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Utah's 2018 Book Marketing Symposium @ The Viridian, March 23, 2018

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Viridian Event Center

8030 South 1825 West

West Jordan, UT 84088

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Organized by volunteers from the League of Utah Writers, the LDS Publishing Professionals Association, the Utah and Southern Idaho chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Utah Horror Writers, and the Utah Romance Writers of America, the Utah's Book Marketing Conference (UBMC, pronounced "Uhb Mac") is all about how to market and sell your novels, short stories, children's books, and non-fiction. Come to our first-ever symposium and listen to the experts teach tips, tools, trends, principles, and strategies for marketing and selling your writing. Network with other writers and authors and talk to book promoters and marketers. Writers and authors at any stage in their writing adventures will benefit from this informative conference.

Learn more about UBMC's 2018 Symposium on our website (click HERE) or on our Facebook Page (click HERE).


We think book covers are a BIG deal when it comes to marketing a book and for that reason we've organized the annual UBMC Book Cover Contest. In conjunction with the symposium, we're holding a book cover contest that is open to anyone who would like to participate. One does not have to register for or attend the annual meeting to participate in the book cover contest. For Submission Rules and Formatting and to submit a contest entry, visit http://www.ubmcon.com/2018-book-cover-contest. The cost is $10 per entry (limit of two entries per person) and you purchase the tickets here on Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please contact us at info.ubmc@gmail.com


Writing & Publishing to Young Readers – Karl Beckstrand

Award-winning author and college media instructor, Karl Beckstrand, shares steps to captivating children's book readers. Children will always want stories, but they now have many delivery choices (and children’s books are, perhaps, the most competitive genre). How do you write a children’s book/ebook and get it to your target audience? How do you inspire curiosity? Bestselling bilingual author Karl Beckstrand presents how to develop and hone your story, how to make it stand out, and how to get it to the consumer. He offers tips on what to avoid and shares how to find an agent, illustrator (if self-publishing), and editor. Participants will learn where to find collaborators and publishers, where to convert a book into an ebook, and tips on getting reviews and awards. Come listen to Beckstrand discuss marketing—including to schools, libraries, and non-bookstore venues.

Five Secrets to Great Back Cover Copy: Turning Readers From Browsers To Buyers – Julie Coulter Bellon

Besides a professional looking cover, the back cover copy is an author's biggest marketing tool. You want toNEED to!capture your audience with a professional and compelling blurb. So many authors dread this part of the process, but this class will show you a step-by-step process to make your back cover copy shine and turn your potential readers from browsers to buyers! Come listen to professional editor, back cover copy writer, and romantic suspense novelist, Julie Coulter Bellon, layout how to write great back cover copy.

The Publishing Industry: Industry to Reader – Maxwell Alexander Drake

The worst thing about how difficult it is to get a book published is that, once you have a published book, you realize that was the easy part. The hard part is getting your book into the hands of readers. Fans, Book Signings, Fan Conventions, Libraries, Conferences, Reviewers, Critiques, Blogs, Social Marketing, Retail Stores, Interviews… are any of them worth the time, money, or effort? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he takes you on the journey into the true job of an author – marketing and selling books.

Million Dollar Book Signings – David Farland

New York Times bestselling author, David Farland, will show you how to throw a proper book signing by building a list of followers online, promoting it properly, choosing the right venue, building a public image, planning, and so on. Particularly for middle-grade and picture-book authors, this can help launch a major writing career. David once held the Guinness Record for the world's largest book signing.

Seven Secrets to an Award-Winning Book Cover: The Science Behind a Good Book Cover – Brian Halley

Authors spend a lifetime researching, writing, and improving their craft to be good enough to spell out an idea, story, training, or experience. However, they overlook one huge aspect of the book, the cover design. Learn the Seven Secrets to an Award-Winning book cover design so you can make the right decisions when you hire a designer to do your own award-winning book cover. Join professional graphic artist and book cover designer, Brian Halley, as he teaches how to make your book cover shine.

Using Your Mailing List to Increase Your Sales, Fanbase, and Reviews – Elana Johnson

In today's book selling market, finding and accessing fans is ABSOLUTELY critical. Hands-down one of the best ways to do this is through your mailing list. Come learn how to build your newsletter list and then use that warm audience to turn readers into super fans and your best reviewers. See how your mailing list, along with other marketing tools, can help you increase your sales no matter where you are in your writing career.

How to Successfully Market Non-fiction: Five Things that All Non-Fiction Writers Need to Know – Abel Keogh

Believe it or not, marketing non-fiction books is easier and more straightforward than marketing fiction. With more tools at your disposal, you can quickly identify your target audience and figure out the most effective way to reach them. In this class, fiction and non-fiction author, Abel Keogh, will teach you five tips and tricks that can help you build your audience and keep your non-fiction books selling for years to come.

Build Your Amazon Author Brand – Heather B. Moore

Build your Amazon author brand by utilizing Author Central, increasing your number of Amazon reviews, categorizing your book properly, putting in the right key words into your book description, brand blasting, increasing your followers, creating a reader magnet and call to action, and deciding if Kindle Unlimited is right for you. USA Today bestselling author, book entrepreneur, and master marketer, Heather B. Moore, teachers how building your Amazon brand will help get your stories into the hands of more readers.

How to Sell Books on Auto Pilot (AKA: Newsletter Automation) – Andrea Pearson

Are you an author or writer who wants to learn more about newsletter automation sequences and set-it-and-forget-it tactics? Come learn from the pro herself! Successful indie author, Andrea Pearson, will teach a drip campaign that will sell your books for years. Your key to converting readers into fans is here!

The ROI of Book Marketing – Lareen Strong

You’ve spent countless hours writing, editing, and publishing your book. Learn through this interactive workshop how to calculate your Return On Investment and NOT spend more money marketing your book than you can afford. Explore how to get your money's worth with 20-plus-year digital and print marketing veteran and current Director of Marketing for Gibbs Smith Publisher, Lareen Strong.

Market Using Your Fans’ Creativity – Nikki Trionfo

Reading a blockbuster book takes, what, 5 hours? Add in the time consuming the series and movies and you’re up to 150 hours. So that’s how long you’ve spent with Harry Potter, right? Wrong. Your nephew plays Potter piano music. Your daughter practices spells. Good marketing gives readers a heads up that a book is available, but great marketing allows readers to expand the essence of the story, use it, and make it their own. Even with a small budget, you can market with an eye toward User-Generated Content (UGC), which encourages your fans to build within the worlds you create. Let your fans make your worlds bigger, more fun, and ultimately more valuable to your bottom line. Director of Public Relations for the annual Storymakers Conference, Nikki Trionfo, teaches a unique approach to fan-based book marketing.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact the Symposium organizers via email: info.ubmc@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds for registration, but you may transfer or sell your registration to another person. If you have any questions, contact us via email: info.ubmc@gmail.com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring your ticket. When you arrive, let us know who you are and we can check you in.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer or sell your registration to another person.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


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