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Saturday, October 26, 2019 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission

Writing & Getting Published

Hone your craft and connect with experts during our presentations and panel discussions for writers.


Schedule of Events


  10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Room 207/208

Getting Started in Self-Publishing

So you think you’ve got this idea that could be the next smash self-help tome, or boffo cookbook, or Great American Novel, but your confused about how to get it out there? Josh Floyd, Senior Key Account Manager with IngramSpark, will discuss how indie publishers and self-publishing authors can best set up their titles to succeed in the bookstore and library markets. Learn how to properly set up titles with industry standard terms; the importance of managing your metadata; best practices for approaching bookstores and libraries; and more. 

 Writing Books for Kids: What It Takes
The aim of this session is very straightforward: to give avid readers a view into what it takes to conceive, create, execute, and ultimately publish a children’s book. Among the facets of writing for kids that the authors explore will be: Where ideas originate. The writing and illustrating process. Hurdles and how to get over them. And what an editor brings (or doesn’t bring) to the table. Listen in as Meg Leder, Will Hillenbrand, Ammi-Joan Paquette, and Jeff Ebbeler spill the beans.
 Working with a Literary Agent
What agents do, how they do it, and what they can do for you, revealed by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary, who will share insights borne of 25 years in book publishing as an author, acquisitions editor, and agent.
Room 210 

Drafting a Manuscript

Anyone who’s ever fantasized about writing adult fiction, a memoir, or even a graphic novel knows that the first wall you run into is often the process. How the heck do established authors do it? It’s a daunting task—which authors Leah Stewart, Emma Carlson Berne, Sharon M. Draper, David Bell, and Carol Tyler know only too well. Learn some of the tricks these master storytellers employ to make a full-blown narrative come alive on the page.


How to Write a Book Proposal

The long road to finishing a non-fiction book begins with a good book proposal. Think of it as the road map. Amy Jones (managing editor at Writer’s Digest), Liz Scarpelli (director of University of Cincinnati Press), and Joanne Drilling (former dining editor of Cincinnati Magazine and soon-to-be cookbook author) will discuss what a good book proposal requires, what publishers are looking for, and how much time and research it can take to get it right. 

A Critical Eye Toward Reading and Writing

Jeffrey Ford (author of Ahab’s Return), Jessica Strawser (Not That I Could Tell), Michael Nye (All the Castles Burned), Nicola Mason (editor of Acre Books) and Tina Neyer (writer, blogger, and veteran of the Vermont Writer’s Workshop) will share how they approach reading to shape their own work and to review the works of other writers.


Books by the Banks is grateful to the Ingram Content Group for their generous sponsorship of the Writing & Getting Published panel track.