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Nashville Writers University

Michelle Borquez - Thornton

Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CST)

Franklin, TN

Nashville Writers University

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Nashville Writers University

A One Day Intensive Symposium

Speakers

MacGregor Literary Agency - the #1 literary agency in the US according to Publishers Weekly, Publishers Market and the AAR (Association of Authors Representiative) Chip and his team represent some of the top authors in the AB and CBA market. - Macgregorliteraryagency.com 


Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor LIterary, Inc., a full-service literary agency that works in both CBA as well as the general market. Chip has been working in the publishing industry for three decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of bestselling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner. He began working as an agent fifteen years ago, and has represented hundreds of titles, including numerous award winners and bestsellers, and one title that hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Seven years ago he began his own literary agency, and over the past five years has been one of the busiest literary agents in the United States. He works with both fiction and nonfiction titles, but the majority of the business he is currently doing is fiction. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast. 

 

Propeller - Where Ideas Take Flight, flypropeller.com

Dan Merrell grew up loving stories.  
 
As a child, he remembers the first book he had read to him (the Bible), the first movie he saw (How the West Was Won), 
the first television show he was hooked on (The Flintstones) and the music his dad exposed him to (Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley).
 
His mother tells him he used to pray often for Marshall Dillon's success, Batman & Robin's survival and Richard Kimble's search for the "one armed man."
  
His hero's trials and triumphs were just as real to him as the war going on right outside his window.  Dan's parents were Southern Baptist missionaries 
and the family was stationed in Dalat, Danang and Saigon during the Vietnam War from 1964-1974.  God knows, he has his own stories to tell about that time.
 
Nearly four decades later, Dan is still obsessed with stories.  His job as an entertainment marketing consultant centers around stories of all kinds, from books to movies.
 
Dan established PROPELLER in 2004 after two decades in the entertainment business marketing over $1billion worth of packaged goods to moms of preschool kids (don't ask).  
Dan now finds himself working with entertainment fund financing, marketing theatrical films and television series, reading screenplays as part of his job and even writing a bit in his limited spare time.
All while balancing four entrepreneurial business ventures, each involved with some type of storytelling.
 
Dan lives with his wife Debbie and their adopted greyhounds in Nashville, TN, not too far from where both Elvis and the Man in Black used to call home.  People have told him he has the most extensive
library of movies, TV series, books, games and music on the planet.  Dan's world is indeed made up of stories, not atoms.  And that's just fine with him.

Carpenter and Sons - Custom/Self Publishing, Christianbookservices.com

 

Larry Carpenter has worked in the publishing industry for over 27 years.  After obtaining his MBA at the University of North Carolina, he spent 8 years in consumer marketing at Procter & Gamble and Campbell Soup Company.  He got into the book business in 1987, joining Ingram Book Company as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing.  In 1997, he was promoted to President and CEO of Spring Arbor, the nation's largest Christian book distributor.  In 2000, he started FaithWorks, the first Christian full service distributor.  After selling his company, Carpenter joined Thomas Nelson as VP of Marketing and then became President and Publisher of Standard Publishing.  In 2010, he formed his second company, Christian Book Services.  As the President and CEO, Carpenter serves as a consultant to a wide range of clients including large publishers and first-time authors.  He publishes many of his author's books under the imprint of Carpenter's Son Publishing.

 

 

Bella Publishing  - Godcrazywithmichelleborquez.com, Godcrazy.org, Bellawomennetwork.tv (launching March 2013)

Michelle Borquez Thornton - In addition to Michelle's extensive publishing background, Michelle has worked in marketing/social media as a consultant to corporations. Co-owner of shopbellastyle.com and Bellawomennetwork.com, Michelle is a visionary, entrepreneur, business and media communications expert, with 15 plus years experience in publishing, business development, media production; producing, directing, writing, and on camera training. She is a results oriented person with excellent multi-tasking ability, organization and team building skills.


One Day Intensive Agenda

Chip MacGregor

9:00 - 10:00 Finding the Pulse - Discovering the heartbeat of your core message/ Creating your long term publishing strategy.

10:00- 10:30 Chip MacGregor Q & A

Dan Merril

10:30 - 12 The Ten Do's to Script Writing/How to Sell a Screenplay


Lunch Provided

12- 1 Lunch with the Speakers


Chip MacGregor

1-2 How to submit a Proposal/Secrets to the Publishing World


Larry Carpenter

2-3:00 - When Self/Custom Publishing Makes Sense


Michelle Borquez - Thornton/Chip MacGregor


3-4:30 - My Book is Finished. Now What?

Marketing, Social Media and Building a Platform around Your Concept


Only 30 Seats Available

We will be accepting/reviewing proposals and film screenplays that will be responded to within 45 days of the conference.


Special $99 rate for Aloft Hotel - Mention Bella Publishing Rate, Michelle Borquez



Have questions about Nashville Writers University? Contact Michelle Borquez - Thornton

When & Where


Aloft Hotel - Cool Springs
7109 South Springs Drive
Franklin, TN 37067

Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CST)


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Organizer

Michelle Borquez - Thornton

In 2005 Michelle Hosted and Co-Produced I-Life Television's SHINE with Michelle Borquez on INSP and is Director, Creator, Producer, and Host of a new 8 week DVD series for women," Live Again" After Divorce" releasing in June 2013 with Aspire Publishing. Michelle also the national spokesperson for Beth Moore’s "Loving Well" Television Special and "GLO" Bible, has authored several books, "Live Laugh Love Again," "God Crazy" and "Overcoming the Seven Deadly Emotions" with Harvest House. She has several new book releases in 2013, "Forever God Crazy," "God Crazy Freedom", and the "God Crazy Freedom Series" releasing in stores nationwide April, 2013 in conjunction with the national "God Crazy Freedom" speaking tour. Michelle has hosted and been a featured guest on hundreds of television and radio programs, including; NBC’s Midday Connection, The 700 Club, Life Today with James and Betty Robinson, Postively Texas, TBN, just to name a few.

In 1999 Michelle founded Shine, a general interest women's publication highlighting articles on fashion, travel and health. As Editor-in-Chief she interviewed well known leaders, such as First Lady Laura Bush, Anne Graham Lotz, Michael W. Smith, Kurt Warner, Chuck and Gena Norris, Beth Moore, and more. Shine published 9 years with over 40,000 subscribers.

Michelle Borquez Thornton co-owner of shopbellastyle.com and Bellawomennetwork.com, is a visionary, entrepreneur, business and media communications expert, with 15 plus years experience in publishing, business development, media production; producing, directing, writing, and on camera training. She is a results oriented person with excellent multi-tasking ability, organization and team building skills.

Michelle lives with Husband/Author Michael Thornton and four children, Joshua 20, Aaron 19, Madison, 17, and Jacob 15, in Nashville.

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