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Romance GenreCon

romance genrecon 2021: a virtual event

There’s a story inside everyone. Is romance writing the path to sharing yours with the world? Join us for an exploration into the Business of Romance Writing, designed with independently published authors in mind. You’ll get an insider’s perspective on how to get your book on a library shelf, a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making words come alive through audiobooks, and historical romance author Elizabeth Essex will help you discover how to bring your characters to life. 

The sessions will be LIVE broadcasts from MCPL’s Romance GenreCon Facebook page. Follow us to receive updates and reminders, plus weekly book and wine pairings leading up to the event! This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Tuesday, August 3

How Do Libraries Choose Books?

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

It’s getting harder and harder to connect library users and independent authors. The primary reason why seems to be that many authors have never been told about the pipeline that gets titles to library bookshelves. “How do libraries choose books?” is both a presentation and a Q&A session designed to help authors understand how library purchasing works and how libraries determine which books to keep.

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Wednesday, August 4

Beyond the Pages—Maximizing Your Reach Through Audio

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In today's digital age, audiobooks have increasingly become a large part of the publishing industry. With Audible and other retailers, busy enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite stories, magazines, and even new shows in audio format.

Join Jocqueline Protho, CEO and Publisher of The Audio Flow, LLC and Daniele Lanzarotta of Elysian Nightfall Studios, as they share with you the secrets to audio production and how it can increase your reach, providing you with an audience of fans waiting to 'hear' your words. During this session, we'll share tips on everything from how to get started, the benefits of audio, counting the costs, selecting the voice, marketing, and more.

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Thursday, August 5

Toolkit for Revealing Character with Elizabeth Essex

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All authors want to create characters that ‘leap’ off the page and become vibrantly alive for their readers. But how? Using examples from best-selling and award-winning Romance authors, "Toolkit for Revealing Character" will examine six different ways to bring characters out of the author’s head and vividly to life on the page, and demonstrate the difference between “describing a character” and “revealing character.”

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Friday, August 6

Big Business with Indie Authors

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

We all know that romance is big business, but how do independently published authors keep up? Join our host, Cynthia Fails—publisher, author, and illustrator—and a panel of indie authors, including Rachel Van Dyken and Jenn LeBlanc, to learn more about the world of independently published romance authors. We’ll explore topics like social media, the glamourous world of book festivals, and motivating your street team. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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