This conference is for all writers, from novice to published. Whether you’re just starting to write, need direction on how to better market your book, or anything in between, the dedicated, knowledgeable authors and professionals will offer tips, advice and guidance on all the ins and out of writing and publishing. Check out the session topics and presenters below and register before the price increases at the end of March.
Elizabeth Kostova (Lunch Session Keynote)
A Yale graduate, Kostova holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. After 10 years of research and writing her first novel, Kostova sent The Historian to an agent and then to publishers. The rights of this first book were eventually auctioned and purchased for $2 million. It was the first debut novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list at #1. The Historian has been published in 44 languages, has more than 1.5 million copies in print, and there’s a Sony film in the works. Her most recent bestseller The Swan Thieves was published in 2010.
Effective Tools for Self Editing – Patricia Charpentier
Learn a variety of free/inexpensive tools to root out typos, overused words & phrases, and other oversights that dull the shine of your fabulous stories. (Author of the multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, Charpentier teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites and publishes personal and family history. Visit her at www.writingyourlife.org.)
Unlocking Your Creative Voice – Sarah Jean Davidson
Learn how to get your thoughts down on paper so they can be polished. (Davidson is author of: Your Mouth To God’s Ear,in which she combines her experiences in Manifesting with scientific discoveries. She is also a portrait and mural artist and a “Seer” with the gift of Clairvoyance.)
How to Market your Book on a Shoestring Budget – Ron P. Whittington
Learn how to implement an effective PR campaign without a publicist. (Author of Second Strike and Doppelganged, Whittington also freelance writes for Texas Monthly, Jacksonville Magazine, and the Florida Times Union. He has worked for more than 20 years in public relations and marketing, starting his career as a journalist with CNN Radio and the Dallas Business Journal.)
Creative Nonfiction – Jeff Kunerth
Learn how the strengths of truth along with the techniques of fiction are the future of nonfiction writing. (An award-winning journalist with the Orlando Sentinel, Kunerth is the author of Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens and the Death Penalty. As a teacher of writing and reporting, Kunerth was named adjunct of the year in 2010 by the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his Master’s in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.)
How to Get Published Panel
June Hall McCash, Mary Ann Miller(Miller is an art educator, professional artist and author who has for many years traveled to various parts of Europe following in the footsteps of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse. Sketchbooks from these trips have been combined in the “Blue Vase” series of books.), Drew Sappington (Sappington works at a variety of odd jobs, at least odd to him, including storyteller, clinical psychologist and college professor. He has one textbook, forty professional journals articles, a few short pieces in publications that people actually read, and a book of humorous history stories.) and Kevin Shipp
Effective Marketing – Donna Paz Kaufman
Learn what retailers need printed on the book cover, the terms bookstores require, managing consignment sales, strategies for prominent display space, and bookstore approach techniques.
Pit to Pinnacle: the Path to Publication – Sharman Burson Ramsey
Once the book is written, the challenge begins. Learn strategies in improving and surviving the process.
Thinking Outside the Box – Mary Ann Bator-Gray
Learn new venues for marketing. (Bator-Gray’s book, Ethereal Desire was the 2011 First Place Winner of the FWA’s Royal Palm Award for an unpublished romance. She’s also written several children/cat-lover books. )
Soup to Nuts: Putting It All Together – Panel Discussion
Cynn Chadwick (Chadwick is the author of That’s Karma, Baby plus many more. Her books have been nominated for the Lambda, Golden Crown, and Stonewall Literary Awards. She holds an MFA and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Asheville.) A. Dragonblood (A. Dragonblood has been a ghost writer for over 20 yrs. His stories are a collection of truths, embellished by his own fantastical imagination. Now working on the 5th book in his Children of the Others Collection, he shows the ordinary can be extraordinary in this magical world we live.), Patricia Charpentier, Sharman Burson Ramsey, and Jeff Kunerth
Despite confirmed appearances authors could cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. The Amelia Island Book Festival reserves the right to change/cancel workshops and/or events.