NESWC Presenter – Jeremy Flagg

New England Speculative Writers Conference Presentation

Discovering & Maintaining Your Followers

April 13, 2019 | Portland Maine

Mailing lists have become the gold standard for connecting with fans, but we’re already seeing a drop in efficiency due to “mail fatigue.” We spend valuable time cultivating our fans, so how do we maintain our mailing lists while avoiding over saturating our readers with too much mail? How do we reduce costs and maximize engagement? Jeremy Flagg, author of the Children of Nostradamus Series will go through techniques to promote engagement and explore alternatives to newsletters, as well as discuss what types of engagement work best for different types of fans.

Jeremy Flagg is the author of the CHILDREN OF NOSTRADAMUS dystopian science fiction series and SUBURBAN ZOMBIE HIGH young adult humor/horror series. Taking his love of pop culture and comic books, he focuses on fast paced, action packed novels with complex characters and contemporary themes.

Jeremy is the Co-Founder of New England Speculative Writers and member of the Metrowest Writers writing group. He is also an active member of the New England Horror’s Association.

Jeremy spends most of his free time at his desk writing snarky books. When he gets a moment away from writing, he watches too much Netflix and Hulu and reads too many comic books. Jeremy, a Maine native, resides in Clinton, Massachusetts and can be found in local coffee shops pounding away at the keyboard.

For more information about Jeremy, visit www.remyflagg.com.

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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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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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