Publishing Today - Clear Direction for a Changing Industry - 12 Hours of Training
Insider information Can Make the Difference
Redemption Press presents Publishing Today—the Inside Track
“Your vehicle to the inside track of the changing world of publishing”
Twelve hours of insight and experience from experts in publishing designed to get you ahead on your path to success.
Redemption Press publisher Athena Dean interviews recognized leaders in all facets of publishing on the power of story, writing tips, editing, marketing, branding, making connections, literary agents and much more.
Session One: The Power of Story
“How to Improve Your Ability to Touch Lives with the Written Word”
What makes a great story, tips to improve your writing, how to by-pass the ordinary and make your writing stand out; how to use fiction techniques in non-fiction.
Presenters: Karen Kingsbury, “America’s favorite inspirational writer” with 25 million copies in print, the Karen Kingsbury Show, and titles under development for films;
James L. Rubart, multi-published, best-selling, and Christy-award winning author and professional, owner of Barefoot Marketing; Cynthia Ruchti, multi-published award-winning author and speaker, past president of American Christian Fiction Authors.
Session Two: The Power of Making Connections
“Why You Should Attend a Writers Conference
Learn from knowledgeable and well-respected directors of major Christian writers conferences on how to Improve your writing by attending a writers conference, improve your craft, make connections, and further your career.
Presenters: Mona Hodgson, director of Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference; Lin Johnson of Write to Publish; and Diana Savage of Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.
Session Three: The Power of Representation
“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Literary Agents”
Do you need an agent? The importance of agents in the traditional publishing process. How current acquisition models have changed the roles of agents.
Presenters: Steve Laube, founder and president of The Steve Laube Agency, 35-year veteran of the book-selling industry, award-winning former acquisition editor and editorial director of Bethany House; and Chip McGregor, author of How Can I Find a Literary Agent, literary agent, former editor and publisher, whose blog is regularly listed on the 100 best Websites for Writers.
Session Four: The Power of the Spoken Word
“Sell more Books by Developing or Expanding Your Speaking Platform”
Powerful tips on growing your platform without self-promotion, developing a tagline, and cultivating lasting connections through genuine relationships.
Presenters: sales, marketing and training experts, Greg and Julie Gorman of Gorman Leadership and the widely acclaimed “Get Authorized Speaker Training Course,” certified John Maxwell coaches, speakers and trainers.
Session Five: The Power of Words
“Why Every Author Needs an Editor”
The importance of editing, types of edits and when they are needed, common mistakes authors make in fiction and non-fiction; differences between coaching and editing, self-editing, attribution, permissions, and the construction and distinctives of children’s book editing.
Presenters: Jeanette Windle, best-selling novelist, bi-lingual writing coach and fiction editor; Inger Logelin, senior editor at Redemption Press, writer, author, collaborator; Julie Carobini, award-winning children’s author and editor.
Session Six: The Power of Connection
“How to Promote Your Book and Stand Out from the Crowd”
Everything you need to know about promotion.
Presenters: Torry Martin, actor, author of Shameless Self-Promotion for the Christian Creative, comedian, writing coach on how to promote yourself without selling your soul; the secrets of free publicity.
Rochelle Melander, author, coach at Write Now, speaker, on best ways for an author to master social media and connect with readers via social media outlets.
Jill Richardson, author of Hobbits, You and the Spiritual World of Middle Earth, and Lee Blum, author of Table in the Darkness on most their effective strategies and biggest promotional failures.
Session Seven: The Power of an Article
“Sell More Books by Writing More Articles”
Dr. Dennis “Doc” Hensley, author of over 50 books and 3,500 articles on promoting your nonfiction titles by writing articles; using excerpts, compilations to gain byline exposure and credibility.
Ginger Kolbaba, magazine editor, columnist, author on what print and online magazines are looking for in an article; what to do to up your chances of getting published.
Ann Byle, journalist, literary agent, article writer on getting paid for your writing, article writing as a means of promoting a book, where being published can help you or hurt you.
Session Eight: The Power of Branding
“How to Develop Your Unique Brand”
Everything you need to know about developing your brand; the questions that help determine your personal brand; recognizing your distinctives, and coordinating an authentic, consistent personal theme and message.
Presenters: James L. Rubart, best-selling and award-winning multi-published author of Rooms, winner of RT Book Reviews’ Inspirational Novel of the Year, as well as USA Book of the Year, professional speaker, and owner of Barefoot Marketing; Athena Dean Holtz, publisher of Redemption Press, author of Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God, and publishing industry pioneer.
Session Nine: The Power of a Blue Ribbon
“How to Win a Writing Contest”
Insider information on how to pick contests to enter, avoid scams, use advantages to win, and benefit from entering, even if you don’t win.
Presenter: Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, chairman of the department of professional writing at Taylor University, prolific author, and speaker.
Session Ten: The Power of Publishing, Purpose & Provision
“Traditional and Independent Publishing Differences and Benefits”
The positives and negatives of traditional and independent publishing, why or why not to self-publish; testing your motives; stories of God’s provision in your publishing journey.
Presenter: Athena Dean Holtz, founder and publisher of Redemption Press, industry pioneer, author, speaker, blogger, and radio personality.
Session Eleven: The Power of Connecting with Readers
“Engaging Your Audience”
Creative ways and effective strategies to engage your audience, reach readers to inspire, stimulate and evoke authentic emotion and a meaningful response.
Presenters: Suzanne Kuhn, nationwide speaker, retail columnist, founder of SuzyQ, a full-service promotion development firm; Shawn Kuhn, co-owner, vice-president of a bookstore chain.
Session Twelve: The Power of Doing Your Homework
“Beyond the Sales Pitch: How to Choose a Publisher”
Authors share their experiences with Christian publishing companies, including Redemption Press. How to use critical thinking to compare differences between the sales verbiage and the fine print; the Redemption Press difference.
Presenters: Dave Hamer, leader of a multi-faceted ministry that focuses on restoring the spiritual foundations that empowered the first-century church, author of Father of the Fatherless, His Cruel Cross my Mercy Tree; Rosalind B. Ziccardi, author of Sealed and Delivered, pastor, military wife, women’s ministry leader; Gary Mitchell, professor, journalist, award-winning reporter, assistant professor of religion, author of Amos the Church Mouse and Amos the Philosophical Church Mouse.