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805 Writers’ Conference


Speakers and Program Announced for the Sixth Annual 805 Writers’ Conference in Ventura, California

Saturday sessions focus on the Business of Writing, and Sunday’s focus on the Craft of Writing. Additionally, the conference offers half-day workshops for fiction, narrative nonfiction/memoir, poetry, and writing articles for publication.

Early-bird discounts on registration are now available, but end August 31. Discounted hotel room rates are $149 a night.

Saturday Speakers and Topics:

Demystifying the Publishing World, with Zhena Muzyka, Enliven Books Publisher, an Atria/Simon & Schuster imprint

What Independent Publishers Want from New Writers, with Ms. Muzyka, Mark E. Cull of Red Hen Press, and Christopher Meeks of White Whiskers Books

Legally Speaking—What Writers Need to Know to Protect Themselves, with Dana Newman, Literary Attorney and Agent

Super Fans—The Secrets of Selling More Books, with Penny Sansevieri, best-selling author, NYU instructor, and CEO of Author Marketing Experts

How to Write the Grabber Query Letter, with Toni Lopopolo, literary agent, former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, and writing instructor at Temple University

A beachside reception for all attendees and speakers follows this session.

Sunday Speakers and Topics:

Master Self-Editing: The Important Checkpoints for Fiction and Memoir, with Toni Lopopolo

The Magic of Editing: What Turns Writers into Authors, with Emily Heckman, former Simon & Schuster executive editor, now freelance editor and author

The Big Three of Fiction—Dialogue, Interior Monologue, and Narrative, with Shelly Lowenkopf, author of over 35 books, former executive editor, and 30-year Masters in Writing professor at USC and UCSB

The Swiss Army Knife: Tools for 21st-Century Writing—Toni Lopopolo and Shelly Lowenkopf

And a special keynote speaker, to be announced soon.

PLUS: Ask the Experts: a luncheon event included of full day and weekend passes where you join different speakers at the lunch; and Meet an Editor, free meetings with book editors to review your first ten pages and discuss their ideas to improve your writing.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing, But Were Afraid to Ask

ivor_new_headshotby Ivor Davis

You risk being swallowed up whole, maybe never to be seen again, if you venture to the annual Book Expo America without a serious game plan.

In May, I headed to Chicago’s McCormick Place to see what the publishing world had wrought—or was about to unleash on the (diminishing, perhaps) book-reading public. It was the first time in twelve years the book event had been held in the Midwest.

Although last year I’d traveled to New York’s Javits Center, even with a master plan, I found that in Chicago, I succumbed all too easily to the blandishments of the army of publishing booths that await the innocent book voyeur. Expo offers lots of free book signings, free bags and catalogues, and well-known scribes happily autographing their works; for example, Jamie Lee Curtis (This Is Me) and music man Kenny Loggins, who has turned his hit song “Footloose” (from the l984 movie) into a book with the same title. Both offerings were for kids, and celebrity signings add up to long lines. Continue reading