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Publishing / Marketing / Editing Sessions 2020

 First Impressions & the Editing Process -  Michele Chynoweth & Judy Reveal

Many writers are so excited to be finished with their manuscripts that they don’t take the time or use the resources needed to polish their books before publication...or if they do find the time, they often are too close to their works to cut away what isn't needed, or rewrite them for the best possible reading.   The editing process plays a vital role in making sure your book is perfect. 

In this hands-on collaborative workshop, polished and published writers Michele Chynoweth and Judy Reveal share crucial editing tips to help you craft the best version of your book. Together, these two leading authors will show you how to create a tight, strong work worthy of submission to a publisher.

Judy Reveal - A past president of Eastern Shore Writers Association, Judy Reveal is a freelance editor, book indexer, author, and book reviewer. She has worked at her profession for 15 years; has received awards for her writing; and worked with BTO for its first 20 years. 

Michele Chynoweth is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Faithful One, The Peace Maker, The Runaway Prophet and The Jealous Son, contemporary suspense/romance novels that re-imagine Old Testament stories.  Michele is also an inspirational speaker who has addressed a variety of writers’ conferences and other organizations across the country, a book coach/editor and a writing instructor for the Continuing Education program at Cecil College.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she and her husband have a blended family of five grown children and live in North East, Maryland.

 Intro to the Process of Getting Pieces Published in Journals, Reviews, and Magazines - Tara A. Elliott 

Want to know more about the process of submitting short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction to journals, reviews and magazines?  Learn the process of using Submittable, email, and online submission forms for submitting material.  Understand how important it is to track your information in one easy place.  Dive into important lingo that you need to know such as “simultaneous submissions”, “first serial rights”, “query”, “masthead”, and “cover letter” in this session designed for those new to using online tools for publication.

Tara A. Elliott's  poems have appeared in TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, The American Journal of Poetry, Wildness, and Stirring among others.  A middle grade English teacher, she is the founder and director of Salisbury, Maryland’s Poetry Week, the 2021-2022 President Elect of ESWA, and the co-chair of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.  She has served as Poet-in-Residence for the Freeman Stage and was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). For more information, visitwww.taraaelliott.com.

 Publishing Options - Austin S. Camacho 

Should you be published by a large publisher or a small press, or self-publish yourself?  In this session Austin Camacho spells out the advantages and disadvantages of each approach while letting the audience make up their own minds. 

Austin S. Camacho is the author of six novels about Washington DC-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel Beyond Blue.  His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008.  He is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey.  Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press.

Author's 2020 Guide to Career Survival - Robert Bidinotto

During the early “Gold Rush” years of ebooks and self-publishing, authors enjoyed free Amazon promotions and cheap advertising rates from retailers.  Not anymore.  Facing plunging sales in today’s glutted book marketplace, many desperate authors are pouring money into ads.  But competitive bidding has sent ad rates skyrocketing.  Like many early beneficiaries of the “Gold Rush,” bestselling thriller writer Robert Bidinotto was hit hard by changing market conditions and Amazon policies since 2018.  He’s had to adapt to the new reality.  Now, he’ll share today's most effective and affordable marketing tactics to increase your sales and forge a financially sustainable career.

Robert Bidinotto is author of Hunter, a #1 Kindle Bestseller in “Mysteries & Thrillers” and a Wall Street Journal “Top Ten Fiction Ebook.”  Its sequel, Bad Deeds, was named CLFA “2014 Book of the Year.” His most recent thriller is Winner Takes All.  Before turning to fiction, Robert received top national journalism awards as an investigative Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest and as editor of The New Individualist magazine. His articles and reviews have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, and online journals. Robert lives on the Chesapeake Bay with his musician-wife, Cynthia. Visit his website at www.bidinotto.com

Building a Marketing Strategy: How to Decide Where to Spend Your Time & Money - Ariele Sieling

When you choose to pursue your dream of becoming a full-time writer, there's always one pesky little thing that stands in the way: marketing.  To make money means to tell people about your work, and this is particularly difficult when you're selling your heart and soul.  So how do you decide what marketing activities are going to work and which ones aren't?  How do you figure out exactly where to spend your time and money?  How do you build a strategy for selling books or art from scratch?  In this presentation, author Ariele Sieling takes a closer look at marketing from a high-level perspective. She discusses the "why" behind choosing a variety of marketing tactics, and provides a simple system for growing and building your marketing plan.

Ariele Sieling is the author of the science fiction series The Sagittan Chronicles, YA science fiction series Land of Szornyek, and children's book series Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep.  By day she writes websites, blogs, product descriptions, and e-learnings for non-profits and small businesses.  She is also a publishing coach for those looking to self-publish and has worked with writers of all genres, from romance to academic to poetry.  She lives in Baltimore with her husband, three cats, and an enormous dog.


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