Fall Conference

2017 Greater Nebraska Writers Conference: Oct. 20th-21st
Where: The Leadership Center, 2211 Q St (E Hwy 34), Aurora, Nebraska
When: October 20th from 3:00pm-9:00pm, and October 21st starting at 8:00am
Early Member Registration (Before Oct. 7th) - $65 
Member Registration (After Oct. 7th) - $95
Non-Member Registration - $95
(Registration fee does not include lodging or lunch. You may eat lunch at the Leadership Center for an additional $14.00.) 
Linda Camacho (Prospect Literary Agency)
Linda Camacho - Linda experienced many sides of the publishing industry before coming to agenting. She has worked in production, foreign rights and most recently, marketing. She also has an MFA in children’s writing. Agenting brings all her skills together and allows her the opportunity to do what she loves most, help create great books. She is currently looking for talented authors and illustrators to build her list.
Speaking Topic: Persistence: How to Keep Going in This Tough Business

There are many talented writers out there, but not all of them will be published. The difference between the published writer and unpublished writer? Persistence. This workshop will show you how to maintain persistence in the face of an ever-changing publishing market. We’ll discuss how get in the right mindset, develop a routine, and deal with rejection.

Alan Wilkinson 
Alen Wilkinson is a professional writer of many years' experience in print and broadcast media. 
Speaking Topic: By Hook or By Crook - Making a Living as a Writer
I’ve undertaken many varied writing jobs in order to stay afloat as a professional over the past 24 years. These include ghosting, a TV soap, a couple of wedding speeches, manuscript assessment, corporate histories. I even worked with a sky-diving Elvis impersonator – as well as a few criminals and law-enforcers. So I have some interesting stories to tell. Sometimes I look back and wonder where all these opportunities came from. Was I just lucky? But on the other hand, I am convinced that ’success’ as a writer (and for me that means no more than earning enough to keep doing what I love to do) is more likely to come to those who never give up. 
Rachel Aukes
Rachel Aukes is an American horror / science fiction / fantasy novelist best known for the Deadland Saga.  The first of the saga 100 Days in Deadland was voted Best of the Year by Suspense Magazine and one of the best zombie books by Huffington Post.  It is also an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller and Bookie Monster’s #1 Book of 2013.  Aukes was also named a Wattpad Star, her stories having over four million reads.  Aukes has five books and two short stories released under the pen name Berinn Rae.
Speaking Topic: Worldbuilding, the World at your Fingertips
Stories, especially science fiction and fantasy, take us to new worlds. Sometimes, these worlds are a step outside our door. Other times, these worlds take us to fantastical places many galaxies or millennia away. A key to good storytelling is building exhilarating, real worlds that make readers want to dive into—or run away from in terror!
Tamsen Butler
Tamsen Butler is a freelance writer and editor residing in the Midwest with her husband and two children. A LoveToKnow contributor since 2006, she is a Group Editor and writer.  Tamsen entered the financial sector after completing an enlistment with the United States Air Force. Starting as a loan processor for a small military lender, she then switched gears and worked for a large credit union where she served in a variety of capacities including mortgage loan officer, mortgage closer, and branch manager. The author of two personal finance books, Tamsen won the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Non-Fiction for The Complete Guide to Personal Finance: For Teenagers and College Students.  An avid volunteer, she teaches budgeting classes at a local women's center.
Speaking Topic: Writing for the Internet: The Benefit of Brevity
We are a technological society; iPads, smartphones, tablets, and computers seem to always be within arms' reach. Butler wants your stories, your poems, your novels on those devices, sent as gifts and gabbed about on social media. Let her experience work in your favor. 
Linda Camacho (Prospect Literary Agency, taking pitches in person)
What Linda is looking for:
MG and YA, both commercial and literary, Select Picture Books (mostly writer-illustrators), Adult fiction across all genres (particularly romance, women's fiction, literary horror, fantasy, and upmarket), Select literary fiction, Graphic narratives, both adult and children’s, Diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.).
What she's not looking for:
Early readers/chapter books, Screenplays, Poetry, Short stories
Connor Eck (Lucinda Literary Agency, taking pitches via. Skype)
What Connor is looking for:
Connor is actively looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction. His interests are diverse, though he is particularly drawn to stories with emotional resonance and vivid characters. More than anything he is looking for authors with whom he can build lasting relationships.
Abby Rodriguez (Leslie Stobbe Literary Agency, taking pitches via. Skype)
Abby is the Assistant to Literary Agent, Sally Apokedak. She will be taking pitches for Sally.
What Sally is looking for:
Picture Books – Sally looks for quirky, fun, characters and delightful language, with lines that roll and rhymes that rock. Conflict and growth for characters always helps.
Middle Grade Books – Sally loves funny boy books; boy scientists and boy geniuses are great. She also loves fantasies, but really wants anything with a strong voice.
Young Adult Books – Fantasy is Sally's favorite, and if there’s romance, she loves it even more. She's also into mysteries and fairy tales, and is intrigued by worlds with established religions and characters who are spiritual.
Kaitlyn Johnson (Corvisiero Literary Agency, taking pitches via. Skype)
What Kaitlyn Johnson is looking for:
YA, NA, and A are her main interests. She mostly drools for fantasy (yes, that very much includes urban!), time travel, select dystopian, romance (with erotic elements is OK), and historical fiction if it is anything other than Henry VIII.
Contemporary can grab her attention only if the concept is unique enough and executed well. Overplayed tropes/characters make her cringe. Same goes for upper MG.
LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all genres accepted above
Kaitlyn is not looking for:
- No chapter or picture books
- No horror, thriller/suspense, or nonfiction
- No novellas, poetry, or short story collections
- No storylines heavily dependent on religious motives/events/themes
Consultants Available:

You are accustomed to our fall conference offering Nebraska Writers Guild Members the state's widest selection of Agent One-on-Ones, but this year we are adding:

"Ask the Experts" One-on-One Sessions

(Held concurrently with breakout sessions on Saturday, October 21st from 9-11:30 and 1:30-4:00.)

You could spend hundreds of dollars for a consultant’s undivided attention, but we’ve added something new to the NWG fall Conference just for you! You can have a private consultation with a publishing professional who has valuable experience in the areas where you need help. Sign up for a FREE 15-minute one-on-one session with a publishing expert to focus on you and your book. Whether you want to find an agent and publisher, or you plan to self-publish, use a hybrid publishing firm, or use the services of a print-on-demand publisher, you need to know what you are getting into. This is your chance for some great advice, and it’s free!

Schedule of Events:


3:00 pm - 3:45 pm - Workshop with Gina Barlean: Powerpoint Book Trailers - How to create them and upload to YouTube

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm - Workshop with Lisa Pelto: Publishing from the End to the Beginning: The Importance of Figuring out the Business Before You Start Publishing

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm - Workshop with Leo Biga: Writing About What You Care About: How to Avenues to Write About What You're Passionate About

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm - Workshop with Victorine Lieske: Audiobooks - How to Use ACX to Create an Audiobook

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Workshop with Barbara Salvatore: Give Your Characters Voice

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Pitch Practice with Chris Mager Wevik

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Registration & Reception

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Open Mic Night



8:00 am - 8:30 am - Registration

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Welcome and Announcements

9:00 am - 10:00 am  - Alan Wilkinson - By Hook or By Crook

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Break/Networking

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Linda Camacho - Persistence: How to Keep Going

11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Tamsen Butler - Writing for the Internet: The Benefit of Brevity

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Break/Networking

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Rachel Aukes - Worldbuilding: The World at Your Fingertips

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Business Meeting/Raffle Prizes



The Leadership Center has lodging available. You can find more information here.
If you need a ground floor room to avoid climbing stairs, please call the
Leadership Center and request one.


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