Monday, February 13, 2012

LIfe, The Universe, and Everything SciFi/Fantasy Symposium

What a great conference. I had a blast! The fist day I attended a class on Marketing with:

Bree Despain (Dark Divine Trilogy),

Elana Johnson (Possession),  
Jenn R. Johanson (Insomnia), 
and Lynn Hardy (Prophesy of the Flame). 

Here are my notes:
Marketing Tips: Stalker, Stealer, Mutator:

  • Do blog tours, anything to get your name out there.
  • Host give aways.
  • Get your name and book in local magazines and on local television talk shows.
  • Do a group blog with like-minded authors, who write novels in the same genre or age group.
  • Watch what you put out there because everyone can read it.
  • “Stalk and steal” great ideas from other blogs!
  • Do anthologies like Hunger Games?
  • Bring other people on that can help you (published authors).
  • Approach people and ask if they’ll host a contest.
  • Check out Sandra Michell’s marketing timeline.
  • Make Post cards, mail them to the 12 book stores closest to you, and ask them to buy your book Write something like: Hi, I’m a local author. My book is coming soon. Please consider buying it. Send postcards to schools and tell them you do  presentations on “xyz.” Put your book cover on front, leave the back blank. Include ordering #, intro, title, and publisher.
  • Send invitations to book signings to everyone you know or can get an email/address for. 


  1. It must be great to share time with like-minded writers and get some real information. I'd love to attend things like that but they're usually in the wrong place, at the wrong time, at the wrong price. I'll have to make sure I get to something soon.

    Good tips you picked up, too.

  2. Thanks for the notes! And YAY for a great conference! I'm a little jealous, lol! <3

  3. I wasn't able to get to this one, so thank you for posting your notes. :) They are lovely ladies, all. :D

  4. Hi Alice!

    I'm dropping by from the origins blogfest. Thanks for the great notes. It sounds like an awesome conference. I hope to attend that one day.

    Your newest follower,

  5. Hi Alice! It's nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D Maybe we'll meet at LTUE next year! ;)

    1. You're welcome. I would love to meet you at LTUE next year.

  6. Thanks for sharing, Alice. Hopefully I'll need this info someday! :)

  7. Sounds like you gained some valuable info at the conference. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower. I just droppin in from the Origins blogfest. It is nice to meet you.

    1. Nice to meet you. Thanks for dropping by!