On the weekend of May 21-23, Hugo House presents its first writers’ conference, Finding Your Readers in the 21st Century, exploring the changing landscape of publishing and the options available to writers for getting their work out in the world and into the hands of readers. While the conference will certainly include the traditional publishing models, its chief focus is showcasing new possibilities that writers may not be aware of, from e-publishing to the Espresso Book Machine.
Panels and workshops are led by Alan Rinzler, executive editor of Jossey-Bass Publishing; Barbara Sjoholm, author, editor and cofounder of Seal Press; Matthew Stadler, cofounder of Clear Cut Press; and Jeff VanderMeer, author of “Booklife,” among many other authors, agents, publishers and booksellers, all offering hands-on, practical tools of the writing business that writers can use to promote themselves and their work directly to readers, from creating a pre-pub platform to building their own websites and blogs.
Registration for Finding Your Readers in the 21st Century is $300/$270 for Hugo House members and begins on April 13. To register, visit hugohouse.org, or call (206) 322-7030. Complete descriptions of workshops, panels and presenters can be found at hugohouse.org.