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August 8th - 11th, 2024

2024 Thursday Programming

*Please note, life sometimes happens.

Classes are subject to change. 


Thursday, August 8th at 9am

Separate ticket required

Building your Author's Toolbox with Candace J. Thomas and Jodi L. Milner

When it comes to stepping up your author game and moving from hobbyist to professional, there are a lot of technical things that you’ll need to figure out – and frankly, it’s all pretty daunting. In this bootcamp, we’ll walk you through what to consider when developing the tools you’ll need in your author’s toolbox, including how to set them up, and how to maintain them long term. 

The “tools” we will discuss include:

  • Creating your author brand

  • Setting up a newsletter

  • Making an author website

  • Creating your author social media presence

  • Making business cards and other swag

  • What to consider with headshots and bios

  • and so much more!

How to prepare:

We will provide a packet of notes, but definitely bring:

  • Something to write with

  • A printed copy of your current author bio

  • Ideas on how you envision what your author brand looks like 

  • Your personal computer (for both note-taking and participating in the hands-on elements of the class)

Brought to you by the Squirrel Podcast for Distracted Writers

Traditional Publishing Prep with Bryan Young, Michael A. Stackpole, and Katherine Monasterio

Three working industry professionals, bestselling authors Michael A Stackpole and Bryan Young, and Shadowrun and BattleTech editor Katherine Monasterio, will take you personally through your first chapter, query letter, and synopsis to get them ready for publication. 

Here are the things you need to have ready to share when attending this boot camp: first chapter, query, synopsis - all .doc files in standard manuscript format 

More information on how to submit these items will be provided when you register for this boot camp.

Three-Hour Workshops

Thursday, August 8th and Sunday, August 11th

Included with registration

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