Writer’s Conferences in March

MC900435237Updated January 2016

Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival  44th Annual Writers’ Festival
Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach, and talk with students, the Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the centerpiece of the event: the finalists’ works were published in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers selected the prizewinners in each genre. Readings and workshops with the visiting writers rounded out the program, which was open to the public as well as to the campus community.
April 7-8
Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Big Sur Writing Workshops
1.  You may land a publishing deal with co-sponsor the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  See previous publishing deals HERE!
2.  Small-group and one-on-one feedback from our esteemed faculty.  We’ve been doing this for 17 years, and our track record speaks for itself: read countless testimonials from satisfied alumni HERE.
3.  Work with the greatest YA and children’s writing faculty around.  Yep, the industry’s best agents, editors, and authors.
Dates: March 4-6
Location: Big Sur Lodge in the lovely Pfeiffer State Park 

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Writer’s Conferences in January

MC900435237Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conferences
The 5th Annual Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference features renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and memoir in a tranquil and stimulating oasis removed from life’s daily routines and pressures. The natural canvas of this breathtaking environment sets the stage for inspirational workshops, readings, panels, and thought-provoking discourse in a community of like-minded writing professionals.
Sponsored by: Atlantic Center for Arts Campus
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL

The Cocoa Beach Writers Conference
Our conference has been touted as one of the most attendee and agent/publisher friendly in the country. We are consistently lauded for providing at a reasonable cost a small-conference atmosphere that gives attendees the one-on-one feel they can’t get from larger events.
Sponsored by: Space Coast Writers’ Guild, SCWG
Date: January 24-26 (no updates as of Dec. 2014)
Location: International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Writer’s Conferences in November

MC9004352372016 Baltimore Writers’ Conference
Featuring sessions on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, the business of writing, and quick critiques, the BWC is the year’s number one learning and networking opportunity for writers.
Sponsored by: Towson University’s Professional Writing Program (PRWR) and the College of Liberal Arts, The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College, and the Johns Hopkins Masters in Writing Program.
Date:  November 15
Location: Towson University, CLA Building

The Colrain Mauscript Intensive for Book Length Poetry Manuscript
The Colrain Mauscript Intensive is a very small (maximum 8), select, highly focused, 3-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length manuscripts by editors and publishers. The intensive is open only to those who have attended a previous Colrain conference and/or those whose manuscript is close to publication (semi-finalist, finalist or publisher feedback).
Date: No information for 2016
Location: Brandt House, Greenfield, Mass.

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Writer’s Conferences in October

MC900435237Auburn Writer’s Conference
The Winding Road: Travel and the Search for Voice-The Auburn Writers Conference reaches a wide array of literary enthusiasts by cultivating an environment that welcomes writers, readers, and interested others.
Date: no 2016 information
Location: Auburn University Student Center

Boston Book Festival
The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.
Something for everyone, all daytime events are free.
Date: October 15
Location: Boston, MA, Copley Square
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Writer’s Conferences in September


American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
If you write Christian fiction—or want to learn how—the ACFW conference is an investment worth making. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey. ACFW, the voice of Christian fiction.
Date: Aug. 25-28  Location:  Memphis, TN

Central Coasts Writer’s Conference
The goal of the 32nd Annual Central Coast Writers Conference presented by the Cuesta College Community Programs is to make affordable interactive workshops teaching skill development in numerous writing genres. We take pride in providing state-of-the industry publishing updates to aspiring writers and previously published authors.
Date: September  29-October 1
Location: Cuesta College Campus

Communication Central-Be a Better Freelancer – Marketing Magic and More for Your Business
Sponsored by: Communication Central
The early-bird deadline to save on registration for the 2016 Communication Central “Be a Better Freelancer”® conference has been extended to September 1. “Be a Better Freelancer® – Profiting in Publishing,” Communication Central’s 11th annual conference, will be held Oct. 28–29, 2016, at the new Hilton Garden Inn in the College Town complex, Rochester, NY, with an additional special workshop on Oct. 30.

Speakers include new and returning colleagues, with a wealth of information to share:Janice Campbell, Bevi Chagnon, Kat Friedrich, Carolyn Haley, Geoff Hart, Daniel Heuman, Ally Machate, Dick Margulis, Adrienne Montgomerie, Pamela Hilliard Owens, Lori Paximadis and Ruth E. Thaler-Carter. Topics range from new approaches to social media to using Word to freelancing in the crafts world to editing fiction, and much more!

Date: October 28-29, Additional special workshop on Oct. 30
Location: Hilton Garden Inn in the College Town complex, Rochester, NY
*NAIWE members receive a discount.  Register by Aug. 30 for best rates.

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Don’t Let Book Marketing Fears Keep You From Achieving Success by Brian Feinblum

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Not everyone can write a book. Not everyone can sell a product. As an entrepreneurial writer, you will need to do both – or outsource your book marketing.   Do you have any of these fears that hold you back from executing a book marketing campaign?
1, I don’t think I have enough resources – time and money.
2. I am not sure my book is better than others.
3. I don’t like to sound like I am begging.
4. I don’t want to appear to be too pushy.
5. I fear rejection.
6. I am afraid I will be asked questions that I don’t know the answers to.
7. I am not sure what to do to be convincing.
8. I don’t like to talk to others.
9. I am not confident about my appearance.
10. I don’t know what to say.
11. What if they don’t like me?
12. What if they laugh or yell at me?
The key to conquering any fear is to acknowledge it, seek solutions, and to get help. Or admit defeat and hire others to help you. Or to be content with the negative consequences that your fears tend to bring about. To overcome your book marketing fears simply jump in the water and start selling. You may just learn to swim.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©

Battle for Book Sales Beyond Amazon by Brian Feinblum

                                      Market Share
The marketplace for books – whether print, digital, or audio – is clearly owned by Amazon. They account for 27% of total units sold, as of October 1, 2012, according to RR Bowker. They improved from 21% a year earlier. Barnes & Noble declined to 16%, down from 17%. But after these two retailers, no single company scored in the double digits. In fact, no single category of sales channel hit double digits. Here’s how the rest of the book marketplace breaks down:
·         All independent bookstores, combined, account for only 6% of units sold:
·         Other e-book and audio download sites equal 6%
·         Other ecommerce sites account for 6%
·         All book clubs account for 5%
·         Discount, closeout and thrift stores equal 5%
·         Walmart – 4%
·         Non-traditional bookstores – 3%
·         Warehouse clubs – 3%
·         Christian bookstores – 2%
·         Target – 2%
·         Books-A-Million – 2%
·         Supermarkets – 1%
·         All other means = 12%
The book marketing battlefield runs beyond bookstores or e-commerce sites. Books are everywhere and nowhere. But however they are sold, there is no doubt that sales will always be driven by savvy book marketing and the garnering of news media coverage. Word of mouth makes a big difference but only once there is a critical mass of interest that builds up form marketing exposure. Publishers and authors will continue to identify their target readers, sell their books everywhere in every form, and market to their core readers. Promote – or perish!

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©

What’s In Your Book Marketing Tool Kit? by Brian Feinblum

Your best resource to market your book is you. Reach out to the people you know and those that they know.  Your book will get discovered if you market your book utilizing these 31 tools:
1.     Facebook
2.     Linked In
3.     Google +
4.     Twitter
5.     Pinterest
6.     Web site
7.     E-mail
8.     Business card and Name
9.     Logo
10.   Directories and lists to sell to
11.   Your blog
12.  Other bloggers
13.  Skype
14.  FreeConferenceCall.com
15.  Texting
16.  YouTube
17.  Fring, QikVideo, Facetime
18.  Webinars
19.  Podcasts
20.  Apps
21.  FourSquare
22.  Spoke.com
23.  AroundMeApp.com
24.  TimeTrade.com
25.  EmailFinder.com
26.  Focus.com
27.  SalesForce.,com
28.  Data.com
29.  Spokeo.com
30.  GoToMeeting.com, Webex.com, FreeScreenSharing.com
31.  FreeOnlineSurveys.com, SurveyMonkey.com, Zoomerang.com, KwikSurveys.com
Good luck!

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©

Welcome To Book World, The Greatest Theme Park by Brian Feinblum

Camelot_Theme_ParkHow come there aren’t any theme parks dedicated to books and publishing? I think it is a billion-dollar idea waiting to be acted upon. I am sure one day we’ll see billboards or Groupons for AmazonWorld – or maybe Barnes & Noble Land. Wouldn’t you bring your family and friends to a place that celebrates ideas and creativity, that honors the written word and free speech, and that makes reading fun?


This past week I had the pleasure of taking my wife and two young kids to several theme parks in Orlando. Never mind that the parks only cater to people who can afford to drop $100 per person per day, who pay for the right to then purchase overpriced food and licensed products that further promote their properties. I also had to pay the tourist tax (speeding ticket) for trying to turn a 180-mile trek to Boynton Beach from the parks into a quicker excursion. We had a great time and know we’ll be back again – albeit with a lighter wallet.

The theme parks have the right idea – they hype their existing content and repackage it in a way that makes it appealing to all ages. If movie studios can do this, why not publishers or those in the book industry?


Books connect to everything because they are written about everything – real and imagined, past, present, and future. A theme park can show what a book looks like in different languages. It can show us how books are treated globally or culturally. It can show us how books entertain, educate, enlighten, or inspire. Books, like the Bible, can be powerful, or they can be merely thrill-seeking, like Fifty Shades of Grey. The park can reflect a diversity of thought, significance, creativity, and commercialism.
Maybe bookstores should be turned into theme parks. Then they’d become entertaining destinations and people would want to be where books are.
Publishing has a lot to play with. It has tradition. It has so many facets to explore – the legal side, the cultural side, literacy, how books influence people and societies, and how our history is preserved in books. There are millions of words in millions of books and not one theme park is dedicated to them.
We have grand museums, mainly dedicated to art, history, and science. We have immense zoos and circuses to highlight nature and animals. Every industry has a hall of fame. Businesses have conventions. There are county fares, championship sporting events, and theme parks, and amusement parks and huge concert arenas. But no publishing theme parks.

Can’t we muster together a little bit of Trump extravagance and apply it to books and come up with a place that exceeds what is offered at the biggest palaces of fun in the world? The parks could be divided into so many unique sections that highlight interesting aspects of the book industry, such as:

·         Ranking the best-sellers of all time
·         Examining historically-significant books
·         The evolution of publishing technology
·         The history of the printed word
·         The future of books and all formats
·         Books turned into audiobooks, TV shows, movies, plays, etc.
·         How books are written
·         How they are acquired, edited, packaged, sold, promoted
·         Self-publishing
·         E-book mania
·         Era-specific books such as 18th century romantic poets or 1950’s Sci-fi
·         Region-specific books such as those by or about the south
·         Book-specific such as Catcher in the Rye or Chicken Soup for the Soul
·         Author-specific such as the works of John Grisham or Janet Evanovich

·         Genre-specific such as what’s new in erotic vampire thrillers or diet and fitness

Think of what can be sold:
·         Food
·         Games/Toys
·         DVDs
·         CDs
·         Clothes
·         Stuffed animals of book characters
·         Replicas of things referenced in the books
·         …and BOOKS!
There can be displays that include:
·         Book showcases
·         Videos
·         Rides
·         Games
·         Lectures
·         Readings
·         Reenactments
·         Workshops
·         Concerts
·         Tricia contests

·         Historic manuscripts, printing presses, e-book devices

Maybe there’d be a university on site, a special academy that is a school for writers and those who want to work in the book publishing industry.
There could be sections for adults and children. There could be sections of books highlighting industries such as automotive, gardening, or sales. There could be a hobby section, a fantasy section, a children’s section – really, you could put anything in the park as long as it relates to books. And everything connects to books.


Of course,, some might say the best way to honor books is to buy and read them, share them, and live them. But imagine a place where bibliophiles can  call home, a place that is part library, bookstore, e-reader, Web site, Disney, Vegas, Indy 500, Miss America Pageant, Mall of the Americas, Mardi Gras, and Time Square?


Take me to BookWorld – or write a book about such a place. BookWorld should exist and needs to. Books are still popular but they also are under many threats. It is not government censorship or Communism or war that threatens us. It is cultural laziness, a degraded education system, economics, and entertainment competition that puts books in danger. BookWorld could be a great boost not only for the publishing industry, but it can be fun for the whole family.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©

Apps To Zoom Past Books in 2014 by Brian Feinblum

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Apps are expected to generate $25 billion this year – up 62% from a year ago. They are expected to double 2013’s numbers by 2015, when over $50 billion in revenue will have been generated.

There are 1.4 million apps available between Google and Apple, but 64% of them are free. The app sales, which average $3.18 per app bought for iphones, will exceed the entire book market by this time next year.

Windows only has 125,000 apps and Amazon has a paltry 70,000, so if either one builds on its app business, we may see an even bigger expansion of an already exploding sector.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©