If you’re feeling the nudge to write for publication, whether that be articles, blog posts, poems, curriculum, or books, consider attending the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (near Santa Cruz, CA), March 27-31, 2015.
The conference is for writers of every skill level, from unpublished to professional. Several literary agents and editors will be there; you can seek to set up a one-on-one appointment or dine with them at lunch or dinner.
Major Morning Tracks
I’ll be teaching “Take Your Story to the Next Level,” one of six Major Morning Tracks. Participants in this comprehensive fiction track will examine crucial elements of solid stories, including character and dialogue, point of view, plot structure and story arc, opening scenes and story climax—how to create a solid commercial structure. Come with your story idea in mind because you’ll have opportunity to apply some of what you learn in class.
I’ll also be joining with literary agent Janet Kobobel Grant of Books & Such and Laura Christianson of Blogging Bistro (she’s my online marketing manager) to lead an afternoon Q&A workshop, “Planning Your Book Launch.” Janet, Laura, and I will attempt the impossible feat of covering everything you need to know about planning a book launch in one hour!
Here’s the description and outline for our workshop:
You have a book in the works. When should you reveal the cover? What should you include on your author website? Do you have to be engaged on several social networks? Hire a publicist? Run contests with big-ticket prizes? During this panel discussion, you’ll learn insider secrets for planning a successful book promotion.
Click to download a PDF of the workshop outline: Planning Your Book Launch – Workshop Outline
Head Start Pre-Conference Tracks
Laura Christianson will also facilitate a Head Start Pre-Conference Track, “Take Your Blogging and Social Media to the Next Level,” from March 25-27. During her interactive mentoring clinic, Laura will approach blogging and social media from a business perspective. She’ll help participants pinpoint their ideal reader, polish their message, plan a publication schedule, and practice proven techniques for building community.
Her track is by application only because it’s limited to 8 participants. She told me today that she still has a few spots open.
There’s so much going on at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference; it’s just amazing. You will make lifelong friends and network with many others who love the written word as much as you do. Hope to see you there!