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Friday, June 15, 2012

AWC Conference: Sell Your Books

I'm often asked where can published authors sell their books or gain exposure for their books. A great way is to sell your books at a writers' conference. Writers, authors and aspiring authors are eager to get their hands on books by new authors, especially if they have the opportunity to meet the author in person.

The Alabama Writers' Conclave is one of the oldest writers' organizations in continuous existence in the United States. Published AWC members, who attend the meeting (held during the conference), can sell their books at the bookstore. The AWC provides a bookstore and bookseller on Saturday of the conference from 8:00 AM (set up time) to about 4:00 PM. All you have to do is let the bookseller, Marie Peerson, know the number titles and copies (usually not more the 10 copies of each title) that you would like to bring. The bookseller will display the books in the bookstore and act as cashier. This is the only way books are sold at the AWC conference. Membership dues are $25 per year and include the quarterly newsletter, reduced registration costs, and reduced contest entry fees. SO JOIN TODAY! If you are already a member of the AWC and are registered to attend the conference, it cost you nothing to sell your books during the conference.

If you would like to attend the conference held July 20-22, 2012 in Huntsville, Alabama at the Space and Rocket Center Marriott Hotel, please visit the website of the Alabama Writers' Conclave for more information or go to the registration form and you can join as a member online or register for the conference online.

Below is a schedule of the Alabama Writers' Conclave Conference. I will also be conducting two workshops during the conference, so I hope to see you there!

2012 Alabama Writers’ Conclave Conference Schedule

Friday July 20

   5:00 PM                Registration in Conference area beyond the Hotel Lobby
   6:30 – 8:00           Reception Sponsored by Alabama State Poetry Society
   8:00 – 9:00           An Evening with the Poets
   9:15 –                   Open-mic

Saturday July 21

  7:30  –   9:00 AM  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM  Bookstore Open
  8:30  –   9:30         Nonfiction Writings (Rhodes): True Stories.  Well Told.  What do
                                they ‘they’ want?
  8:30  –   9:30         Social Media (Sledge): Low Cost Creative Marketing Strategies
                                for Authors
  9:30  –   9:45         Break
  9:45  – 10:45         Poetry (Brown): Writing Your Pivotal Moments:  Tension in Poetry
  9:45  – 10:45         Fiction (Holladay): An Old Hotel by the Railroad Tracks: Sources
                                and Subjects
10:45  – 11:00         Break
11:00  – 12:00         Writers-in-Residence (Cline & Richards):  The Mystery of Writing
12:00  –  1:30          AWC Lunch
  1:30  –   2:30         Nonfiction (Rhodes): Real People on the Page: Character in
                                Creative Nonfiction
  1:30  –   2:30         Haiku (French): An Introduction to Haiku
  2:30  –   2:45         Break
  2:45  –   3:45         Poetry (Brown): For Better or Worse: Inheritance and Heritage
  2:45  –   3:45         Fiction (Holladay): Shining Stars: Developing Your Characters
  3:45  –   4:00         Break
  4:00  –   5:30         Manuscript Critiques, Formal and Informal groups
  6:00  –   9:30         Grace Gravlee Awards Banquet

                                 Keynote Address (Cline & Richards):  The Genesis of Jokes;
                                 Writing Contest Awards Presentations

Sunday July 22

  7:30  –  9:00 AM     Registration and Continental Breakfast
  9:00 – 10:00           Nonfiction (Rhodes): Show and Tell
  9:00 – 10:00           Social Media (Sledge): How to Blog, Tweet and Facebook your way
                                 to Book Sales
10:00 – 10:15           Break
10:15 – 11:15           Poetry (Brown): Portraits and Characters
10:15 – 11:15           Fiction (Holladay): The Memory Project
11:15 – 11:30           Break
11:30 – 12:30           Annual AWC Member Business Meeting and DOOR PRIZES

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