For the Serious Writer on the Holiday List…

Now that we have two years’ worth of Superstars Writing Seminars under our belts, we’re even more organized—and more enthusiastic—about the third Superstars event in Las Vegas from April 30–May 2, 2012.  Prices go up January 1, so if you’re still trying to decide, don’t wait too much longer.  This is a no-nonsense, nuts & bolts workshop for writers serious about their careers…we’d emphasize that this would be the greatest gift ever, but we’re biased!  Superstars is taught by five international bestselling writers, Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta, and Kevin J. Anderson
We don’t have a final curriculum or schedule yet for 2012—the publishing world seems to be changing weekly, so we’re trying to stay nimble.  Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch are confirmed as guest speakers, and we will have some lively discussions about indy publishing vs traditional publishing and realistic expectations for doing your own eBooks.  We’ll also cover
  • Economics of Commercial Publishing
  • How Editors Look at Manuscripts, Novels, and Short Fiction
  • Dissecting a Book Contract
  • How to Read and Understand a Royalty Statement
  • Dirty Secrets: What You Need to Know About Being a Professional Author
  • How to Leverage Your Intellectual Property
  • Balancing Acts: Writing World and Real World
  • Agents
  • Networking and Self-Promotion for Authors
  • Understanding E-Books
  • Pitching the Big Proposal
  • Two Heads Are Better than One: Collaborations
  • How to Get an Edge with New Media
  • Movies, TV, and Authors
  • How to Increase Your Writing Productivity
If you can’t make it to the actual seminar—or if you just can’t wait to get started—we do have the DVDs and MP3s available of past Superstars; buy the 2011 Superstars MP3s and get the full set of 2010 MP3s free, and if you buy the DVD set you also get the 2010 MP3s free.