Writer's Digest Pro

More advanced writers will also want to attend Writer’s Digest Pro, Friday’s mini-conference which runs in advance of the regular conference. This special event includes sessions designed for writers with a more intimate knowledge of how the publishing and self-publishing industries work – sessions like advanced social media and promotion techniques, author branding, hybrid authorship, contract negotiations, and much more.  Writer's Digest Pro can be added onto any registration type for an additional $99.

Friday, August 1st, 2014
8:30 am - 8:35 amWelcome and Opening Remarks [More Info]
Phil Sexton, Publisher, Writer's Digest
8:35 am - 9:20 amMoving the Needle: How to Boost Your Book Sales from 1,000 to 10,000 Copies Sold [More Info]
Tim Grahl, Founder, Out:think
9:25 am - 10:10 amAdvanced Social Media Skills for Selling Books [More Info]
Kristen McLean, Book Futurist, CEO, Bookigee
10:15 am - 11:00 amAdvanced Amazon for Authors [More Info]
Jon Fine, Director of Author & Publisher Relationships, Amazon.com
11:10 am - 11:55 amAuthor Branding: What You Need to Know [More Info]
Michael J. Sullivan, Author
11:55 am - 1:00 pmExhibit Break and Lunch on Your Own
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmA View from the Top: Publishing Insiders on Taking Your Writing Career to the Next Level [More Info]
Kristin Fassler, Director of Marketing, Penguin Random House
Matthew Baldacci, Vice President of Marketing, Scholastic Trade Publishing
Larry Kirshbaum, Senior Literary Agent, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
Kate Travers, Director of Digital Business Development, Workman Publishing
Brandi Larsen, Digital Publishing Director, New American Library, Berkley Books, and Celebra imprints at Penguin Random House
1:50 pm - 2:35 pmWhen the Author Is a Critic: The View From Both Sides [More Info]
Emily St. John Mandel, Author
Shanna Swendson, Author, The Enchanted, Inc Series
Porter Anderson, Journalist/Speaker/Consultant in Publishing
2:45 pm - 3:30 pmDo You Really Want to Write a Bestseller? Here’s How. [More Info]
Larry Kirshbaum, Senior Literary Agent, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency