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Diamonds in the Rough is a dedicated to everything that happens after you write the book. It's time to polish and shine. Diamonds is taking a different approach to the writing conference. We are maxing out attendees at 125 people so that you have close access to each other and the special guests. There are no keynote addresses. Instead we are having in-depth Q&As, mini-workshops, and panel sessions with immersive discussion and how-tos so that you get the real knowledge you need, right now, so that you can go and apply all you learn immediately for maximum impact.

We believe that having a deep comprehension of editing, revision, and multiple layers of critiques, as well as understanding the importance of knock-out visual branding, and high-powered marketing will lead to:

  • bolder and more beautiful prose
  • a better story
  • better and more reviews
  • increased sales
  • longer book life
  • increased confidence
  • money and time saved!

Diamonds in the Rough will shine a light on the following:

  • what editors should look for in an author and story
  • what authors should look for in editors, formatters, critique partners and groups, etc.
  • the different types of editing and their purpose
  • how indie service providers price their services
  • personal and book branding
  • formatting and interior design
  • printing and digital
  • distribution -- direct, online, libraries, book stores
  • marketing, publicity and promotion
  • querying and book blurbs
  • and more!!!

One-on-one critiques with a New York Times bestselling author or an editor are limited and available for an additional fee.

Seasoned editors, aspiring editors, and serious writers will benefit from this immersive conference.


See the CONFIRMED SPEAKERS below!

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To grab a FREE ticket to the AUTHOR SIGNING event, Diamonds in the Desert, which takes place on Sunday, February 24, 2019, please go to: DiamondsintheDesert.eventbrite.com

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REFUND POLICY: Full refunds are available up to 60 days from purchase or until December 31, 2018, whichever comes first. From 61-180 days from purchase, 50% refund is available until December 31, 2018. NO REFUNDS 181+ days from purchase for any reason. NO REFUNDS after December 31, 2018 for any reason.



  • Jennifer Sommersby

    Jennifer Sommersby

    Jennifer Sommersby/Eliza Gordon

    Author; Copy/Line editor

  • Katie M. John

    Katie M. John

    Author; Editor; ChapterCon UK founder


  • Rae Carson

    Rae Carson

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

    of award-winning fantasy and science fiction

  • L.P. Dover

    L.P. Dover

    NY Times & USA Today bestselling author

    hybrid author represented by Corvisiero Literary Agency

  • Joel Eisenberg

    Joel Eisenberg

    Council Tree Productions

    Writer-Screenwriter-Producer

  • Abbi Glines

    Abbi Glines

    #1 NY Times Bestselling Author


  • Kendall Grey

    Kendall Grey

    Award-winning Author


  • Martha Mihalick

    Martha Mihalick

    Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins)

    Executive Editor

  • CJ Redwine

    CJ Redwine

    NY Times bestselling author

    Ravenspire Series

  • Nadège Richards

    Nadège Richards

    Inkstain Design Studios

    award-winning visual branding expert

  • Maria Rosera

    Maria Rosera

    The Paisley Editor


  • Carol Saller

    Carol Saller

    Chicago Manual of Style Editor

    Author of The Subversive Copy Editor

  • Victoria Rae Schmitz

    Victoria Rae Schmitz

    Crimson Tide Editorial

    owner; editor

  • BJ Sheldon

    BJ Sheldon

    Award-winning Author


  • Tish Thawer

    Tish Thawer

    Award-winning Author

    of Paranormal Romance

  • Dan Wood

    Dan Wood

    Draft2Digital

    Director of Author Relations


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