I don’t have a lot of time before my next session starts, but Wednesday’s sessions were fantastic.
The day started with an early morning session on how fiction authors can create other streams of income. One author discussed how they created swag (like T-shirts and military-style patches) from their sci-fi series. Another discussed how they used Kickstarter to fund production of their audiobook. Another discussed how the subject of a nonfiction book can be turned into paid trainings online.
I then met with some industry representatives from Draft2Digital, Kobo, and BargainBooksy to discuss how I can gain visibility for my published books in the marketplace. This is open to ALL attendees, not some special VIP-level folks.
One of the most valuable sessions was Felicia Beasley’s class on mastering Amazon ads. Amazon has created a wildly complicated advertising system which is daunting and difficult to do well—but it can make a huge difference in revenue. I haven’t done Amazon ads effectively yet, and this session showed me I still have a lot to learn.
Kevin J. Anderson recommended ways to be more productive in writing. Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mark Dawson, and Diane Capri all discussed their journeys to being successful thriller authors and recommendations to new authors in the genre.
Bear in mind that there were also three sessions I didn’t go to. LitRPG, Fantasy, Blurb Writing—there’s just so much info here.
I ended the day with a meet-and-greet with other mystery and suspense writers, and a night of karaoke.
Although I’ve self-published five books, I still have a long way to go to be able to be a full-time writer. This is one of the most valuable conferences I’ve ever been to, and if becoming a full-time writer is a goal of yours, I’d highly recommend joining their Facebook group and seeing if this conference is right for you in 2020.