The problem with going to a conference is that I always come away with a to-do list a mile long. But I love the rekindled passion and energy. Truly, the Publishing at Sea conference aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean was an explosion of information and ideas.
Personally, I’m not trying to get a book published, but many of my clients are and I want to as informed as possible about the book publishing industry which is changing so rapidly.
In addition, I felt that getting to know the experts will help me refer my clients to trustworthy people when the time comes to market, publicize, print, distribute and use social media for books beyond the writing process. I can now highly recommend these fabulous book experts:
- Judith Briles, is The Book Shepherd, and she’s helped hundreds of authors through all stages of the publishing process. She’s an amazing woman and published author. She founded AuthorU, a membership group specifically to answer the needs of writers. If you’d like to learn more, go to her site. Better yet, considering joining the Author U Extravaganza in Denver May 3-5.
- Georgia McCabe is an expert in social media marketing for authors and others. As the Social Media Sensei, she’s mastered the art of using social media to expand your reach, no matter your area of expertise.
- Amy Collins is an unbelievable expert in getting books into stores (CostCo, anyone?). Her company New Shelves Distribution, offers many essential services. She is funny, direct, and honest.
- And of course, Joan Stewart offered some amazing tips on blogging and creating checklists and cheat sheets to help your clients. Joan never ceases to amaze me at how helpful she is. She knows all the great places online to find free resources and valuable ways to get free publicity.
If you’ve been considering writing a book in your field of expertise, let me know. I may be able to help you shortcut the expert ebook process.