As the number of self-published books produced annually in the United States continues to explode, New York Times bestselling author Marie Force will host a two-day Independent Author Symposium for authors on November 1-2, 2013, during which she will share insights that have helped her to sell more than one-million self-published e-books. Force is among the industry’s leading “hybrid” authors, finding success with both traditional and self-publishing.
Blogger and author Penny Watson, who has been both traditionally and self-published in romantic fiction and children’s fiction, will be joining Force in leading several of the educational sessions. Watson frequently tours New England giving workshops on social media etiquette, promotion and blogging/book reviewing.
“The idea for the symposium sprang from a demand by independent authors, many of whom frequently contact me seeking advice on self-publishing,” said Marie Force. “We’ve designed the symposium to provide authors with specific information on how to be successful in publishing, marketing and selling books on their own, giving them the opportunity to take control of their writing careers. I believe the opportunities for authors in the digital age are endless, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned at the symposium.”
Topics that Force and Watson will address during the symposium include:
• A checklist for success as a publisher and business owner
• Formatting e-books that are error free, high quality and professional
• Cover design and how it can make or break sales
• Distributing print and e-books to online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Kobo
• Understanding pricing and royalties
• Managing multiple titles, series and genres
More information and registration details for the seminar can be found at http://e-bookformattingfairies.blogspot.com/p/independent-author-symposium.html
Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 25 contemporary romances, 17 of them self-published. Waiting for Love, Book 8 in her self-published McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Series was the first of her books to hit New York Times bestseller list in March 2013. Since then she has appeared on the New York Times and other bestseller lists with three other books in 2013, most recently with Time for Love, Book 9 in the McCarthy’s series released in July 2013. The McCarthy Series alone has sold close to 1 million e-books since its April 2011 debut.
Force has drawn inspiration for two of her series from her home state of Rhode Island – the McCarthys of Gansett Island and the Treading Water Series. Force also authors the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series, which is set in Washington, D.C. and published by Harlequin, as well as seven stand-alone books. On February 4, 2014 Berkley Publishing will release All You Need Is Love, Book 1 in Marie’s new Green Mountain Series, set in Vermont. Book 2, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June 2014, and Marie just agreed to a significant deal for three more books in the series.