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Ninc’s FIRST WORD:
A One-Day Event, Open to All Writers

Exploring New Publishing Partnership Opportunities
Thursday, October 25, 2012

What do we mean by “publishing partnerships?” Gone are the days when the only partnership that had value to an author were agents and publishing houses. While those are still in the picture, they are only part of the picture.

Welcome to the New Publishing Landscape!

In 2010, Ninc electrified the publishing world by embracing, rather than denying, that the ebook revolution had begun, a time in which authors would be in charge. As part of that acknowledgement, an all-day event was added to the regular members-only conference in which everyone was invited: writers at every level and with every publishing background, members of the traditional publishing world, and player in the new publishing reality.  In 2011, this one-day event went even further—energizing and empowering every writer who attended.

Now, two years into the publishing revolution that is changing all our lives, we realize authors can’t go it completely alone. To fully realize the opportunities available, we must explore new options. This year’s all-day event is ready to tackle that with a fantastic line up.

First Word $195 includes: 4 panels, a new Q&A session, plus lunch and dinner.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, in White Plains, NY. It’s only about a 30-minute train ride into Manhattan, and it is located within walking distance of several delicious restaurants and shops.

Schedule and Speakers

Thursday, October 25

8:00-9:15 Panel 1: Partnering for Quality

Sue Grimshaw, Loveswept Editor, Random House 
Barbara Freethy, Author
Dominique Raccah, Publisher, Sourcebooks
Nita Taublib, Executive Editor at G. P. Putnam’s and Sons 
Lou Aronica, Author and Publisher, the Story Plant
9:30-10:45 Panel 2: Partnering to Raise Your Profile
As readers turn to the Internet more and more to make their book-buying decisions – both for print books and ebooks – an author’s online presence is as crucial today as physical placement in a brick-and-mortar store used to be. Join us as we explore ways to give your books the same exposure as being on an end cap.        

Barbara Freethy, Author
Julianne MacLean, Author
Thubten Comerford, WePost Media
Patrick Brown, Author Program Manager, Goodreads
Dan Slater, Author Relations Manager, Amazon
11:00-12:15 Panel 3: Partnering for Sales Discoverability is the name of the game in today’s book-buying environment. Understanding how books are discovered by readers is key to increasing sales.

Rachel Chou, Open Road Media
Larry Norton, InScribe Digital
Dominique Raccah, Publisher, Sourcebooks
Dan Slater, Author Relations, Amazon
Julia Coblentz, Sr. Marketing Manager, PubIt! (B&N)
Patrick Brown, Author Program Manager, Goodreads
12:30-1:45 LUNCH
2:00-3:15 Panel 4: Partnering to Expand Your Reach
New markets are expanding daily. The foreign market is just one area that is poised for explosive growth. Learn what is on the horizon and how you can capitalize on these new opportunities.

Robert Gottlieb, Chairman of Trident Media Group
Larry Norton, Inscribe Digital
Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management
Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Jen Talty, Cool Gus Publishing
3:30-5:30 Q&A Session—All
6:30-8:00

Dinner

8:00-11:00 Night Owls

Ready to sign up? First Word Registration. Hotel information is available in the menu at the left.

If you’re a Novelists, Inc. member or one of our industry guests, the conference won’t end here. First Word will set the tone for a weekend full of dynamic workshops, roundtables, and Night Owl sessions. Don’t miss out! If you’re not yet a member of Novelists, Inc., find out how to join so you can benefit from the entire conference.