How’s Your Writing Summer?

writercontest 235x300 Hows Your Writing Summer?Hard to believe it’s June 15 already, isn’t it? (Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!) We’re excited to hear how authors are making the most of summer’s breezy nights and extra daylight to benefit your writing OR your author marketing (tell us with your comments below!).

Here at WWW, we’ve been busier than ever, adding what seems like a million new conferences and festivals to the Winner Circle calendar (okay, fifty can seem like a million). WWW team member Delaney Cruickshank has been adding these as well as an incredible number of new competitions. (And this while interning at the National Archives in D.C. this summer!) Thanks, Delaney!

We’re expanding our team and offerings, too; on July 1 we’ll have several more announcements to share, including two new partners with discounts for WC members. For now, enjoy this family day, and a reminder below about PubSmart videos – Just a month left to grab’ em before they’re gone…

30 Day Countdown… And Then They’re Gone

If you couldn’t be at this year’s PubSmart, videos of the 2014 PubSmart: Emerging Authors, Emerging Avenues, are available for sale at a special package price of just $129.95 with our $20 off sponsor code #Sponsor14VT — but only until July 15, 2014. Then it all goes away as plans and production for 2015’s event kick into high gear.

The PubSmart conference videos include TWENTY sessions/events in all, featuring over FIFTY faculty members discussing today’s critical issues for emerging authors.

PubSmart Videos Now Available Hows Your Writing Summer?What’s Included!

Two Keynotes:

  • Breakfast Keynote by Jane Friedman
  • Lunch Keynote with Hugh Howey

FIVE Masterclass Sessions:

  • Setting Yourself Up for Success at PubSmart
  • IBPA’s Mini Publishing University
  • Know Your Rights
  • Distribution Deep Dive
  • Social Savvy & Media Mastery

TWELVE Regular Sessions

  • Who Is the Editor You Need
  • PubSmart: Which Publishing Option is Smartest for YOU?
  • Acquisitions Editors: What’s the Next Big Read?
  • Foundations of a Bestseller
  • Authorpreneurship: From Cost-Planning to Funding to Reinvestment
  • Literary Agents
  • Distribution Basics
  • Powerful Branding: You, Your Book, Your Brand
  • Discoverability in a Digital Age
  • How to Approach Booksellers and Libraries
  • Ask a Publicist
  • Cultivating Influencers: Reviewers and Book Clubs

PLUS, a pop-up INTERVIEW with Hugh Howey by Porter Anderson!

This collection will only be available until July 15, 2014, so don’t delay; you can order online now and immediately begin benefitting from the hours of publishing industry insights! (Writers groups – grab one and share the screenings with your group and some popcorn!)

To order, visit PubSmartCon.com. Once completing your purchase you’ll receive an email with login details. You can watch/download all your PubSmart conference videos at your convenience, but only until July 15, 2014

What Attendees Have to Say!

“With panels of experts in every area of the publishing spectrum, including Jane Friedman, CJ Lyons, and Hugh Howey, we heard from the best of the best when it came to communication, branding, marketing, working with agents and publicists and the many support options available today. No stone was left unturned.” – Patricia Sands

“Some great suggestions from really brilliant people, stemming from a truly innovative conference with what I’m sure is a very bright future!” – Ross Browne, The Editorial Dept.

“I could go on about the many returns on my PubSmart investment, but I’ll focus on this: what did the conference creators accomplish? They leveled the playing field. They dared to introduce a new authorpreneurship conference model, one never done before…”– Leona DeRosa Bodie

“I went to the conference to get a better handle on how (and where) I fit in the scheme of the writing world; however I came away with so much more.” – Rachel James

“I found honest discussion of traditional vs self publishing, aids to authors from expert to newbie, and lots of professionals willing to talk about books and how to get them prepared, printed, and distributed in places readers will actually be able to find them.” – Peg Herring

 

Comments

  1. Robin Leigh Morgan says:

    This week I plan to write my 100th and final Flash Fiction for my anthology and by June 30th I to finish my self-editing process before turning it over to a professional editor. While the manuscript is being edited I need to finalize the cover design. And if my fiancés are in place by the end of July, I’m submitting everything to CreateSpace.
    I’m also in the midst of writing an adult Contemporary romance novel entitled “His Darkest Secret” which has a paranormal element running through parts of the storyline.
    Right now “His Darkest Secret” is being moved to the back burner as I rather move forwards with a YA Urban Fantasy novella entitled “The Secret of the Well” [this has a romantic backstory]. I had originally intended for this to be a stand-alone, however with one of the reviews “I Kissed a Ghost” has received and on-line questions/comments I’ve received asking whether there would a sequel, I decided to do precisely that and make “The Secret of the Well” into one. This involved creating a new first chapter and the creation of a “bridge” between it and what I’ve written before, and changing the names of the characters.
    My hope for the summer is to have enough copies of “I Kissed a Ghost” being sold to help finance these projects/

    • Shari Stauch says:

      Wonderful, Robin! You might consider putting the newest book up at Pubslush to encourage pre-sales! http://pubslush.com/page/50

  2. mike long says:

    Heading for Sacramento 6/24 for the Western Writers of America conference, and a small award (Second Place, Spur Award, Short Story). We’ll go to Eureka Springs, AR, in October for the Ozark Writers Conference, and the release of HIGHER GROUND, 3rd book of my trilogy. Sales of NO GOOD LIKE IT IS have passed 3900, and DOG SOLDIER MOON is over 4300. Two anthologies out this year and three pending (five short stories). Are we having fun yet?

    • Shari Stauch says:

      We are having SO MUCH FUN! Well done, Mr. Long… I’m impressed with all you’ve accomplished with your books! Write on, promote on, and safe travels :)

  3. Danny Kofke says:

    As a teacher, I have a lot more time now – although with 10 and 7 year-old daughters sometimes I am more busy at home than at school. I have still continued to market my previous book – A Simple Book Of Financial Wisdom – with success and a couple of weeks ago was on FOX Business Network’s The Willis Report. I am also working on the finishing touches to my next book – A Bright Financial Future: Teaching Kids About Money Pre-K Through College for Life-Long Success – scheduled for release in September. It is with an editor now. Here is my site in case you were interested – www.dannykofke.blogspot.com

    • Shari Stauch says:

      Thanks, Danny and YAY! Sounds like you’ve got it going on! Love the idea of teaching kids about money – very much needed. Remember back when I was a kid we actually learned how to balance checkbooks, write checks, etc., at an early – don’t think schools do even that anymore? Will check out both your books!

    • Shari Stauch says:

      Occurs to me you might pitch local rotary clubs and women’s groups to go talk about money, too — They’re always looking; it’s a back-of-the-room sales opportunity… and you can line ‘em up over summer to do in fall when the little ladies are back to school :)

  4. Anna Goodwin says:

    My book How to Cope with Stress after Trauma: Especially for Veterans, Families and Friends was published last month. I am speaking to psychotherapists, veterans and families at the Vet Centers right now and plan to speak at the VA as well. Any help is greatly appreciated at this critical time for veterans.

    • Shari Stauch says:

      It is needed, and thanks to you Anna for your service! Very good lineup. Check out groups in LinkedIn too where you might begin interacting/finding more speaking opportunities? Tie in some cause marketing, too – getting behind their local projects…

  5. Lynette White says:

    My summer is going to be spent promoting the first book of my Destiny Series The Enemy Within, writing the second book of the series Enemy Unmasked, and promoting the five anthologies I have stories in. Busy,busy, busy.

    • Shari Stauch says:

      Sounds busy but FUN! How will you be promoting – book signings?? Tell us website where we can all look up your upcoming events :)

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