Greater Nebraska Writers Conference (fall)

2018 Greater Nebraska Writers Conference: Oct. 12th-13th
WhereThe Leadership Center, 2211 Q St (E Hwy 34), Aurora, Nebraska
When: October 12th from 12:00pm-9:00pm, and October 13th from 8:00am-5:00pm
Non-Member Registration
   - $199 (Includes Friday Classes, Boot Camp, Saturday Classes and Lunch on Saturday)
Member Registration
   - $119 (Includes Friday Classes, Boot Camp, Saturday Classes and Lunch on Saturday)
Other options:
- Friday Classes Only - $30
- Friday Boot Camp - $30
- Saturday Only - $85
Keynote Speaker:
Alex Kava - NYT's Bestselling Author
ALEX KAVA is the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon best-selling author of the award-winning, critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series and a new series featuring former marine, Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs.
Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was chosen for the 2006 One Book One Nebraska and her political thriller, Whitewash, was one of January Magazine’s best thrillers of the year.
Published in over thirty-four countries, and selling 6+ million copies, Alex’s novels have made the bestseller lists in the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Poland. She is also a co-author of the novellas Slices of Night and Storm Season with Erica Spindler and J.T. Ellison.
Her novel Stranded was awarded both a Florida Book Award and the Nebraska Book Award. She is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
Keynote: Still Standing: Lessons learned after 20 years in the publishing world.
Alex Kava will share her personal experiences of how the publishing industry has changed in the last twenty years and the lessons she’s learned along the way. She’ll also offer advice on how to stay motivated, where to look for inspiration and the characteristics necessary to succeed in this ever-changing business.
Literary Agents (via Skype):
Caitlin McDonald (from the Donald Maass Literary Agency)
Caitlin McDonald will be taking pitches Saturday morning only. She joined DMLA in 2015, and was previously at Sterling Lord Literistic. She represents adult and young adult speculative fiction, primarily science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and related subgenres, as well as contemporary fiction about geeky characters. She also handles a small amount of nonfiction in geeky areas, with a focus on feminist theory/women’s issues and pop culture. Caitlin grew up overseas and has a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Eva Scalzo (from the Speilburg Literary Agency)
Eva Scalzo will be taking pitches Friday afternoon only. She was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles.
Eva has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she promptly set about filling the gaps, and her goal is to someday finish reading all the treasures. Eva is looking to represent all subgenres of Romance, with the exclusion of inspirational romance, as well as Young Adult fiction.
Kat Enright (from the Seymour Literary Agency) 
Kat Enright will be taking pitches Friday afternoon only. Ever since she got her hands on a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in third grade, Kat has been obsessed with stories. Her love of books led her to a career in publishing, where she gained a variety of experience working at Skyhorse Publishing, first as a Sales and Marketing Assistant before transferring into editorial at Sky Pony Press. She’s thrilled to be with The Seymour Agency as an Associate Agent. 
Kat is looking for fresh, new stories, particularly from marginalized voices. She’s actively seeking YA of all genres, Adult SFF, Romance, and select nonfiction. In YA, she’s looking for twisty dark tales with compelling protagonists and in SFF she’s looking for vibrant worlds that draw from traditionally underrepresented culturesA HEA is a must for all romances. In nonfiction, she is looking for cookbooks and coffee table and gift books.  
When she is not working, she writes fiction for young adults and adults. She is often found playing video games or yelling about comic books. She lives in New Jersey with her fiancé and their cat, Zuko. 
Free Consultants Available:
(Held at the same time as classes. You will be responsible to make it to your assigned meeting if you sign up for a consultation.)

Concierge Marketing Inc. - Speak with a publishing expert from Concierge Marketing about your book. Concierge Marketing offers a wide range of services from editing to design layout and publishing.

D.K. Solutions - Speak with a marketing expert from D.K. Solutions about a marketing strategy for you and your book.

Infusionmedia - Speak with a publishing expert from Infusionmedia about their services including publishing and marketing.

Click Here for more information about consults.


*New* Boot Camp:
Bring your first chapter (or up to 2,000 words) to read aloud. Groups will be sectioned off by genre. Each table will have a seasoned facilitator. Get feedback from the facilitator and the others at your table. Offer suggestions to the other authors at your table.
Schedule of Events:

Read detailed class descriptions here!


Friday October 12th

12:45 pm

   - Registration & Setup of Vendor Tables Begins

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

   - Pitch Practice with Chris Wevik (Session Repeated at 4:00)

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

   - Building a Writing Team – Gina Barlean

   - Preparing for and Selling at an Event - Kathy Gilmore and Sabrina Sumsion

   - Step by Step Self-Publishing - Sarah Buhrman

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

   - Dynamic Characters – Johnnye Gerhardt

   - Fantasy Worldbuilding – Katherine Wielechowski

   - How to write a Query Letter – Kim Stokely

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

   - Pitch Practice with Chris Wevik (Repeat of 1:00 Session)

   - Launching a Book Successfully – Victorine E. Lieske

   - Tracking Long Fiction: From a Blank Page to “The End” – John Achor

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

   - Break for Dinner - Shop at Vendor Tables & Socialize

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

   - Boot Camp

   - Reception - Mix and Mingle (Free to the public)


Saturday October 13th

8:00 am - 8:30 am 

   - Registration

  - Shop at Vendor Tables & Socialize

8:30 am - 9:40 am 

   - Keynote Speaker: NYT's Bestselling Author Alex Kava

9:40 am - 10:00 am

   - Break - Shop at Vendor Tables & Socialize

10:00 am - 10:50 am 

   - Generative Writing Intensive - Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed (Two Hour Hands-On Session)

   - Writing with Real Emotion: Using the Emotion Thesaurus - Mary Unger

   - Writing the Tough Stuff: Using our Life Experiences to Enrich our Writing - Chris Wevik

11:00 am - 11:50 am 

   - Generative Writing Intensive - Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed (Continued)

   - Author Newsletters: How to Start One and Get Subscribers - Sarah Buhrman

   - Memoir—Writing Your Life Story - Susan Bristol

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

   - Break for Lunch - Shop at Vendor Tables & Socialize

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

   - Business Meeting

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

   - Collaborative Writing Intensive - Laura Madeline Wiseman (Two Hour Session)

   - Writing a Thriller - Alex Kava

   - So You Want to Make Your Own Book Covers - Victorine E. Lieske

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

   - Collaborative Writing Intensive - Laura Madeline Wiseman (Continued)

   - Increasing Productivity - How to Write Faster and Better - Sabrina Sumsion

   - Discover Your Passion for Writing - Jennifer Hanisch

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

   - Anatomy of a Mystery - Inside the Convoluted Mind of a Mystery Writer - John Achor

   - Non-Fiction Writing: Writing and Selling Your Non-Fiction - Kolleen Meyer-Krikac

   - The Six-Figure Indie Author: How to Write Novels that Sell Without Endless Marketing - Victorine E. Lieske

5:00 pm

   - Closing Remarks and Raffle Drawing



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.