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Superstars: from writer to professional writer

The Superstars Writing Seminar is one of the only seminars I know of that focuses on the profession as opposed to the craft. You can find craft seminars right and left, but finding one that focuses on the business side of writing is a little more difficult. And the 2014 edition is fast approaching (February 6–8, 2014).

From the Superstars website:

Superstars Writing Seminars, founded in 2010, is unique among writing seminars. The curriculum is focused on teaching writers the business of being successful in the publishing industry. The instructors are chosen from the top of the industry and include International Bestselling Authors, Top Editors, Indie Publishing Platform Managers, and many more. The only focus at Superstars is to teach you how to have a successful writing career by sharing how those at the top of the industry manage their careers.

The 2014 instructors are Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, Rebecca Moesta, James A. Owen, David Farland, and Eric Flint. There’s a couple of published books between those guys. And this year they will be joined by three guest instructors: Mark Leslie Lefebvre of Kobo, Lisa Mangum of Shadow Mountain, and Diana Gill of Harper Voyager.

I separate the benefits of Superstars into three categories. First, it teaches you how to be a professional. In other words, not just a writer, but a professional writer. Second, it teaches you about the radically changing landscape of the publishing business. In fact, change is happening so fast that many attendees of the seminar come back year after year. The industry is changing so much even from year to year that getting together once year to talk about it with a group of such accomplished professionals seems like a minimum to keep up with it. Third, it provides an already built network of professional writers at different points in their careers and with different views that a writer can call on to deal with all the challenges brought these changes.

If you are looking for a seminar about the business of being a writer, then this is the one I recommend.

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Self Publishing Podcast

Johnny, Sean, and Dave over at The Self Publishing Podcast were gracious enough to have me on their most recent podcast. The video is available on YouTube. I join in around the 10:40 mark. We talked about a number of legal issues, ranging from how writers obtain copyright, whether to register your copyright and why, the use of and concern over trademarks as they relate to what writers do, the right way to structure a collaboration with an eye toward potential legal problems, etc.

I’ll post a link to the their blog post covering this particular cast when it goes live.

[9/19/13] And here is their blog post!

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Listen to this: Self-Publishing Podcast – Killing the Sacred Cows

Episode 71 of the Self-Publishing Podcast features Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, talking about the new world of publishing. It’s always worth your time to listen to what Dean and Kris have to say.

From the SPP website:

We spoke to two very well-known names in indie publishing (which they refer to as “the new world of publishing,” Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I’ve been wanting to talk to Kris and Dean for a while and we’ve gotten a lot of listener requests about it, so finally Mark from Kobo (poor guy, we’ll never be able to call him by his full name because he’s forever “Mark from Kobo”) made the introduction.

It might be worth checking out the YouTube video for this episode to watch Sean’s antics as he vehemently agrees with 99% of what they say, going so far as to make hugging and other gestures the whole time.

SPP is Johnny B Truant, Sean Platt and Dave Wright. If you are new to SPP, it is worth your time to dig through their old episodes.

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