Workshops

2013 Northwest Bookfest WORKSHOPS
(details below)

Below are a number of submitted 2013 workshops topics. As requests continue to pour in, we will update our workshop list and will have a confirmed final list published by July 31, 2013. Look forward to additional workshops on E-books, Using Social Media, Building an Eye-Catching Website, Distribution, etc.

WRITING WORKSHOP – CRAFT

Adapting Your Novel Into a Screenplay
The Bones of MG/YA Fiction: Characters, Voice, and Plot 
Connecting With Readers 
Creating Memorable Characters  
Fast Fiction
Fearless Writing
The First 10 Pages: Getting Your Novel Off to a Rousing
Get Published, Stay Published  
Five Fatal Blocks to Writing: How to Stack Them in Your Favor
The Importance of Cover Design and Interior Layout
Plotting a Romance Novel
Podcasting for Writers
Short Stories: Digital-Friendly and Hot
Staying Grounded in the Digital Age 
Technical Writing from Docs to Books  
Telling a Family’s Story
Using Evernote for Writers 
What’s Holding You Back?  How to Stop Wishing and Start Writing  
Working With An Editor in the Digital Age  
Writing a Fiction Series for Kids
Writing for Young People
Writing Your Life Stories
 

WRITING WORKSHOP – MARKETING

The Advent of Online Magazines
Author Platform 101 – “Baby Steps Count”  
Blowing Your Own Horn
Building a Bargain Book Trailer 
The Business of Authorship: Guidance for Creating a Successful 
Marketing Strategy
Crowd Source Funding (Kickstarter)
Five Ways to Fire Up Book Sales
Getting Ready for the Spotlight: How to Prepare for Media      Interviews 
I’m on Twitter, Now What?
Increase Traffic to Your Website Now   
Marketing Your Non-Fiction Book
The Power of Publicity  
Staying Sane in the Digital Age
Understanding Book Distribution
Using Social Media to Market Your Book
You’ve Finished Your Book, Now What?
Selling Your Book, from Query Letters to Synopses

WRITING WORKSHOP – E-BOOKS

Best Practices and Formatting for Self-Publishing 
eBooks for Non-Technical Authors
Serialized Fiction in the Ebook Age
Truth, Lies and Myths Debunked

WRITING WORKSHOP - GENERAL

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Amazon Create Space Publishing
Are You Ready to Indie Publish? 
Self-Publish Successfully
Which Way Should You Go? Finding Your Path to the New Publishing Paradigm
Self-Publishing: What To Expect in the First Year
Electronic Rights for Authors
 

Workshop Details:

 

The Advent of Online Magazines
Presented by: Nicholas O'Connell
There’s been an explosion of new literary magazines over the last decade. The digital revolution has transformed the magazine world, changing it from a limited, print-centric model based largely at universities, to a much wider and eclectic range of publications, everything from personal blogs to high-quality publications like Narrative Magazine. The digital world offers powerful advantages for magazines and their readers: it makes distribution easier, lowers costs, and offers the possibility of reaching a large number of readers. What makes a great online magazine? How would you start one? How can you make it sustainable? 
Websites: www.thewritersworkshopreview.net and www.thewritersworkshop.net

Adapting Your Novel Into a Screenplay
Presented by: Wally Lane, Barbara Kindness
Hollywood is looking for good stories to turn into movies or television shows. You might have exactly the right property. But do you understand the differences between the novel and the screenplay? Learn some key questions you¹ll need to answer in order to create an adaptation of your work.
www.screenwritingtoindustrystandard.com

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Presented by: Thom Kephart
In the past few years, a new system for writers to publish their works in
digital format has been developed and Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing has
been at the forefront of this publishing revolution. Learn more about
independent publishing through Kindle Direct Publishing, special promotional
opportunities and ways that Amazon supports authors.
 
Amazon Create Space Publishing
Presented by: Thom Kephart
In the past few years, a new system for writers to publish their works has
been developed and Amazon Create Space has been at the forefront of this
publishing revolution. Learn more about independent publishing and
distribution through Create Space publishing.

Are You Ready for Indie Publishing?
Presented by: SaraLynn Hoyt, Deborah Schneider
You’ve probably discovered that “Indie Publishing” a book is easier than ever. With many different platforms, you can jump-start your publishing career by learning to do it yourself. But, the big question is: should you? What do you need to know before you jump into the shark tank of self-publishing? This multi-media presentation will help you answer the important questions about your experience, your writing and your plan for self-publishing.

Author Platform 101— Baby Steps Count
Presented by: Ksenia Anske, Abby Carter, Jessica Day, Kelsye Nelson, Amy Raby, Moderator: Mark Hennon, President, Seattle Freelances
Panelists provide a distillation of the best ways to frame your author platform to market your writing. The key is to start now and do a little bit five days a week— as you write. If you wait, the task seems insurmountable. It doesn't have to be hard. It doesn't have to be scary. It's really not that complicated and we'll show you why. 
Website: http://seattlefreelances.wordpress.com/

Best Practices and Formatting For Self-Publishing
Presented by: Gerri Russell
You can become your own publisher using distributors such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press, Apple, Kobo and Smashwords. But, first you have to understand how formatting a digital book is different from a print one. Learn step by step from a pro who has published seven digital books.
Website: http://gerrirussell.net/

Blowing Your Own Horn: The Writer’s Guide to Book Tours and Beyond
Presented by: Nicholas O'Connell
Whether self-publishing or using an established publisher, authors need to know how to get the word out about their book. Once upon a time, publishing companies did this for you, but now even large publishers are "outsourcing" the marketing to authors. How can authors get the word out about their title and reach their audience?  It can seem overwhelming at first, but there are many options available today with the digital revolution.  We'll talk about websites, blogs, social media, book trailers marketing via print and other media, and the secrets of setting up a book tour. 
Websites: www.thewritersworkshopreview.net and www.thewritersworkshop.net

The Bones of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction: Characters, Voice, and Plot
Presented by: Jennifer Bradbury, Stephanie Guerra, Katherine Schlick Noe
In all good fiction, nothing happens by chance. The writer must carefully craft a story in which every word, action, or event has a reason for being.  We work hard to sculpt joy, anguish, betrayal, or courage into the bodies and voices of characters; launch the action with a strong beginning; navigate the ups and downs of plot; and create such an ending that the reader is reluctant to let go.  No easy task for any writer. These middle grade and young adult authors, have the added challenge of accomplishing these things in language that is relevant to young people, through characters they like and understand. Three MG/YA authors will explore some of the major bones upon which good fiction grows -- characters, voice and plot.
Website: http://katherineschlicknoe.com

Building a Bargain Book Trailer
Presented by:  T.M. Franklin
Discover tips and resources for creating a compelling book trailer without spending a lot of money - including looking at editing software and sites to get free and low-cost images, footage, and music.
Website: http://www.TMFranklin.com

The Business of Authorship:  Guidance for Creating a Successful Marketing Strategy
Presented by: Maria Dykstra
Navigating the digital age requires authors to be more than awesome writers; they must also become savvy business people. This panel of marketing and public relations professionals will reveal how professional experts use authorship as an effective strategy to gain professional credibility, increase their visibility and create thriving businesses. Participants will be given practical tips on how to use digital technologies to build their author brand and develop a promotion plan, and expand their influence as an author and thought leader within their industry and beyond.
Website: http://tredigital.com/

Connecting with Readers: Analog Adventures in a Digital World
Presented by: Elizabeth Fountain
Finding readers in the midst of the digital information explosion is both easier and more difficult than before. We have so many more ways to reach readers, and there is so much more "noise" in the atmosphere for readers to sort through before they can find our work. Yet the essential principles of connecting with readers hold constant: write the stories you love, do your best work, and communicate about them with all the passion you conjure to create them. 
Website: http://lizfountain.wordpress.com

Creating Memorable Characters
Presented by: Denise Frisino
Paint a striking figure. This session will focus on tools used by actors and directors to expand lively, well rounded images. Denise will share a few basics on how to develop sustainable characters and snappy dialogue. These theatre techniques easily translate to novel writing and the evolution of strong, rich personalities and memorable characters. 

www.whiskeycovebook.com 

 

Crowd Source Funding for Your Book
Presented by: Stephen W. Long and Paul Byers
Learn strategies for running a successful Kickstarter campaign, from targeting your audience, to promoting the project, choosing "rewards," and making the best use of social media.  Understand the importance of staying connected to your base, the folks who have backed the project, encouraging them to get THEIR friends to help as well. Discover the various avenues for publishing once you have the funding.  
Website: www.stephenwlong.com
Website: paulbyersonline.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresasomebody

eBooks for Non-Technical Authors
Presented by: Marcia Breece
There are many different platforms to publish your book, including Kindle, Nook, Kobe, Smashwords, etc. What do you need to know as an author in order to successfully publish with these digital distributers? 
Website: http://www.marciabreece.com

EBook Publishing: Truth, Lies and Myths Debunked
Presented by:  Jay Hartman
What's driving the pricing in today's eBook market? What formats are really the most popular? Where do most people read literary fiction? Can you get rich selling at Amazon? Topics covered include pricing, marketing, who's reading what and where, whether or not an agent is necessary, the state of eBook retailers and how to avoid the pitfalls of the industry if you choose to go it alone.
Website: Our main site is http://www.untreedreads.com

Electronic Rights and the Writer
Gary K. Marshall, Attorney
Like many other businesses, the publishing market is moving away from
physical distribution and increasingly towards electronic distribution. This
is the new wild west for writers. Because it is a market that is expanding
rapidly and changing all the time, the rules regarding electronic rights are
also changing all the time. How does this affect you? Come hear the latest
developments, and a quick overview of existing law and practice.
Website: www.marshallcomputer.com <http://www.marshallcomputer.com>

Fast Fiction
Presented by: Denise Jaden
Most writers wish they had more of one important commodity: time. It can take years to bring an idea from first word to final draft. Fast-drafting allows writers to get that all-important first draft down quickly, so that successive drafts deepen and strengthen their work. This workshop will help writers discover ways to come up with a viable story plan and then put that plan to work quickly.
Website: http://www.denisejaden.com

Fearless Writing
Presented by: William Kenower 
All writers need confidence to sustain their work. In this workshop Bill Kenower dispels many of the writing and publishing myths that stand between authors and the confidence they naturally possess.
Websites: www.williamkenower.com
www.authormagazine.org

The First 10 Pages: Getting Your Novel Off to a Rousing Start
Presented by: Bob Dugoni Learn how to employ time-tested techniques of best-selling authors to improve your novel writing. This workshop will focus on catching and holding the reader¹s attention in the first pages while avoiding common mistakes ­ the seven deadly sins that can get a manuscript rejected.
http://www.robertdugoni.com

Five Fatal Blocks to Writing
Presented by: Karen Lynn Maher
Discover the five common blocks to writing that inhibit aspiring authors from writing a book: mindset, purpose, plan, accountability and promotion. Understand the symptoms of each block and learn to move through the blocks to prolific writing.
Website: www.legacyoneauthors.com

Get Published, Stay Published
Presented by: Terry Persun
This discussion will include several ideas on how to organize your writings and why it is important to stay focused on your career as much as your writing. Also discuss how to stay motivated to write and how to continue to produce. Finally, with a focus on small independent magazines and publishers,  how to contact and stay in contact with editors and publishers.

 

Five Ways to Fire up Your Book Sales
Presented by: Whitney Keyes
Congratulations! You’ve written the book and maybe even had it published. Now what? In this fast-paced, interactive session you’ll learn five ways to maximize your efforts and boost your personal brand as an author. You’ll also discover tips on numerous free and low-cost ways to sell more books.
Website: http://www.WhitneyKeyes.com

Getting Ready for the Spotlight: How to Prepare for Media Interviews

Presented by: Margo Myers
You've written your book and put out a press release. What's the next step to get ready for your time in the spotlight? Margo will take authors through the process of putting together a media kit and preparing for interviews, whether they're on the radio, TV or in print. And she'll share insider secrets that will make you a media favorite!
Website: www.margomyers.com

I’m on Twitter. What’s Next?

Presented by: Kelsye Nelson
What are the nitty gritty tools and tips for how to find your readers, build a tribe and sell books on Twitter? Tips include: How to set-up your profile like a pro; Finding the "right" folks to follow; Hyper-growth strategies for when you need to build audience FAST; How to run effective promotions (without annoying your audience) and Which hashtags can help you sell books.
Website:
www.writer.ly
linkedin.com/in/kelsyenelson
https://twitter.com/kelsye

The Importance of Cover Design and Interior Layout
Presented by: Sheryn Hara 
A cover is a marketing tool for your book and you need to consider many things as you work with your designer to create work that reflects your vision. Discover what you need to know as a self-published author about layout design to that your book looks professional. Learn what you can do before layout to reduce costs and speed up the layout process.
www.bookpublishersnetwork.com

Plotting a Romance Novel
Presented by: Darlene Panzera
Learn different techniques for writing a romance using seven plotting board templates designed specifically to help you build your book. Review the Hero's Journey, turning points, stage set-up, character cards, calendars, collages, index cards, timelines, facts sheets and other valuable tools that you can use again and again for each story you write.
Website: www.darlenepanzera.com 

Increase Traffic to your Website NOW!
Presented by: Sean McVeigh
In online marketing, having a great website is only half the battle. Getting traffic to your website is what is important. During this presentation we will go into detailed strategies on increasing traffic to you website as well as showing you how to get fans out of the social media "walled gardens"
and back to your website where we can sell them books.
www.425media.com

Marketing Your Non-Fiction Book
Presented by: Lillian Pearl Bridges
Publishers have tight budgets and marketing constraints, so authors are required to become experts at marketing their own book. Discover ways to create interest and buzz about your book to increase sales and how to get paid for public appearances, workshops and speeches. As an expert in your field, access traditional media coverage - magazines and newspapers, as well as using Digital Media and Social Networking to sell more copies of your book.
Website: www.lotusinstsitute.com

Podcasting for Writers
Presented by: Cat Rambo Podcasts, both audio and video, are an increasingly popular way to reach an audience that doesn't read text. This workshop will provide an overview of podcasting including: planning, production and promotion, as well as how to use podcasts to sell your work.
http://www/kittywumpus.net

The Power of Publicity - Getting Media Exposure for You and Your Book
Presented by: Marsha Friedman
Marsha will teach you how to get exposure on radio, TV, in print and on social media sites. She'll give you real-world examples of how to pitch the media; how to tie your topic into the news; how to use publicity as marketing gold and how to build a database for long-term marketing to your readers.

Self-Publish Successfully!
Presented by: Sheryn Hara
First time authors as well as seasoned veterans will gain valuable insight into the world of self-publishing as Ms. Hara covers all aspects of this growing phenomenon. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of traditional publishing, self-publishing and Print-On-Demand as well as the key components to getting your book out before the world: writing and editing; cover and layout design; printing and distribution; promotion and publicity.
www.bookpublishersnetwork.com

Self-Publishing: What to Expect the First Year
Presented by: Dana Delamar, Kristine Cayne
Your first year as an independently published author can be filled with
challenges. Learn from the pros, including tips on ways to save money and
get your books up on distribution websites easily. They¹ll also talk about
promotion and marketing. This is a nuts-and-bolts, how-to presentation.
 http://www.danadelamar.com
http://www.kristinecayne.com

Serialized Fiction in the Ebook Age
Presented by: Zachary Bonelli
The rise of electronic publishing has made shorter works and frequent releases more practical than ever. In this workshop, we will explore the reawakening of serialized fiction—not just how the art and stylistic opportunities that serials provide, but also the gritty details of getting your work online available in the digital publishing world.
www.zacharybonelli.com

Short Stories: Digital-Friendly and Hot
Presented by: Bharti Kirchner
The digital revolution has created a new market for shorter works of fiction. This prolific author discusses the five essential elements of a short story, what makes a story meaningful and therefore publishable, and what techniques to use that’ll leave a lasting impression on the reader. You will then delve into how to get started, how to hook the reader, what to do if you get stuck, and examine the beginnings of many published stories. 
Website: www.bhartikirchner.com

Staying Grounded In the Digital Age: Self-Care Practices to Grow Your Creativity
Presented by: Name: Jenny Zenner
Using the SEEDS practices (sleep, eat, engage, dance, smile) you’ll learn to draw on your own strengths to grow the life you want. Discover apps along with non-digital tools to become mindful and release your own creativity.
Website: www.seedsyoga.com

Staying Sane in the Digital Age
Presenters: Jennifer Bradbury, Stephanie Guerra, Katherine Schlick Noe
As a writer and author, you need to develop strategies for engaging with digital promotions without compromising your creativity, writing time, or sanity. Discover  "short-cuts" for the digitally disinclined, learn about the perceived vs. real importance of engaging on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. And finally, the panelists discuss the benefits of group and guest blogging.
Website: www.stephanieguerra.com

Technical Writing from Docs to Books 
Presented by: William Vaughn
This overview of what makes technical writing interesting and still informative presents basic information in an easy-to-understand style.
Learn how to get your employer to work with you as you develop your skills. Discover how to get technical magazines to ask for submissions, negotiate your contract, choose a publisher and a co-author (or not). 
Website: http://betav.com

Telling A Family’s Story
Presented by: Julia Anderson
Researching your family history, writing it down and publishing for the world to understand can be a complicated challenge. This author provides guidelines for those interested in writing for this unique genre.
Website: www.throughchristinaseyes.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJuliaAnderson

Using Evernote for Writers
Presented by: Viv Ilo Veith
Evernote is a cross-platform software that works on all types of computers, all mobile devices, and all browsers to help you organize your research and writing. Their tag line is "Remember Everything" but it should additionally include "Search Everything" and "Organize Everything" as well. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, a handwritten "ink" note, or a mind map on a whiteboard. Notes can also have file attachments, be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook.
Webpage: http://DancingUpsideDown.com
http://VividlyClear.com

Understanding Book Distribution
Presented by: Erik Korhel
What is book distribution and why is it important to your book sales? What can it do for an author? Do you know the differences between POD and printed books in distribution? This successful author and book distributer will share his secrets for getting your book on the shelves and in the hands of readers.
Website: www.edkbookdistribution.com

Using Social Media to Market Your Book
Presented by: Sean McVeigh
When marketing your book, you need to go where the eyes are. There are over 900 million people on Facebook alone. I will show you how to leverage social media to connect with fans and drive traffic to your website so you can sell more books.
www.425media.com

What’s Holding You Back? How to Stop Wishing and Start Writing
Presented by: Jennifer Phillips
Do you want to write but keep finding reasons not to start? This workshop will include stories from a sampling of writers about what got them moving, the hurdles they faced and time for reflection on your personal hurdles and strategies to develop a plan to get writing.
Website: www.noseinabookpublishing.com
www.facebook.com/NoseinaBookPublishing

Which Way Should You Go? Finding Your Path to the New Publishing Paradigm 
Presented by Jennifer McCord, Roberta Trahan
Never before have there been more options for authors who are looking to publish their work – and never before have there been so many factors to consider. From traditional big house publication to crowd-funded self-publishing ventures, the possibilities are endless. But how do you know which is the best route for you? Join publishing expert Jennifer McCord as she leads a conversation with five Northwest authors who have each taken a different road. The panelists will share their experiences and discuss the pros and cons.

Working With an Editor in the Digital Publishing Age
Presented by: Panelists from the Northwest Independent Editors Guild
Jason Black, Jennifer D. Munro, Nancy Wick. Moderator: Waverly Fitzgerald
Are you considering hiring an editor before you self-publish your new work, or have you been assigned to an editor by your agent or publisher? Now what? How can you build a strong, stress-free working relationship, making things easier on your editor and yourself? A panel of editors from the Northwest Independent Editors Guild will help writers understand when (and why) they should consider hiring an editor, the different types of editing available, how to find an editor, and editorial pet peeves for writers to avoid. We¹ll tell you about relationships that worked and those that didn¹t.
Website: www.edsguild.org

Writing a Fiction Series for Kids
Presented by: Suzanne Selfors, Janet Lee Carey, Trudi Trueit, Dorine White
This discussion of children’s authors provides information about writing a series for children, from the concept idea for the series to techniques used to track the continuing world and how to navigate an overall series arc along with the individual story arcs.
Website: www.suzanneselfors.com

Writing for Young People: Do We Need Analog Books in a Digital World?
Panelists: Elizabeth Blake, Kathryn Dennis, Melissa Mahle, Moderator: Lindsey Barrett
Teens and children’s worldview increasingly comes from pixels on a digital screen. Would it surprise you to learn that young readers continue to demand paper books? A recent study shows "Younger Americans' reading habits and library use are still anchored by the printed page." This is especially true for middle grade and picture books. In addition to digital publication, this panel will walk you through the best ways to build POD books (print-on-demand), including picture books. We¹ll discuss getting picked up by libraries, bookstores, schools and the best ways to access distribution channels. We will share our mistakes, lessons and successes.
Website:www.spygirlspress.com

Writing Your Life Stories
Presented by: Evonne Agnello 
The first draft sometimes only hints of what you’re really trying to say. In the beginning, you’re simply creating a structure in which,¬ over time,¬ you pour your ideas into¬ the slow drawing out of the voices. This PowerPoint presentation encourages you to begin writing today, learn to make a list of events to include in your story, how to select one, and write a first draft. Don’t worry about how to begin or end or the sequence of stories. Write freely and openly because rewriting is the true writing process.
Website: www.shakingshame.com

You've Finished Your Book, Now What? Selling Your Book, from Query Letters to Synopses
Presented by: Peter Mountford
A bracingly honest look at the process of finding a literary agent— how to find the right agent for you, and how to get that agent's attention. The workshop will include a look at this award-winning author’s own query letters, and will explore techniques for "pitching" yourself and your writing in a way that will appeal to people in the publishing business.
Website: www.petermountford.com