Fall Conference

2017 NWG Fall Conference will be held Oct. 20-21. Save the date!
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. 10th) - $65 
Member Registration (After Oct. 10th) - $85
Non-Member Registration - $85
(Cost does not include lodging. You may eat lunch at the Leadership Center for an additional $12.00.) 
2016 Speakers were:
Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Literary Agency)
Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and as an intern in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.

For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the ability to transport readers to new and exciting places. As a history and mythology buff, she is intrigued by books that introduce her to another culture or time period. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about—or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about. 

Title:  Learning to Think Marketing the Right Way (subject to rewite by Carrie, but feel free to use now so we can get the information up and the registration posted.)

A critical part of marketing (that terrifying part of writing that sometimes keeps even excellent writing from ever being published) lives in your brain. As a writer, you need to learn how to think of marketing yourself and your novel pre-publication. Some say even pre-writing. This sets up a mindset to learn and enact the necessary steps every author needs to build their audience and gain an agent's/publisher's notice.

Taylor Stevens 
Taylor is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Published in over twenty languages and optioned for film by James Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, the books are international boots-on-the-ground thrillers featuring a mercenary information hunter in a female mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher.
Stevens came to writing fiction late. Like many aspiring authors she had no credentials or platform, and no direct route into the publishing world. Unlike most, she came from a life of cultural isolation without access to the books, movies, music, or pop-culture that many authors take for granted. Born into an apocalyptic cult and raised in communes across the globe, she was denied an education beyond 6th grade and spent her adolescence as child labor, cooking and cleaning for up to a hundred at a time, caring for younger commune children, or out on the streets begging on behalf of commune leaders.
This self-taught path allows Stevens to teach from a ground up perspective that’s easy to understand and apply. She will be offering an insider’s look on the mechanics of storytelling, writing, the publishing industry, agents, and the process of getting a book into print. Much of the session will be Q&A format tailored to your specific needs. Bring your best questions.
Victorine E. Lieske
Victorine self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine's first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015.
Victorine is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. She served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.
Title: The Secrets of BookBub
If you’re lucky enough to land a BookBub promotion, you are in for a great ride. The vast majority of books that BookBub promotes soar in the rankings, sell hundreds to thousands of books, and have enough of a boost to sell well for weeks afterward. Most books earn 2 to 10 times the cost of the ad. Afterward, many settle into a higher ranking than before the BookBub ad. Victorine will give you the lowdown on what BookBub is, what kinds of books they are looking for, how to make your submission look better to them, and what you need to do if you want to use BookBub to try to make it on the USA Today and NYT’s best seller lists.
Sabrina Sumsion
Sabrina is a former literary publicist, an author, speaker, and all around awesome person. She has spoken at several Guild events, and often people tell us she was the favorite of the event. She has presented to writers groups across the nation, and has been interviewed on local and national television. She is currently serving as Publicist Chair of the NWG.
Title: Effective Social Media for Busy Authors 101
Social Media is the buzz word these days. Authors are told to have a social media presence, but there are many ways to waste time. This presentation covers the basics of marketing and how social media works. Learn the 3 main parts to consider as you create your online presence and learn what traps to avoid as you're planning out your campaign. 
Fall Conference Agents:
Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Literary Agency)
Naomi Davis, Founder/Literary Agent, Inklings Literary Agency – (via Skype)
Amanda Jain, Associate Agent, Inklings Literary Agency –(via Skype)
Linda Camacho, Literary Agent , Prospect Literary Agency—(via Skype)
Due to their popularity, Verbal Pitch Reviews will again be available on Friday afternoon. To prepare study up.  
Schedule of Events:


3:00pm - 4:00pm        Verbal Pitch Reviews

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

7:00pm - 9:30pm        Open Mic Night



7:00am                        Light Breakfast (free – in Conference Room)

8:00am                        Registration

8:30am                        Welcome and Announcements


10:00am-10:30am      Break/Networking


11:30am-1:30pm        Lunch and Networking


2:30pm-3:00pm          Break/Networking


4:00pm                      Business Meeting/Door Prizes


After Conference Community Give Back Events:


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.