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Welcome to the bi-annual National Association of Memoir Writers premier event—our FREE all-day teleconference. During this Telesummit, authors, publishers, and social media experts share ways you can be the successful author you want to be. When you sign up, you will receive the audio download of this event!
We are lucky as writers to be in an atmosphere of excitement about being an author. There continues to be an unprecedented explosion of memoirs, new authors, and publishing choices. It’s a time to learn as much as you can to create the best outcome for you and your book.
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How to get Published, Reach Thousands of Readers, and Avoid Lawsuits with your Memoir
Mike O’Mary started Dream of Things in 2009, focusing on memoirs and anthologies of creative nonfiction. During this session, Mike will tell you what he looks for when he’s reading a new manuscript, including the three things that a memoir MUST have before he will offer you a publishing contract.
You’ll also learn about libel and invasion of privacy concerns in memoirs – and steps you can take to avoid such lawsuits down the road.
Mike will discuss the many options that are available to authors today when it comes to getting published. He will even tell you step-by-step how to self-publish your memoir. At the same time, he will tell you that self-publishing is not for everybody. He’ll advise you how to determine whether you should go ahead with self-publishing or seek a publisher.
Finally, Mike will discuss the role of the publisher in today’s environment, and share some of his secrets about promoting and marketing books, including which strategies and tactics to avoid, and which ones have been proven to have the most impact. (Hint: The most expensive tactics are not necessarily the most effective. He’ll tell you how you can get thousands of readers – maybe even TENS of thousands – with one $29 advertisement to promote your book.)
During this discussion, listeners will learn:
- How to get a publisher’s attention with your memoir.
- What your options are when it comes to getting published. (I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be an author because there are so many opportunities today to get your work out there.)
- The pros and cons of self-publishing – including when to do it, and when NOT to do it.
- The role of the publisher in the book industry today – ask not what you can do for your publisher; ask instead what your publisher can do for YOU.
- Steps you can (and SHOULD) take to avoid libel and invasion of privacy in your memoir.
- How to promote your memoir on a shoe-string budget – including a variety of PROVEN low-cost and no-cost strategies to promote your book, PLUS a list of strategies/tactics to avoid.
Mike O’Mary is founder of Dream of Things, a book publisher and online book store. Dream of Things focuses on memoirs, anthologies of creative nonfiction, and other books. Recent books from Dream of Things include:
- Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera, which has been ranked among the top memoirs by women in Amazon’s Kindle store for 15 consecutive months, and has been optioned for development by an independent filmmaker.
- Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples, a memoir about her son’s bipolar disorder and suicide, and the impact on Madeline and her family.
- Saying Goodbye, an anthology of true stories about how we say goodbye to the people, places, and things in our lives.
- MFA in a Box by John Rember, an award-winning book about creative writing that is part memoir, part craft talk, and part philosophical tome.
Mike is also a writer who studied at Knox College, the University of Montana creative writing program, and the Second City Comedy Writing Program. He is author of The Note, a book about the power of appreciation, and Wise Men and Other Stories, a collection of holiday-related essays. In addition, his stories and essays have appeared in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Baltimore Sun, and Cleveland Plain Dealer, and he has written and produced sketch comedy in Chicago. He was also a commentator on Northern Illinois Public Radio for many years, doing commentaries as part of the local segment of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program.
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Wired for Story: Using Brain Science to Write an Unforgettable Memoir
A memoir is a narrative that, by definition, actually happened, but the mere fact that it actually happened isn’t enough to engage the reader – not by a long shot. I’ll discuss how to do that by giving the reader’s brain what it’s hungry for: a story that stands alone and has a clear point; a driving reason to be curious about what happens next; insight into what you’re feeling and how you’re making sense of what happens; and meaning they can apply to their own lives.
- Understand why the brain is wired for story
- Learn exactly what the brain expects from every story it hears
- Learn how to zero in on the story in your life’s story that meets those expectations
- Learn how to hook readers (including agents and editors) from sentence one
- Learn how to keep readers engaged all the way until ‘the end.’
Lisa Cron spent a decade in publishing—first at W.W. Norton in New York, then at John Muir Publications in Santa Fe—before turning to television, where she’s been supervising producer on shows for Court TV and Showtime. She’s been a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency in NYC, and for Village Roadshow, Icon, The Don Buchwald Agency and others in L.A., and a literary agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency. She’s featured in Final Draft’s book, Ask the Pros: Screenwriting (Lone Eagle, 2004). Her passion has always been story, and she currently works as a consultant helping writers wrangle the story they’re telling onto the page. Since 2006 she’s been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She is the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence (Ten Speed Press).
Facebook: wired for story
12:30 PM PST 1:30 PM MST 2:30 PM CST 3:30 PM EST
How to Use Your Blog to Get Your Story Told and Sold
A blog is absolutely the best, easiest and fastest way for a writer to promote a book before, during and after it is published. Why? Because blogging involves writing—something writers are good at and enjoy. And blogs make aspiring and published authors and their books searchable—or findable—on the Internet, the place were everybody searches for everything these days.
No matter the topic of your life story, if you blog well, a blog can attract readers, publishers and the media, ensuring you get noticed and your story gets told and sold—to lots and lots or readers. The blog-to-book trend has escalated as publishers continue to seek out successfully testmarketed book ideas—successful blogs—on the Internet.
Yours could be one of them.
There are numerous ways to focus your blogging so it promotes you as an author and the personal story you want to tell. During this session, you’ll learn how to:
- Find themes, topics and information in your memoir that provide good fodder for blog posts.
- Become an expert author via your blog.
- Produce blog posts in under an hour a day.
- Write blog posts that get noticed by readers.
- Organically search optimize your posts with keywords (even if you have no idea what any of this means).
- Blog your book.
- Use social media to build your readership.
- Attract a publisher with your blog.
- Blog to promote your book with your blog.
- Sell more books with each post you write
Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, careers as authors and to achieve their goals and fulfill their purpose. The author of the bestselling How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books), Nina has also self-published 10 short books, including the How to Evaluate Your Book for Success and 10 Days and 10 Ways to Your Best Self. A sought after developmental editor, proposal consultant, book and author coach, and blog-to-book coach, Nina’s clients’ books have sold upwards of 230,000 copies and landed deals with top publishers. The founder of Write Nonfiction in November, she writes four blogs, including Write Nonfiction NOW!, How to Blog a Book and As the Spirit Moves Me, and appears regularly on the Dresser After Dark radio show.
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Social Media Just for Writers: A Discussion about Apps and Tips to Create Author Success
During this part of the Telesummit, we will explore the big four social media networks right now – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest – and provide writers with new tools to expand their online presence. In this workshop, you will learn about what the networks do and are, and how to economize your time to get more out of the networks you decide to use.
The session will cover:
- Facebook: We will discuss tabs, lists, insights, and the best tips to generate fan engagement.
- Twitter: The speaker will share information on which apps every writer should use and discuss best practices.
- Pinterest: You will learn why writers should use this social media network to promote their books and blogs as well as their colleagues’ books.
- LinkedIn: We will discuss improving your profile, the importance of groups and recommendations, and best practices.
Bio: Frances Caballo is a social media marketer, trainer and strategist with more than 23 years of communications experience. She specializes in social media training for beginners, intermediate and advanced users, manages social media marketing accounts for clients, and trains advanced users on how to succeed in social media marketing. Her book, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books, will be released in October.
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How Understanding Your Publishing Options Makes You a Better Memoirist
How do you figure out what publishing direction is best for you and your book given all the options that are available today? What is hybrid publishing anyway
Kamy Wicoff and Brooke Warner, cofounders of She Writes Press, a new publishing solution for women writers, will discuss why they think self-publishing is a viable and savvy option for writers, and why it especially makes sense for writers who don’t have a platform
•The various kinds of self-publishing options now available to authors: “true” self-publishing; subsidy publishing; and hybrid options.
•Why Kamy and Brooke are both choosing to self-publish their own books without trying to go the traditional route first.
•The trend toward self-publishing and why it makes sense for a lot of authors.
•What it means to be an entrepreneurial author and why you need to have this mindset in place well before you publish your book.
•Why Kamy and Brooke are so passionate about community and building a platform for women writers.
Kamy Wicoff, Founder, is the founder of She Writes.com. She is the author of the bestselling book I Do But I Don’t: Why The Way We Marry Matters, and co-founder of Salon of Women Writers, an international group with branches in New York, London, and San Francisco. She serves on the board of directors of Girls Write Now, and is a member of the Advisory Council at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, one of the nation’s most distinguished research organizations devoted to the study of gender, housed at her alma mater, Stanford University. She has appeared on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets as an author and publishing industry expert.
Brooke Warner, Publisher, is the founder and president of Warner Coaching Inc., where she specializes in helping writers get published. In her thirteen years in the publishing industry, including seven-and-a-half years as Executive Editor at Seal Press, Brooke shepherded over 500 books through the publication process. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is a champion of all writers committed to making their dream of publishing a book a reality. Brooke’s website recently won an award from the Association of Independent Authors for Best Website for Independent Authors. She co-mentors memoirists in her biannual course, Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and sits on the board of the National Association of Memoir Writers and She Writes.com. She is the author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author.