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Night Owls Schedule

Members Only After hours Mini-Conference

WEDNESDAY, October 19

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Room One:
Ebook Formatting for the Do-It-Yourselfer, with Lori Devoti

Come with a manuscript and leave with e-books ready to upload to B&N, Amazon, Smashwords and more. Programs to be used are: Notepad, Microsoft Word, Calibre and MobiPocket. If you want to actually build your e-books during the session, please come with these loaded on your laptop. As a special bonus, Lori will give her workshop attendees limited-time free access links to her online e-book formatting videos.

Room Two:

9:00 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.
Keeping On Keeping On, with JoAnn Grote

Most novelists feel fortunate to make a living doing what they love, yet years of creating stories day-in and day-out can leave a writer drained of energy, ideas, and the joy of creating. What keeps a writer going? Sometimes one little change in routine, habit or practice can start a ripple effect and re-energize a writer. Join JoAnn Grote, author of the Nink column "Not Your Usual Writing Advice", to share ideas on how to keep on keeping on through the years of a creative career.

Room Two:

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 pm
Breaking the Technology Induced Madness Cycle, with Marcella Burnard

Brain feeling scrambled? Focus fuzzy? Forgotten what it’s like to sit for hours at a time and lose yourself in your work? Come gather the straying fragments of your mind and thoughts. Follow one author’s (admittedly) drastic attempt to climb out of the Twitter, blogging, and FaceBook induced habit of fractured attention. Marcella doesn’t recommend her cold-turkey break from technology for everyone, for it involves a sailboat, a husband, two seasick cats, and five months at sea.

THURSDAY, October 20

8:00 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.

Room One:
How to Shoot Your e-Book Sales Through the Roof, with Julie Ortolon and Pat Ryan

Learn how romance author Julie Ortolon shot her e-book up the charts through a phenomenon called swarming. She will explain the necessary elements and how to set a swarm into motion with effective social networking and proven pricing strategies. Following Julie’s strategies, Pat Ryan has experienced her own swarm and will share her results. Julie will also talk about how to track a Twitter and Facebook campaign so authors can see which of their efforts are reaping results and which are a waste of time. Come join this upbeat session to learn why authors should be jazzed about, not afraid of, the new world of publishing.

Room Two:

8:00 p.m. – 8:55 p.m.
Writing with Feline: Cat You Feel the Love Tonight? with Lisa Wanttaja

Are you a writer with cats and stress? Ever thought of applying cat philosophy to your writing life? Former veterinary technician and aspiring crazy cat lady, Lisa Wanttaja, shows you how techniques she's learned from her cats can help you release some of that tension and allow you to balance work with taking care of yourself. 

9:00 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.
Room Two:
Belly Dancing for the Writer, with Karen Tintori; Pati Nagle on drum.

Belly dancing is great for the writer's soul -- and body.  Not only will it loosen tight hips after a day plopped in front of the computer, this enjoyable art form can improve posture as it strengthens the core, which includes our backs as well as our abs. Since this ancient dance form has long been employed by women to pass down the mysteries of childbirth, belly dancing is the perfect movement to help spark our creativity as we birth our stories. Bring your belly dancing gear for this one!

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Room One:
The Library Market: Making it work for you and with you in the technology age, with Sally Hawkes.  

Librarian and author Sally Hawkes leads the discussion of how public libraries budget for and purchase popular fiction (print, e-Books and audio books), and ways to make contact and promote your books using various methods such as QR codes, Skype, discussion guides and others.

The Physical Writer with Jennifer Stevenson, Brenda Hiatt Barber, Pati Nagle

Our work has been called the most dangerous white collar job there is--sitting at a computer hour after hour, with no one supervising us to make us take breaks for stretching, water, or meals.  Writers risk back trouble, eyestrain, autoimmune disease, carpal tunnel stress, and more. The best prevention for writing's terrible physical cost is exercise.  Go ahead, groan.  Nobody likes boring exercise.  The secret to getting the exercise you need is to enjoy it.  Love it.  Meet three writers who have found exercise they love.  And hop aboard the gravy train--endorphins, yay!

FRIDAY, October 21

8:00 p.m. – 8:55 p.m.

e-Book Promotions Roundtable Discussion with Lori Devoti, Pat Rice

Have a great e-book promotion that worked for you? Or just looking for some new inventive ideas? Come share and discuss successes and failures—plus just spend a bit of time brainstorming for new ideas.

Open Call—Headshots, with Author/Photographer Sasha White

Every writer needs a professional image for his or her bio, website  and press kit, and this is a great way to get one without the expense of a full photo shoot.  Professional photographer and author Sasha White will give each attendee 5 minutes in front of the camera with the guarantee of one fully edited high resolution image. While being at ease in front of the camera makes for a better photo, it is not easy for everyone, so take advantage of this session. Bring a drink, have some laughs, and get your headshot done in a comfortable, familiar setting. (fee to be paid at time of session- $20)

Room Two:
Bookselling 101, with Laura Hayden

As the print market gets tight, authors need to learn more about the business of selling print books from the perspective of the bookstore.  Walk through title selection and stocking process with Laura Hayden, multi-published author and bookstore owner (Author, Author! LLC) in a hands-on bookstore simulation exercise. 

9:00 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.

Room One:
How to Expand Your Writing Horizons (And Your Finances) in the Magazine World, with Dianne Despain

The digital world is changing the definition of publishing, leaving most book writers a little insecure. Yet, out of that insecurity is emerging an expanding presence that has preceded the book world in finding its way through the digital maze. Bottom line – there’s never been a better time to be a magazine writer than right now, and established writers have the advantage in snagging those opportunities. The goal of this workshop is to teach fiction writers how to break into non-fiction magazine articles if, for no other reason than to help their financial outlook.  After all, a few $$$ here and there will pay a bill or two.

Room Two:
Health Issues & Writing: Let Talk! with Laura Phillips

Tips, tricks, tools, and alternative therapies for living well and staying productive despite fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, a bad back, failing eyesight, immune disorders, and/or other serious health problems. Laura copes daily with most of that list and still writes, farms, and manages a niche software company. 

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Room One:
Personal Time Travel©, with Melinda Rucker Haynes

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let go. Follow Melinda on a journey of imagination to your own creative center within where you will commune with your muse or resource team for answers, insight and joy. Emerge from your inner journey relaxed, refreshed and inspired. You will learn to return to your creative centre anytime, anywhere you wish with Melinda’s Personal Time Travel© techniques.

Room Two:
Authors In Charge Again Co-Op Panel, with:
           Pati Nagle, Jennifer Stevenson, Patricia Rice - Book View Café
           Patricia McLinn - A Writer's Work
           Pat Ryan - Backlist Ebooks
(And, no, we don’t know how they let a J-for-Jennifer in there, either…but we do hope everyone wears name badges!)

An update on 2010's popular panel on author cooperatives.  Members of co-ops Book View Café, A Writers Work, and Backlist Ebooks will discuss their groups, how they work, and what progress they've made since last year.  Bring your questions!

And wandering through the Night Owls when the “spirit” hits her, will be Ninc member Lynda Hilburn and her Tarot cards.  Oh yes! So get your questions ready.  Should you self-publish that new novel rather than submit to NY? Is it time to switch genres? Do you need to change agents or should you fly solo? Is he/she really your soul mate or just a happy-for-now? Come and ask your question(s) and let the Tarot -- and Lynda -- provide insights. (no charge).

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