I’m considering building a 4 hour “industry block” of panels into the Coastal Magic Convention schedule. These would be focused on tips and ideas for aspiring authors. I’m not sure there was a lot of attendance in previous years for these panels, so I’m looking for some feedback now from those of you who plan to attend the event.
Tentative panel ideas right now are:
I don’t plan to have any of these panels spread throughout the remainder of the convention. If this is something that would interest you, please let me know. If there doesn’t seem to be enough interest, I’ll just skip these types of panels entirely.
I think any panels on Marketing and Promotions would draw a crowd. All authors could use pointers and tips.
I agree… but I’m hoping to keep them together as a block. I’d rather not just have one or two floating between other panels. That hasn’t seemed very effective before.
I would most definitely attend.
Most writer cons I go to, the Agent/editor panels and the Marketing panels do very well. The writing tips would be better if were geared more along the lines of “Yes, you need an editor” and then have the panelists explain why this important.
The traditional vs. indie panel is usually a popular one, but if you are going to do it, please avoid the error that many cons make. They put people on there promoting self-publishing who were successful through traditional publishing before they self-pubbed. They went into self-pubbing with an existing fan base. Aspiring writers and those already self-pubbed, didn’t have that and quickly find it much harder to find success. That is actually a panel I would be interested in sitting on if I were asked to be on a panel.
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Thanks for your feedback. My only clarification would be that I don’t plan to have a “traditional vs. indie” panel. Rather a “here are your options, and the pros and cons of each”. Not leaning either way, just offering information that isn’t readily available, from people who’ve done both.
The cover design panel went very well last year. I would love to do one again if it works for you 🙂
A cover design panel and a marketing panel for authors sounds awesome! 🙂
I would love to attend some of these panels. 🙂
I’d be happy to participate on a panel like that!
Bit of a late reply, but I love industry panels, I’d definitely attend all of those you listed.
All of those panels look good. And the cover one sounded neat too.
As a On line Media Marketing specialist and a assistant to several authors, I would be very interested is this panel.