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Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference - CAS

Event Type: Program for Adults
Date: 4/20/2013
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM
 Attention aspiring authors -- join us for this free half-day event featuring local publishing insiders and published authors who will lead sessions on how to market your book, out-of-the-box ways to make money as an author and traditional vs. self-publishing. All genres and skill levels are welcome, and you do not need to have a book written already to attend! A full agenda is below. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library, Arbutus Press and StoryLook Design. For adults.
NOTE: Plan to need extra time to get to the library for this event. Major roadwork along 28th Street will make approaching the library via 28th Street from the west very difficult. If possible, participants are advised to approach the branch from the 196 28th Street east exit, or take Patterson Avenue or Spaulding Avenue to 28th Street for minimum disruption. Construction drops off west of the I-96 interchange, so if you are approaching from the freeway you should not experience much of a delay.

8:30 AM Doors open
9:00 AM Intro and panel and Q&A with all participants present: So You’ve written the book … Now what? Is there a master list of tasks that need to be completed? A certain order to do things? What must every published or soon-to-be published author do?
9:50-10:00 AM - break
10:00-10:45 AM breakout sessions I:
1. Go commando or no? Which is for you: Try to Find a Traditional Publisher, or Go the Self-Publishing Route? pros and cons of both (Lisa Orchard, Jon Warnock, Susan Bays of Arbutus Press, Ryan Hipp)
2. Funding The Writer’s Life (Mardi Link)

10:45-11:00 AM break

11-11:45 AM breakout sessions II
3. It’s Perfect Just As It Is, Thank You Very Much: Cover art, copyediting and more… why they can make or break your book’s success (Kris Nelson, StoryLook Design; Sue Merrell; Susan Bays, Arbutus Press)
4. “A brilliant debut!” Ways to promote/market your book, and tales of marketing fails and successes
(John Forsberg -book trailers, Lisa Orchard, D.E. Johnson, Ryan Hipp)

11:45-12:45 PM lunch -- not provided

1-1:45 PM breakout sessions III
1. The ABC’s of Children’s Books How are they different from/ the same as any other published book? Do’s and Don’ts, The Three Most Important Things (Kris Nelson, StoryLook Design; Jon Bradley)
2. Live and In-Person: Elements of a successful book reading/appearance – is there more to it than reading out loud? (Sue Merrell, Ryan Hipp)

1:45-2:30 PM network – presenters can mix, mingle, share and sell their books with one another and attendees

Drawing “prizes”:
Susan Bays, Arbutus Press: personal consult TBD
Kris Nelson, StoryLook Design: personal consult TBD
Ryan Hipp, personal consult/topic of winner’s choice
Library: Cascade Township Branch    Branch Information
Status: Closed