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Marketing Case Studies

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Open Book (Target Performance Hall)

1011 Washington Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN

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In today’s fast-paced and highly saturated publishing environment, a book’s success is often dependent on a creative and ambitious marketing endeavor. Professionals representing a variety of publishing markets will present case studies on real marketing campaigns that helped their books find success in today’s crowded market. Panelist will explore the goals and strategies driving their campaigns, challenges faced, and how each campaign helped effectively bring its book to the people who matter most—readers. This luncheon is a great opportunity for authors, editors, publishers, and fellow marketing and publicity professionals to learn about successful marketing campaigns and gain inspiration for new ways to promote their own content.


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Vanessa Wright is currently a senior publicist at Llewellyn Publications. She has previously worked as an acquisitions editor for Llewellyn and was a bookseller and manager with Barnes and Noble for over five years. Vanessa will be focusing on the importance of making it personal in a successful publicity campaign. Her presentation will focus on an especially successful campaign that thrived because of the personalization behind her outreach. And the importance of making it personal in publicity also extends to relationships with clients and authors. These personal touches allow a successful publicity campaign to rise above the basic steps of creating a publicity plan, selecting a media list, and sending out a press release. While these steps might help a publicist stay organized, the practice of making it personal will help her land the hard-hitting media outlets that every publicist dreams of scoring for her clients.

After a twenty-plus year career in the music business, Steve Roth switched media formats and began working for The Quarto Group in 2011 (then known as Quayside Publishing). Steve is a senior marketing manager, creating marketing and publicity campaigns for books on gardening, rural living, travel, and pop culture. Originally from the east coast, Steve has lived in the Twin Cities area since 1994. Steve will cover the now year-plus campaign for the Cool Springs Press title She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, published January 15, 2017. He will focus on the ways a very traditional marketing campaign can still be effective when executed properly, coupled with the timeliness and trendiness of the book’s subject and great content. Steve will also discuss how to lead a successful marketing campaign, even when the author does not have a strong social media footprint. The success of the She Sheds campaign continues in 2018 as a backlist title with more upcoming national media—building the author’s brand, launching a new product line, and setting up her next book, due out in fall 2018.

Dan Verdick is the director of national sales for Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, the distribution arm of the global wholesaler. Dan has worked extensively in publicity, marketing, and sales in his publishing career, and his marketing successes include booking authors on many of the biggest media outlets in the market, including CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, USA Today, and more. Dan’s presentation will cover a couple of the lead nonfiction title campaigns he led for IB Tauris, a publisher client based in the UK working to break into the US market. Themes will include: What—and when—is a marketing plan? Basic rules to live by when marketing a book, and why killer copy—and the right copy—is more important than ever.


Where & When
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Wednesday, January 24; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Registration Information
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at noon. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door.

We also offer a limited number of student tickets (with a student ID): $15 in advance, and $20 on the day of the lunch.

If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.


Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
* Meters along 10th and 11th; most cost $1.00/hour
* Guthrie ramp. Enter on 9th Ave (between Washington & 2nd Street S)
* Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum


RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL FRIDAY, January 19, AT NOON.

If you prefer to pay at the door by cash or check, please email reservations@publishersroundtable.org with your reservation request.


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