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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NESWC Presenter – Chris Philbrook

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

The Value of Audio To Your Bottom Line

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

Audiobooks are the number one expanding market for authors. With your books already published, how can you tap into this medium to increase your bottom line? The opportunity is available for any author, but how do you decide which narrator is best and how do you start selling once your project is complete? USA Today Best Selling Author Chris Philbrook will delve into expanding your catalog with audiobooks and how to build your fanbase in this market.

Chris Philbrook is the creator and author of Adrian’s Undead Diary, The Reemergence, Colony Lost, The Phone, and the fantasy world of Elmoryn. Chris has several years of experience working in game development and editing as well as writing fiction for several major game design companies. He has a business degree as well as a psychology degree.

Chris has authored ten novels in the horror/post-apocalyptic series Adrian’s Undead Diary, as well as four urban fantasy novels in The Reemergence series, and three dark fantasy novels in The Kinless Trilogy. His first science fiction novel; Colony Lost has received stellar reviews.. He has also edited two anthologies, and has had numerous short stories and novellas published in the horror world. He writes young adult science fiction under the name W.J. Orion.

Chris calls the wonderful state of New Hampshire his home. He is an avid reader, writer, role player, miniatures game player, video game player, husband, and father to two little girls.

You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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NESW Conference – What to Expect

The New England Speculative Writers Conference is a hybrid educational and networking event. We’re excited to discuss what’s happening with the event and wanted to answer questions from folks. The video above addresses all the questions, but for those who prefer to skim and read, we’ve written them out below as well.

Who is presenting:

  • NYT Best Seller Author M.D. Cooper / AEON 14 Series
  • USA Today Best Seller Author Chris Philbrook / Adrian’s Undead Diary
  • Award Winning Author E.J. Stevens / Ivy Granger Psychic Detective
  • Director of Kobo Writing Life Christine Munroe
  • BetaBooks Co-Founder Paul Kilpatrick
  • Author and Artist Amanda Kahl Age of Night
  • Author Jeremy Flagg / Children of Nostradamus
  • hosted by C.L. Alden Author of The Empire

Why hold the conference in Portland, Maine?

We considered many factors when looking at where we wanted to host the conference. One of the biggest factors was proximity to other events. Boston hosts a variety of events for authors, but none of them are convenient for authors in the northern reaches of New England. We also wanted to consider the cost of the event while keeping it a small intimate event. Being located in Portland, there are plenty of locations for food, inexpensive room and board, and none of the anxiety-riddled commuting necessary to getting to the “big” city.

Why the Double Tree?

Because of the diversity of the authors we hope to accommodate, we needed to find a location that allowed for that while still fulfilling our needs. The space we’re using is near exits for people needing a break from the event and uses light that won’t promote migraines.  It also has great spacious bathrooms for nursing moms or for folks with mobility issues.

Along with the space, it also has plenty of space for break out conversations. We are strongly urging attendees to avoid using hotel rooms for meetings and keeping professional conduct on the ground floor. Because of this, we needed plenty of nooks and crannies where people can have private conversations and not feel as if it was a screaming match to be heard. Double Tree also provides a group room rate of $109 AND allows you to get the room online (for those of us who hate making phone calls.)

How is this different from other conferences?

We’re not only creating an educational event, but an opportunity to network, collaborate, and build professional relationships with other authors. To help build this sense of community, we’re hosting one presenter at a time. This reduces the anxiety of choosing workshops and allows you to discuss the presentation with your fellow attendees.

After each presenter we’ll host a small Q&A and give people a chance to chat, collaborate and move about the room to network with people of interest. This will give people a chance to talk and feel out the room without committing to lengthy conversations early in the day.

The dinner genre will break the ice for those of us with anxiety about meeting with strangers. Grouped with folks in your genre will give you a chance to discuss things that work for your specific genre (not all businesses follow the same path) and help create connections with people in your genre.

Why limit participants?

There is only so much time and so much ability to work the room. By limiting to 100 participants, it gives you a reasonable number of people to talk with (but not so few you’ll feel isolated.) This number also makes it possible to get one-on-one time with each of the presenters and be able to ask questions specific to your situation.

Harassment Policy

No. Means. No.

We do not condone or tolerate harassment of any kind. To help prevent awkward situations we are asking for the conference to remain on the ground floor. We are also well aware situations may arise that need attention. We will address them swiftly and if necessary, remove participants from the conference.

Payment Plan Option

We know that money is always tight and it’s difficult to decide where to invest your hard-earned dollars. To help soften the blow to your wallet, we are offering to split the $125 registration fee into four equal payments of $31.25. This offer expires December 15th, so make sure to take advantage while you can.

What are the digital presentations?

We ran out of time for workshops during this one-day event. Why stop learning just because the conference is over? Because we want to make sure all registrants are getting more than their money’s worth. The digital presentations will be available to watch at your leisure.

Who are the sponsors!

The following companies are sponsoring the New England Speculative Writers Conference and offering some great gifts for everybody joining us!