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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Importance of Booking Presenters Early for an Event

by Maureen Crisp •  October 12, 2015  •   Follow

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Happy Columbus Day!

On this week’s PNR series, we are talking about the importance of booking presenters early.

We will be covering a few crucial essentials of planning an event. We will also be talking about some big publishing news such as Stephanie Meyers new Twilight alternative perspective book:


Sparking Ideas



My brain is still buzzing from Tinderbox – that and I’m finding myself falling asleep at odd times. Some of this, I’m told, is body readjustment after a long campaign of heightened stress levels. I put it down
to operating on about 3 hours sleep a night for a week.


For those of you who have never been on a committee putting a big event together… there are many behind the scenes details to organise. We started planning Tinderbox 18 months ago, scoping out what we wanted to have at our conference and researching who would be the best fit to deliver it. We had to do all this with one eye on the changing publishing marketplace. With themes established then it was booking presenters in and finding a suitable venue.


Booking your presenters early is key! Along with the quality of the presenters the following list can make or break a conference, food, wifi, room size, assessments, hands on workshops, goodie bags and transport. All of this needs to be tied down early so that if anything falls over you have time to fix it.


Tinderbox was fantastic! The presenters were inspiring, the food was amazing and the high creative energy of the delegates was encouraging. My team were called Goddesses and I bow down before them. And the Wifi stayed on, with a little help.


Meanwhile in the outside world….


Stephanie Meyer sent the publishing world into the Twilight zone… with a gender bent version of Twilight.


Waterstones – the biggest bookshop chain in the UK decided that they would cease to sell the Kindle, apparently because e-publishing is failing.



Yup everybody is still mixed up.


Stephan Pinker, Linguistics Professor and International Grammar Guru, declared that writing rules were only superstitions.


Macquarie University published their findings on authors in Australia which makes fascinating reading. Your average Aussie author is a woman, writing genre fiction, earning twelve grand.


In Florida the Novelists Inc (NINC) conference wrapped up. This conference is for novelists who have had two or more books published. Elizabeth S Craig has a round up of what was discussed at the conference. Very interesting takeaways here…


In The Craft Section,
NaNoWriMo is coming up so here are 7 ways to keep it going throughout the year.
How to hook readers – Setting the stage and Puzzle Pieces
Style Sheets and Guides -Ruth Harris (Bookmark)


In The Marketing Section,
How to Twitter tips– Molly Greene (Bookmark)


Website Of The Week
Inky Girl has a newsletter. This is a great resource for all those artists out there.


To Finish,
The Ten commandments of Indie Publishing is a very good pep talk for writers as is Jane Friedman’s Author Business models, a must read!


As I was putting together this roundup I was struck by the fact that many these links were ideas discussed at Tinderbox. Just add coffee and an enthusiastic crowd soundtrack. Or make plans to go to the next National conference in two years time.

To bed to bed….




About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.