Kent District Library Writers Conference
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kent District Library - Cascade Township Branch
2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Mich. 49546
The sixth annual KDL Writers Conference features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their experiences with new and aspiring authors on topics such as the current book market, dealing with publishers and rejection, social media and more. Snacks and a light lunch will be provided. All genres and skill levels are welcome.
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Kris Mathis, The Journey to Becoming a Writer
9:50 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.: Tricia McDonald, Procrastination Assassination
10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.: Mardi Jo Link, An Insider’s Take on the Book Market
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Peg Cochran, How to Survive Rejection and Land Your Dream Agent
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch break (light lunch and snacks will be provided)
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Sara Merritt, Marketing Yourself and Using Social Media
1:35 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.: Tammy Johnson, Book Cover Design is A Dance
(Coffee, tea, snacks, and sandwiches will be provided throughout the conference.)
Peg Cochran, Working With Publishers and Dealing with Rejection
Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work” (aka research). She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. Many years and many rejections later, Peg has published 14 books and including five cozy mystery series—four of them for Penguin Random House.
Mardi Jo Link, An Insiders Take on the Book Market
Mardi is a Michigan native, is the New York Times bestselling author of the true crime book, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand. In addition, her two memoirs have been hailed as both hilarious and heartbreaking and Bootstrapper was optioned for film by Academy Award Winning actress, Rachel Weitz. She is married, the mother of three grown sons, and lives in Traverse City.
Tammy Johnson, Creating Cover Art and Designing Your Book
Tammy is an art director and designer of book covers, curriculum products and box packaging for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She has designed and art directed gift products, textbooks, youth specialties books, DVD’s, and marketing pieces for a period of 18 years. Collaboration with marketing teams, editorial staff, freelance designers, photography houses and printers is a daily dance in book publishing and creating a book cover design.
Kris Mathis, The Journey to Becoming a Writer
Kris is a Grand Rapids native who has went on to have a successful career and reach international prominence as a world-class motivational speaker and author of the best-selling book, From Success to Significance: The 8 Keys to Achieving any Goal or Dream written by Kris Mathis with Shannon L. Harris. Kris has shared his life changing message with thousands of people in over 100 countries through the power of his book, live appearances, and other resources.
Sara Merritt, Marketing Yourself and Using Social Media
Sara is the Director of Marketing for Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan/HarperCollins and Blink, a YA imprint. She sets the strategy and executes the marketing plans for books targeting ages 0-18. She most enjoys working alongside authors and finding new ways to reach young readers. Sara has 16 years of experience in both the marketing and advertising industries. Sara received her B.A. from Michigan State University. She lives in Rockford with her husband and two children.
Tricia McDonald, Procrastination Assassination
Tricia is owner and operator of Splattered Ink Press. A writing coach, author, teacher and public speaker, Tricia also volunteers by teaching writing classes at Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging and Village at the Pines. Her Life With Sally series chronicles life with a miniature bull terrier. Tricia writes a monthly column, “Life with Sally,” for Cats and Dogs Magazine. Tricia’s book Quit Whining Start Writing is a guide to help writers put away the excuses and get the writing done.