From Acquisition to Publication: The Editor/Author Relationship

Foyinsi Adegbonmire, Associate Editor from Feiwel & Friends, will explain the publication process from the standpoint of a traditional publisher and what you can expect from a professional collaboration with your editor from the moment your book is acquired until it hits the shelves.

Writing an Irresistible Nonfiction Book Proposal

Literary agent Dani Segelbaum takes the helm on those answers. This talented agent will cover the golden rules of writing the perfect book proposal and help you unpack what's needed to write something enticing and salable. By the end of this presentation, you'll have the tools to craft a finished proposal, plus tips on getting the best possible agent and deal for your book.

Your First Draft is Done ... Now What?

Editor and literary agent Latoya Smith might be the next step along your way to publication, and lucky for us, this editor/agent super-combo is here to share her wealth of knowledge and plant helpful guideposts for authors who are ready to get their manuscript out into the world, rather than let it sit on their desktop.

The Importance of Branding for Creatives

What exactly is branding? Leah Lewis streamlines this topic so you can get a jump on branding strategies that fit your own creative trajectory. She is an independent content creator, documentary filmmaker, tech startup founder, and non-profit executive, and has a lot to say about developing a brand that can elevate your artistic career.

Rogue Books: Why Your Book May Be Missing the Mark with Agents and Editors

Have a great book but it’s not being picked up by editors or agents? Author and lit agent Stacey Graham from 3 Seas Literary Agency shares tips on where your book may have gone rogue and how to get it back on a traditional publishing path.

One-on-One: L.M. Elliott

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman speaks with NY Times best-selling author L. M. Elliott to unpack the layered process involved in creating accurate and riveting historical fiction. This candid discussion dives into the challenges of forging back into history, sometimes where no original documents exist, including how to handle both the accuracy of little period details as well as larger historical facts, and where the appropriate line between fact and fiction lies.

Marketing for Indie Authors

How do you spread the word about your book and get it in readers' hands? Leila Siddiqui, a book marketer at Simon & Schuster, can help you understand book marketing basics with tips, insights, and suggestions on where to start and how to get organized.

Idea Machine: Finding New Stories to Write

Award-winning author and filmmaker Bryan Young will teach a number of techniques on how to quickly generate ideas for stories and put them through a litmus test until you find one concept (or a few) worth your blood, sweat, and tears. We'll cover how to come up with ideas to pitch or write on spec, and how to decide what type of media an idea should be written for.

Attracting a Literary Agent

Abigail Bloom and Laura Huie are here to help you develop the tools you need to attract your perfect match—by this we mean your literary agent. After all, it is a partnership and one that when armed with the right knowledge is easy to build.

Hard Truths: First 5 Pages

How do you hook the reader? Our Pipeline staff dig into the significance of those often-troubling first 5 pages—really the first impression of a script as a whole—and how to stand out to industry reviewing your material.

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