In response to your requests to learn more about the industry of publishing as well as individual authors, we present JABBIES®: Judge-A-Book-By-Its-Spine®.
This is a series of conversations with publishing professionals and, occasionally, authors. Owner of Fountain Kelly Justice will host these informal q&a's with these men and women at all levels of publishing.
You will learn:
--why certain books get published
--why some books become bestsellers and others fail
--the do's and don'ts of communication within the industry
--the latest in marketing trends
--the behind the scenes of the book industry from top to bottom
And please bring your questions! This new programming is all about getting curious about the book industry.
Tonight's guests include several successfully self-published authors and two representatives of companies that assist writers who wish to get self-published in a way that is professional and, most importantly, visible across all channels. Topics will also include how to get your books on bookstore shelves and strategies for social media and special sales. We will also cover the ups and downs of self-publishing, when it makes sense, and when it doesn't
Self-publishing services guests:
Marina Aris of DartFrog Books. She is the bookstore liaison for DartFrog. They specialize in evaluating already published titles and helping indie authors improve their chances of breaking out.
Josh Floyd promotes the growth, sales, and brand of the IngramSpark platform by providing education, information, and best practices for Ingram’s Publish-on-Demand services.
Josh has been with Ingram for nearly 7 years first working as a Publisher Representative, then as an Ingram Independent Bookstore Representative, and is now with IngramSpark as Senior Key Account Sales Manager.
He will be providing information on the most accessible platform for self-publishing. Spark is a division of Ingram Book Company, the world's largest book wholesaler. Having books available through Ingram dramatically increases the probability of success of an indie author.
Authors appearing will be:
J.C. Cannon, the author of the Euclidian series, will be detailing his experiences so far in the world of indie publishing. Jay Cannon grew up in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. He became hooked on science fiction when he used to run home from junior high school to catch the original episodes of Star Trek. He spent six years in the U.S. Navy working on the flight deck of aircraft carriers, which felt like being on a starship. After leaving the Navy he spent several years in the software industry. During that period he passed time reading science fiction books and watching science fiction movies. He eventually decided to stop writing programs and start writing books.
J. P. Cane is a long-time reader and first-time writer of vampire stories. His debut novel, Shadows Within, begins The Shadowless series, largely set in his hometown of Philadelphia. He hosts a podcast on writing and, as a member of James River Writers, enjoys supporting fellow writers. He and his wife live in Virginia.
Steven K. Smith writes the middle-grade series The Virginia Mysteries, adventures with a twist of history, and Brother Wars. Steven lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and three sons. Born and raised in rural northwestern New Jersey, he moved to Virginia in 2011 and quickly fell in love with its history and charm. Visit his website at www.VirginiaMysteries.com. He also writes contemporary fiction for grownups as Steven Sawyer. When he's not writing, Steven enjoys coaching his boys in sports, hiking, kayaking, photography, and taking naps. Some of his favorite children's books include Where the Red Fern Grows, Rascal, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bridge to Terabithia, and the Chronicles of Narnia series.