Calling all aspiring authors: The Pilgrim Press one-day writers conference packs powerful presenters

Calling all aspiring authors: The Pilgrim Press one-day writers conference packs powerful presenters

August 06, 2012
Written by Anthony Moujaes

The Pilgrim Press is offering all would-be writers the opportunity to sharpen their skills and learn how to get a book in print from a team of established authors. The United States' oldest publishing house is hosting a Writers Conference featuring critically acclaimed bestselling author George Fraser and other area-based writers and publicists in a one-day seminar Oct. 18.

The event features workshops and presentations to benefit anyone, from professionals to college students, those looking to become a better writer, break into the book-publishing industry, or get the opportunity to network with experts. The all day conference, held at the Radisson Gateway in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, also includes lunch.

"This is an opportunity for writers to get a great inexpensive workshop. Anybody who has ever thought about writing should avail themselves of this great opportunity," said Kim Sadler, editorial director for The Pilgrim Press. "The conference is open to the entire writing and publishing community."

Fraser's keynote will address strong book pitches for aspiring authors. He is considered one of the foremost authorities on networking and building effective relationships.

"He is dynamic. He's a great motivator, and transformative in his speaking," Sadler said. "You will never forget him -- he has that effect with what he says."

The Rev. Barbara J. Essex, Linda Peavy, Kristin Firth and the Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler Sr., all with northeast Ohio connections, will lead a series of workshops and teach topics ranging from identifying an audience, to marketing and promoting a book to publicists and agents.

The conference starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Radisson Gateway in downtown Cleveland. Online registration is now available. Registrants who apply before Aug. 31 pay a reduced rate of $149, with registration after Aug. 31 at $199. The registration deadline is Oct. 8. Lunch is included in the cost of the event.

Participants will attend Fraser's keynote, four group workshops, and close the day with a panel presentation on book publishing in the electronic age.

A popular speaker and author, Fraser's inspiring talks on success principles, effective networking, wealth creation, business ethics, and valuing diversity are as popular among corporate professionals as they are among college students. His views have been solicited by CNN and The Wall Street Journal.

Essex, an ordained UCC minister, is an independent consultant and life coach. The best-selling author received a Pilgrim Press Mayflower Award, and The Pilgrim Press will publish her newest book, Girlfriends: Exploring Women's Relationships in the Bible, in the spring of 2013. Before entering the ministry, Essex taught English and reading to high school students in the Chicago Public School System. Her workshop will teach writers to identify their core reader and write specifically to them.

Peavy, a native of Cleveland, owns a marketing and publishing consulting company servicing authors and companies across the country. She is the former associate publisher and marketing manager for Judson Press, a 184 year-old book publisher located in Valley Forge, Pa. Peavy will share insight on ways publicists and agents shop, market and promote a book.

Sadler, also an ordained UCC minister, is a widely sought after speaker for seminars, workshops and lectures in seminaries, local congregations and denominational gatherings. Sadler has served UCC congregations in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Chicago. He has effectively used social media and his merchandising skills to reach a global audience and sell thousands of books. Sadler's workshop will demonstrate the importance of how writers can utilize their social networks and other distribution channels to sell their books.

With 30 years of experience editing, copy writing, and proofreading in book, magazine, and health communications publishing, Firth's workshop for The Pilgrim Press Writer Conference is about preparing manuscripts for print. Other speakers and their session topics include Maren Tirabassi (inspirational writing for faith and profit) and Randy Hammer (transitioning from sermon writing to publication).

Organized in 1640, The Pilgrim Press is a gift of the United Church of Christ for scholars and students, thoughtful laypersons, and church professionals.

For more information, visit The Pilgrim Press Writers Conference's website.

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