SUPERSTARS 2013 Panel Schedule

It’s hard to cover everything in three days, even when you cram them full of lectures and experts—as well as off-hours networking and conversations—but we do the best we can at the Superstars Writing Seminar.  The following is the current schedule for lectures and panels at the 2013 Superstars Writing Seminar in Colorado Springs, May 14–16.  (Some details may change.) Our bestselling authors include Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland, Rebecca Moesta, and Eric Flint, with guest speakers Jim Minz (editor Baen Books, former editor for Tor and Del Rey Books), Joan Johnston (bestselling romance author), James A. Owen (bestselling YA author), Mark Leslie LeFebvre (Kobo), and Lisa Mangum (editor at Shadow Mountain and YA author).


8:00 AM Intro, seminar overview, introduce speakers

8:30 The Popcorn Theory of Success
Kevin J. Anderson

9:30 It’s Business: How Publishing Economics Works
Eric Flint

10:30 Windup and the Pitch (pitches, queries, proposals, treatments)
David Farland, James Owen, Lisa Mangum

11:30               Lunch

1:00 PM Get ‘em While They’re Young: Young Adult
James Owen, David Farland, Rebecca Moesta

2:00 The Romance Industry: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Joan Johnston

3:00 Two Heads Are Better Than One: Collaborating
Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta

4:00 A Day in the Life at a Major Publishing House
Jim Minz

4:45–5:30 open Q&A session

Evening:  Welcome mixer/reception


8:30 AM Ebooks and Indy Publishing
Mark Leslie LeFebvre

9:30 Do It Yourself: Nuts & Bolts of Indy (Kindle, Kobo, PubIt, CreateSpace, Kickstarter)
Mark LeFebvre, David Farland, Rebecca Moesta

10:30 Different Paths: Major House, Indy Writer, or Hybrid?
Mark LeFebvre, Jim Minz, Kevin J. Anderson

NOON           Lunch

1:30   Getting Noticed: Self-Promotion for Authors—Spiking Your Sales
Mark LeFebvre, Peter Wacks, Jim Minz, Joan Johnston, Lisa Mangum

2:30   Cracking the Code: What Are Editors Really Looking For?
Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland, Jim Minz, Lisa Mangum

3:30  “Dirty Secrets”: Being a Professional Author
Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta

4:30  Drawing out the Dragons
James A. Owen

5:15–5:45 Open session:  Q&A

VIP Dinner: McKenzie’s Steakhouse


8:30 AM A Brief Primer on Copyright, Trademark, and Intellectual Property
M. Scott Boone

9:00 Writing Across Mediums—from Books to Film and Games
David Farland

10:00 Building Your Network
Rebecca Moesta, James A. Owen, David Farland, Lisa Mangum

11:00 Dissecting a Contract
Eric Flint

Noon              Lunch

1:30 Agents: The “A” Word
David Farland, James Owen, Joan Johnston

2:30 Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity
Kevin J. Anderson

3:30 Being a Writer and a Real Person at the Same Time

4:30 Open session:  Q&A

After three days of this, you will have a much broader and deeper understanding of the publishing business and how to kick your writing career to the next level. For further information on the speakers, tuition, VIP dinner, and hotel reservations, please see the Superstars Writing Seminar website.