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2012 Conference

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Going Indie or Traditional? Pros and cons of both paths. Does the choice have to be either/or, or can it be a combination? Industry Guests: Jennifer Brehl (William Morrow), Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks), Wendy McCurdy (Berkley/ Penguin), Jen Talty (Cool Gus Publishing), Dan Slater (Amazon), Barbara Freethy (Author)

Penny-wise, Pound-foolish: Specific sales strategies in e-books. Pros and cons of exclusivity, free promotions, the timing of promotions, and coordinating with a traditional publisher. Industry Guests: Jen Talty (Cool Gus Publishing), Dan Slater (Amazon), Rachel Chou (Open Road Integrated Media), David Wilk (Creative Management Partners), Julianne MacLean (Author), Pat Ryan (Author)

Know When To Hold ’Em, Know When To Fold ’Em: What to consider when making decisions in a new frontier. How do you evaluate your options? How do you know how hard to push? Who should be consulted and how? Industry Guests: Wendy McCurdy (Berkley/Penguin), Donald Maass (Author/Donald Maass Literary Agency), Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Nita Taublib (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), Lou Aronica (Author/Story Plant/Fiction Studio)

Promotion Planning: How do you decide what kind of promotion is best for you? How do you develop a marketing/promotion plan tailored for you? How do you evaluate what is working and what isn’t? Industry Guests: Barbara Freethy (Author), Rachel Chou (Open Road Integrated Media), Julianne MacLean (Author), Larry Norton (INscribe Digital), Thubten Comerford (WePost Media), Julia Coblentz (PubIt!/B&N)

Role of the Agent in a Changing Marketplace: What are agents doing to serve the needs of both traditionally published and self-published authors? What about questions re: conflict of interest? Agreements re: when a traditional author wishes to self-publish? Industry Guests: Jennifer Brehl (William Morrow), Nita Taublib (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), Donald Maass (Author/Donald Maass Literary Agency), Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management)

Subsidiary Rights and Tie-In Products: Foreign rights and foreign markets are on the verge of exploding, along with other subsidiary rights. What opportunities await, and how can authors poise themselves to be ready? ? Industry Guests: Larry Norton (INscribe Digital), Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management), David Wilk (Creative Management Partners), Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks), Elizabeth Jennings (Author/ Translator)

What Does “Quality Fiction” Mean? This is a continuation of the panel topic from Thursday about “quality.” What does quality look like in a digital world without traditional gate-keepers? Industry Guests: Lauren Abramo (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Jen Talty (Cool Gus Publishing), Lisa Stone Hardt (LSH Editorial Services), Pam Headrick (Author/Owner, A Thirsty Mind EBook Design), Kim Killion (Author/ Creative Director, Hot Damn Designs), David Wilk (Creative Management Partners)

In the Other Person’s Shoes—How To Work With Support Teams: Industry Guests: Barbara Freethy, (Author), Thubten Comerford (WePost Media), Jen Talty (Cool Gus Publishing), Lisa Stone Hardt (LSH Editorial Services), Kim Killion (Author/Hot Damn Designs)

Creatively Connecting With Readers: What is working and what isn’t when it comes to connecting with and finding new readers? How do e-books and the Internet change how we interact with and grow our reader base? Industry Guests: Larry Norton (INscribe Digital), Rachel Chou (Open Road Integrated Media), Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks), Pam Headrick (Author/A Thirsty Mind EBook Design), Sue Grimshaw (Random House)

Nurturing the Creative Spirit in a Number-Crunching World: We had some member requests to discuss the creative process and how to handle burn-out, or discouragement, etc. We’re addressing these issues in terms of how the creative process affects the author and the publishing team. Industry Guests: Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks), Sue Grimshaw (Random House), Barbara Keiler, (Author), Melissa Rosati (Creativity Coach/Pace University), Jane Dystel (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Lou Aronica (Author/Story Plant/Fiction Studio)

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