With guest blogger, award-winning, best-selling author Margaret Daley!
Ruthy here, delighted to bring you some information about a published authors' group called "Novelists, Inc"... Our buddy Margaret Daley became a member a few years back, and I was delighted when she agreed to take a day and tell us about it! Welcome back, Margaret!
Novelists, Inc. (NINC) is an organized worldwide group for published authors. Twenty-five years ago five authors started the organization. Its main purpose is “to help each of us manage our writing career throughout a lifetime.” It originally was for traditionally published authors of at least two books but now self published authors can qualify if they have published two books of 50,000 words and each one has earned $5,000 in a twelve month period. You can find NINC at http://www.ninc.com. Check it out and look at some of the pictures of the past conferences.
I became a member several years ago and have gone to two of their annual conferences, both in St. Petersburg, Florida (an island off Tampa’s coast). Two things drew me to the first conference—its location on the beach and the lineup at the conference. I wanted a conference geared totally to an author who is publishing. I wanted advice about marketing and promoting. I walked away from that first conference as a member of the planning committee for the second one. I’ve never learned so much at a conference as I did at the first and second NINC conference. My brain was on full overloaded every night when I returned to my room (with a great view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico).
In 2015 the theme was NINC Goes Global and some of the speakers at First Word were Porter Anderson, a speaker who specializes in the publishing industry and its digital disruption, Kris Austin, co-founder of Draft2Digital, Lori Bennett, digital expert for the Nelson Literary Agency, Jim Bryant, Founder of Trajectory, a network that connects publishers, retailers, libraries and readers, Julia Coblentz with Nook Press, Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author, Katie Donelan with BookBub, Ricardo Fayet with Reedsy, a connection for editing and design talent, Jane Friendman, worked for Writer’s Digest, Christine Munroe with Kobo Books. Jack Royal-Gordon with BookTrakr, Daniel Slater with Amazon, Brenna Shanks, a selection librarian and many more. Also many different vendors from the major online bookstores to support groups for writers.
Night Owl sessions covered topics from Can We Talk (about various genres from Contemporary to Inspirational to Paranormal books), Writing Serials, Self Publishing: Beginner and Advanced Levels, Binge Writing, Stress, Anxiety and Depression: Coping with the Author’s Life, How to Increase Your Discoverability through Your Website, and many more sessions. The 2015 conference information is up at http://ninc.com/conferences/ninc_world_2015.
The classes were chalk full of information but meeting informally with industry people and other published authors was invaluable. I made a lot of connections.
Here are some more delightful pics from Margaret and the 2015 NINC conference:
Beach tradewinds of St. Pete... (I don't know about the rest of youse, but Ruthy could use a dose of this right about now!)
Lacy Williams and Allie Pleiter, happily working!
Dinner on the beach... Lacy Williams and Debra Clopton Parks.
Margaret, thanks so much for being here and giving us this overview of Novelists, Inc....
and Margaret has graciously (as ever!) offered a copy of her recent suspense novel "Deadly Noel"...
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