David Farland
David Farland
David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who has penned nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Along the way, he has also worked as a creative writing instructor, a video game designer, and a movie producer. In 1991, Dave was invited to act as a judge for the Writers of the Future Contest, the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy writing contest for new authors, and was soon promoted to the position of Coordinating Judge. Recently, Dave accepted the position of Director of Storytelling for a new animation studio, Crocodiles Not Waterlilies Entertainment, where he will help guide the company’s production of books, video games, and animated films. Dave has also worked as something of an acquisitions consultant for publishers. In 1992 and 1993, he worked for Gibbs Smith Publishers, helping them find manuscripts for children’s books, and he recently accepted a similar position for Tor books.

The Business of Writing

4-hour Master Class $81.00
Class is limited to 20 students
Thursday, June 8th, 12pm – 4pm

a) Writing–Where Your Money Comes from: Advances, royalties, foreign sales, movie rights, gaming rights, and so on.
b) Managing cash flow–Advances, payment schedules, dealing with the ups and downs.
c) Negotiating deals–what to avoid in contracts, what you can ask your publisher to do, what to pay for other people to do, signing with an agent.
d) Dealing with the Tax Man
e) Dealing with cash overflow–What do I do with all of that money? Investing in yourself, and for retirement.

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How to Plot a Writing Career

8-hour Master Class $160.00
Class is limited to 20 students
Part 1: Friday, June 9th, 2pm -6pm
Part 2: Saturday, June 10th, 2pm-6pm

Many new authors learn how to write a book but never learn how to develop and manage a career.  Thus, they shoot themselves in the foot before they ever start.

a) Your goal is NOT to write a book, it is to develop a career as a “Superlead” writer.  What’s the difference between the two?
b) Defining yourself as an author.  Creating a vision for who you will become, what to sell.
c) Entering the market–Launching yourself to bestsellerdom.  In this class we will cover such things as how to “build your list.” This includes such things as building a website, creating an image, using Facebook and social media, doing book signings, etc.
d) Platforming.  With each book that you write, your previous sales act as a platform.  In this class we will talk about platform building, platform jumping, co-opting other writers’ fans, and so on.
e) Plotting a career. What kinds of novels to write, creating a bestselling series, when to release novels, when to sell books, how to throw an auction, etc.

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