40 speakers will share their smarts to help indie authors take their publishing to the next the level. Register before May 15 for $115 and save $100 off of the regular $215 registration fee. You'll find the registration link on the uPublishU landing page.
Smashwords will be there in force as a sponsor so I hope you can make it. We'll also have a table so please stop by and say hello.
The conference this year promises to be their best yet. They've broken the sessions into three concurrent tracks so you can choose the topics that best meet your goals and objectives. The three tracks include Bringing Your First Book to Market, Tools & Marketing Mania, and Publishing at the Next Level.
For a full list of sessions and workshops, click here.
I'm presenting two workshops:
1. 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Hit the Bestseller Lists with Ebook Preorders: Preorder Strategy A-Z
Track: Tools & Marketing Mania
Learn how to make your book launch more successfully with ebook preorders. Preorders represent one of the most exciting new book launch tools for self-published ebook authors. In this session, Smashwords CEO Mark Coker will help unlock the secrets to preorder success. He’ll describe how preorders work, and will teach authors how to plan, stage and execute a successful preorder strategy. Using Mark’s methods, multiple Smashwords authors have hit the retailer bestseller lists. The recommended preorder strategies are grounded in professional publishing best practices that will help make any ebook launch more successful. Mark will share recent case study examples of how indie authors have used preorders to increase sales rank, sales and visibility.
2. 11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Apple iBooks Merchandising StrategiesuPublishU is one of several sister conferences taking place during BEA, North America's largest book conference. BEA is one of my favorite conferences, and it's been cool to see how self publishing is becoming a bigger piece of each year's conference.
Track: Publishing at the Next Level
Learn how to reach more readers at Apple' iBooks! iBooks is the world's second largest ebook retailer, and operates in 51 countries. In this session, Smashwords CEO Mark Coker will teach authors how to stand out in this fast-growing, indie-friendly ebook store where self-published titles regularly top the charts. Mark will teach attendees how books are merchandised at Apple, how ebook merchandising works, how merchandisers select titles for promotion, and what authors can do to maximize their odds of merchandising love. Although the session will focus on iBooks, the lessons learned are universal. Learn how to make your books stand out at every retailer.
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See you in New York!