We've been hard at work selecting faculty and balancing curriculum for Blue Ridge 2015. One thing Edie Melson and I talk about frequently is what topics will most benefit our conferees. It seems to change a little ever year and staying current in a business that seems to change daily is a challenge. Still, it remains our goal to make the conference as useful to our family of writers as possible.
So, I've been chewing on an idea that will appeal to many of you. The industry has been changed by advances in technology. Self-publishing is the gorilla in the room and it is my belief that the gorilla has moved in to stay. While we've talked about self-publishing, we have yet to give it the attention it needs. Today, many established writers self-publish while still writing for traditional publishers. Some--names you would recognize--have gone to self-publishing exclusively, completely stepping away from traditional publishing.
Self-publishing offers many advantages. It's also a minefield to the uninitiated. Self-publishing can start a career; it can also end one. How does a writer sail these dark waters? By learning the ins-and-outs of the process.
Self-publishing offers many advantages. It's also a minefield to the uninitiated.
So, with that in mind, at Blue Ridge 2015 we will be offering an intensive self-publishing track that covers everything from trends to book covers, from formatting to learning who to trust. Details are still being hammered out but the idea is this: A conferee (you) can come to the conference with or without a manuscript to publish and learn all the steps--maybe even do the steps while you are there. Think of it as a college class on self-publishing.
One other thing will be different. If everything works out, the self-publishing track will be taught not by one instructor, but a team of faculty, each bringing his or her special insights to the course. Frankly, the job is too big for one teacher, but fortunately, we have the best faculty out there and together, we will be able to offer the most comprehensive course on self-publishing found in any writers conference.
So, if you've been thinking about self-publishing, you will want to be at Blue Ridge 2015. You may just be curious, or maybe you're already experienced and want to learn how to do self-publishing better.
Will the track be limited? I don't know yet, but probably yes. If so, we will give plenty of advance notice to sign up.
So, whatcha think?
Alton Gansky is the director of Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer's conference, the author of a whole bunch of books, novels and nonfiction. He has been tradionally published for the better part of two decades. Al also self-publishes. www.altongansky.com