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Topics we’ll cover at the 2012 Superstars Writing Seminar

I’m one of the instructors at the upcoming Superstars Writing Seminar in Las Vegas (April 30-May 2). Since the writing and publishing world has changed a lot over the past few years, when planning this year’s seminar we looked carefully at the past lectures and panel discussions, giving the curriculum a thorough update and overhaul.

Below is the schedule for this year’s Superstars—with some brand new talks and fresh takes on previous topics. We want to make this seminar relevant and important for returning alumni as well as new attendees. Check it out.


From Newbie to #1 Bestseller in 4 Years (Brandon Sanderson)
It’s Business: How Publishing Economics Works (Eric Flint)
Building Your Network (panel)
Indie-Publishing & Ebooks: Free For All (panel)
Getting Noticed: Self-Promotion for Authors (panel)
One Thing Leads to Another (Kevin J. Anderson)
Open Q&A session

Evening: Welcome mixer/reception


Myths of Publishing (Rebecca Moesta)
How Copyright Works (Dean Wesley Smith)
Climbing the Slushpile: How editors look at manuscripts (panel)
Dissecting a Contract (Eric Flint)
Tough Negotiating (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Agents: the “A” word (panel)
“Dirty Secrets”: Being a professional author (Kevin and Rebecca)
Drawing out the Dragons (James A. Owen)
Open session: Q&A

VIP Dinner: Fogo de Chao Brazilian steakhouse


Ergonomics: When Writing Gets to Be a Pain (Rebecca)
Selling Before You Write: Keys to Understanding What Readers Want (David Farland)
Windup and the Pitch—pitches, queries, proposals, treatments (panel)
Young Adult (panel)
It’s More than a Story: Developing a Whole Intellectual Property (panel)
Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Kevin)
Being a Writer and a Real Person at the Same Time (panel)
Open session: Q&A

NOTE: Prices go up April 1. Register here.

Hope to see you there!

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