Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chat with 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Michaelbrent Collings

Sweat Hard, Feel the Burn, Win the Race Indie Writing and Publishing Conference brings to you the first in a series of interviews with our expert presenters who will help you cross that finish line. Today we're chatting with our keynote speaker international bestseller Michaelbrent Collings.

 

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Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing world.
A: I am a writer. That’s it. I used to be a moose wrangler, but the owners started complaining, saying things like “I don’t need my mooses wrangled!” and “Leave my meese* alone” and “You know the restraining order applies to both me AND my moose!” So I gave it up and focused on writing. Also, writing has the huge bonus of being pants-optional, which is almost as cool a job perk as having a spacesuit. If I am ever offered a job as a writing astronaut whose spacesuit has no pants . . . WOW!

But for now, I’m just a writer. I’m one of the top selling indie horror writers in the U.S., I sell pretty well in a number of other countries as well, and I also work in Hollyweird as a screenwriter from time to time.

But the moose... the moose will always have my heart.

* Little-known plural of “moose.” I know, because I just made it up.

Q: How did you get started?
A: I got started as a writer because of genetics and environment: my father was an English professor, as well as the head of the university Creative Writing Program, and both my parents love the written word. I was writing before I was playing with Transformers, and preferred telling stories to playing baseball. Granted, part of that was the simple fact that tree stumps play baseball better than I do, but still.

Eventually I realized I wanted not just to “be a writer” but to “get paid.” So I got a job as a lawyer. Because I didn’t want to be a 40-year-old guy inviting ladies over to my parents’ basement/my “man cave” and telling them “Any day, baby, I’m gonna make it big!” I wanted a family, and I wanted to pay the bills. So I didn’t bother failing at my dream job, I skipped right to my fallback job. And for ten years I worked during the day, played with my family during the evening and night... and then wrote from 10 or 11 at night until 2 in the morning. Finally I sold a screenplay, my books started selling, and I failed at my fallback job. Because I do everything bass-ackwards.

But I started writing full-time. And have been doing so ever since.


Q: What subject will you be teaching at the Indie Author Hub Writing and Publishing Conference?

A: I’ll be teaching about self-publishing, marketing, some writing techniques. Because I’m a well-rounded guy that way. Also, time allowing, I will share the secret to Ultimate Bliss.*

*There is an extra charge for this. Part of Ultimate Bliss is being able to give up your money. Trust me.



Q: What is your expertise for this subject?

A: When I started out, I tried to get into trad-pub. If you had rolled me in gold dust and walked me into their offices you STILL couldn’t have gotten them to pay attention to me. So I went it on my own. And it turned out fairly well. I’ve had books listed as #1 bestsellers on nearly every major genre list (sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller) on Amazon, as well as in the iBookstore, Kobo, and for Nook. I’ve outsold Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Green on some days. Mostly because I spread vicious rumors about them, but still....

Q: Why is this important for indie authors to know?
A: A lot of indie authors have “success” as a goal. Problem is, “success” doesn’t mean anything. It’s the end of the rainbow: it moves away as you move forward. Better to have concrete goals, and move toward achieving those specific things. The things I teach are nuts-and-bolts techniques for achieving RESULTS, not success.


Q: What is your top writing-related goal for 2015?

A: My top writing-related goal is probably to write better and sell more than 2014. That’s it.



Q: How will attending the conference help you to reach that goal? And/or why do you feel it’s beneficial for indie writers to attend conferences.
A: It’s INCREDIBLY important for authors to attend cons. A lot of us want to just live in our caves, type, and only come out for major holidays or to change out our catheters. But so much of what we want to do is facilitated by networking. We meet someone who knows a major reviewer who’s looking to read a book JUST LIKE OURS. Or we meet an editor who helps us improve our work. A cover artist. Or just a support group of people who understand what it’s like to live in this world. Getting out is more than just stepping into the sun once in a while to prove to the locals that you’re not a witch/vampire/fungus. It’s making friends, making contacts, and growing a network of people that will help you move forward and move up even as you do the same for them.

Q: What is something many people don’t know about you?
A: Hmmm.... A lot of people don’t know that I was recruited to be a spy right before starting college. And no, that’s not a joke. I thought it was really cool, and actively considered it. Until I realized that spies are people who lie for a living until they’re caught and slowly tortured to death. I politely declined the offer.

Q: What best advice do you have for beginning indie authors?
A: WRITE.

We hope to see you all at the IAH Writing and Publishing Conference in June!

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Chat with 2015 Conference Presenter Berin Stephens

Sweat Hard, Feel the Burn, Win the Race Indie Writing and Publishing Conference brings to you the first in a series of interviews with our expert presenters who will help you cross that finish line. Today we're chatting with audio expert Berin Stephins.

 

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Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing.
A: I am a professional saxophonist but I also have four published novels. I write middle grade and YA sci-fi/fantasy/comedy. Additionally, I write serial stories for Big World Network, where I also create audio versions of each chapter.

Q: How did you get started?
A: I wanted to be a writer when I was young, but after college, life took over for a while. It was when my oldest daughter wanted to do NaNoWriMo ten years ago that I decided to do it along with her for a daddy/daughter bonding experience. That was how my first book, The Dragon War Relic, got started. Then, when I started writing Delroy Versus the Yshtari for Big World Network, they asked if I wanted to make the audio version, too. I thought, “How hard can that be?” Well, it was quite a learning experience, but that's what kicked me into the narration side of things.

Q: What subject will you be teaching at the Indie Author Hub Writing and Publishing Conference?
A: I'll be teaching a class with Cheri Schmidt about how to create audiobooks. I'll be taking the do-it-yourself side of things and talking about what equipment and techniques are needed to create a good product.
 
Q: What is your expertise for this subject?
A: As a professional musician, I've spent plenty of time in recording studios as well as making recordings in my home studio. Once I started recording my own audiobooks, I discovered that it was another kind of performance art requiring a lot of practice. Over time, I learned various techniques to improve my performance and to speed up the process.

Q: Why is this important for indie authors to know?
A: The market is constantly changing, but one thing that has emerged is the popularity of audiobooks. Many people like to listen to books while commuting in their cars because they don't have time to sit down and read very much. By having an audio version of our books, there is a much wider potential audience we can reach.

Q: What is your top writing-related goal for 2015?
A: I shoot for three books a year as a larger goal, but my daily goal is to write about 2000 words a day. I used to do more but had to cap myself at 2000 so that I have time to work on my music as well as my narration. I do have a narration goal as well, which is to go back and record one of my earlier novels that I haven't had time to get to yet.
 
Q: How will attending the conference help you to reach that goal? And/or why do you feel it’s beneficial for indie writers to attend conferences.
A: My routine is pretty well established, but I'm always looking for more ways to improve my writing. No matter what field anyone goes into, if they want to excel they must be constantly learning and improving their knowledge.
 
Q: What is something many people don’t know about you?
A: I was a member of the Oregon State University track team as a 400m runner my freshman year of college. Unfortunately, sports and music don't cooperate at the collegiate level. When I realized that I couldn't do both, I then tore my hamstring severely, thus ending my track career and sending me off into music.
 
Q: What best advice do you have for beginning indie authors?
A: Go to conferences. Keep learning. Get a good writing group who is willing to tell you the hard things but in a nice way.
 

We hope to see you all at the IAH Writing and Publishing Conference in June!

 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chat with 2015 Conference Presenter Abel Keogh

Sweat Hard, Feel the Burn, Win the Race Indie Writing and Publishing Conference brings to you the first in a series of interviews with our expert presenters who will help you cross that finish line. Today we're chatting with bestselling marketing guru Abel Keogh.

 

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Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing.
A: I’m a recovering technical writer who abandoned that profession for the fun-filled world of corporate marketing. During that time I’ve found the time to write and publish 7 books—2 novels, 4 relationship guides, and 1 memoir. More books are on their way.
 
Q: How did you get started?
A: I started writing in the days when even though email was widely available most literary agents took submissions via the US Postal Service. After publishing my first two books traditionally, I realized I could reach my target audience better than publishers so I turned down a publishing contract for my third book and never looked back. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Q: What subject will you be teaching at the Indie Author Hub Writing and Publishing Conference?

A: The 5 Best Ways to Market Your Books.

 

Q: What is your expertise for this subject?
A: I’ve spent the last 15 years in various corporate marketing departments doing everything from copywriting, campaign creation, email marketing, and project management. Currently I work in Marketing Operations where I segment prospects and clients based on their behavior in order to market to them better.

Q: Why is this important for indie authors to know?
A: Most authors don’t understand marketing. As a result there’s a herd mentality out there when it comes to marketing. One author has success in something and everyone does it. However, what works for one author may not work for another. Marketing strategies should be based on the book’s genre and the audience you’re trying to reach. My class is designed to help them think about who their marketing their books to and the best way to reach their target audience.

Q: What is your top writing-related goal for 2015?
A: I’ve published one novel already this year and my goal is to have two more about before 2016. If that doesn’t kill me, my goal is to write three more books the year after that.

Q: How will attending the conference help you to reach that goal? And/or why do you feel it’s beneficial for indie writers to attend conferences.
A: Conferences are a good way to motivate yourself to finish that book. Most importantly it’s a great way to get some face-to-face time with published authors who write in your genre and pick their brains.
 
Q: What best advice do you have for beginning indie authors?
A: Finish your book. No one is going to read it or care about it until it’s available for the public to read. 

We hope to see you all at the IAH Writing and Publishing Conference in

 

June! Oh, and don't forget the indie author cover contest Win up to $75 PLUS receive feedback from four professional cover designers on all submitted entries. Enter the IndieReveAwards book cover contest!!!

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chat with 2015 Conference Presenter Rachel Anderson

Sweat Hard, Feel the Burn, Win the Race Indie Writing and Publishing Conference brings to you the first in a series of interviews with our expert presenters who will help you cross that finish line. Today we're chatting with bestselling USA author Rachael Anderson.

 

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Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing.
A: I'm a mom first and a writer second. I write happy, hopefully-uplifting, fun romances—three of which I had published traditionally and seven I've indie published.

Q: How did you get started?
A: I attended a writer's conference that opened my eyes to indie publishing, then I read, asked questions, and learned as much as I could. It's a steep learning curve, and I would have loved to attend an indie conference when I first began, but sadly, there weren't any. Thank goodness that's not the case anymore. I love that so many people are willing to take time out of their busy lives to share what they've learned with others.
 
Q: What subject will you be teaching at the Indie Author Hub Writing and Publishing Conference?
A: How to turn your word document into an ebook and how to typeset a book for paperback using Word. It's stuff that took me many painful hours to learn, so hopefully I can simplify the learning curve for others.
 
Q: What is your expertise for this subject?
A: Been there, done that. Over and over and over again.

Q: Why is this important for indie authors to know?
A: (1) It gives you control, (2) You don't have to wait on someone else's timeline to get your books formatted, (3) Saves you money.

Q: What is your top writing-related goal for 2015?
A: I don't have a lot of time for writing, and I try my best to always put my family first, so my goal is to publish two novels a year.
 
Q: How will attending the conference help you to reach that goal? And/or why do you feel it’s beneficial for indie writers to attend conferences.
A: Every conference I've attended has been such a blessing to my writing life. I've met people who have become wonderful friends and supporters, learned so many important and useful things (things that are so much easier to learn at a conference), and always come away feeling motivated and excited. But I think the most important thing I've learned from other writers is that this isn't a competition, and if we work together great things can happen.
 
Q: What is something many people don’t know about you?
A: I'm terrified of heights. My husband talked me into going parasailing with him once, and while he was enjoying the view, I was praying (with my eyes clamped shut) that we'd survive. I still have nightmares about it. That was a been there, done that, NEVER again thing for me.
 
Q: What best advice do you have for beginning indie authors?
A: Learn all that you can, connect with other authors, and don't give up!
 

We hope to see you all at the IAH Writing and Publishing Conference in June!

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Conference

2015 Indie Author Hub Writing & Publishing Conference

June 19-20
Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah

Calling all Word Champions!

 

Sweat Hard, Feel the Burn, Win the Race!

Come train with our professionals and cross that finish line!

With keynote speaker Michaelbrent Collings, an indie international bestseller in over 40 countries!



VIEW CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
SIGN UP BELOW

Sponsored by Indie Author Hub, Inc.
June 19-20, 2015
Marriott Hotel - Downtown Provo
101 W. 100 N.
Provo, Utah 84601
801-377-4700

REGISTRATION

IAH MEMBERS - Click Here for Member Registration

PRESENTERS / GUESTS - Click Here for Presenter Registration

(click here to contact committee for password information)

EVERYONE ELSE, PLEASE PROCEED BELOW

IMPORTANT NOTE: Clicking on the ADD TO CART buttons will open a new browser window.
Click on CONTINUE SHOPPING to return and make more selections for the conference,
or leave the Shopping Cart window open and return to the registration window to continue.


CONFERENCE PACKAGE

The Basic Conference Package includes:
- Attendance at Friday Keynote Address
- Attendance at Saturday Keynote Address
- Attendance at Author Panel
- Attendance at 12 Class Sessions of your choice
- Attendance at Author Book Signing
- Free "Ask an Expert" sessions
- Admitance to the Bookstore
- Free eSyllabus (emailed to you 1 week prior)
- Boxed lunches on Friday and Saturday
- Plated dinner on Friday evening
- Free Wifi in all conference rooms and lobby

SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR ANY OF THE DISCOUNT PACKAGES BELOW (trio or conference or student specials)

OTHERWISE, CHOOSE ONE OF THE THREE STANDARD ATTENDANCE OPTIONS

Other conference options follow

Conference seating is limited.



Standard 2-Day Conference

Be sure to enter the Attendee's full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.

Includes boxed lunch both days.
Includes Friday dinner.

Conference seating is limited.
Earlybird
Price
$144.00

$159.00 after May 10th

Attendee Name

Email Address

 
 

Standard Friday Only

Includes boxed lunch Friday.
Includes Friday dinner.

Be sure to enter the Attendee's full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.

Conference seating is limited.
Earlybird
Price
$90.00

$95.00 after May 10th

Attendee Name

Email Address

 
 

Standard Saturday Only

Be sure to enter the Attendee's full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.

Included boxed lunch Saturday.

Conference seating is limited.
Earlybird
Price
$74.00

$79.00 after May 10th

Attendee Name

Email Address

 
 


TRIO SPECIAL (3 attendees)

THREE Attendees registering together qualify for this TRIO SPECIAL DISCOUNT.

(Good only for 2-day Conference. Offer expires on May 10th.)

2-Day Conference

Be sure to enter ALL THREE Attendees' full names and email addresses so your registrations can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.

Includes boxed lunch both days.
Includes Friday dinner.

Conference seating is limited.
$330.00


Attendee 1 Name

Email Address

Attendee 2 Name

Email Address

Attendee 3 Name

Email Address


CONFERENCE/INTERNET SPECIAL

Attendees who have attended any LDStorymakers Writers Conference or Ephraim Writers Conference in 2015 and have a "Conference Special" coupon code qualify for this CONFERENCE SPECIAL DISCOUNT.

(Good only for 2-day Conference. Enter Discount Code at the right.)

2-Day Conference

Be sure to enter the Attendees' full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.

Includes boxed lunch both days.
Includes Friday dinner.

Conference seating is limited.
$124.00


Attendee Name

Email Address

Discount Code

 
 


STUDENT DISCOUNT

High School and College Students are eligible for the STUDENT DISCOUNT.

(Coupon #, Student ID, or Student email required.)

Student 2-Day Conference

Be sure to enter the Attendee's full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.
Includes boxed lunch both days.
Includes Friday dinner.

Conference seating is limited.

$99.00


Student Attendee Name

Student Email Address

Student ID or Coupon #


STUDENT DISCOUNT

High School and College Students are eligible for the STUDENT DISCOUNT.

(Student ID, or Student email required.)

Student Friday Only

Be sure to enter the Attendee's full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.
Includes boxed lunch.
Includes Friday dinner.

Conference seating is limited.

$69.00


Student Attendee Name

Student Email Address

Student ID


STUDENT DISCOUNT

High School and College Students are eligible for the STUDENT DISCOUNT.

(Student ID, or Student email required.)

Student Saturday Only

Be sure to enter the Attendee's full name and email address so your registration can be correctly recorded and eSyllabus delivered.
Includes boxed lunch.

Conference seating is limited.

$49.00


Student Attendee Name

Student Email Address

Student ID


CONFERENCE MEALS

The Marriott Hotel Food Services will provide us with a boxed lunch on Friday and Saturday, as well as a plated dinner on Friday Evening.

The Box Lunch (both days) includes:
Your choice - Turkey & Swiss, Ham & Swiss, or Roast Beef & Cheddar (Veggie or Gluten Free also available)
Served on a kaiser roll
Sandwich comes with cheese and condiments (tomato, lettuce, mayo, and mustard)
Lunch also includes: pasta salad, chips, whole fruit, cookie, bottled water, and assorted soft drinks

The Friday dinner includes:
Your choice:
- Grilled Chicken Breast served with Creole Sauce
- Tender Beef Medallions with Forest Mushroom Bordelaise
- Grilled Pork Chop with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Dinner comes with a house salad, herb roasted potatoes, chef's choice of fresh vegetables, freshly baked roll and butter, dessert, and Marriott beverage service.
(Veggie and Glutten Free also available.)

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL OF THE MEAL OPTIONS BELOW THAT APPLY TO YOUR ATTENDANCE CHOICES

Attendees are invited to bring guests for the Friday Dinner. (see optional Guest Dinner below)

FRIDAY LUNCH

The Box Lunch includes:
Your choice - Turkey & Swiss, Ham & Swiss, or Roast Beef & Cheddar (Veggie or Gluten Free also available)
Served on a kaiser roll
Sandwich comes with cheese and condiments (tomato, lettuce, mayo, and mustard)

Lunch also includes: pasta salad, chips, whole fruit, cookie, bottled water, and assorted soft drinks

Attendee 1
Attendee 2 (if applicable)
Attendee 3 (if applicable)
* Default will be Turkey & Swiss, if not specified.

FRIDAY DINNER

The dinner includes:
Your choice:
- Grilled Chicken Breast served with Creole Sauce
- Tender Beef Medallions with Forest Mushroom Bordelaise
- Grilled Pork Chop with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Dinner comes with a house salad, herb roasted potatoes, chef's choice of fresh vegetables, freshly baked roll and butter, dessert, and Marriott beverage service.

(Veggie and Glutten Free also available.)

Attendee 1
Attendee 2 (if applicable)
Attendee 3 (if applicable)
* Default will be Creole Chicken, if not specified.

OPTIONAL

FRIDAY DINNER - GUEST

Attendess are invited to bring guests to dinner on Friday evening. (Please complete one dinner registration for each guest.)

The dinner includes:
Your choice:
- Grilled Chicken Breast served with Creole Sauce
- Tender Beef Medallions with Forest Mushroom Bordelaise
- Grilled Pork Chop with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Dinner comes with a house salad, herb roasted potatoes, chef's choice of fresh vegetables, freshly baked roll and butter, dessert, and Marriott beverage service.

(Veggie and Glutten Free also available.)
$35.00

Dinner Options
* Default will be Creole Chicken, if not specified.

SATURDAY LUNCH

The Box Lunch includes:
Your choice - Turkey & Swiss, Ham & Swiss, or Roast Beef & Cheddar (Veggie or Gluten Free also available)
Served on a kaiser roll
Sandwich comes with cheese and condiments (tomato, lettuce, mayo, and mustard)

Lunch also includes: pasta salad, chips, whole fruit, cookie, bottled water, and assorted soft drinks

Attendee 1
Attendee 2 (if applicable)
Attendee 3 (if applicable)
* Default will be Turkey, Hoagie Bun, and Potato Salad, if not specified.

Printed Syllabus (optional)

In addition to the free eSyllabus, a Printed Syllabus (in 3-ring binder) can be purchased and will be waiting for you at the registration table upon your arrival.
$5.00

 

Book Cover Contest (optional)

Attendees at the Conference have the opportunity to enter the Book Cover Contest.
Click here for the Awards website for submission guidelines and to submit multiple entries.

(The Book Cover Contest is also open to non-attendees.)
$15.00


Contestant

Book Title


 

Meal with the Members (optional)

Here's your chance to rub shoulders and dine with your favorite authors. Come join us for a casual get-together on THURSDAY EVENING (June 18th) at 7:00 pm at a downtown location near the Marriott (we'll email you with the details) and meet many of the members of Indie Author Hub, as well as invited conference presenters and other attendees.

RSVP at the right so we can reserve you a seat.
Pay
Your
Own
Way

HOTEL (optional)

DON'T FORGET YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS.
Rooms have been blocked out and discounted for conference attendees at the Provo Marriott. Rooms are available in either King or Double Queen.

Each room includes:
Free WiFi, iron and ironing board, optional roll-away bed or crib, pillow options, alarm clock, writing desk, oversized chair with ottoman, cable TV, hair dryer, bathroom amenities.
Connecting rooms are available upon request.
Access to Fitness Center and pool

Use the link at the right to make your Discounted Reservation.

Single
$100.00
per
night

Double
$110.00
per
night
to make your hotel reservation.
(This will open a new browser window for the Provo Marriott.)

Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 June Conference Pics

Fun times were had by all at the IndieAuthorHub annual conference!

Set Up








Getting Started









Welcome



Singing Keynote with Amy Harmon













Door Prizes









Break Out Sessions 




Joint Book Signing



















Our Fearless Leaders