Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference Welcomes Christopher Rice

By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, The Heavens Rise and The Vines, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. His criticism and editorials have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Advocate and Salon.

He’s accomplished, driven and boundlessly creative across multiple genres. And now you can be inspired by him in person. Christopher has just been named the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference’s closing keynote speaker and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

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“I don’t care if you’ve published ten books. To me there’s always something you can learn.” Part 2 of our Conversation with Kerrie Flanagan about Self-Publishing

We pick up where we left off last week with Kerrie Flanagan, author, writing instructor and self-publishing expert, to hear a bit more about what’s next for self-publishing and why she thinks writing conferences are worth the investment.

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“It’s about connecting to them, not selling to them.” – Kerrie Flanagan on What it Takes to be Successful in Self-Publishing

Have you wondered if self-publishing is right for your work? You’re not alone—the question comes up often at writing conferences. This year’s brand-new WD event, the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, tackles the subject with the help of Kerrie Flanagan in her session, Is Self-Publishing Right for You?

Kerrie is an author and writing instructor who also works on the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference team. In her spare time, she runs her own publishing company, Hot Chocolate Press, which utilizes a hybrid publishing model—incorporating aspects of both self-publishing and traditional publishing—to position her authors for success.

Of her company, she says that when she’s not working on the conference, “my brain is usually consumed with my publishing company and how I can be marketing the books in my catalog.” In fact, she’s so passionate and has so much valuable advice that we’ll be sharing her interview in two parts. Enjoy part one below and be sure to check back for more of her insight next week.

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“These days, the entry doors are a little bit different, but there are still ways in..” Inspiration from Jane Smiley

With a Pulitzer Prize under her belt and regular appearances on the New York Times bestseller list, writers might be forgiven for finding Jane Smiley’s success a tad intimidating. But you’ll find few authors more open, positive and appreciative than her. It’s part of what makes her so approachable—and a big reason Writer’s Digest invited her to be the central keynote speaker at the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in Los Angeles this October 28-30.

Adrienne Crezo  recently sat down with Jane to hear her take on today’s publishing possibilities, plus how she manages to keep readers hooked while telling a hundred-year story. We’ll be sharing the complete interview over the next few weeks. Enjoy part one below:

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Get to Know Garth Stein

Writer’s Digest is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein to the inaugural Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in Los Angeles this October 28-30. Garth will be kicking off the conference as the weekend’s opening keynote speaker and we can’t wait to hear what he has to share.

As you’ll read, Garth is as professionally bold as he is successful and we continue to be inspired by both his writing and his approach to his career. WD’s Jessica Strawser recently sat down with Garth to hear how he’s navigating his success and strategizing for the future. We’ll be sharing the complete interview (previously only available in print editions) over the next few weeks. Enjoy part one below:


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