Desert Dreams Schedule

2017 Desert Dreams Conference

Basic Schedule Outline (subject to change)

THURSDAY, JUNE 1ST

The Craft of Writing:
Word Power: Getting the Right Words – Valen Cox
Structuring Novels for Strong Conflict – Tanya Stowe
Show and Tell: It's Not Just for Kindergarten – J. Leigh Bailey
Unraveling the Mystery of Mysteries – Chantelle Aimée Osman
From Journalism to Fiction – Laurie Fagen

The Path to Publishing:
How to Pitch to Agents & Editors – Gail Delaney, Desert Breeze Publishing
How to Submit and Get attention – Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Who Needs An Editor? Everyone! – Julia Ganis
What Harlequin Can Do for You – Cathy McDavid, Kathleen Scheibling

Managing a Career:
Supporting Your Writing Life – Judith Ashley
Decoding your KDP Monthly Report – Shanyn Hosier
How to Entice Readers to Sell Your Book – Ann Videan
Publisher’s Panel – 13Thirty Books

Practice Pitching to Published Authors

Special Interest (Publishing & Business):
Smashwords Marketing Director, Jim Acevedo

AGENT/EDITOR PANEL

No-Host DINNER with AUTHORS

FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd

The Craft of Writing:
Alpha Males - From Abe to Zeus – Laurie Schnebly Campbell
Is Your Hero a Mother? – Nancy Holland
Redeeming Despicable Characters – Lynne Marshall
You can't pick your family, but you can pick your Critique Partners! – Camelia Myron Skiba
Self-Editing: What to do before going public! – Julie York

The Path to Publishing:
A Practical Guide to Self-Publishing – Vanessa M. Knight
Publishing with Smashwords Q&A – Jim Acevedo
Platform, Product & Promotion: Understand Your Unique Position – Bob Mayer
Designing Your Print Book – Joan Leacott
Bookcovers & Branding – Scott Carpenter & Sahara Kelly

Managing a Career:
TBD – Erin Quinn
Managing Success – Kristen Ashley, NYT Bestseller
Pitching to Readers: Selling Books in Person – Kris Tualla
The Present and Future of Publishing – Bob Mayer
Authors and LLCs – Libby Banks

Special Interest (All Tracks):
Make 'em Melt: Writing Steamy Scenes – Heidi Joy Tretheway
Co-Writing Novels – Scott Carpenter & Sahara Kelly
Writing Native American Characters – Melinda Williams
Writing Covert Intelligence… Intelligently – Robert Dukelow, Retired
What Police and Detectives REALLY Wear – Holly S. Roberts

AGENT/EDITOR APPOINTMENTS

DINNER & KEYNOTE DIANA GABALDON:
“From Book to the Screen – the Outlander Experience”

SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd
Today’s structure is FLUID – Move between events however you want to.

READER EXPERIENCE – 17 Published Authors meet & present to Ticketed Readers

AGENT/EDITOR APPOINTMENTS

WRITING RETREAT – Work on your Submission or Manuscript

Special Interest (All Tracks):
Dead and Mangled Bodies – Dr. Bruce Davis, MD
Crafting Humor that Works – Lamar Newmeyer, Comedian
Young Adult Panel: Contemporary
Young Adult Panel: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

ALL-AUTHOR BOOKSIGNING – Open to ALL registered Published Authors

AWARDS GALA & DINNER Announcing the Winners of:

“Diamonds in the Desert”
Open to any author’s unpublished works

“Realizing the Dream”
Open to conference attendees only - unpublished works judged by attending agents & editors

“The Golden Quill”
Open to any books published during 2016

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SUNDAY, JUNE 4th

“Where do we go from here?” – Guided Goal-setting Session