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Workshops:

Friday, October 8

8:30 to 9:30

Writing for Worldwide Distribution
Marsha Zinberg
(Palm)
Write a story that will continue to sell, over time and in many languages.  Explore what makes a book appealing to a diverse group of editors and readers; how authors can work with editors and in-house publishing staff to give their already published books a better chance to reach an overseas or reissue market.
Moderator: Susan Meier

The Piracy Project
Brian O’Leary
(Sabal)
What did Brian learn while conducting this project?  What findings did he report to publishers?  Does piracy mean different things to bestselling and mid-list authors; what are the correlated effects?  Can piracy even grow sales?  Does the methodology of the project translate well to genre fiction sales?  Let’s take a new look at book piracy.
Moderator: TBA                    

9:45 to 10:45

Autopsy of a Thriller: Deconstructing The Terminator
Dr. D. P. Lyle
(Palm)
Join Dr. Lyle as he performs a scene-by-scene analysis of “the perfect thriller.” Take a new look at storytelling as he dissects the three-act structure, how the movie progressively raises the stakes, ramps up the tension, and forces the protagonist, Sarah Conner, to alter virtually everything in her life, heart, and soul in perhaps the greatest character arc ever.
Moderator:  Sasha White

Let’s Talk — Sharing Concerns
Carolyn Pittis
(Sabal)
The publishing house – author connection; what it was, how it is, how it will change in the future.  What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s possible.  Working together, marketing together, cross-marketing, exploring the new reality of author promotion in conjunction with the publisher, in print, digitalizing, and beyond.  And more!
Moderator: Annette Mahon

11:00 – Noon

What To Expect When You’re Podcasting
Christopher Kenneally
(Palm)
Once upon a time, writing and publishing was the business of printing ink on paper. Then, the Internet introduced the world to the power of pixels. Today, when forging community and sharing information are highly valued principles, authors and other publishing professionals must turn to new media that can amplify their reach, invite audience participation, and enrich the reader experience. But it still comes down to the power of the human voice.
Moderator: Karen Sandler

Crafting The Big Scenes For A Blockbuster Novel
Al Zuckerman
(Sabal)
The author of the important bestseller in its own right, Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Al has now applied his vast knowledge and savvy to explaining the success of scenes readers will never forget.  Take your next book out of the ordinary and into blockbuster status.
Moderator: Lea Wait

Noon – 1:30

Lunch on our own
There will be sign-up sheets at the Registration Desk for group lunches, and a variety of resort restaurants to choose from.  Don’t forget: use your 20% discount cards for all food and beverage.  Nobody eats alone unless he/she wants to!

1:30 – 2:30

The Psychology of Character Motivation--Understanding the Whys of Character Thought, Action, and Dialog
Dr. D. P. Lyle
(Palm)
Believable characters require an understanding of the psychological drives that push them to act and react. Following a PowerPoint supported discussion of the basic psychology behind conflict and conflict resolution, participants are encouraged to discuss their own problem scenes, plot lines and character conflicts as everyone interactively works through the psychology of the conflicts presented.
Moderator: Julie Leto

Authors in Charge: Banding Together to Bring E-books Directly to Readers
Phoebe Conn, Sue Lange, Pat McLaughlin, Pati Nagle, Pat Rice, Jennifer Stevenson
(Sabal)
Members of author co-ops BookView Cafe and AWritersWork will answer the what, where, when, how & why of presenting and promoting backlist, original fiction and more online. (Hint: The "who" is you!)
Moderator:  Sue Lange

Ninc’s Conference Within The Conference

Our Late Afternoon sessions are informal, walk in, pull up a chair and let’s talk affairs, designed for those who would like to brainstorm and/or discuss topics of interest suggested by other Ninc members.  We’ll have two sessions in each room per hour, both Palm and Sabal.

2:45 to 3:45

Palm

Talking about E-reader devices (bring ‘em if you’ve got ‘em); with Laura Phillips
Learning how to organize your royalty statements; with Nancy Cohen

Sabal

Let’s discuss the Erotia genre; with Vella Munn
Let’s discuss the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal genres; with Ruth Glick

4:00 to 5:00

Palm

Let’s discuss Mystery and Thriller genres; with Julia Compton
Let’s discuss YA and Younger; with Lea Wait and Jody Novins

Sabal

Let’s discuss Social Media; how much is too much?  With Nancy Cohen and Carly Phillips
Let’s discuss the Inspirational genre; with JoAnn Grote

Night Owl Sessions, Members Only, 8:00 to 10:00

Saturday, October 9

8:30 to 9:30

Putting Our Heads Together (Instead Of Just Banging Them On Our Desks)
Marsha Zinberg
(Palm)
Marsha will be brainstorming with members and industry guests who wish to join in, discussing trilogies, multi-author collaborations, limited series ideas, continuity projects across the genres; what works, what doesn’t, and why – and how to sell them!  Bring your book ideas and questions to talk about with Marsha and the group, meet other like-inclined Ninc authors in this hands-on two-part session, and investigate the growing phenomenon of limited series and/or collaborative works taking place now in all popular fiction genres.   Today the brainstorming, tomorrow the book sales!
Moderator: JoAnn Grote

Get Rich Self-Pubbing Your E-books
J. A. Konrath
(Sabal)
Joe has become quite the phenomenon in the self-pubbing of backlist and new work, and with good reason.  His sales are impressive, his journey to that success documented on his blog and a subject of much discussion throughout the publishing world.  Now he tells us how he did it, and how we can do it, too.
Moderator:  Donna Fletcher

9:45 to 10:45

Putting Our Heads Together (continued)
Marsha Zinberg
(Palm)

Beyond Just Money – Negotiating For Results
Peter Novins and Attorney Alan Kaufman
(Palm)
Learn the basic tenets of successful negotiating.  Peter says, “Don’t make it just about money or you lose, know your bottom line before you start, find what’s cheap to you but dear to them, and yeah it’s going to be emotional, so manage it.”  After Peter shows how we do all these things, Alan will give us some pointers on what’s negotiable, what’s not.
Moderator: Julie Compton

11:00 to Noon

Plotting the Perfect Murder
Dr. D. P. Lyle
(Palm)
When your character plans and executes "The Perfect Murder," he always makes a mistake or two. These errors ultimately lead your sleuth to the solution.  We’ll plot the perfect murder in every detail, and then “deconstruct” the crime while considering the many variables that make plotting a murder fun for the writer and a disaster for the antagonist. Discuss the killer's Pre-Crime Behavior, the steps taken to "do the deed," and his Post-Crime Behavior from social, psychological, forensics, investigative, and motivational points of view.  Oh, goody!
Moderator: Pat McLinn

De-Stress, Relax, Refresh, and Quack Like A Duck*  Self-Hypnosis for Writers
Melinda Haynes, M.Ed., CH
(Sabal)
Are writers, and those who have to work and live with them, the most stressed people on the planet?  Melinda will be showing us all, authors and industry personnel alike, techniques on how to de-stress, explore our limitless imaginations, and learn techniques that aid and inspire more fluent and fulfilling work production; even self-hypnosis! Real, workable tools, designed to help us. *Quacking like a duck optional.
Moderator: Charlotte Hubbard

Noon – 1:30

Lunch on our own
There will be sign-up sheets at the Registration Desk for group lunches, and a variety of resort restaurants to choose from.  Don’t forget: use your 20% discount cards for all food and beverage.  Nobody eats alone unless he/she wants to!

1:30 to 2:30

When You’re The Story – Managing Media
Mary Stella
(Palm)
Even gifted storytellers can freeze when the media spotlight turns in their direction.  In this hands-on, interactive brainstorming session, you'll prepare talking points, practice your presence, field tough questions while staying on message, and learn how to shine in any interview.
Moderator: TBA

My Muse Was Hiding Out at the Beach: Getting Back into the Game
EllenTaber
(Sabal)
After a long forced hiatus while her lines closed down, rejections, self-doubt, and, finally, "why bothers," Ellen successfully chased down her muse and restarted her career. The little darling was hanging out at Tybee Island, Georgia, lounging on the sand (Funny; we’ve got lots of sand here at the Tradewinds…). Hear Ellen’s story and join her in an informal discussion of possibilities and alternative genres for getting back into the game.
(Moderator: JoAnn Grote)

2:45 to 3:45

Palm

Online Critique Groups
Now that we’ve been brainstorming, perhaps it’s time to think about joining together post-conference, and taking that next step.  What does it take to create a committed, ongoing, online critique group? What works? What doesn't? How many members? Time commitment? How would you structure your ideal group? Genre choices? Let's brainstorm. 
Moderator, Lynda Hilburn

Sabal

The room will be open for anyone to use for discussion, brainstorming, and for any topics of interest not previously covered.  Please consult the Bulletin Board at the Reception Desk, and use it to make suggestions and/or list topics and times for your planned get-togethers.

4:00 to 5:00

Belly Dancing Lesson On The Beach
(location to be announced; see Bulletin Board). 
With Karen Tintori Katz and Pati Nagle.  All Ninc members and their guests, and all industry guests are invited to participate or just observe.  Be a part of the fun!

6:30 to 8:00

Buffet Dinner
Seabreeze Terrace

Sunday, October 10

9:30 to noon

Palm/Sabal
General Meeting (please sign your proxy if you do not plan to attend), followed immediately by our Wrap-up Session, known to Ninc members as “Lou Aronica, Unplugged,” featuring Lou, all of us, plus any Industry Professionals willing to speak informally about this business we’re all in together.  Consider this last get-together as the sort of informative talk that takes place at conferences late at night in the bar — except that it will be morning, and we should all be at least relatively sober…