The panel will focus on building an author platform in the digital age - with the craft portion of the presentation being on marketing. The panel speakers:
The panel will focus on building an author platform in the digital age – with the craft portion of the presentation being on marketing. The panel speakers:
Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet/book editor and singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction, poetry, and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tatoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and North Carolina Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, the Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is the musician-in-residence for the Western Wake Farmers’ Market. She is also an Irish dancer who plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four birds and one messy guinea pig. Visit Alice’s website at www.aliceosborn.com and check out her music at www.reverbnation.com/
Jan McCanless has been a best selling author for 15 books. A mother of three, and grandmother to nine, she started as a high school teacher, sequed into freelance newspaper work, and from there, she moved into murder mysteries with a humorous twist. She compiled 2 volumes of humor columns, winning the 2013 Mother Vine award for best stories for her first compilation, titled Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles and Thoughts of Home,. Her 2nd compilation, Tire Patch Cookies are Good for the Soul , is a continuation of the fun, with more award nominations for the year it was published.
Her mysteries have been called a combination of Murder, She Wrote, and Mayberry RFD, and have all been best sellers. The Beryl’s Cove mysteries have lovable, quirky characters that are positively addictive, and Jan’s humor shines through all of them.
Listed in Who’s Who as a noted Southern Humorist, she is a mix of lecturer, stand up comedienne,and teacher, giving talks and workshops around the country. Rowan County’s Woman of the Year in 1978, she was a nominee for International Woman of the Year in 2005. Jan’s interests are varied, and she takes pride in being an ordained Lutheran Lay minister.
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
Jessica began her career being traditionally published by a big-five publisher. She then segued into the indie world with her STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Her most recent launch hit the top 300 in the Amazon store. She is actively building a social media platform, and hopes to cement the ins and outs of marketing her books with strategies centering around Facebook and Amazon ads, paid newsletters, newsletter swaps, and writing to market, among others.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Godendoodle Martha Bean. Visit her website at www.jessicapeterson.com.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST