Like you, I’ve had some bad conference experiences. I’ve spent a lot of money to travel and sit in a freezing cold room for days to listen to experts with big egos. What I hate is when I expect to learn something and instead I’m asked to spend more money.
I’ve been pitched to buy a $5,000 weekend in a guru’s mansion, or to invest in a $50,000 mentorship program. Recently I heard of one such speaker who hired people to run to his table at the back of the room in a sign-up frenzy. Unsuspecting audience members were influenced by crowd behaviors.
So I’m picky now. I only attend conferences where I know and trust the organizer and expert speakers.
Recently a successful leadership coach asked me where to go to learn how he should write and publish his book. There are a lot of book publishing conferences to pick from. But only one I know will deliver high quality information from really helpful experts:
Judith Briles has strict criteria for inviting experts to speak:
- They must be established experts in book publishing or marketing.
- They must have a demonstrated track record of working successfully with people.
- They must have a sincere desire to help others and be available throughout the conference.
Judith tells me that they have some big names on the podium this year, all personally vetted. Why? Being big in the publishing industry doesn’t guarantee an invitation. One of their most famous speakers will never be invited back because of his lack of helpfulness and full participation.
Some of the experts who were on the Publishing At Sea cruise are also speaking at the Extravaganza, so I know it will be a real learning conference: Joan Stewart, Georgia McCabe, and Amy Collins will be there to teach you.
There’s a lot to learn if you want to write, publish and market an expert ebook. You’ll need a quick course in the basics. Three days in Denver, you can’t go wrong.
The AuthorU Extravaganza covers a lot of the key elements that are necessary if you don’t want your book efforts to be wasted:
- Website support for your book
- Blog content to drive interest and sales
- Social media marketing
- Other marketing channels
- Distribution for your book, including stores
- Ebook formatting for various e-readers
- Virtual assistance
- And much much more…
And if you can’t make the conference, at least join AuthorU and get valuable information and resources for your book writing and publishing process. I’m an enthusiastic affiliate of this organization because I’ve experienced first hand the valuable learning they offer.
You can trust me on this recommendation. You won’t be pitched to. They are all experts dedicated to teaching you what you need to know to save time, energy and money.