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  • Early-Bird Savings
  • Exploring Self-Publishing
  • Special Sessions with Steven James
  • Pick a Genre, Any Genre
Early-Bird SavingsWe suspect that the thought of heading to sunny California for the first Writer’s Digest Conference West has you anxious to reserve your spot. Good news-early-bird registration is now open, and when you book by July 19, you’ll save a bundle. Happy booking … we’ll see you in Hollywood!


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Exploring Self-Publishing

This year, Writer’s Digest Conference West features a special, three-session education track dedicated to self-publishing.

First, in A Self-Publishing Author’s Guide to Contracts, you’ll learn from agent and attorney Dana Newman about often overlooked contract issues, what to agree to (and to avoid!) and how to protect your rights.

Next, Keith Ogorek, SVP of Marketing for Author Solutions and a self-published author, will share his tips and tricks for effective self-marketing in his session Seven Secrets of Successful Self-Publishing.

And finally, sit in on our special panel, Self-Publishing in the Real World: What to Expect, What to Do, and How to Do It, and learn the truths, benefits and challenges of self-publishing.

If you’re considering pursuing, or have already dived into the self-publishing world, these sessions are a must.


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Special Sessions with Steven James

Critically acclaimed author Steven James takes time during his two sessions to discuss his view of what it takes to craft a great story.

In his first session, Story Trumps Structure, James explains why your story must be free to follow its own path, rather than a predetermined structure that’s been identified as “most correct” by writing instructors, writing texts, and popular fiction.

Then, in Six Secrets to Novel Writing No One Ever Told You , James shares his secrets to writing a successful novel. Find out what he and other respected writers do that most do not, and learn how you can apply those lessons to your own work. You’ll not only improve your chances for publication, but also learn how to produce the best work possible.


“[Steven James is] A master storyteller at the peak of his game.” -Publishers Weekly


See all the Speakers at this year’s Writer’s Digest Conference West.


Pick a Genre, Any GenreWhatever your genre of choice, WDC West has a session for you. From fantasy to romance and beyond, you’ll get the chance to listen to some of the best in the business talk about writing and publishing within your specific genre.

In How to Make a Career Out of Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Philip Athans, a New York Times best-selling author and editor, shares insider secrets on how to craft and sell stories in these otherworldly genres.

In The Keys to Writing Successful YA and Middle Grade Fiction , respected agent Mary Kole offers a look into what’s working in the Middle Grade and YA categories. Learn how to take advantage of the market and make sure you’re positioned for success.

James Scott Bell will teach you how to solve the mystery of generating conflict and suspense in everything you write. Learn how to keep the readers turning pages from one of the best in the business in Mastering Conflict & Suspense.


See the full session line-up.

Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill, President

International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association

The Epicurean Explorer
Books By Hills Success With Writing Where & What in the World
Member: Society of Professional Journalists

CityRoom, JustLuxe, The Epoch Times, Big Blend, Spa Review Magazine, Global Writes

Finalist in the Writing and Publishing category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, “$uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book,”