Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2014

< Return to Workshops October 7 – October 12, 2014
Peter Jacobi

Peter P. Jacobi

Peter is professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University and a consultant with magazines and corporations, helping CEOs, writers, and editors learn to express their ideas more effectively. His articles have appeared in World Book, the New York Times, Highlights, …

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Alison Green Myers

Alison Green Myers

Alison Green Myers is a National Writing Fellow and Literacy Specialist. She specializes in connecting curriculum-driven instruction to creative writing and language work.

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Bobbie Combs of We Love Children's Books

Bobbie Combs

Bobbie has spent over 30 years exploring every corner of the children’s book publishing industry. Her career has taken her from manager of a children’s independent bookstore to children’s buyer and children’s sales/marketing director of a book distributor to freelance …

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“Peter Jacobi’s Life in the Spotlight gave me the jump start I needed to overcome my fear of public speaking and publicity, in a group setting. Peter warmly gave us one-to-one attention to help us build confidence through reading, interviewing, and performing on-site school presentations. The lectern has become a good friend.”
Lori Ries, author of Aggie and Ben, Three Stories (an Oregon Book Award Finalist); Super Sam; Mrs. Fickle’s Pickles; Fix It, Sam!and Punk Wig. Lori now promotes her work through school visits, author signings, and conferences. Life in the Spotlight, 2006.

“The setting is informal. The camaraderie is long-lasting. And the food is to die for...Actually, I think of it more as a coming-down-to-earth experience. In addition to all the delicious food and hilarious fun, we each "endured" the scrutiny of experts who were not shy about telling us how we could improve.”
Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Life in the Spotlight 2009

“Peter expertly coached us on polishing our presentation skills, gave us tips on presenting a successful talk, and reading from a script ...and gave us valuable information on how to deal with different aspects of radio, television, newspapers, and magazines.”
Marty Rhodes Figley, Life in the Spotlight 2012. Read her blog post here.

Workshop Description

It’s for the published author to determine how much time and energy should be invested in selling self and product, but if the most is to be made of a book and author in the marketplace, then personal efforts must follow that publication date. This workshop not only introduces the participants to publicity techniques and the fine points needed to create fruitful relationships with the media, but it offers instruction, practice, and a real-life school experience for each enrollee in the development of public speaking and presentation skills. Fine-tune your presentation and marketing skills with a workshop that offers:

  • useful strategies for creating and delivering engaging talks;
  • videotaped public-speaking sessions and school presentations with useful feedback;
  • tips for marketing yourself to schools, libraries, and other potential venues;
  • information on developing brochures, Web sites, and other useful promotional tools; and
  • helpful pointers for working with the media to promote yourself and your work.

You’ll also receive an overview of various social media venues and how to make eConnections with your fans. Then, we’ll assist you in coming up with an individualized social media plan.

Workshop Information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, October 12, with breakfast.

Event Cost: $1245
Price Includes:Transportation from airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless internet.