THE ANATOMY OF PUBLISHING
with Courtney C. Stevens
Dates: August 27 - 30, 2015
Location: Camdenton, MO
Description: There are two distinct sides to publishing any book: writing it and selling it. The Anatomy of Publishing Retreat focuses equally on both aspects. As you will see in the preliminary schedule below, attendees spend one day learning the primary tenants from The Anatomy of Story by John Truby and another learning marketing tips and tools that will advance their books in the marketplace.
Part One: The Anatomy of Story by John Truby is a screenwriter’s book hailed by seasoned authors as “The best craft book I’ve ever read.” Truby not only masterfully explains the core tenants of storytelling, he helps writers understand the scaffolding and architecture of story without taking away the personal touches of decorating and design. During this four-day weekend, participants will receive a copy of The Anatomy of Story and a crash course in four core chapters: seven steps, character, story world, and plot.
Part Two: Every book needs its own marketing strategy. That is a fact. A more difficult fact is authors are (usually) in charge of that strategy themselves. This day will center on out-of-the-box thinking, roundtable discussions, as well as individual consultations. Each participant will leave the retreat with an individualized marketing strategy.
See the full Agenda below!
Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor at Lindsey Wilson College, the author of Faking Normal, The Blue-Haired Boy (Novella), The Lies About Truth, and two forthcoming titles, as well as the Author-in-Residence for JKS Communications, a national book publicity firm. Faking Normal is a 2015-16 Georgia Peach nominee, 2016 Bluegrass Award nominee, 2016 Volunteer State Book Award nominee, and the recipient of a Crystal Kite. As an educator, author and marketer, Courtney visits schools, designs retreats, and teaches workshops on marketing, revision, character development, John Truby, and Channeling Your Brave. You can find out more at courtneycstevens.com or follow her on Twitter @quartland.
Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas to tell stories about monsters, magic, and teenagers. She’s the author of the Blood Journals Series and The United States of Asgard Series as well as more than a dozen short stories. Visit her at tessagratton.com, @tessagratton, tessagratton.tumblr.com.
Natalie C . Parker is the author of young adult novels Beware the Wild (HarperTeen, 2014), Behold the Bones (HarperTeen, 2016), as well as the editor of an forthcoming young adult anthology. Natalie has a BA in Literature from the University of Southern Mississippi where she graduated with honors, and an MA in Women's Studies from the Universtiy of Cincinnati. She has been teaching Critique Camp as an online short course since July 2013 and facilitates a local writers group in Kansas. She currently works for the University of Kansas where she is a project coordinator. As part of her work, she provides weekly writing workshops for tribal college students.
UPDATE: Victoria Schwab will no longer be able to join us, but she will offer feedback on participant pages as promised. In her place, we are joined by Myra McEntire!
Myra McEntire is an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best. She loves to search thrift stores for things to upcycle, as she’s a big believer in second chances. She lives with her two boys and husband near Nashville, Tennessee. She’s currently contracted with Storybird, where she’s serializing a middle grade novel, The Shadow Gate. Myra is also the author of the Hourglass trilogy, which was nominated for two RITAs and a YALSA Teen Top Ten, and was chosen as a SIBA Okra Pick. She’s also contributed to several anthologies: My True Love Gave to Me, Grim, and Defy the Dark.
Workshop fee for private room (Queen bed): $1,440
Group room rate (full/twin bed or bunk): $910
Rate includes 3 nights lodging, all meals, and required books and workbooks.
Deposit of $500 due by July 6th ($300 non-refundable)
Final payment due by July 30, 2015
LOCATION: Camdenton, Missouri in the house pictured above.
The house is a lake front home near Camdenton. It has 7 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms, and with accessible spaces available. The nearest airport is in Springfield, MO. We will coordinate a group shuttle if we have enough people flying in to that airport.
More details about this gorgeous house can be found here.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
Thursday, August 27th
- Arrive by 5pm
6pm -- Dinner and welcoming remarks
7pm -- Introductions
- Arrive by 5pm
- 7am -- Breakfast
8am -- Anatomy of Story.....7 Steps
10am -- Anatomy of Story...Characters
12pm -- Break for lunch
1:30 -- Anatomy of Story ... Story World
3:30 -- Anatomy of Story ... Plot
6:00 -- Dinner
- 7am -- Breakfast
8am -- Marketing ... 30 Ideas for the Self-Marketing Author
10am -- Marketing Roundtable ... Let's Talk Outreach (Conferences/Swag/School Visits)
12pm -- Break for Lunch
1pm -- Marketing Roundtable ... Let's Talk Technology (Blogs/Newsletters/Apps/Social Media)
2pm -- Individual sessions with Court; Opportunities to workshop pages/queries with Tessa, Natalie, and Myra
6pm -- Dinner
- 7am -- Breakfast
8am - 9am -- Closing remarks
9am - 10am -- Prepare for departure
Applications will be reviewed monthly and admissions will be on a rolling basis.
Friday, August 28th
Saturday, August 29th
Sunday, August 30th