Schedule/Topics for Superstars Writing Seminar 2012

The entire writing and publishing world has changed dramatically over the past few years, so when we planned the upcoming Las Vegas Superstars Writing Seminar (April 30-May 2), we had to look carefully at the past lectures and panel discussions, giving the curriculum a thorough update and overhaul.

We’re pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s Superstars—with some brand new talks and fresh takes on previous topics. We want to make this seminar as relevant and important for returning alumni as well as new attendees.  The days run from approximately 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Wednesday.


From Newbie to #1 Bestseller in 4 Years (Brandon Sanderson)
It’s Business: How Publishing Economics Works (Eric Flint)
Building Your Network (panel)
Indie-Publishing & Ebooks: Free For All (panel)
Getting Noticed: Self-Promotion for Authors (panel)
One Thing Leads to Another (Kevin J. Anderson)
Open Q&A session

Evening:  Welcome mixer/reception


Myths of Publishing            (Rebecca Moesta)
How Copyright Works (Dean Wesley Smith)
Climbing the Slushpile: How editors look at manuscripts (panel)
Dissecting a Contract (Eric Flint)
Tough Negotiating (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Agents: the “A” word (panel)
“Dirty Secrets”: Being a professional author  (Kevin and Rebecca)
Drawing out the Dragons (James A Owen)
Open session:  Q&A

VIP Dinner: Fogo de Chao Brazilian steakhouse


Ergonomics: When Writing Gets to Be a Pain (Rebecca)
Selling Before You Write: Keys to Understanding What Readers Want (David Farland)
Windup and the Pitch—pitches, queries, proposals, treatments (panel)
Young Adult (panel)
It’s More than a Story: Developing a Whole Intellectual Property  (panel)
Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Kevin)
Being a Writer and a Real Person at the Same Time (panel)
Open session:  Q&A

NOTE: Prices go up April 1.

We hope to see you there!