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Why I Couldn’t Afford NOT to Go to a Ghostwriters’ Conference

ghostwriters 2I am excited that I will soon be speaking at Ghostwriters Unite! (GW), the first book industry conference of its kind.

Few people question going to BookExpo America, a writers convention or a general publishing conference. But why go to one like this?

GW covers more than ghostwriting. It features a number of professionals across industries, including publishers, literary agents, screenwriters, public relations managers, photographers, and marketers.

I’m going so that I keep my finger on the pulse of the overall book industry and hear about all the latest developments in traditional, indie, and self-publishing; to learn about best practices in manuscript development and marketing; and to see what has worked for others in business (and what hasn’t).

Overall, I’m going to learn how to better serve the authors and publisher with whom I work.

But while the great lineup of panelists and speakers (of which I am one) is certainly a draw, the informal conversations in back hallways and at lunch may be just as valuable—if not more so.

True, much of the book industry happens digitally today. But there is still no substitute for meeting like-minded professionals face-to-face. Conferences give us a place to sit down across from our counterparts, without the constraints of keyboards, clients, and kids in the background.

It is a great opportunity for all of us to share what we’ve learned through our experience and to help each other. Those of us who have had success in our profession want to reach back to new and rising stars in the book industry and help them along their way. We all have something to learn and we all have something to contribute.

The book business is like no other. We are a unique assortment of literary artists, entrepreneurs, professionals, and creative individuals who need the give and take of community.

If you have yet to register for this groundbreaking industry event, come as my guest! When you register at ghostwritersunite.com, use promo code GU13WAM for $50 off your registration fees.

I knew I couldn’t afford to miss this great conference. You can’t either.

Go to ghostwritersunite.com and be part of history in the making!

Books, chat, coffee and freebies

Great books, chat, coffee and freebies – what could be better? I’ll be talking at Black Cat Books in Paddington (Brisbane) this Wednesday and Friday.  Read more

Giveaways in Brisbane this week

If you’re out and about in Brisbane this week, make sure you swing by Black Cat books. I’ll be doing two talks about Parenting with Soul and we’ve got some great giveaways planned.

Wednesday 4 May, 10.30 am

Chat and signing books at Black Cat Books, 179 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Friday 6 May, 6.00 pm

Chat and signing books at Black Cat Books, 179 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Saturday 14 May, 10.00 am

Signing books at Mary Ryan’s Books, Merthyr Village, New Farm

Saturday 23 July, 10.00 am

Talking about peaceful parenting at Holland Park Library, 81 Seville Road, Holland Park

 

Sally Collings live!

I’ll be chatting about Parenting with Soul and signing copies at a few destinations over the next few months. Please come along – I’d love to see you there. Here’s the lowdown.

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On tour: first interview for Parenting with Soul!

My first interview about Parenting with Soul is now live! Stop by the Boomerang Books website to read a Q&A with ‘The Book Burglar’ (AKA blogger Fiona Crawford).
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On the road

I’ve just received copies of my new book, Parenting with Soul. Is it gorgeous or what?
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Queensland: Paradise submerged

I live in the sub-tropical paradise that is Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland. In the past seven days, though, paradise has fallen as much of the state has been engulfed in flood waters. Read more