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GREENSBORO—There's a lot that goes on between finishing a manuscript and selling millions of copies of your book. It's the business side of the book industry, and for the unitiated, it can sometimes feel like alchemy. 

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 21, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Registration is now open.

Once your book is published, that's when the real work begins. But the NCWN 2018 Spring Conference has plenty of classes to help you navigate the ins and outs of the book biz.

Brandon Huffman, the founding attorney at Odin Law and Media, will lead the session "Basic Law for Writers."

In this legal overview seminar, Brandon will discuss the fundamentals of the law of written works. Specifically, the presentation will cover basics of copyright for writers, copyright infringement, trademark, libel, slander and privacy and other content concerns. After an overview, the floor will be open to questions and the course will take an interactive approach to diving deeper into issues about which the audience has specific questions. This course is intended to leave writers with a sense of what legal issues they should consider as they begin creating their works.

"How to Start Submitting" will be led by Anne Anthony, co-editor of an anthology of flash fiction intended for readers with memory impairments, The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory (March, 2018).

You’ve worked hard. First draft. Edits. Reviews. More edits. Second and third and more-than-you-can-count drafts. You’re ready to publish your short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction essays or poems. Now all you have left to do is submit your work to journals or magazines. Simple, right? In today’s ever-changing publication landscape, figuring out where and how to send your work can be confusing and overwhelming. This workshop covers the submissions process from beginning to end with the overall goal towards publication.

You will learn:

  • How to research markets to find the right journal for your poems and prose.
  • How to submit your work to publications using Submittable.
  • How to track your submissions using Duotrope.
  • How to consider alternative markets like Medium or other writing platforms.
  • How to interpret rejection responses received from editors.

This workshop is for writers new to the submissions process or more seasoned writers who want to learn more about online tools. Note: This workshop does not cover submissions to agents or publishers for novels or other longer form fiction or nonfiction.

Additional conference programming includes "Lunch with an Author" (only available to those who pre-register); faculty readings and open mics; and the fourth annual Slush Pile Live! where poetry and prose will be read aloud in two rooms in front of panels of editors and publishers, who will raise their hands as soon as they hear something in the pieces that would make them stop reading if they came across the submission in a slush pile.

Register now.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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