Liveblog @WritersDigest #WDCW2013

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Lulu is excited to be heading to the annual Writer’s Digest Conference in Los Angeles this weekend, where writers from all over the world gather to further their education in both the craft and business of being a writer.  We’ll be reporting live from the event throughout on Twitter and here, so tune in often for updates.

This year’s list of speakers and presentations is quite impressive and includes an appearance by Lulu’s own Dan Dillon, who will be speaking on a panel about the new frontiers in self-publishing.  Of course, we will be providing coverage of the self-publishing side of the conference with blog updates on what we are learning from the experts on site. Some of the sessions will include:

  • Self-Publishing Now – Phil Sexton, Publisher at Writer’s Digest, will be discussing the state of self-publishing today, including the biggest industry news, most recent success stories, and insights into the growth of hybrid authors.
  • Writing and Editing the Breakaway Self-Published Book – Red Room CEO and Editor in Chief Ivory Madison will be discussing methods and best practices that help authors blast through writer’s block and quickly develop skills to be a better editor of their work.
  • Mythbusting: Traditional Publishing vs. DIY Publishing – Roy M. Carlisle, a veteran of 36 years in traditional publishing, dispels the myths about self-publishing and examines the bold truth about why DIY options are trumping traditional publishing in very important, career-making ways.
  • Congratulations! You Published It – Now How Do You Sell It? – A panel discussion with top industry experts discussing everything from “what can you do to help ensure people find your book?” to “what makes the difference between readers saying ‘not interested’ and “I’ve got to have that?”
  • New Frontiers in Self-Publishing – Panel of industry insiders looks to shed light on where self-publishing is headed and how it will affect authors.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in the way of awesome information that will be coming out of the conference, so check back as we will be frequently updating from onsite. You can also participate directly in the conversation on Twitter under the hashtag: #WDCW13

If you have any particular questions you’d like to have answered or sessions or speakers you would like us to cover, please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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