What’s the Future of the Book?
A National Writers Union Annual Conference
New York City — Advance your career with up-to-date information about publishing, copyright protection, affordable marketing strategies, and social media tools. The National Writers Union will hold its annual conference whole day on November 22, Saturday to cover all these topics in a theme: “The Future of the Book: Writing for and Marketing to Print and Online Markets”.
The program starts at 9 o’clock in the morning with light breakfast, visits at the literature tables and networking opportunities at the NWU conference hall on 256 38th Street (and 7th Avenue).
The first session begins at 10 AM about successful book proposals based on journal articles. Dubbed as “From Article to Book: Using a Journal Article to Pitch and win a Book Contract”, this will be discussed by award-winning journalist and book author Herb Boyd. He successfully pitched book proposals based on his journal articles.
NWU New York chairperson Tim Sheard will tackle “Adventures in Publishing”. Sheard owns and manages Hard Ball Press which publishes workers’ stories. His business partner Dave Bass, a freelance book designer, will discuss negotiating book contracts, assigning copyright & ISBN, low cost, professional-grade book formatting, print & fulfillment options for the self-published author, and targeting your market.
“The Future of the Book” literary agents Lindsay Edgecombe and Gary Heidt, and Strand Bookseller Gregg Farrell are up to discuss the future of the printed word and new content platforms.
Another interesting topic is the “Social Media for Writers: Mining Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more,” with Elana Levin and Charles Lenchner.
Finally, there is the “Promote Yourself: Video Trailers, Head Shots & Book Covers, and Back-of-the-Book Hooks” with Malcolm Douglas Brown, Deneka Pattiston, and Marion Hammon who will talk about effective, affordable promotion materials.
A cocktail party and open mic will close the conference which costs only $45 for non-members. Seats are limited, so best to register online early at http://nwuconference.brownpapertickets.com/