Sunday, March 30, 2014

Must Attend Workshops at the IPNE Conference


Tim Brookes

Swiftly coming up.  


April 4-5 is the annual Independent Publishers of New England Conference in Southbridge, MA. Whether you are an experienced publisher or just starting out, if you are within easy travel distance of the conference, there is a lot to be learned there.  IPNE Conference

First, let's talk about keynote speaker Tim Brookes and the work he does with the Champlain College Publishing Initiative. He and Taylor Covington will be speaking about the work they have been doing around the globe to help individuals get their work published. They focus on publishing in the 21st century and taking advantage of social media and other modern means of publishing.

Several of his students will be workshop presenters at this conference. I've attended workshops headed by his students. They were amazing and I'm certain these leaders will be.  You can count on it!


Some workshops that will be worth catching are the following:

Social Media by Charlotte Pierce (friend and IPNE member): With the prevalence of Facebook, twitter and other social media outlets, it is necessary to understand how each platform works and how to achieve the best success on all of them.

You've heard of a movie trailer, right? Stop in to Margot Mayor's workshop on Saturday to learn about book trailers. She'll go over a variety of styles and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.

Most authors think they need to get their books into bookstore in order to make sales. Brian Jud will explain some of the ways to sell your book outside a bookstore. Events, corporations and other means to make the sale will be covered in this workshop. I've spent time with Brian and I know he will give useful information.


For a complete listing of the conference schedule, check out the website here.
Next week, we'll be discussing the things we learned at the conference, so stay tuned for more information. 

Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, publishing Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project—building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: nerandolph@jstwrite.com.

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