Conference opens Wednesday, October 22
Registration opens at 5:00 p.m.
Outdoor Reception 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Night Owls (members only): 8:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.
First Word, Thursday October 23
9:00 a.m. —11:30 a.m. Panel One: The Future of Publishing: Take One
Moderator: Journalist Porter Anderson, BA, MA, MFA
There are indications that print is unlikely to drop below 50% of the market anytime soon, and numbers are out showing e-book sales leveling off and even dropping. Yet many print houses are still cutting budgets (and authors), and being ultra-conservative, especially with fiction. They seem very slow to evolve their business models, including their handling of career authors. E-publishers and indie authors are dependent on the new same-old-same-old, even as what seemed innovative a few years ago becomes perhaps old-hat, and price seems more and more to be the main draw for the tablet reader. As we head for 2015, in what areas do publishers, authors and distributors need to expand and/or revise in order to maintain and build mutually profitable relationships?
Panelists: Phil Sexton, Elaine English, Jon Fine, Marjorie Braman, Lou Aronica, Hugh Howry, Bob Stein, Steve Zacharius, Dan Slater, Joan Schulhafer, Carolyn Pittis, Erika Tsang
10:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Panel Two: Yo! Here I Am! Buy me!
There’s a large international market out there, but how do authors best tap that market? There has to be life beyond the free or 99-cent book promotion, rare chances at online promotion from distributors, and tangible publisher support (individualized cover art, discounting, promotion, even editing), now being mostly limited to bestselling authors. Short-term gain, long-term stagnant sales: these aren’t what authors bargained for in either print or e-books. The majority of authors must rely on themselves for promotion, editing, and more, so where should they be spending their bucks? Is all the downward pressure on pricing, for every delivery system, a trend, a long-term workable plan, or a possible death knell to publishers and mid-list career authors and, if so, how do we fix that?
Panelists: Dan Wood, Katie Donelan, Kristen Nelson, Mark Lefebvre, Julie Coblentz, Jeff Gunhus, Karen Solem, Joan Schulhafer, David Symonds, Nicole Op den Bosch, Marjorie Braman, John Olson
12:30 pm. — 1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Panel Three: Yours, Theirs, and Ours
Rights. Getting them back, holding them, selling them again, bargaining for more of a two-way street in new contracts in light of today’s publishing atmosphere and marketplace. What should the new print and/or e-book contract look like? At what point does an author or publisher benefit by walking away? Is slapping a title into POD actually putting it back in print? Should there be clear-cut standard contract language on what constitutes out of print? How willing are today’s authors to sign away future rights, with little or no legal opportunity to cut ties when the publisher is no longer doing anything with their rights other than holding them? What will attract, bring back, the career authors who have found more autonomy and even more sales by self-publishing?
Panelists: Elaine English, Bob Stein, Phil Sexton, Erika Tsang, Kristen Nelson, Liliana Hart, David Symonds, Lou Aronica, Dominique Raccah, Steven Axelrod, Jana DeLeon, Steve Zacharius.
3:45 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. Panel Four: The Future of Publishing: Take Two
The five year plan: when we look ahead, what will we see? Audio, yes, but what else? TV and Netflix movies, serials, books on your wristwatch, reader-interactive tools incorporated into novels? Is there something to be gained (or lost) with subscription models like Oyster? Where’s the action, what’s hot, and even more importantly: what’s next? Then step beyond the delivery systems. Print houses have stiff competition now, at all levels. Where do they see themselves in five years, and where does the career author line up in their list of priorities? Then flip over to self-published and e-published authors: are they in danger of becoming too complacent with the new technology’s ability to sustain its current rate of growth?
Panelists: Carolyn Pittis, Kelley Armstrong, Eileen Fallon, Steven Axelrod, Nicole Op den Bosch, Dan Slater, Jon Fine, Liliana Hart, Dan Wood, Hugh Howry, Mark Lefebvre, Dominique Raccah.
5:15 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.: Ninc turns the room over to our Industry Guests for Private Discussion
6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Outdoor buffet dinner for attendees and industry guests, served at “Breckenridge Pool Deck North.”
Night Owls (members only): 8:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.
Friday October 24 — Saturday October 25
Three workshops per hour, running from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
When available, all workshop descriptions and times will be posted here.
Meals on your own Friday, and Saturday lunch.
Friday night Night Owls (members only): 8:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.
Sunset buffet banquet on the beach, Celebration of Ninc’s 25th Anniversary, 6:30 — 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 26
General Meeting (members only): 9:30 a.m.
Lou Aronica Unplugged: 10:30 a.m. — Noon
This wrap-up session is kicked off by Lou, and can go anywhere from there. Invited are all Ninc members and Industry guests willing to speak informally about this business we’re all in together (plus any Author Assistants and Spouses/Companions who might care to wander in and grab a chair, give a listen).
Consider this last get-together as the sort of informative talk that takes place at conferences late at night in the bar — except that it will be morning, and we should all be at least relatively sober.
And then grab your electronic device of choice, and immediately register for Ninc’s 2015 conference!