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Bestselling Oxford Authors Ace Atkins, Neil White Join Forces To Help Emerging Writers


Bestselling writers Ace Atkins and Neil White will be joined by top literary agents, publicists, and editors to present a two-day seminar, Write and Publish Your Book.
The event will be held at The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on April 7th and 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Conference director Neil White said, “we target 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.
The 2016 conference features New York Times bestselling fiction writer Ace Atkins.
“Ace has been a finalist for every major literary award in the crime fiction genre,” White said. “The attendees are in for special time with Ace.”
Other session leaders include book publicist Julie Schoerke, literary agent Jeff Kleinman, and copyeditor extraordinaire Karen Bryant.
White said, “We want emerging authors to understand how the process works whether they are publishing with a New York publishing house, a small press, or contemplating self-publishing.” White added, “We take the mystery out of the process.”
Julie Schoerke, president of Nashville-based 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 2014, self-published books accounted for 34% of the Top 100 books sold on Amazon.com.
The two-day seminar is scheduled for Jackson on April 7 and 8th. Full details and locations are listed at https://neilwhiteworkshop.com.
Past Success
White started the Write & Publish Your Book workshop in 2012. Since that time, sixteen attendees have seen their books published.
Former CNN Anchor Schatzie Brunner, whose memoir was published in 2016, said,  “The workshop is a weekend jam-packed with more information than a writer could possibly imagine.”
Gulfport attorney Michael Hewes, whose novel Watermark hit Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases, added. “I don’t think I would have known where to begin if I hadn’t attend this workshop.”
Day 1: Writing Your Book
On Friday, 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.”
Award-winning authors Ace Atkins and Neil White will lead discussions and exercises on creating vivid scenes, dialog, action, description, editing, and research.
Day One attendees will leave with a comprehensive list of resources, including editors, ghostwriters, proofreaders, and designers.
Day 2: Publishing Your Book
On Saturday, attendees will spend the day learning about the options for publishing their book. Some of the subjects covered in Day Two include royalties, agents, pitching your book, publicity, titles, covers, and the paths to publication.
Attendees will have the benefit of panels with top editors and authors, as well as a Skype session with one of the nation’s top agents.
Day Two attendees will leave with resources to self-publish, produce e-books, and produce print-on-demand books. In addition, each attendee will leave with an actual book proposal that garnered a six-figure advance from a Big Five publisher.
Registration & Cost
Online registration for the conference can be found at https://neilwhiteworkshop.com/register.html. The cost for each day is $150; for both days, the fee is $250. Early registration discounts are open through Friday, April 14, 2016.
For more information, visit https://neilwhiteworkshop.com or call Nautilus Publishing at 662-513-0159.


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