February 28 & March 1, 2014 • Jackson, Mississippi
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Conference Room
OXFORD, MS — In 2013, approximately 391,000 books were published by independent authors. That figure doesn’t include the 10,000+ books produced by traditional publishing houses. In other words, last year 1 out of 800 Americans published a book — and that number is projected to go up.
Author and publisher Neil White aims to help those authors writing, or about to publish, a book. White, whose bestselling memoir In the Sanctuary of Outcasts was published by HarperCollins, also owns a small press, The Nautilus Publishing Company.
White said, “We want emerging authors to understand how the process works whether they are publishing with the Big Five publishers, a small or university press, or contemplating self-publishing.” White added, “We take the mystery out of the process.”
Julie Schoerke, president of the literary publicity firm JKS Communications, said
“Neil White reveals publishing secrets that no one else talks about. Anyone planning to write, or publish, a book simply must attend his workshop.”
“It’s harder and harder to get the attention of traditional publishing firms,” White continued, “but the opportunities for independent publishers expand every day.”
White noted that in 2013 self-published books accounted for 32% of the Top 100 books sold on Amazon.com.
Day 1: Writing Your Book
On Friday, February 28, 2014, attendees will spend the day learning about the art and craft of creative writing.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re writing mainstream fiction or a family history,” White said, “you want the writing to be compelling.”
Some of the topics covered in Day One include:
- Creating Vivid Scenes
- Interviewing Skills
- First Person v. Third Person
- Story Edits vs. Copy Edits
Day One attendees will leave with exercises and samples of compelling writing. They will also leave with a comprehensive list of resources, including editors, ghostwriters, proofreaders and designers.
Day 2: Publishing Your Book
On Saturday, March 1, 2014, attendees will spend the day learning about the options for publishing their book.
Some of the subjects covered in Day Two include:
- Book Business Basics
- How Profits are Divided
- Pitching Your Book
- Selling Your Book to a Publisher
- Publicity & Press Kits
- Websites & Social Media
- Covers & Titles
- Self-Publishing Options
Registration & Cost
Online registration for the conference can be found at https://neilwhiteworkshop.com/register.html. The cost for each day is $125 (if registration is received before February 1, 2014). Early registration for both days costs $200. After February 1, the registration costs increases to $150 per day; $250 for both days.
For more information, visit https://neilwhiteworkshop.com or call Nautilus Publishing at 662-513-0159.