Register for The Authors’ Zone Writers Conference here—https://tazwrites.eventbrite.com

$99 Early Bird Special – $119TICKETS

This TAZ writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, discuss your manuscript with an editor (optional), get your questions answered, network with like-minded authors and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (120 total).

Please Note: There will be 2 workshops/panels going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

8 to 8:40– Registration and continental breakfast

AM workshops

8:50 to 9:50

Session 1. Diversity in writing—

Session2. Legal Considerations-  

10am to 11am Your choice of Panels

Panel 1. Podcasting

Panel 2. Self vs Traditional Publishing

11:10 to 12:10

Session1.Journal Writing and your book

Session2. Writers Tools

Sharon Flake

12:15 to 1:30 Lunch,  Keynote Sharon Flake. With millions of books in print, Sharon G. Flake has earned an international reputation as one of the top children and young adult authors in the field.  Her breakout novel  The Skin I’m In, established her reputation as a must-read author with middle and high school students, as well as  teachers, parents,and librarians.  Flake has penned nine novels, including Unstoppable Octobia May, and her first picture book, You Are Not A Cat.  Her work has been translated into French, Korean, Italian and Portuguese.  

Book sales after lunch

PM Workshops

1:40 -2:40

Session 1. Grant Writing-

Session 2. Memoir Writing-

2:50 to 3:50

Session 1. Writing Unforgettable fiction

Session 2. Research

3:55 to 4:55 Panel – Marketing/social media

Looking to get more out of the conference?

Sign-up for a one-on-one session with an agent or publishing consultant

During the conference, we’re offering a limited number of 15- minute manuscript consultations with publishing consultants and editors.

These appointments may be used to discuss your book idea, review your book proposal and/or query letter, or for a general chat about the industry with an insider. Please note that appointment slots are limited and that once they have sold out, no more will be made available

If you wish to sign up for a publishing consultation, please email Anna Marie -info@theauthorszone.com

Cost is an additional $35

How to Register: Reach out to Anna Marie -info@theauthorszone.com..

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)

WHENSaturday, September 10, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) –

WHEREDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown – 1 Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219















Joyce Faulkner offers advice for an aspiring novelist-whether you start with a story idea or with a character, plotting is fundamental.

plath outlineSylvia Plaths’ outline for The Bell Jar

TAZ Tips&TricksPlotting


A good or bad book cover can make or break a good book

book covers


How much do I Charge for my Ebook?  http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/what-is-the-value-of-an-ebook-hint-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-cost-of-paper-and-ink/



 You just wrote the next great American novel, now how do you find a literary agent?


literary agent


Subsidy Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What’s the Difference?


You wrote a book, now what to do? Finding a publisher is proving to be difficult. Self or Subsidy, which is best? What is the difference? You’ve written a really good book. You are sure that people would buy it. However, you didn’t realize how difficult it is to find a publisher. So now you are looking at self or subsidy publishing. But, what’s the difference, what should you expect if you go with one or the other? Publisher ads can make the process even more confusing.

Traditional publishers handle everything from purchasing the manuscript for the author to cover and inside design-printing-marketing and distribution under its own imprint. The author is not expected to pay any of these expenses. The books are owned by the publisher and remain in the publisher’s possession until sold; the author receives a portion of sales in the form of royalties.

The subsidy publisher also distributes books under its own imprint. They do not purchase manuscripts; instead the subsidy publisher requires authors to pay for the cost of publication. Publishers that requests a fee from the author are subsidy publishers with university publishers or scholarly presses being the exception. Similar to commercial publishers, the books are owned by the publisher and remain in the publisher’s possession and the authors receive royalties.

A self-publishing author pays for the cost of designing, printing, and distributing his or her book. Frequently, the author invents and registers a publishing “imprint.” Self-published books are the property of the author and usually remain in the author’s possession; all sales proceeds belong to the author.

A “printer” or “book producer” is a company that works with self-publishing authors to produce professional-quality books. Companies like this are not publishers in the traditional sense of the word. They do offer a range of book production services (such as design and printing), and they might offer marketing, distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. (“Fulfillment” includes order processing, book shipping, and customer invoicing.)

Whether you self-publish or use a subsidy publisher, you need to know what types of services you are paying for. Don’t sign any contract without first reviewing it closely and if possible, have an attorney review the contents of the document.

Some questions to consider;

1. Who owns the book?

2. Will I receive royalties or all sales proceeds? If the answer is “royalties,” you’re dealing with a subsidy house.

3.  Where will the books be housed? A subsidy publisher will keep all books except for a few “author copies.” A printer or book producer will give you the option of storing the books yourself, or paying for warehousing. In either case, the books belong to you.

4. Who sends books to reviewers, and who pays for it?

5. How much control will you have over the production process?

6. Who handles marketing and advertising? In most cases , this will be you.

7. How much will it cost? Unless money is no object, publishing a book can be costly.

  • Traditional — the Publisher takes on the financial responsibility of publishing the book and receives the majority of the proceeds. The author receives a royalty and discounts on the purchase of his/her book.
  • Subsidy — the Publisher and the Author share the financial responsibility for the project and the rewards…in varying proportions depending on the business model of the publisher.
  • Self/Publisher ISBN — the Author is responsible for all of the costs and pays the Publisher for services. The Author then receives the  largest  share of the proceeds and the Publisher receives a fee for each book ordered.  The individual contract with the publisher will determine how much. Some publishers own the ISBN and the self published author is considered an “imprint.” Some self published authors prefer to own their own ISBN and do the registration themselves.


Digital Printing and Content Marketing Ideas




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Full day conference September 10, 2016—Author Awards Ceremony , October 20, 2016