SUPERSTARS 2016 Panel Schedule

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It’s always a challenge to juggle the subjects and the speakers. So many things to cover in three days of nuts-and-bolts industry and career information! This looks like our best Superstars Writing Seminar yet.

If you haven’t signed up, you still have a couple of weeks.  Go to the Superstars website.


8:00    Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30    The Popcorn Theory of Success—Kevin J. Anderson
9:30    The Economics of Publishing—Eric Flint
10:30  Making Money in Hollywood—David Farland, Jim Butcher, James Artimus Owen


1          How to Build an Intellectual Property—KJA, Jim Butcher, Bill Fawcett (M)
Collaboration—Jody Lynn Nye (M), Todd McCaffrey, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta
            Breakout room: Pitch practice (Lisa Mangum)

2          Writing Jacket Copy and Synopses—Chris Mandeville (M), Lisa Mangum, Bill Fawcett
Hands-on Workshop: Preparing Your Indie Book for eBook and Print—Quincy Allen
Breakout room: Indie book critiques (KJA),

3          The Young Adult Market—Lisa Mangum (M), Rebecca Moesta, James Artimus Owen
            Taxes, LLCs, and Other Fun Stuff — Jace Sanders, MBA, CFP(r)
Breakout room: Career Consult (Bill F), story opening critique (BTS)

4:00    Jim Butcher Imparts Wisdom (and Maybe a Little Misinformation)—Jim Butcher

4:45    Open Q&A—James Owen, Eric Flint, Mark LeFebvre, Lisa Mangum, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye


8:30    A Day in the Life of an Editor at a Traditional Publisher—Anne Sowards
9:30    EBooks and Indie Publishing—Mark Leslie Lefebvre
10:30  Traditional, Indie, or Hybrid Author?—KJA, Jody Lynn Nye, James Owen, Dave Farland, Mark Lefebvre, Cat Rambo


1          Working with Publishers and How They Are Structured—Bill Fawcett
            Dissecting a Contract—Eric Flint
            Breakout room: Indie book critiques (KJA and Rebecca Moesta), Pitch practice (Anne Sowards)

2          What Are Editors After?—Anne Sowards, Bill Fawcett (M), Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Lisa Mangum
Hands-on Workshop: Preparing Your Indie Book for Print & CreateSpace—Quincy Allen            Breakout room: Novel opening critiques (Eric),

3          Analyzing and Finding Your Audience—David Farland
            Dirty Secrets of a Writing Career—Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
            Breakout room: Pitch practice (Lisa Mangum), story opening critique (BTS)

4:00    Drawing out the Dragons—James Owen

4:45    Open Q&A—Jim Butcher, Anne Sowards, Rebecca Moesta, Todd McCaffrey, KJA, Bill Fawcett


8:30    Bookstores, bookselling, and distribution—Mark Lefebvre, Anne Sowards, Lisa Mangum, Bill Fawcett
9:30    Self Promotion and Tribe Building—Jim Butcher, KJA, James Owen, Jody Lynn Nye
10:30  Agents: A Representative Panel—Bill Fawcett, David Farland, Eric Flint, Anne Sowards


1          Myths of Publishing—Rebecca Moesta
            Hands-on Workshop: Scrivener basics—M. J. Carlson
Breakout room: Career consult (Bill F), Ebook Formatting (Quincy)

2          How to Increase Your Writing Productivity—Kevin J. Anderson
            Hands-on Workshop: Uploading your eBook on Kobo and Smashwords—Mark Lefebvre, Adric Mayall, Aaron Fernandez
Breakout room: Novel opening critiques (Eric),

3          Throwing Your Book at the Wall: Book Signings, Book Launches, Blog Tours, Book Tours—KJA, Jim Butcher, Lisa Mangum, James Owen, David Farland
What an Editor Can Do for You—Josh Vogt (M), Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Joshua Essoe, Cat Rambo
Breakout room: Ebook Formatting (Quincy)

4:00    Finding the Balance: Being a Writer in the Real World—All

4:45    Open Q&A—all