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CIR Mini-ConferenceSeptember 24: A one-day blitz of educational sessions, networking, and sales in Indianapolis. Are you excited? Let’s get ready!

The Conference

The morning will be a mini-conference full of helpful guidance through the world of self-publishing and marketing. A great lineup of sessions will be offered, with an additional time to network with qualified service vendors for art, cover design, editing, etc. Plus, sign up for a photoshoot with a professional photographer for an author headshot that will relate to readers and sell books!

Clean Indie Reads logoRegistration places are non-refundable after July 31 but with proper notice are transferable without fee to another attendee. So if you register and decide after the deadline that you cannot come after all, you can sell or give your registration to another person to use, just let us know to update our records!

We will be meeting in the Franklin Road branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, where our book fair will also take place later in the afternoon.

The cost to attend the mini-conference is just $25, and registration is open. Note additional fees apply to extra options, such as the professional photoshoot and book fair selling space.

We will be selecting and announcing additional sessions and speakers as submission progresses.

Volunteering

We need volunteers to help make this awesome. Volunteering can be helping authors find their tables for the fair, handing out name tags at check-in, setting up tables or chairs for sessions, or online/in-person promotions before the day of the event. Please consider completing the volunteer section on the registration form!

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10:30 - 11:15 10 Steps to Better Time and Stress Management for Authors

How do you juggle a marriage, kids, a day job, volunteering at church, working with your critique group, and still have time to pursue a writing career? How do you manage the stress of so many things demanding your time and attention? Did you know it’s possible to use that stress to your advantage, rather than having it weigh you […]

12:30 - 13:20 Cover Design 101: Compelling and Marketable Graphic Design for Fiction

The writer’s craft is making art with words, rather than pictures — but in a market where books are judged by their covers, a clever title or smart turn of phrase isn’t always enough to make a sale. Learn the basics of cover layout and design, image and typeface sourcing, low-cost tools and resources, and […]

12:30 - 13:15 Self-Editing Your Manuscript for Success

Sagging middle? Wordy prose? Tighten your editing belts and trim the fat from your manuscript with proven self-editing techniques taught by award-winning author and freelancer editor Ben Wolf. In this class you’ll learn how to identify excess, sloppy writing in your manuscript and how to cut it out on both micro- and macro-editing levels. Ben Wolf is the founder […]

10:30 - 11:15 Diversity in Fiction

We’ve all heard the rallying cry behind #WeNeedDiverseBooks, but what does including diversity in our books really mean? How do we include characters of diverse backgrounds and experiences respectfully? Or should we just leave well enough alone? This session will include a longer Q&A to address specific concerns and questions from participants. Intisar Khanani grew […]

11:30 - 12:15 Authors’ Love/Hate Relationship with Book Reviews

Felita Daniels runs Lilac Reviews book blog.  When one of the professional writer’s groups she’s a member of asked her to speak about getting book reviews, it morphed into a workshop and book! Not only does she cover a variety of ways to get proper reviews, she also shares information about the land mines and […]

11:30 - 12:15 Launch on Facebook!

Facebook Launch Parties might seem simplistic on the surface, until you find your new book has made it to the Hot New Release list on Amazo n! Learn the simple steps it takes to have a truly fun Launch Party with minimal preparation, best practices, and funnest games or quests. VL Holt has run several […]

00:00 - 00:00 Be Your Own Watchdog: Protecting Your Legal Rights in Publishing

Susan Spann is a California attorney whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. Her clients include a variety of publishers, authors (traditional, self-published, and hybrid), editors, and entrepreneurs. She founded and curates the #PubLaw Twitter hashtag to provide legal and business information for authors and artists, and is also the author of the Hiro Hattori […]

00:00 - 00:00 Blogs, Tweets, Pins, Pics — Professionalism, Personality, and Branding in the Social Media Age

No, you don’t need a personal stylist to be a successful author. On the other hand, marketing is all about good impressions and creating a personal connection, so you do want to come across to readers as professional, relatable, and appropriate to your genre. Your blog, website, and social media are all parts of your author platform, […]

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Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh is an award-winning writer and popular speaker. The recipient of the 2012 Luminis Award and other accolades, she has produced works which have earned 3-star (the highest possible) ratings on Tangent’s “Recommended Reading” list. Currently, Laura has 12 titles on Amazon — 7 of her own books plus anthologies, as she’s been invited by editors […]

Victoria Holt

Victoria Holt

Victoria Holt has been writing for two decades and self-publishing for three years. A mother of six children and one daughter-in-law, her expertise lies in herding cats. Fiction as self-expression and self-preservation has given her a lifeline that she clings to with great joy and happiness. She has just completed her trilogy in the YA […]

Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different US states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to […]

Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

An artist as well as a writer, Alena has professional experience in both illustration and graphic design. Though she jokes that her Art degree is purely decorative, she has designed corporate logos, commercial literature, book covers, and marketing materials, and she also donates design services to local nonprofit organizations.

Felita Daniels

Felita Daniels

Felita Daniels runs Lilac Reviews book blog.  When one of the professional writer’s groups she’s a member of asked her to speak about getting book reviews, it morphed into a workshop and book! Not only does she cover a variety of ways to get proper reviews, she also shares information about the land mines and […]

Ben Wolf

Ben Wolf

Ben Wolf is the founder and Editor-in- Chief of Splickety Publishing Group, the parent company for three flash fiction magazines: Splickety Magazine, Splickety Love, and Havok Magazine. He is the author of Blood for Blood, a speculative fiction novel that won the Cascade Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel of 2015. His debut kids book, I’d Punch a Lion in His Eye for […]

Susan Spann

Susan Spann

Susan Spann is a California attorney whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. Her clients include a variety of publishers, authors (traditional, self-published, and hybrid), editors, and entrepreneurs. She founded and curates the #PubLaw Twitter hashtag to provide legal and business information for authors and artists, and is also the author of the Hiro Hattori […]