
|11:15-12:15 p.m.||Creating a TV Series from Your Book (Kam Miller)|
Do you have a character or book perfectly suited for a TV series adaptation? Or have you sold your book to a studio only to feel left out of the development process afterward? Join writer-producer Kam Miller ("Law and Order: SVU") for a unique, writer-centric, insider's view on pitching, selling, and creating TV shows based on books and graphic novels. Kam creates TV shows, and enjoys demystifying the Hollywood development process while working collaboratively with authors.
|Putting the Author First: Keeping the Creative Spark Burning (Elissa Wilds, Wendi Christner)|
Creativity Coaches Elissa Wilds and Wendi Christner show you how to make sure you protect the creative spark from being snuffed out in the stiff winds of business change.
|12:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.||LUNCH (On Own)|
|2:00-3:00 p.m.||ROUNDTABLE: Writing for the Market or the Muse -- or Are Both Possible?|
Join NINC members and industry experts to discuss whether writers should write for the market or the muse -- or both.
Cheryl Holt, Jim McCarthy, Kam Miller, Nina Paules
|Is Your Webpage Doing All It Can For Your Career? (2 hours, pt 1--Julie Kenner)|
This workshop will tell you everything you need to know to make your website work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bring a big notebook and a back up pen. You don't want to miss a thing.
|3:15-4:15 p.m.||ROUNDTABLE: Organizing Yourself and Your Support Team for Maximum Success|
Join NINC members and industry guests to discuss how to organize yourself and your support team to grow your career to its maximum potential.
Pat van Wie, Elissa Wilds, Nina Paules, Ken Ortolon, Rich Ryan, Tina Lynn Smith, Dallas Hodge, Mark Swihart
|Is Your Webpage Doing All It Can For Your Career? (cont)|
|7:00-8:00 p.m.||DINNER/FREE TIME (on own)|
|Saturday, October 26, 2013|
|9:00-10:00 a.m.||Building an Effective Author Support Team (Terry Odell, Jana DeLeon)|
After last year's conference, many NINC members headed home and got busy creating their own marketing support systems. Listen to how the Lifeboat concept got transformed into The Booklover's Bench for one group, and The Indie Voice for another. If you don't have a team yet, there's sure to be a model fit for your marketing needs.
|What To Know Before You Sign Your Next Contract (2 hours, pt 1)(Robert F. Stein) |
Heard about the new, sneaky, non-compete clauses? No? This workshop will tell you everything you need to know to make sure your publishing contract does not tie your hands into the future. Bring your contracts!
|10:15-11:15 a.m.||Can Your Book Make It in Hollywood? (Jim McCarthy, Kam Miller)|
Join Hollywood screenwriter Kam Miller, literary agent Jim McCarthy and literary attorney Robert F. Stein to discuss the ins and outs of appealing to Hollywood film and TV producers.
|What To Know Before You Sign Your Next Contract (cont) |
|11:30-12:30 p.m.||The Evolving Role of the Agent in the Publishing Landscape (Jim McCarthy)|
Agents are taking on new responsibilities, and facing the same challenges as authors in this changing marketplace. Find out how some of the best are dealing with the change, and what it means for authors.
|Format Complete -- A Guide to Indie with Amazon (Dan Slater, Nicole Op Den Bosch)|
Amazon has blazed a path for authors, both in print and in ebook. Now they're continuing to blaze paths, with audiobooks. Come hear experts from Amazon KDP, Audible ACX, and CreateSpace talk about how to take your book -- in any form, to your readers.
|12:30-2:00 p.m.||LUNCH (on own)|
|2:00-3:00 p.m.||Selling to Foreign Markets On Your Own (Jim McCarthy)|
The foreign markets are opening up, and authors are poised to take advantage, with an agent, or without.
|The Secret to Success at KOBO|
KOBO is the newest player on the international book and ebook distribution market. Come and learn the secret to helping readers find your books at KOBO.
|4:00-5:00 p.m.||You May Sleep, But Your Marketing Doesn't Have To (Randy Ingermanson) |
There are ways to make sure that your books continue to make you money while you sleep, play, or write, and Randy Ingermanson, "The Snowflake Guy" knows most of them. Learn what you can do to keep sales going while you're busy writing the next book.
|The Secret to Success at Apple iTunes (Mark Coker)|
Smashwords' CEO Mark Coker has been working closely with Apple to help authors become discoverable at iTunes Bookstore. Hear how you, too, can use these insider tips to become an Apple iTunes bestseller.
|7:00-9:00 p.m.||DINNER (Provided)|
|Sunday, October 27, 2013|
|9:30-10:30 a.m.||General Meeting |
NINC members only. The annual general meeting of the organization. Generally short and sweet. Plus, find out where we'll be next year! Pick up your proxy at the registration table if your plane, train, or automobile is leaving early.
|10:30-12:00 p.m.||Lou Unplugged|
Our now famous conference wrap-up informal session, open to all conference attendees. Lou Aronica, CEO of The Story Plant, novelist, NINC member, and former president of NINC will cap off with his trademark insights into all the current crazy and sublime happening in publishing.