Speakers & Industry Guests
Name a job in publishing, and Lou has done it, and at the highest level. That’s why NINC repeatedly has called on him to join in our one-day panels, workshops … and of course the now famous Lou Unplugged, our Sunday morning conference wrap-up that is not to be missed. Ever! Join Lou, NINC members, and industry professionals in the most congenial, informative, open and honest exchanges of the conference. http://www.louaronica.com/
One of the Founders of NINC, Jasmine will be an honored guest, and has promised to give us a workshop on Life Beyond Writing. Do you sometimes feel you are “nothing” if you’re no longer a writer? Just in the first blush of your career, or thinking ahead to the day you may not consider writing your fulltime occupation, Jasmine has been where you are, and promises, yes, there is life beyond sitting at the computer all day in your pajamas, you just have to go and find it. Come listen, and then share your own ideas and, perhaps, fears. http://www.jasminecresswell.com/about.html
Lee is also the author of Police Procedure and Investigation, A Guide For Writers Writing http://www.amazon.com/Howdunit-Police-Procedure-Investigation-ebook/dp/B00506VMZ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382116594&sr=1-1&keywords=lee+lofland. His stellar work with the WPA has kept him close to home for the past few years and off the conference circuit, but we’ve got him for both a Special Session during the one-day and the full conference. No matter what genre you write in, sooner or later you’re going to encounter a crime and/or a dead body. Although Lee may forever ruin TV shows and movies for you as he sheds light on what’s real and what’s just “make-believe” that you don’t want showing up in your books!
Kelly, one of NINC’s own, and one of the developers and main contributors to The Ninc Binder: A Comprehensive Guide to the New World of Publishing (better known as The Ninc Binder) http://ninc.com/conferences/2011/ninc_binder_2011.asp, has always got a marvelous idea or two up her sleeve concerning how writers can become more independent and, yes, even powerful. This one has something to do with Big Data. She explained it more thoroughly to us, but all we got out of it so far is that, yes, it will be a “huge boon to writers.” Works for us! http://www.kellymcclymer.com/
We first met Carolyn in Florida in 2010, and immediately invited her back for 2011. Now we’ve scored the trifecta, as she has agreed to dazzle us again, back in Florida in 2014. You may remember her as SVP, Publishing Transformation, HarperCollins Publishers, but she has moved on to Managing Director, Welman Digital LLC, NYC http://www.welmandigital.com/. What does that mean? It means more freedom for Carolyn to speak on behalf of the author (that would be us), including a workshop with the provocative title: Ten Uncomfortable Questions to Ask Your Publisher Right Now.
As president of Spencerhill Associates, Ltd http://spencerhillassociates.com/index.php/SH/, Karen represents a broad range of commercial fiction, and though a number of her clients have become New York Times bestsellers she still takes great pleasure in discovering and working with new talent. With many years of publishing experience she brings an editorial as well as a business background to assist her clients. She is looking for literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, primarily for the adult market. She would love to read a richly detailed historical novel or historical suspense, a big sprawling family saga, or engrossing women’s fiction. She especially enjoys southern women’s fiction; and given her passion for animals, seeks any work involving dogs, horses or the natural world. She loves a great suspense novel and especially those with a psychological hook. Karen has recently opened a second office in Tampa, FL.
When it comes to keeping books alive and selling, Karen sits near the head of the “How do you do that?” class. She is still being asked to travel the country to give seminars and teach classes concerning Trapped: The 1909 Mine Disaster, published in 2003, and still in print. You can see Karen at work at the Abraham Lincoln President Library, discussing Trapped: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL_E-yb1jx4&feature=youtube_gdata . A family memoir, Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family, first published in 2008 and also still in print, was the subject of a panel presentation at the 2012 Italian American Studies Association (IASA) conference at Hofstra University, among so many other college, conferences and book club talks. In fact, she wasn’t available to give us information about her workshop because she was off to Elgin Community College, where Unto the Daughters is on the Women’s Lit curriculum. So, how does she do that? You’re about to find out. Karen will also be presenting a workshop on writing the family memoir, which isn’t as easy as it sounds! http://karentintori.com/