Join us at the Tradewinds resort in St. Petersburg, Florida from Sept 26 - Sept 30, 2018.
Printable Schedule Coming Soon
This schedule is constantly growing and subject to change. It is meant as a sample of what you can expect at NINC 2018.
Wednesday, September 26
1:00 pm Registration Opens
6:00 pm First Timers’ Orientation
6:30 pm Welcome Reception
Kick things off with a fun, casual gathering in the courtyard with heavy appetizers and a cash bar giving NINC members the chance to mix and mingle with speakers and industry guests.
8:00 pm Night Owls
These member-only sessions are a NINC tradition that go back to the founding of our organization. They started out as a chance for authors to have frank conversations about publishing with no publishers or agents present. Today, they also include talks about maintaining a balanced life, ways to keep writing fresh, and fun topics like tarot cards.
Thursday and Friday
The days will be packed full of presentations designed to address the needs of professional, multi-published fiction writers. Lunch provided.
NINC members have the opportunity to meet with representatives from companies that can help further their careers. The growing list of companies who are coming include Amazon, Kobo, D2D, BookBub, Reedsy, Bookfunnel, Ingram, Verity Audio and more.
NINC at Night
In the evening, all attendees are invited to gather in the lobby for Night Clubs sponsored by industry guests, or attend members-only Night Owl sessions. (Night Clubs can be cash bars, or open bars with some drink tickets provided by the sponsor.)
Speakers Confirmed (this list is still growing)
A master of Facebook ads and Amazon Marketing Services.
Founder of the popular podcast, The Creative Penn, will share secrets on increasing sales worldwide.
Author of Let’s Get Visible and Let’s Get Digital, David is a master at understanding retailer algorithms and how authors can use this knowledge to increase discoverability and sales.
With 25+ years experience as an editor, Shawn has created The Story Grid to help authors push their novels to the next level.
Jennifer has a degree in cognitive science from Yale University and is working on her PhD. She will talk about the Psychology of Fandom based on scientific research.
A talent scout with Franklin & Siegal & Associates, the largest literary scouting agency in New York, Erin scouts books & material for Universal Studios as well as Paramount TV.
Bestselling author and founder of the Red Sneaker Writing Center, William is well known for his books on story structure.
Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Formerly with Kobo, Mark will cover Five Career-Killing Mistakes an Author Should Avoid.
A popular speaker, Damon will be talking about blurbs that sell and love scenes that sizzle.
Geoff has 20 years of experience as a Federal Forensic Investigator and will walk us through the process of what happens when someone dies, from the discovery of the body to the burial. Even if you don't write crime mysteries, if anyone in your story dies, this two hour presentation will help you get it right.
Justin will team up with NINC member David Wind to give us the ins and outs of working with Ingram.
A popular motivational speaker, Michelle will share insights on marketing and maintaining balance in a writer’s life.
We have many other speakers including professional author assistants Maria Connor, Amy Atwell, and Mel Jolly. Graphic designers Kim Killion and Jenn LaBlanc will talk about author branding from your covers to your web graphic, and working with a photographer to create custom covers. We have a panels of NINC members to talk about writing with dictation, exploiting subrights, creating a series bible, and ads that sell.
Programming continues with a combination of presentations and panels, plus brainstorming and critiquing roundtables.
Are you struggling with Facebook ads and AMS (Amazon Marketing Services)? Wondering if your covers are hurting or helping your sales. Want to share and learn the hottest trends in your genre?
Bring your questions and knowledge and get ready to roll up your sleeves for a day of interactive sessions with our speakers and fellow NINC members, who happen to be some of the savviest people in publishing.
You can volunteer to lead a session, or nominate a fellow NINC member here:
Beach Banquet Blow-out
After 3 days of intensive learning and sharing, NINC members, speakers, and industry guest let down their hair for a fun and delicious banquet on the beach (weather permitting). This is a not-to-be missed highlight that attendees look forward to every year.
9:00am-10:00 Annual General Meeting
10:30-12:00 Lou Unplugged