May 14, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
9:15 – 10:00 am
♦ There’s No Crying in Publishing
Here’s the book—OK, one book—on getting your novel published by a traditional (not self-published) publisher. The do’s and don’ts. The whys and why nots. What is MEGO and why you should avoid it. Agents or “over-the-transom” and what you should expect once you sign that contract. How to steer yourself around potholes and understand the market AND the business that is publishing and why, just like in baseball, you can’t cry or and you should never let them see you sweat.
Praised by Booklist magazine as “among the best western writers at work today,” Johnny D. Boggs has won both the Western Heritage Wrangler Award and Spur Award for his fiction. His nonfiction books include Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012; Jesse James and the Movies; Great Murder Trials of the Old West; and That Terrible Texas Weather. He has written for more than 50 newspapers and magazines, and is a frequent contributor to True West, Wild West and Western Art & Architecture. Past president of Western Writers of America, Boggs lives in Santa Fe with his wife and son. Visit JohnnyDBoggs.com for more.
10:00 – 10:45 am
♦ The Power of Love: The Romance Market Uncovered
At over $1 billion in sales and going strong, the market for romance novels is one of the most diverse in the industry. From sexy to sweet, from historical to futuristic, from inspirational to paranormal to thrillers, there is a story for everyone. International bestselling author Robin Perini will discuss traditional and indie publishing opportunities in this ever-growing market.
Award-winning, international bestselling author and RITA® finalist Robin Perini has hit the Top 5 on Amazon Bestseller lists in the U.S., UK and Germany. Devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts, she invites readers to “Step into the Crossfire” with her romantic thriller novels. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her numerous awards. After winning the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® in 2011, she went on to sell fourteen novels in a little over two years, which tests her sanity on a regular basis. Robin lives in Albuquerque and works for an advanced technology corporation as an analyst. You can find out more information at her website RobinPerini.com or visit her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest. Her literary agent is Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
11:00 – 11:45 am
♦ What’s Happening in Publishing for Thrillers and Mysteries
Joseph Badal has published nine novels since The Pythagorean Solution debuted in 2003. He was named One of 50 Authors You Should Be Reading in 2011, won 1st Prize with The Lone Wolf Agenda in the 2013 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Fiction-Mystery/Thriller category, won the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best Fiction Book with Ultimate Betrayal in 2014, was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Mystery/Thriller with Evil Deeds in the 2015 Military Writers Society of America competition, and is a finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller with Death Ship in the 2015 NM/AZ Book Awards competition. Visit his website at JosephBadalBooks.com.
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Mark Gottlieb, Literary Agent at Trident Media Group
♦ Get it While it’s Hot: Musings on What Sells in Major Trade Publishing
Mark Gottlieb has ranked as high as #1 in Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals. He has also ranked #1 in categories such as Science Fiction/Fantasy, Children’s, and Graphic Novels. He has ranked in the top five for Thriller, Mystery/Crime, Women’s/Romance, Young Adult, and certain nonfiction categories such as Pop Culture, Memoir, How-To, and Humor. Visit his webpage at Trident Media Group.
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Annabella Hochschild, Editorial Assistant at St. Martin’s Press
♦ The Pitching Process
This session will focus on the pitching process, what makes some pitches work whereas some fall utterly flat. This is most important for novelists, either veteran or beginning—if you write something honest and good, it should get published, so you should know how best to package your work for the agent and editor. Also to be discussed: trends that are taking control of the market and where they are going next.
Annabella Hochschild was born in London, England and grew up between rural England and France. She moved to New York at seventeen to work for a ballet company, and then attended Columbia University. After graduating she worked for Vogue before moving over to St. Martin’s Press to work on the desk of Tim Bartlett who specializes in political and economic serious non-fiction. She is looking to acquire female non-fiction, literary non-fiction, memoir, and character-driven works of literary fiction with a strong sense of time and place, as well as anything that seems adventurous in either idea or form. She also likes combinations of memoir and novel as well as novel and poetry, believing there is not much to be gained in setting strict boundaries. You can find Annabella on LinkedIn.
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Caroline Starr Rose
♦ KidLit 101: Defining Terms, Knowing Your Audience, and Breaking In
Ever wondered if you have what it takes to write for kids? Join author Caroline Starr Rose as she helps participants navigate the world of children’s literature. Learn about the differences between middle grade and young adult novels, three things you mustn’t do if you want to write authentically for young readers, what books to read to hone your craft, ways to familiarize yourself with the kidlit community, and which publishing houses are open to unsolicited submissions.
Caroline Starr Rose was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for her debut novel, May B., which was an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. She’s also the author of the verse novel, Blue Birds, and the picture book, Over in the Wetlands. Caroline spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping by the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She has taught social studies and English in four different states and worked to instill in her students a passion for books, an enthusiasm for experimenting with words, and a curiosity about the past. She lives in New Mexico. Visit her at CarolineStarrRose.com.