Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams [additional ticket required]

Friday Nov 02   09:30 AM to 04:30 PM (7 hours)
Lunch for Workshop Attendees   12:30 PM to 01:30 PM (1 hour)

This workshop will be available to those who have purchased full registration to The 2018 Independent Authors Conference. You may purchase a workshop ticket if you have already registered for the conference, or purchase workshops and conference registration together.


Terry Whalin has written biographies on Billy Graham, Luis Palau, Chuck Colson and many others. He has co-authored books with more than a dozen people primarily in the Christian market. Also he has worked as an acquisitions editor at two Christian publishers: David C. Cook and Howard Books. He takes this experience as a writer and editor and will pour it into the information in this continuing session on how to Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams. 

What you will learn:

  • 12 Ways to Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams
  • Understanding today’s Christian market conditions and ideas on how to overcome them
  • What it’s like to walk in the editor’s shoes
  • The current state of Christian Publishing
  • 8 Characteristics of successful writers
  • The importance of the pitch
  • Fiction vs. Nonfiction – the critical first impression
  • Critical strategies and elements for a book proposal
  • Six-figure advances
  • Contracts and agents
  • How to understand and negotiate a book contract
  • Ideas, questions and resources to get a literary agent
  • How to be proactive in promotion but not high maintenance
  • How to look ahead or know if you are a one book wonder
  • How to repurpose your content
  • Platform building ideas


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Morgan James Publishing
Acquisitions Editor