Welcome to a conference spotlight from the Riding the Waves conference!
Today we have Rachel Johns who will be moderating Nina Bruhns, Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd on the panel
COME ON IN, THE WATER IS FINE: Self Publishing
Bestselling author Nina Bruhns describes herself as a woman with a varied and checkered past. In the best possible way! Three time winner of the Overall Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, five time winner of the Dorothy Parker Award, two-time nominee for a RITA Award, and winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, Nina’s books have also topped bestseller lists in the US and Europe, and been named book of the year by Romantic Times Magazine. Nina writes bold, sensual romantic thrillers for Berkley as well as erotic thrillers as Nikita Black, and has a long backlist of titles from Silhouette (now Harlequin) Romantic Suspense and Nocturne (paranormal). She is also one of the original indie authors, having blazed the trail with her independently published releases for over ten years.
Cathleen Ross, a two time ARRA finalist has been published by Virgin Publishing/Random House, Harlequin and several other publishers. Along with her traditional publishing she is currently working on her indie erotic Forbidden Fantasy series. Highlander and Take Me became best sellers on Apple. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Writers of America. She also teaches and lectures on writing for conferences and private clients.
Kandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction. She is published in contemporary romance by Berkley Sensation, a division of Penguin USA, and is the author of the self-published Amazon bestseller The Castaway Bride. This contemporary romance was one of the top ten best-selling self-published books for December 2011, as reported in the IndieReader USA; and chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of three romances in “A Reader’s Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers”.
Her novels Love is a Four-Legged Word and Home Is Where the Bark Is have both won the Australian Romance Readers Association award for Favorite Contemporary Romance. Kandy also has a successful career as a magazine editor in both Australia and Britain and was Editorial Director at Pacific Publications. Her most recent role was as editor of the Coles Magazine, Australia’s highest circulation magazine. Kandy has also taught feature writing at university level. Kandy intends to self-publish more novels.
What will participants take away from this session?
Self-publishing is fast becoming the most popular way to get your books in front of readers but, already, the market is bursting at the seams with product of varying quality. Find out from three authors who have cut through the crowds why and when they chose self-publishing, how they manage the mechanics of content and covers, and how they ensure the professional quality of their titles.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
This session will operate as a panel, therefore it will be very interactive Q&A. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own questions for the panelists and also their own experiences with self-publishing. This is not a debate about the benefits of self-publishing, but more an information opportunity to pick the brains of three successful self-publishers. Topics covered will include: editing, self-promotion, uploading books to various selling platforms, covers, etc.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
Writers who are considering self-publishing or whom are already self-published and interested in hearing other writers’ experiences.
Thank you ladies!