The Writing Life
summit to focus
on marketing your work
Gardner is keynote speaker
Helen E. McKinney
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 2012) Authors serious
about writing success will have a chance to hone their skills at an
upcoming two-day event in Louisville. The Business of Writing International
Summit will outline the basics of the business-side of writing from
A to Z.
Topics to be discussed and covered include International Marketing,
eBooks, Social Media, Book Marketing, Promotion and Self-Publishing.
The Business of Writing International Summit will be held from 7:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11., with breakfast and lunch provided.
It will continue from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, with breakfast
provided. The summit will take place at the University of Louisville
Shelby Campus, 9001 Shelbyville Rd.
A bevy of speakers and exhibitors from around the world will share the
latest in strategies, tools and resources necessary to grow a business
as an author or writer. There will be 26 sessions, speakers from four
different states and two different countries. Reservations must be made
as space is limited to 150 attendees.
This summit is being produced by Darby Press, a publishing company in
Louisville. It is the umbrella corporation covering all activities of
author Peggy DeKay.
My wife and I go to writers conferences all over the region,
said DeKays husband, Larry DeKay, publicist for Darby Press. Weve
never been to one like one we would like to attend. Most writers
conferences focus on the craft of writing, not the business of writing.
DeKay said writers conferences are held almost every weekend
somewhere in the country. We attended one in Clarksville, Tenn., that
was a prestigious event with 85 attendees and a Pulitzer Prize winning
author spoke. But these events dont have any trade exhibitors.
He said you might find exhibitors at a national level show, such as
the Romance Writers of America, but we decided we needed
exhibitors at our summit. The only other writers conference
that ever comes to Louisville is a one-day womens conference,
The keynote speaker will be Andrea Gardner, a resident of Glasgow, Scotland.
Gardner created the You-Tube video sensation known as The Power of Words,
which has had more than 14 million downloads worldwide.
Its an amazing video, said DeKay. The message
in her video is something we can all benefit by. This experience
led Gardner to write Change Your Words, Change Your World,
a 2012 best-selling book published by Hay House Inc. The book
continues the message the video began, DeKay said.
Gardner is a qualified Heal Your Life coach who trained in this discipline
to help people re-shape their inner dialogues and take back their lives.
She is a clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. Gardner conducts
self-development workshops in the U.K. and has delivered corporate seminars
in such locales as London, Cairo and Scotland.
Gardner is also a writer and online content specialist. She began her
varied career in newspaper marketing and feature writing before going
online and establishing her own company, Purplefeather, in 2003.
DeKay said that by divine intervention, the original keynote speaker
that was scheduled for the summit cancelled unexpectedly. He contacted
Gardner and she volunteered to speak about her video.
Peggy DeKay will speak three times at the summit. She is a professional
book coach, instructor and speaker. She opens all of her classes
and workshops with Gardners video, said DeKay.
Tickets can be purchased for the two day
summit for $199. For more information or to register for The Business
of Writing International Summit, visit www.BusinessofWritingSummit.com.
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