For many of us, 2016 is the year of the indie author. According to one Author Earnings Report, last year in the USA readers spent 600 million dollars on self-published books. This fast growing market isn’t just about opportunities but also about challenges and competition. Authors need to master the writing craft and learn the secrets of digital marketing. Something achievable nowadays not only because of the Internet but also because of an increase in number and quality of writers’ conferences. What best occasion to learn, grow, share and connect than an authors dedicated event?
In 2015, Ireland joined the USA and UK in their efforts to provide support to indie authors with “The Dublin Writers’ Conference”. Writers from three continents (Austraila, North America and Europe) spent a week-end in Dublin, the city of writers, learning about the self-publishing latest trends, connecting with industry professionals and enjoying the city’s unique atmosphere. The second edition of The Dublin Writers’ Conference will be held June 24-26 and gets even better. It features some of the best writing craft teachers in the world, flying in from the US and the UK, as well as experienced Irish writers. Michael Russell, international best-selling author and script writer and prize winning authors Conor Kostick are the key-note speakers on the Writing Craft Panel. Debbie Young– advisor for the Alliance of Independent Authors, Jessica Bell – the coordinator of Writing Day Workshops in the United States of America and Ben Galley – leading European self-publishing consultant, will reveal the most important elements of self-publishing required for success. Ken Atchity, the renown Los Angeles based movie producer (30 films), Emmy nominee, and book publisher (50 books), joins the conference as a special guest. The best practices in turning a book into a film, and building a writing career are just two of the topics he will cover during his workshop.
Laurence O’ Bryan, best-selling author, digital-marketing expert and founder of the conference explains that the event is designed to help writers move rapidly into the world of independent publishing, while ensuring they achieve the highest standards in writing craft while they do so. So if you are looking for an opportunity to learn from top-notch experts how to improve your craft and promote your books, key skills for a modern, self-published writer, you might consider starting to prepare your trip to Dublin. Bring samples of your work because you will have the opportunity to read in front of the other participants and get feedback. Prepare your questions because all the sessions are interactive. During last year event, Margaret Murphy offered copies of her books to the most active participants in her writing craft workshop.
The conference will be held at The Irish Writers’ Center and the Gresham Hotel. Excerpts from the conference will be live streamed to over 650,000 people, real followers of the various online services of BooksGoSocial.com. You can come for just the Saturday events, or for all three days, from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. One event not to be missed is the Saturday Evening Awards Dinner that will have a surprise guest. You can easily join the The Dublin Writers’ Conference 2016 by visiting the dedicated website.