NESWC Presenter – M.D. Cooper

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

Creating a Flagship Universe

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

What is a flagship series and why is it important? Does your book contain a world waiting to be expanded into a series? A flagship series helps to define an author and bring readers back release after release. New York Times Best Selling Author M.D. Cooper explains how his Aeon 14 universe has hooked readers, and shaped his career. He will talk about how to deelop a series, leaving strands open to continue weaving into the next series, and what the benefits are to you, your readers and your bottom line.

Reaching your Market Through Advertising

Discovery is the number one problem for authors once they’ve published. The reality of investing money to make money can be terrifying and feel like a lost cause. With so many ad platforms available to authors, where do you begin? How do you build traction and how do you make the most of your advertising dollars? New York Times Best Selling Author M.D. Cooper literally wrote the book on Facebook ads and will share tips and tricks on how to spend your money wisely for maximum exposure and return.

Michael Cooper is the creator of Aeon 14, a vast science fiction universe containing over seventy-five books written by seven different authors. These books describe a future history for humanity, one where we must learn to live with the other species in the galaxy: the AIs we created. In the far future, we’ll face many challenges, and today’s solution will always be tomorrow’s problem. But in Aeon 14, humanity and AIs strive to improve their lot and the universe at large. There is war, and strife, and pain, but there is also beauty, love, and a drive to explore and see what lies beyond the horizon.

With over half a million books sold or borrowed, Aeon 14 is a significant presence on the science fiction landscape, one that creator Michael Cooper will continue to expand, bringing more authors and characters into the fold and to life as the stories of the valiant heroes that make up Aeon 14 increase in scope and volume.

In addition to creating Aeon 14, Michael also has a passion for marketing and advertising, and teaches classes on how to get your book in front of more readers and get them to buy.

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NESWC Presenter – Paul Kilpatrick

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

Building a Partnership with Beta Readers

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

Beta readers can be one of the strongest craft tools in developing stories into great works of fiction. However, cultivating and managing these readers can be time consuming, frustrating, and result in unproductive feedback. Co-Creator of BetaBooks, Paul Kilpatrick will discuss how his platform can help create and manage rich partnerships with your beta readers, while saving you time. He will also lend his expertise and experience working with beta readers to suggest how best to utilize fans to help create a polished final project.

Paul Kilpatrick has enjoyed working in the comic book industry, video games, publishing, music, and film filling various support roles including being an editor, project manager, coordinator, stage manager and assistant director, tons of logistics fun. As the co-founder of BetaBooks Paul has helped thousands of authors beta their book, many of whom are discovering the process for the first time. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles and has recently been watching the tv show Yonderland.

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NESWC Presenter – Christine Munroe

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

Expanding Distribution to International Markets

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

In a global digital market, international sales can increase an author’s bottom line. Navigating foreign markets brings with it a list of unique challenges, and reaching global readers can feel overwhelming. Director of Kobo Writing Life, Christine Munroe, joins us in a digital presentation to explain how authors can maximize their opportunities by expanding their reach beyond the United States and what they can do to grow their international sales.

This presentation will be provided digitally to all attendees. 

Christine Munroe is the Director of Kobo Writing Life, Kobo’s fast, free, and easy self-publishing platform that helps authors reach millions of Kobo readers around the world. Christine has worked in book publishing for over a decade, dedicating her career to helping authors make a living from their writing.

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NESWC Presenter – Amanda Kahl

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

Connecting & Growing Artist Partnerships

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

Cover art is one of the most important elements when it comes to book selling, but does the partnership end at book covers? Are there other areas where art can enrich your brand and help build a visual presence? For those brave enough to explore comic tie-ins, how does writing a novel differ from a script and what should you consider when selecting your artist? Amanda Kahl, author and artist of the webcomic, Age of Night, will discuss how to establish a connection with your artist and utilize their talents while exploring visual outlets for your brand that goes beyond cover work.

Amanda Kahl is the primary writer and sole artist for the ongoing fantasy webcomic Age of Night. Amanda also works as a freelance illustrator, primarily in the tabletop gaming industry, and has provided illustrations for projects from Gallant Knight Games, Skirmisher Publishing, Fearlight Games, the City of Bangor, and many more. She lives deep in the woods of Maine and works from her home studio between raising children, gardens, and chickens. 

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NESWC Presenter – E.J. Stevens

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

Expanding Your Brand at In-Person Events

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

In-person events such as conventions and conferences are excellent opportunities to get you and your books out to the public, but are you making the most of the event? Any author can reserve table space at a convention, but maximizing your potential at a convention doesn’t end with hard sales. Award winning convention guru, E.J. Stevens will reveal not only how to increase your earning potential as a vendor but also how to expand your author business by participating in panels.

E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal mystery series, the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

In addition to fiction, Stevens has written two books in the Super Simple series of step-by-step guides. The series covers the basics of publishing and marketing. 

BTS Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel, Imadjinn Award winner for Best Short Story, Raven Award winner for Best Urban Fantasy, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.

When E.J. isn’t at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing. Learn more at www.EJStevensAuthor.com.

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