Steve's Masters Workshops
Saturday June 9, 2018
West Los Angeles
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET PUBLISHED, IN TODAY'S HIGHLY COMPETITIVE MARKET (9:30 AM)
Today’s publishing environment offers unprecedented opportunity for new writers to make their mark. New business models and whiz-bang technologies make it easier than ever, to get a book on the market. Great!
Here's the part that most writers never think about: As we crank out more new titles, the pool of retail buyers remains unchanged. Today’s market is more competitive than ever, and many new authors rush in without educating themselves.
If you seek guidance online, you’ll find a pile of bad advice from inexperienced angry people. They want to turn you into a victim, making you suspicious of everyone and everything. You might have had a bad experience with an agent or editor, but they’re not responsible for your success. You are.
You’re not just writing a story; you’re running a business. Self-pub is not the liberating experience you expect. And you might be looking for love in all the wrong places. Why do some books succeed, while so many fail? Bring your questions, your thick skin, and your hard-learned lessons.
We will discuss:
About literary agents
Things writers say (and why they shouldn’t)
Protecting your work (Copyright)
Don’t be a victim!
IS THIS REALLY THE GOLDEN AGE OF SELF-PUBLISHING? (ALL THAT GLITTERS MAY NOT BE GOLD) (1:30 PM)
You’ve heard their names: Hugh Howey, Amanda Hocking, E.L. James, and John Locke, just to name a few. These writers found their secret to success in self-publishing, and sold millions of books. Accordingly, they have inspired legions of aspiring authors to follow in their footsteps; surely, if they can do it, you can too.
Will you be next? Will you enjoy the same success by doing the same things? Most things in life are not that simple, because the variables are many.
In recent years, the rise of technology has offered great hope to many. You’re in charge; you don’t need an agent, an editor, or a publisher to get your book out there. You can call the shots and do it your own way. Yeah! But should you? Like a loaded gun, a book is dangerous in untrained hands.
In truth, much of what we call “self-publishing” is not publishing it all.
We will discuss:
Vocabulary (it matters)
Motivations (why do you want to go this route?)
What not to do and say