THURSDAY, AUGUST 9th

7 :00 PM Welcome Dinner with the Authors Join your favorite authors and other readers as we launch Indie BookFest 2018 with a delicious dinner. This is an extra add-on event that requires an additional ticket. Authors, industry reps and attendees are welcome to attend with the purchased ticket. {Courtyard, weather permitting, or Salons I-II}

9:00-11:00 PM Hive Sessions These three casual roundtables are open to everyone and do not require a separate ticket.

  • Meet the Reps: Kelly Lytle & Will Dages of Findaway Voices and Kevin Tumlinson of Draft2Digital will lead this discussion of what’s new in the industry and with their respective companies. {Salons I-II)
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: Writing Stuff That Stretches Your Boundaries {Lobby}
  • Breathing Figures: Building Real, Relatable, Multi-Dimensional Characters {Concierge Lounge}
  1. FRIDAY, August 10th
    8:00 AM Registration Opens for Readers and Authors {Main Hallway}
    8:30 AM-5:00 PM
    Lake Mary Room The Social Room is open! The Social Room: Looking for a cool place to hang out and chat about books, meet up with authors, and create some fun memories? Check out The Social Room hosted by Ceci Giltenan, HD Smith, and S.E. Smith! From magical wings and unique personalize badges to arts and crafts, this room is for you! Fun, family-oriented activities for readers of all ages!
    9:00-9:45 AM
    Salon I Level Up Your Facebook Ads: Make Facebook work for you. Level up your ad game and turn a profit with each ad you run. Learn how to spot lemons and stop spending money on them. See examples of excellent ads and flops that went nowhere. Understand why it’s not all about cpc and result rates. Conversion is key. {MD Cooper}
    Salon II Audiobooks: How to succeed in an increasingly listener-focused world. Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry. It might be the fastest-changing segment too. In just the last year, the opportunities available to authors have changed drastically. Learn how to succeed by staying on the cutting edge of audiobook marketing and promotions, leveraging business models and retailers that didn’t even exist last year, and learning what it takes to create an audiobook in 2018. It’s not a one-player industry any more. (Kelly Lytle & Will Dages of Findaway Voices)
    Seminole Just the basics: How to get started as an author, including vendors, professionals and what you need to know before you hit publish!

    • Lisa Hughey
    • Sherrie Lea Morgan
    • Tyra Burton
    • Juli Valenti
  2. 10:00-10:45 AM
    Salon I Keeping Sane: Keeping your wits while still being socially engaged In today’s divisive climate, it’s easy to get caught up in the crossfire. This increased exposure to the often-toxic environment of social media can negatively impact you on both professional and personal levels. How can we all find the good to stay positive and vigilant in today’s increasingly confrontational landscape? This session explores options for dealing with social media meltdown and fatigue as well as how to deal with confrontation. (Tyra Burton)
    Salon II Anatomy of a Book Release: What Works, what Doesn’t and How to Spread the Word! (ARCs on BookSprout, blogger blitz, newsletter blast, cross promo}

    • Kat Mizera
    • Violet Howe
    • A.L. Awtrey
  3. Seminole Bookstagrammers: The Visual Key to Upping Your Branding Game {Crystal Hernandez}
    11:00-11:45 AM
    Salon I Building Your Business and Reader Funnel: Your author business is just that: a business. Every business needs to understand both its supply and demand. You’re managing the manufacturing of the product (your book), sourcing components (editing and cover), marketing, handling accounting, the whole schmere. Understand how to craft a funnel that draws readers into your books, and nurture them with steady (not necessarily rapid) releases. An all-encompassing view of how to get your books to perform the way you know they should while turning a profit at writing. {MD Cooper}
    Salon II Author Services: what do you need? What doesn’t work? (InstaFreebie, BookFunnel, BookSprout, etc)

    • Lisa Hughey
    • Kat Mizera
    • Kevin Tumlinson 
  4. Seminole Bring That Action Scene to LIFE! Creating characters, a locale and a scene are one thing, (people are people after all), but how do you describe the action going on? Whether you are writing about a street fight, an explosion in the middle of a war-torn village, hand-to-hand combat, or a mind-numbing rock climb with no hope of survival, how do we add life to that scene? How do we use our words to transport the reader into the scene as one of your characters? The possibilities are endless, but they must fit your characters and the stories. So, let’s Bring That Action Scene to LIFE! {LE Perez}
    12-1 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
    1:00-1:45 PM
    Salon I Draft2Digital: What 5 Years of Industry Data Tells Us? We’ve pulled together some interesting data from our tenure in the business, including top genres, best price points, best and worst launch times and launch strategies. We're going to share this with you. {Kevin Tumlinson}
    Salon II Keys to Being a Successful Author: From the first stages of planning, to creating a visual business plan, through to publishing and marketing, best-selling author Susan E. Smith shares tips and strategies for building your best business {SE Smith}
    Seminole Let’s Keep in Touch: How to Use Newsletters to Grow and Keep Your Readership

    • Julie Morgan
    • Stephanie Morris
    • Valerie Willis

  5. 2:00-2:45 PM
    Salon I Backlist Boons: Single Author Boxsets, Price Promo, Multi-Author Sets, Multi-Author Promo}

    • Catherine Kean
    • MD Cooper
    • Kevin Tumlinson
  6. Salon II Killer Swag: How to find unique and interesting swag ideas without breaking the bank {HD Smith}
    Seminole An Author’s Responsibility: Taking Care of Your Readers (and how much do readers expect?)

    • SE Smith
    • LE Perez
  7. 3:00-3:45 PM
    Salon I Making the most of your writer mom life: defining your goals and finding your own path to success There is so much great information out there for indie authors, but does it ever feel like it’s written for someone else - someone who’s never tried to fit in writing around toddler meltdowns or sent newsletters while watching little league? In this practical workshop, we’ll talk about ways to make the most of the writer mom life you’ve got, and help you think about what your definition of success will look like for you and your family. {Daphne James Huff}
    Salon II Get Engaged: Making Contact and Going Beyond to Build a Committed Readership {Violet Howe}
    Seminole Writing the Perfect Dream Sequence: Using a dream sequence effectively can accomplish many things in a science fiction, fantasy, horror, or paranormal romance novel. From providing backstory to predicting the future (and many things in between), a well-written dream will enhance your story. On the other hand, a poorly written dream will seem like an information dump or clunky foreshadowing to your readers. Find out what elements are needed in creating a dream sequence and what techniques can be used to write the perfect dream in your next novel. {Leslie C. Halpern}
    4 PM MAD LIBS Salons I and II
    ROUND ONE

    Violet Howe
    Carrie Pack
    MG Hayes
    Julie Morgan
    Paige Lavoie
    ROUND TWO

    Valerie Willis
    Kimberly O’Malley
    Sherrie Lea Morgan
    Daphne James Huff
    Abigail Lee Justice
    ROUND THREE

    SE Smith
    SR Gibbs
    Lynda Haviland
    A.L. Awtrey
    Kayla Tirrell
    7:00-10:00 PM
    Salons I-III FANFARE FanFare is one of the most popular highlights of Indie BookFest, kicking off our Reader Appreciation portion of the weekend.
    This Friday night party, complete with delicious appetizers and a cash bar, offers readers a chance to chat with their favorite authors and to meet new writers destined to join their must-read ranks.
    Plan to be there and share in the fun!
    SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th
    8:00 AM Registration Opens for Readers and Authors {Main Hallway}
    8:30 AM-5:00 PM
    Lake Mary Room The Social Room is open! The Social Room: Looking for a cool place to hang out and chat about books, meet up with authors, and create some fun memories? Check out The Social Room hosted by Ceci Giltenan, HD Smith, and S.E. Smith! From magical wings and unique personalize badges to arts and crafts, this room is for you! Fun, family-oriented activities for readers of all ages!
    9:00-9:30 AM
    Salons III-V Welcome Address and Announcements
    9:45-10:30 AM
    Salon I Alphas and Betas: How Do You Like Your Hero?

    • Stephanie Morris
    • Tyra Burton
    • Juli Valenti
    • Gina Ferguson
    • Abigail Lee Justice
  8. Salon II You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to be an Author, But It Helps: The Wacky Habits and Quirks of Your Favorite Storytellers
  9. Kathleen Lopez
  10. Elizabeth Schechter
  11. SR Gibbs
  12. Lynda Haviland
  13. Paige Lavoie
  14. Zach Chopchinski
  15. Alternates: Jennifer Siddoway and Carolyn Walker
  16. Seminole Young Authors Session #1

    • Carrie Pack
    • MG Hayes
    • TM Witko
    • B. Kristin McMichael
  17. 10:45-11:30 AM
    Salon I It Happened One Night: When Real Life Bleeds into Fiction and How Authors Are Inspired
    ROUND ONE

    • Violet Howe
    • Catherine Kean
    • Carrie Pack
    • MG Hayes
    • Lyssa Layne
  18. ROUND TWO

    • Lisa Hughey
    • Valerie Willis
    • SE Smith
    • Tracie Roberts
    • Barbara Cutrera
    • Julie Morgan
  19. Salon II Paranormal: Why We Fall for Things That Go Bump
    Round One

    • Jennifer Siddoway
    • Miranda Hardy
    • Julie Morgan
    • Valerie Puri
    • T.M. Cromer
  20. Round Two

    • B. Kristin McMichael
    • HD Smith
    • Sherrie Lea Morgan
    • Kathleen Lopez
    • Mandie Stevens
  21. Seminole Young Authors Session #2

    • Daphne James Huff
    • Kayla Tirrell
    • Carrie Pack
  22. 11:30 AM
    Meet and Greet with Best-Selling Author Sharon Hamilton in the concierge lounge (meet by elevator to be taken up) Join Sharon Hamilton for a special chat. She’ll have swag and books to share--and she can’t wait to meet you!
    11:45-12:30 PM
    Salon I Romance: From Meet Cute to HEA, Why We Love a Love Story

    • Catherine Kean
    • LE Perez
    • Tracie Roberts
    • Kayla Tirrell
    • A. L. Awtrey
    • Lyssa Layne
  23. Salon II Name That Tune: How Music Inspires Your Favorite Authors

    • Juli Valenti
    • Tawa Witko
    • Kat Mizera
    • Jerry McDaniel
    • Sherrie Lea Morgan
    • T.M. Cromer
  24. Seminole Young Authors Session #3

    • Jennifer Siddoway
    • Valerie Willis
    • Miranda Hardy
    • B. Kristin McMichael
  25. 12:45-1:30 PM
    Salon I Not Too Old for Love: Why Mature Romance is hotter than ever

    • Violet Howe
    • Leslie Halpern
    • Kimberly O’Malley
    • Lisa Hughey
  26. Salon II Romance in the Ranks: Love in the Military

    • Sloane Savage
    • Sharon Hamilton
    • Scott Meehan
    • Kat Mizera
    • Stephanie Morris
  27. Seminole Young Authors Session #4

    • Carrie Pack
    • MG Hayes
    • Jennifer Siddoway
    • TM Witko
    • Valerie Willis
    • Miranda Hardy
    • Daphne James Huff
    • Kayla Tirrell
    • B. Kristin McMichael
  28. 2:00 PM
    Salons III-V Signing Set Up (Authors Only)
    2:30 PM
    Salons III-V Author Browsing
    2:45 PM
    Salons III-V VIP Early Entry
    3:00-6:00 PMSalons III-V Signing
    8:00-11:00 PM
    Salons III-V PJ Party with Karaoke and Dessert

    Sunday, August 12th


    Author Reader Meet Up Dates, as arranged by authors
     
     
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