Getting it written is only the beginning; authors have to play a role in promoting their work and their brand, To maintain an edge you must offer something for aspiring authors that other publishing companies do not. And Saturday at the Book Brunch they will get the chance to see first hand a real look at what it takes to become a published author.
Broadcast journalists LeeAnn Trotter (NBC 5 Chicago) and Nikki Woods (Nikki Woods Media, formerly of WGCI 107.5 FM Chicago), and actress Cynda Williams (Mo’ Better Blues, One False Move) will join authors, filmmakers and media and marketing strategists Saturday, October 24 for 220 Publishing’s annual Book Brunch.
Book Brunch involves a full day of activities, including expert panels, networking opportunities and a book fair of 220 Publishing titles, including “The Long Way Home,” by Peyton Rose, one of two finalists for the Best Contemporary Novel (2015) by the National Indie Excellence Awards.
The Book Brunch
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8th floor of DePaul University’s Loop campus
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
General admission is free; VIP tickets are $25 and include brunch between 11 a.m. and noon. Along with tips from writers and media pros, Book Brunch will cover several genres, from self-help, to fiction and nonfiction, to children’s books. There will be a special panel on the film industry featuring regional Emmy-nominated producer Jon Ross (Mount Bayou) and director Christopher Nolen (Zodiac Sign), moderated by actress Williams, who most recently starred in Phylicia Rashad’s theater production of Immediate Family in Chicago and L.A.
Panels start at noon with “How to Pitch the Media about Your Book” with Trotter and Woods; Chicago Tribune feature writer/editor Wendy Donahue; and media consultant and former Tribune writer/editor T. Shawn Taylor. The panel will be moderated by Jeff Conway (Social Chicago).
Author and Chicago humorist Bull Garlington will moderate a panel on how to market and brand your book. And 220 Publishing authors join the lineup for the self-help and fiction writing panelists.
Founded in 2010 to provide aspiring authors a pathway to publishing and get their voices heard; 220 Communications provides intense marketing and social media promotion. To date, 220 has published 32 titles. For more information visit www.220communications.com.
Book Brunch schedule is as follows:
11 a.m. – noon, brunch is served to VIP participants
Noon – 1 p.m., “How to Pitch the Media Your Book”
1:15 p.m., “Self-Help Author Panel: Whether Providing Inspiration or Instruction, Learning How to Tell Your Own Story”
1:15 p.m., “Children and Young Adult Book Writing”
2:15 – 2:45 p.m., meet the authors, book signings
2:45 p.m., “The Storytellers: How Fiction Writers Create Compelling Stories”
3:45 p.m. “You Wrote It Now Go Sell It: Branding, Marketing and Selling Your Book”
4:45 p.m., “Bringing Your Story to the Big (or Small) Screen: Talk with Producers and Directors About What It Takes”
Participants can network with the authors and filmmakers, purchase books and get them signed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.