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ALL NEW: NincThink Roundtables

Win A Seat At The Table!

Board Meeting…NincThink Roundtable, that is. We’re introducing a new type of conference session: NincThink Roundtables. To go with our theme of Profitable Partnerships, we wanted to find a way to drive home the reality that in this brave new publishing world, everyone gets to play.

Maybe we’re too idealistic, but we believe that Ninc should lead the way in modeling this new truth:  It’s not “indie vs. legacy” or “authors vs. publishers” or any other “us vs. them” model. We want to send the message that Ninc is about getting rid of those distinctions and working together to get top quality novels to awesome readers.

Roundtables are a fun way to send this message. Each roundtables will have 12 participants, made up of about half industry guests and half Ninc members. Each participant will submit a discussion question, and they will have a casual conversation about those questions.

Roundtables emphasize partnership among professional peers and give authors and industry guests an equal voice in the conversation. See our Roundtable topics and which industry guests will be on which Roundtables on our Program Schedule page.

Now what we need is…YOU. If you are a Ninc member, we want to hear your voice. We need between 60-70 Ninc members to sign up for roundtables. (6-7 Ninc members on each roundtable, 10 sessions total) If we don’t have you, we don’t have roundtables. Simple as that.

We decided to create a fun way to assign all those slots. Not a drawing. Not a plain old sign-up. And we’re certainly not going to hand pick all those people! Instead, since everyone gets to play, we are having…

A Contest: The Great Novelists, Inc. NincThink Challenge
(And, no, the contest is not who can actually say that aloud five times fast!)

Here’s how it will work:

Early in September, for five days, we’ll post once a day on the Ninc Blog. Each day we’ll be opening slots for two roundtables (we’ll post that schedule later so you know which roundtables are being opened on each day of the contest.) We will announce the dates of the contest on the Ninc loop as well as the Conference Loop, so don’t worry—you’ll know when it is.

The blog posts will each have a clue about one of our industry guests (and a few links to point you in the right direction). What you have to do is figure out the right answer, and then click on the registration link. The registration link is password protected. The answer to the clue will be the password. If you get it right, you’ll unlock the registration page and can sign up for one of the two roundtables in play that day.

When our slots are full for the day, we’ll edit the post to say so. And then we’ll do it all over again the next day.

We hope you all will get into the spirit of the game and help make our debut Roundtable sessions a huge success.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to enter the Challenge:

  1. Register for the Ninc Conference: you MUST be registered and completed your payments by August 31, 2012 in order to participate in the Challenge.

  2. Sign up for the Ninc Conference Loop: We will be announcing the contest schedule on that loop and providing more information and answering questions, so it is essential for you to subscribe to that loop after you register. Info on how to do that will come with your registration confirmation.

  3. Check out the Program Schedule page on the Ninc conference website to find out what topics are offered and which industry guests will be on each one. Each day of the contest, we will open slots for two roundtables. You can only win a slot for one roundtable (if you don’t make it for one roundtable, you can try again for a different one).

  4. Tell your Ninc friends about the Challenge. Make sure they get registered by the deadline. Friends don’t let friends miss out on the NincThink Challenge!

We can’t wait to see which ones of you end up on the roundtables! They’re going to be fabulous, thanks to you and thanks to our industry guests.

So be watching…

The Great Novelists, Inc NincThink Challenge is coming!