ACW Publishing Conference
June 11, 2016
Heaven Hill, Lake Placid, New York
You’ve written a book, or are writing one, and you hope to publish it yourself or get it published—but who will want to seek out your book, buy it, and read it? Do you know what else your readers read, who they are, how to reach them? Jeffrey Lependorf, the shared Executive Director of America’s two national nonprofit organizations serving independent literary publishing—Small Press Distribution and Community of Literary Magazines and Presses—will help you answer these questions, and more, offering his bird’s eye view of the industry to help you reach your potential audience and publish effectively.
11:00am-12:15pm How a Manuscript Becomes a Book with Melissa Flashman
Melissa Flashman will teach you how to navigate through the process of helping a manuscript become a book. Her talk will cover everything from the workshopping/writing group stage, how to target the right agents, writing a strong query letter, how to interview potential agents, finding the right match, and the stages following signing with an agent, all the way through publicity and marketing.
You will be asked thousands of times, “what is your book about?” and "who is the reader for it?" You need to be able to answer these questions in a compelling way in sentence or two, though it is often hard to do this. Philip will lead a session on ways to answer these questions, and others publishing professionals may ask you. Participants will also be able to pitch their work this session and get feedback on it. This pitch will follow your project from the beginning stages all the way through marketing, so make sure it is a good one.
The basics of Independent Publishing explained—how to publish e-books and create print copies of manuscripts for fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, family histories, and even textbooks and illustrated children’s books:
- How and where to upload digital files
- Costs and royalties
- Creating covers
- Using front-and back matter to promote your book
- Marketing tips and how to grow readership
- Distribution issues and getting space on real and virtual bookshelves
About the presenters:
Philip Turner is a publisher, publishing consultant, writer, editor, curator, blogger, and independent editor & author representative. Since 2009, he has operated Philip Turner Book Productions, an editorial services business which represents select projects to publishers, and consults with authors on developing their work. As an editor and publisher, Philip is known for publishing books by and about singular witnesses–-whistleblowers, truthtellers, muckrakers, revisionist historians–-people who’ve passed through some crucible of experience that’s conferred on to them elevated author-ity, leaving them by definition the only person who could write the book in question, or about whom it could be written.
" style="font-style:normal">Manuscript Critiques
Firm Deadline: May 23
Get feedback from a professional! We are offering 15 minute one-on-one manuscript critiques with Philip Turner and Melissa Flashman. Extra charge: $30. Sorry, no poetry manuscript critiques this year. Here's how:
1. Register for the Publishing Conference. You must be registered for the conference before adding a manuscript critique.
2. Send one PDF document with cover letter and 10 pages of your manuscript to Nathalie at ACW (firstname.lastname@example.org).