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March 26, 2020

Virtual Summit 2020

The Career Author Virtual Summit 2020

*All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time (GMT -04:00) - Click here for a time zone converter.

Speakers and time slots subject to change. Updates will be made immediately on this page so check it before joining a session.

Pre-Event Festivities

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Page with Zach Bohannon (1 of 3)

Tuesday, April 14 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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How to Improve Your Amazon Book Page with Zach Bohannon (2 of 3)

Tuesday, April 21 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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How to Improve Your Amazon Book Page with Zach Bohannon (3 of 3)

Tuesday, April 28 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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How to Leverage the Power of Presentations and Speaking with Jim Kukral (1 of 3)

Tuesday, May 5 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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How to Leverage the Power of Presentations and Speaking with Jim Kukral (2 of 3)

Friday, May 8 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Prosperity for Writers with Honorée Corder

Sunday, May 10 

6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Live Author Mastermind Session with J. Thorn

Sunday, May 10 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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How to Leverage the Power of Presentations and Speaking with Jim Kukral (3 of 3)

Monday, May 11 

6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Q & A with Lindsay Buroker

Monday, May 11 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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An Hour with the Fine Folks at Draft2Digital

Tuesday, May 12 

6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Genre Break Out - Romance

Come and meet the authors in your genre. Come to as many or as few break out sessions as you want.


Tuesday, May 12 

7:00pm - 7:30pm
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Genre Break Out - Sci-Fi

Come and meet the authors in your genre. Come to as many or as few break out sessions as you want.


Tuesday, May 12 

7:30pm - 8:00pm
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An Hour with the Fine Folks at Google Play 


Wednesday, May 13 

6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Genre Break Out - Nonfiction

Come and meet the authors in your genre. Come to as many or as few break out sessions as you want.


Wednesday, May 13 

7:00pm - 7:30pm
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Genre Break Out - Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Come and meet the authors in your genre. Come to as many or as few break out sessions as you want.


Wednesday, May 13 

7:30pm - 8:00pm
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How to Refresh an Author Website with Nate Hoffelder


Thursday, May 14 

6:00pm - 7:00pm
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An Hour with Mark Leslie Lefebvre


Thursday, May 14 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Genre Break Out - Horror

Come and meet the authors in your genre. Come to as many or as few break out sessions as you want.


Thursday, May 14 

8:00pm - 8:30pm
Eastern Daylight Savings Time (GMT -04:00)

Genre Break Out - Fantasy

Come and meet the authors in your genre. Come to as many or as few break out sessions as you want.


Thursday, May 14 

8:30pm - 9:00pm
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Q & A with Joanna Penn


Friday, May 15 

12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Zoom Happy Hour

Drop in anytime from 6 to 8 with your favorite beverage in hand for an informal happy hour with fellow attendees. Learn how to use Zoom and get the kinks worked out of your system before the official programming begins the next day.


Friday, May 15 

6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Saturday, May 16 // Day 1 Sponsored by:

9:00am - 9:30am

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A Warm Welcome from J., Zach, and Jim

9:30am - 10:30am

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Making (More) Money as a Writer! with Honorée Corder

Learn:

  • the way to think about writing and money in a new and different way,
  • how to institute a production schedule that works, and
  • best practices of prosperous writers.

11:00am - 11:30am

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Career Author Alternatives: Unique Ways to Live as a Full Time Creative

Featuring Crys Cain, Gary Collins, T.W. Piperbrook

Moderated by Zach Bohannon

11:30am - 12:15pm

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The Future of Publishing: An Industry Panel

Featuring representatives from Google Play, Draft2Digital, Kobo, Reedsy, and Vellum

Moderated by Jim Kukral

1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Myths & Legends of Amazon Advertising with Bryan Cohen

You've waded into a murky cave of paid marketing. Do you spend your precious coins to increase your visibility? Should you trust the dubious stats shared with you via your dashboard? Amazon Ad School's Bryan Cohen has the experience points you need to understand the confusing and mystical marketing platform. Take out your quill and parchment to learn the next step in your quest of publishing.

2:30pm - 3:30pm

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Mastering Amazon's A9 Algorithm and Your Book's Rankings in the Market with Dave Chesson

Ever wonder why Amazon shows someone else's book over yours in the search results? Or why you can't seem to be found for a keyword you've targeted? In this session, we'll take a deep dive into Amazon's A9 algorithm, how it functions, and how you can make simple changes to control your book's discoverability...and no, this isn't about keyword stuffing or hacking the system.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

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How Many P's Are There in Publishing Success? with Mark Leslie Lefebvre

If you want to be a career author, it's important to understand the fundamental building stones for a successful career in publishing. Mark draws from thirty years of writing, publishing, and bookselling to explore the seven, eight, or nine traits that the most successful authors, regardless of their publishing path (indie author, or traditionally published author) have in common.


This overview of the long-term strategic approaches authors can use when building or refining their writing career is based on interactions with thousands of authors, and will examine how these fundamental components work together to create a solid base for writers to build long term success.

Sunday, May 17 // Day 2 Sponsored by:

10:00am - 11:00am

Eastern Daylight Savings Time (GMT -04:00)

Audio for Authors: Audiobooks, Podcasting and Voice Technologies with Joanna Penn

Audio is the next frontier for authors — for creation, marketing, and income streams. In this dynamic talk, Joanna Penn will outline how you can create and sell more audiobooks, use podcasting to market your author brand, and give you a glimpse into the future of voice technologies and how authors can use them in the decade ahead.

11:30am - 12:30pm

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Find the Right Mentor to Fast Track Your Author Career with Tim Grahl

Once you pass the beginner phase of your career, it's often hard to know the next steps to take. Connecting with the right mentor can help you avoid common mistakes and make fast progress.

12:30pm - 1:00pm

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You Are Not Broken with J. Thorn

A special presentation about trusting your intuition (beginning of talk was not recorded).

1:30pm - 2:30pm

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Can I do this? Revision Made Easy (Okay, Easier) with Rachael Herron

Novel revision is often feared, and for the same reason is often avoided, sometimes for years. But it's true: the most exciting, creative, and enjoyable part of writing comes after the first draft has been written. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to get over your fear and get it done armed with a real and workable plan. Rachael Herron will teach you how to sort out the passages that are keepers while culling the ones that don't make the cut while teaching you to make your ideal editing process something both manageable and fun.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

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How to Write a Series That Keeps Readers Buying with Lindsay Buroker

From hooking readers with intriguing heroes to setting up plot and character arcs that keep people turning the pages and buying subsequent books, we’ll cover tips for writing compelling series in the various genres.

A high read-through rate in a series means you can afford to spend more to get readers to try Book 1. It also means you’ll make steady and reliable income from each new installment.

Between her name and her pen name, Lindsay has published more than ten series. She’s had great success and also made mistakes, and she’ll share what’s she’s learned about what works and what doesn’t.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

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Reflections with J., Zach, and Jim

*Beginning of session not recorded.