Nonfiction Writers Conference

I am a big believer in attending conferences. Conferences offer opportunities to increase knowledge and expand your network of peers and potential customers.

There are several conferences that I attend annually and include the cost for registration and travel in my budget. It is not unusual for me to spend $1K or more just in travel expenses — air travel, taxi or car rental, hotel room and meals for two to four days adds up quickly! In fact, I just got back from attending the annual conference of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). I’ll be writing about some of the things I learned there over the next few weeks. It was hugely valuable but my travel expenses were over $1500.

There is one conference that is at the top of my list each year because of its value and EASE. The Nonfiction Writers Conference features 15 speakers over three days and the entire event is conducted via teleseminar–no travel required! And with the added benefit of participation in an attendee-only Linked In group you can even get the benefit of networking.

I’ve attended the Nonfiction Writers Conference every year since it started. In fact, I worked behind the scenes as a VA to organize the logistics of the very first one. I’ve always registered for the level that gives me recordings (which means I can listen to them in the car or while exercising) and now have quite a library of sessions! This year marks the 7th annual conference and the speakers include some of my favorite people in the industry.

Dates for the conference this year are May 3-5. Sessions run from 9am PDT / 12pm EDT through 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT each day. If the dates and times are inconvenient for you there are registration options available that include recordings (and even typed transcripts!) so you can listen on your schedule.

Stephanie Chandler, the host of the conference, has offered a special discount for our community. You can get 33% off by using the discount code JANICA33. The discount is available for all levels. With this discount you can get a Live Access Pass (no recordings) for only $83.75. I highly recommend registration at the Platinum + Authority level — only $257.95 with the discount — which includes recordings and transcripts PLUS a year membership as an Authority Member of the Nonfiction Authors Association (a $190 value). You can see all the levels and read more about the conference here.

Here’s a list of the fabulous speakers and their session topics:

Wednesday May 3:

  • NY Times Bestselling Author – Surprise Keynote (They are keeping it a mystery by agreement with the speaker because they don’t want the conference to be all about this. Stephanie promises that this is an incredible speaker and a session everyone will be talking about!)
  • Brooke Warner – Self Publishing 101
  • Kathryn Miller Goldman – Intellectual Property and Other Legal Concerns for Writers
  • Jeff Kleinman – Land that Book Deal: A Literary Agent’s Perspective
  • Stacy Ennis – Finish that Book! Writing Routines, Goal-Setting and Planning Your Next Book

Thursday May 4:

  • Corey Perlman – Creating Consumable Content for Social Media
  • Michael Port – Heroic Speaking: How to Give the Best Presentations of Your Life
  • Liz Bedor – Building Blocks of Content Strategy for Authors
  • Stephanie Barko – Book Publicity in the Digital Age
  • Richard Rieman – How to Produce Audio Books

Friday May 5:

  • Stephanie Chandler – The Profitable Influencer: Revenue Streams for Authors
  • Suzannah Baum – Public Speaking: How to Leave Your Audience Wanting More
  • Dave Chesson – Mastering Amazon Kindle Book Sales Strategies
  • Phil Frost – Advertising with Facebook and Google
  • Sue B. Zimmerman – Instagram for Authors

It is important to note that this is not one of those pitch-fest summits. The sessions are content-rich and include Q&A with the live audience. I think you’ll find that the ease of attendance combined with the powerful content delivered by carefully chosen speakers will make this conference a high value investment in your learning more about the publishing industry.






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