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San Francisco Writers Conference

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The 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 16-19 at the historical Mark Hopkins Hotel. Meet keynoters:  

But the SFWC presenters list also includes many more bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses.  There are experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites.

PRESENTERS:
Jon Agee, children’s book author/illustrator
Nina Amir
, author, speaker, journalist, nonfiction editor/coach/consultant
Kathleen Antrim,
author, Co-President, of International Thriller Writers
Jim Azevedo
, Smashwords Marketing Director
Aya de Leon
, author and poet
Frances Caballo
, SFWC social media director
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go
Stephanie Chandler
, author, speaker and CEO
Mark Coker
, Smashwords Founder
Rana DiOrio
, Chief Executive Officer of Little Pickle Press
Julia Drake
, co-founder of Wildbound PR
Selden Edwards
, author of The Lost Prince
Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller
Steaphen Fick
, founder of the Davenriche Martial Artes School
Elizabeth Fishel
, author of Getting To 30:  A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years (coauthored with Jeffrey Arnett)
Diane Frank
, poet and author of six books of poems
Joel Friedlander
, award-winning book designer and blogger
Tanya Egan Gibson
, author, freelance editor and consultant
Cali Gilbert
, author
Jewelle Gomez
, author, poet, critic and playwright
Constance Hale
, journalist and author
Melissa Hart
, author and contributing editor at The Writer Magazine
K.J. Howe
, author and Executive Director of ThrillerFest
Stuart Horwitz
, founder and principal of Book Architecture
Carla King
, adventure travel author, Founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp and Author Friendly
Michael Larsen
, author, co-founder/co-director of the SFWC
Linda Lee
, web site designer and WordPress expert 
Donna Levin
, author/writing teacher
Richard Loranger
, writer, performer, visual artist
Mary Mackey
, novelist, poet, screenwriter
Susie Meserve
, memoirist, essayist, and poet
Tim McCanna
, author of Bitty Bot and Watersong
Jennie Nash
, author, teacher and CCO of AuthorAccelerator
Louise Nayer, co-authored How To Bury A Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life.
Kathryn Otoshi, children’s book author
Douglas Rees
, children’s book author and librarian
Olivia Rivers, children’s book author
Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author, editor and writing coach
Orna Ross, Irish indie author. She writes and publishes novels, poetry and the Go Creative!
Naheed Senzai, children’s book author
Lida Sideris, author of Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
Justin Sloan
, video game writer, novelist and screenwriter
Steven Spatz
, writer,marketer and President of BookBaby
Elizabeth Stark
, author,mentor and podcaster
Penny Warner, author and Agatha Award winner
Dylan Yates
, author, writer and vocal coach

The lists for attending agents and editors looks topnotch! Some of the agents will even be accepting pitches during the Speed Dating For Agents. You can see a list of those participating here. Their are also editors doing eight minute consultations. More information on the consults is here. But for an idea of the many agents and editors that will be in attendance, here is a list:

AGENTS:
Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron and Associates (CA)
Peter Beren
, Peter Beren Literary Agency (CA)
Jennifer Chen Tran, Fuse Literary (CA)
Amy Cloughley
, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. (CA)
Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank
, Fairbank Literary Representation (NY)
Mark Gottlieb
, Trident Media Group, LLC (NYC)
Sarah Levitt, Aevitas Creative Management (NY)
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (CA)
Mary C. Moore, Kimberley Cameron & Associates (CA)
Dana Newman, Dana Newman Literary (CA)
Kim Perel, Irene Goodman Literary Agency (NY)
Jody Rein, Jody Rein Books (CO)
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency (CA)
Rayhané Sanders, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (NY)
Ken Sherman, Ken Sherman & Associates (CA)
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (CA)
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary (CA)
Carlie Webber, CK Webber Associates (CA)
Ted Weinstein, Ted Weinstein Literary (CA)
Anna Worrall, The Gernert Company (NY)
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen, Foundry Literary + Media (NY)

EDITORS:
Chuck Adams
, Executive editor at Algonquin Books
Brenda Copeland
, St. Martins Press
Jason Gardner
, New World Library
Mary Knippel, Independent Editor
Heather Lazare, Editor & Publishing Consultant
Tyler Moss, Managing Editor at Writers Digest
Taylor Norman, Chronicle Books
Jane Ormerod, Founding editor at great weather for MEDIA
Mary Rakow
, Independent Editor
Leila Sales
, author and Associate Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books
Lauren Spiegel
, Senior Editor at Touchstone (S&S)
Liz Stein
, Editor at Park Row Books, a division of Harlequin/HarperCollins
Annie Tucker
, independent writing coach, developmental editor, and copy editor 
Monica Wesolowska
, Editor and teacher of fiction and creative non-fiction
Lisa Westmoreland
, Executive Editor at 10 Speed Press

For those attending, this sounds like a great four days of learning and marketing yourself!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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Publishing 101 by Jane Friedman #Giveaway

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For over 20 years, Jane Friedman has been in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. She speaks around the world at events such as BookExpo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digital Book World, and has keynoted writing conferences such as The Muse & The Marketplace.You can read her entire BIO/Resume here.

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Back in 2014, Jane published a book offering insights into the industry called Publishing 101. This is a great book for first time authors trying to gain some knowledge on the publishing world. Which, is why I’ve decided to giveaway two free copies (your choice Kindle or paperback). The table of contents reads:

Introduction: The Dirty Secret About Writing Advice
Chapter 1: The Psychological Battle
Chapter 2: Are You Ready to Face the Business of Publishing?
Chapter 3: A Few Words on Craft
Chapter 4: How to Get Traditionally Published
Chapter 5: Understanding the Self-Publishing Path
Chapter 6: The Basics of Author Platform
Chapter 7: Marketing and Promotion for New Authors
Chapter 8: Author Websites and Blogs
Chapter 9: The Key Principles of Online Marketing and Social Media
Chapter 10: Rights and Legal Issues
Chapter 11: Advice on the Writing Life
Chapter 12: The Future of Publishing

The giveaway will run from November 5th, 2016 (12am CST) to November 11, 2016 (12am CST). To enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.