Things get a little hairy (in a good way!) on Sunday when Cate Ellink, Ainslie Paton and Kylie Griffin Skin the Cat on Track E, Session 5.
Skin the Cat – there’s more than one way to get published
You’ve heard of Save the Cat—a storytelling bible—well this is Skin the Cat, a meditation on some of the different ways to get published in the digital era. Three recently published authors (published by self-publishing, electronic and print) will discuss their paths to publication, the time they took, how they continued to learn and write despite setbacks, and what they wished they knew or understood better before being published. There will be lots of time to ask questions. We’re looking for an open, honest chat to help you with your journey.
Your Presenters – Cate Ellink, Ainslie Paton and Kylie Griffin
Three authors with different paths to publication and different careers.
What will participants take away from this session?
After this workshop, you will have a better understanding of:
- what you may need to learn (craft-wise) to reach a publishable standard
- what you should learn about the business before being published
- how you can style your writing career. You can use methods such as, traditionally published (ie with a publisher in print or e), self published,or hybrid publishing. You can use different writing forms like short stories, novellas, novels, part of an anthology, stand alone story, series.
- what others have learned along the way
- how to know when your story is ‘ready to submit’ or ‘ready to publish’
- some pitfalls you may encounter.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
We want the session to be interactive. We’ll talk about our journey, then we’re open to all sorts of questions.
Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
We’ll give examples from our lives, and if relevant from our books.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
Unpublished authors and ‘almost-published’ authors (ie those finalling in contests or being requested for full submissions, but who haven’t yet got a contract) will benefit most from the session. If you’ve ever felt like the path to publication was too long and you want to give up – come along!
Any advice for conference first-timers?
You only get out what you put in.
Hearts Talk, August 2013, page 12 – had a page of tips. Have a look on the webpage for that. Kylie and Cath contributed to that.
Kylie Griffin’s blog had conference first-timer tips and hints. Have a search for Memorable Moments, and you’ll find more like this one: http://kyliegriffinromance.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/conference-time-memorable-moments_21.html
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
The Virginity Mission, Escape Publishing
Later this year:
Control, short story in The Big Book of Submission, Cleis Press
Deep Diving, Escape Publishing
Almost Real, Escape Publishing
Later this year:
Floored, Escape Publishing, April
Hooked On A Feeling, Escape Publishing, August
Allegiance Sworn, book 3 of the Light Blade series, Berkeley.