Registration now open for the "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business"
2020 Conference being held September 17th - 19th
in-person in Las Vegas, Nevada and online!
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“Going to conferences is a wonderful way to meet experts in different fields who want to help by sharing what they know.”-IngramSpark, Book Distributor
Path To Publishing
“Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business”
On September 17 - 19 of 2020 at Hampton Inn & Suites 7 Hills Conference Center (Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will not be re-opened in time for the conference, so we have moved it to a more controlled space) the most phenomenal group of writers and authors, AKA literary artists and literary entertainers, will be gathered to display their dedication and commitment to the craft and business of writing and publishing by learning how to excel in their literary careers in a spirit of excellence.
Whether attending in-person (with a very limited number of attendees) or online, once registered for the conference, you become an official #Pathfinder and a member of the Path To Publishing private Facebook community. In our community, we are not just writers writing, publishing, and selling books. We are literary architects building literary empires!
Path To Publishing doesn’t just want you to learn how to publish like a pro, turn your book into a business, and create multiple streams of income to sustain your business, but we want you to master it! With that being said, the conference now doubles as an MBA in Publishing 60-hour program. That means you don't leave with a collection of simple handouts distributed by presenters and instructors; your conference registration includes digital access to the course curriculum.
Whether you are a reader thinking about writing a book, a writer ready to get paid for writing, a self- published author, traditionally published author, Print on Demand author (CreateSpace/IngramSpark), an author published through a vanity press/publishing assistance company, or a hybrid author (a combination of any of the pre-mentioned), the Path To Publishing "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" 2020 Conference being held September 17-19, 2020 in the STILL fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada is for you!
Regardless of if you're traditionally published, self-published or have an agent, your book is YOUR business.
If your publishing success is just as important to you as your writing success, then instead of going to yet another writing conference, don’t you think it’s time you attend a publishing conference?
If the business you build with your book to create multiple streams of income is just as important to you as book sales and royalties, then instead of going to another one of those “fun” conferences designed to give readers an experience with authors, don’t you think it’s time you attend a conference that can teach you how to make money as a writer and author outside of book sales and royalties, as well as learn how to publish a book that will give readers an experience within itself?
Are you ready to learn how to operate your literary business in thriving excellence and not mediocre struggle and lack? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then we’ll see you at the “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” 2020 Conference!
COVID-19 Safety Statement, Measures and Procedures: Path To Publishing absolutely understands not feeling comfortable or being able to travel. Before making your final decision whether to attend in-person or virtually, we'd like to share with you the safety measures and procedures we have in place for this year's conference. In-person attendance is limited to only 50 persons so that we can continue to practice social distancing. These 50 persons will be split into two separate spaces (one space - The Rose Room - for first-year attendees attending the main sessions, and a separate space - 7 Hills Conference Center - for breakout sessions). All registration bags will include masks, tissues (to sneeze into and dispose of immediately), hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and gloves. The same materials will be available in the conference meeting spaces. Attendees, presenters, staff, and volunteers will receive safety procedures, recommendations, and tips that must be followed for the safety of everyone. All presenters, staff, and volunteers will also be wearing masks and gloves as well as practicing social distancing. Presenters will be permitted to remove masks during presentations, in which they will be six feet from attendees. There will be two strategically placed Kenmore humidifiers. We have a designated staff member to enforce social distancing and safety procedures throughout the event. Attendees will have assigned seating, in which their spaces will be cleaned and disinfected after each conference day (supplies will be available for attendees to clean and disinfect at their leisure throughout the conference day). The only time masks should be removed is while eating, in which social distancing will be practiced and we'll be using disposable plates and utensils with individually prepared boxed lunches. We understand this is a new normal, so we will have signage throughout the conference space to remind everyone in attendance of the safety procedures.
We understand that our safety precautions and procedures do not supersede any doctor's orders and/or recommendations, so each attendee is asked to make the best decision for their safety, health, and those of others. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing any systems of COVID-19, we ask you to stay home. We will be taking the temperature of each attendee. Anyone running a fever will be allowed to attend the conference virtually from their hotel room.
What information is being provided
Day One: Building Your Book From the Ground Up (step-by step instruction of the self-publishing process)
Day Two: Building Your Literary Business from the Ground Up (teaching authors and writers how they should be operating as a business)
Day Three: Turning Your Book Into a Business (teaching writers/authors how to earn money beyond book sales by creating multiple streams of income).
An author's book is the vehicle they put on the road for their literary journey. On Day One of the conference, we help you build your dream car.
Day One of the conference is step-by-step instruction on how to self-publish without missing a beat! Even if you have already self-published before, we can guarantee that there is a step or two (or even a few) you missed along the process. Don't you want to go back and get it right? After all, when we know better, we do better. Come learn exactly what you need to do better.
If there was a pothole on your path to publishing you were stuck in, delaying you from reaching your literary goals, wouldn't you want the resources necessary to fill-in that pothole and get your vehicle (book) back on the road toward literary success? If so, then Day One of the conference is a must for you.
Day One will cover all five aspects of the publishing process:
Writing your book can be a passion, hobby, even a ministry, but selling the book is a business.
Day Two of the conference's instruction will be all about building your literary business. Even if you haven't built your book yet, knowing what is required of you as an author/publisher is not something that you want to take lightly. The last thing you want to do is spend time, money, and energy building your dream book and literary business, only for Uncle Sam to come along and not only crush your business, but crush your dreams as well.
On Day Two you will learn about:
-Incorporating (or “doing business as”)
-Naming your book business/publishing imprint
-Separating business from personal
Businesses don't make money, people do. As an author/writer, it's your job to earn the money to sustain your literary business and keep it thriving.
Day Three is for any serious author or writer who is ready to take their literary business/career to the next level. If you're ready to generate multiple streams of income as an author/writer to keep your business thriving, then you definitely don’t want to miss this session.
On Day Three you will learn:
-How to turn your book/writing into a business
-How to make money beyond book sales
-How to get other people to pay for your business endeavors
-How to secure paid writing gigs
-How to get grants and sponsors
-Professional titles you wear besides “author/writer”
-How to increase book sales without directly selling books
-How to make money from content you write outside of books
You already know -- you can feel it in your spirit and bones -- that being at next year's "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" Conference is a must! So, you might as well register now before all 200 seats sell out! The price will not be lowered. There will be no special offers or discounts for #PTPCON2020, because you're not going to get a discount experience.
Virtual Attendee Registration ($599 OR 3 monthly payments of $225)
$599 in full or three monthly payments of $225. Absolutely nothing compares to attending a conference in person; the camaraderie, the fellowship, the connections, but we understand that not everyone can budget the time to travel or perhaps the additional finances outside of conference registration itself that travel and lodging would involve. Nonetheless, we know you are serious about your literary career and have a desire to receive the information, curriculum, and resources being taught at the conference. When you register to attend the conference virtually, you get to decide whether you want to view the main conference sessions or the breakout sessions. They run simultaneously, so you'll have to choose the same way you would if you were attending in person. If you've never attended the conference before, it's strongly advised that you attend the main sessions only. Your virtual registration Includes a video link to view either the main sessions or breakout sessions in REAL TIME, as well as access to the virtual attendee chat room to submit your questions and comments during the Q & A. Whether you choose the main sessions or the breakout sessions, your registration includes lifetime access to the curriculum (digital slides) taught in the main session. Two weeks prior to the conference you will receive a VIP Conference Kit filled with amazing conference swag such as an Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business T-shirt & tote set, the conference companion book and other special items. Even though you'll be viewing from the comfort of your own home, you'll feel like a Pathfinder right in the midst of the action!
One Day Registration
$299 Includes registration for any one day, coffee and/or tea that morning, lunch that afternoon, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions for that one day only.
Two Day Registration
$599 Includes registration for any two days, coffee and/or tea each morning, lunch each afternoon, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions for those two days only.
Conference WITHOUT Hotel
$799 in full or 3 monthly payments of $291: Includes registration for all three days, coffee and/or tea each morning, lunch each day, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions.
Conference WITH Hotel Package
Conference registration for all three days, coffee and/or tea each morning, lunch each day, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions, plus hotel night for each day of the conference (September 17,18,19—your room will be booked by Path To Publishing and does not include early check-in or late check-out fees.) $1,100 in full (or 4 monthly payments of $300)
Stay and Play Conference Hotel Package
Conference registration for all three days, coffee and/or tea each morning, lunch each day, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions, hotel night each day of the conference, plus the night after (Checking in Thursday, September 17, 2020 checking out Monday, September 21, 2020—your room will be booked by Path To Publishing and does not include early check-in or late check-out fees.) $1,200 in full (or 4 monthly payments of $325)
Pre-Conference WITH Hotel Package (Includes Masquerade Party)
Conference registration for all three days, coffee and/or tea each morning, lunch each day, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions, hotel night for each day of the conference, plus the night before (Checking in Wednesday, September 16, 2020 checking out Sunday, September 20, 2020—your room will be booked by Path To Publishing and does not include early check-in or late check-out fees.), and ticket to the Pre-Conference Masquerade Costume Party (Wednesday night) - Boas, beads, mask, beverages and light food included for $1,300 in full (or 5 monthly payments of $280)
VIP Package - (Masquerade Party, Spa Day & Conference w/ 5 Nights Hotel)
Conference registration for all three days, coffee and/or tea each morning, lunch each day, tote bag, digital access to the curriculum being taught in the main sessions, hotel night each day of the conference, plus the night before and the night after (Checking in Wednesday, September 16, 2020, checking out, Monday, September 21, 2020—your room will be booked by Path To Publishing and does not include early check-in or late check-out fees.), ticket to Pre-Conference Masquerade Costume Party (Wednesday night) - Boas, beads, mask, beverages and light food included, plus Spa day in the private Suite (Sunday at noon) to include personal massages - light food and beverages provided. $1,500 (or 5 monthly payments of $320)
In 2019 we doubled the attendance from 2018. In 2020 we WILL double the attendance from 2019, which means we WILL sell out! So, CLICK HERE to Register Now!
Conference Keynotes & Presenters
Did you miss the Pre-Conference Virtual Meet & Greet?
Click here to watch the replay and see some of the presenters in action!
(Click on banner images for bios)
“Before I returned home from the 'Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business' 2019 Conference, I was asked to present a film workshop in Atlanta. I agreed, and was then given the dates with the promise of an email to follow that would provide further details. I received and opened the email, read it, and then closed it. I did this three times, checking the name to make sure it was not spam. I'd just received my first full paid gig; flight, hotel, ground transportation, table to sale merch, and an honorarium!!!! We are more than authors! We are a Big Deal! Thank you Joylynn Ross for teaching us how to get those coins with (and how to protect) our intellectual property!”
—Danielle D. Smith, Award-Winning Author and Filmmaker, Columbus, Ohio
"I am getting so excited about the “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” Conference. I will be there Wednesday night ready to start on Thursday! I can't wait to learn so many new things and put them to practice. Even though I have two published books, I have been taken advantage of and I'm ready to learn how to build up my defenses and become an author with the business side in me.”
—Author Rhonda Gatlin, Boulder City, Nevada
"Path To Publishing doesn’t offer discounts for the conference because they don’t offer a discount experience!"
—Gerald W Jones II, Certified Professional in Learning & Performance, Omaha, Nebraska
“I met Amanda Stevens, a presenter at the 2019 ‘Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business Conference’. I reached out to her after the conference, and she has been so responsive and helpful. With her help, I am forming my LLC and applying for my business license. Joylynn Ross, your words resonated with me: ‘This is a real business. Don’t start small.’ I am doing what you told me to do.”
—Yvette Duran, Personal Narrative Expert, Irvin, California
"For seven years I used my own money to build my publishing business. SEVEN!! I attended the 'Act Like an Author, Think like a Business' Conference in Vegas two years in a row and learned how to make money from my books before they're even printed. All you have to do is do the work! With that being said, I received notification today that I'm a recipient for a $4K grant to pay for editing and other publishing services!!!"
—Nikki Anthony, Soon-to-be published author, Chicago, Illinois
“I just got back from a wild ride at the 2019 ‘Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business’ Conference and it was fantastic! I not only had a great time, but I made some great new contacts and reinforced ones I'd made last year. Main instructor, Joylynn M. Ross, was magnificent in presenting—in just three days—everything you need to know about publishing and making money from your writing. Got me inspired!”
—Ned Barnett, CEO of Barnett Marketing Communications, Las Vegas, Nevada
Who is this conference for besides authors and writers?
If you are any type of entrepreneur you should have a book, workbook, journal, planner, manual, how-to guide—some type of publication to extend your reach and help you claim your expert status—this conference is for you! A book should be part of every business.
Every professional speaker needs an extension of their message. How many times did you finish speaking and the audience asked you where they can purchase your book . . . and you didn't have one? Why are you not only leaving money on the table, but leaving an audience that you can continue to help with nothing?
YouTubers and bloggers, isn’t’ it time you share your skills and know-how in print beyond the internet? Ready to extend your reach from the cyber world to the real world? Then this conference is definitely for you as well.
Don’t want to publish your own story but want to help publish others’? We can provide you the information, resources, and services needed to become a publisher/publishing imprint/small press.
Pastors, preachers, ministers, and apostles: Your morning message should still have life come the next day . . . and the day after that. It should be able to reach those outside the church walls. Where is your publication? If you don't have one, at the conference you'll learn how to turn your messages into a publication that can reach the masses. Do you already have a publication and it's not reaching the masses, we can help you fix that too.
Along your life's journey, whether you did everything wrong or everything right, there is something you can teach/share with others. There is something inside of you that can change, alter, and save someone else's life. You have someone else's portion inside of you. And as long as you keep it to yourself--as long as you keep it inside of you--you are starving them. It's time you feed the people.
Below Is What A Conference Day Will Look Like
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Ned Barnett “Write a Selling Bio” (instead of a resume of accomplishments, make your bio relevant to the reader)
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Joylynn M. Ross “Make Money Before Your Book is Written”
12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Lunch with Librarians Networking and Discussion Panel
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Working with Agents and Editors” SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO PRESENT
4:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. “Hybrid Publishing: A New Path to Literary Success" presentation by Dr. De’Andrea Matthews with Claire Aldin Publications, LLC
5:00 p.m. Close Out in General Session Room
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. “Record Keeping and Book Keeping” presentation by Rebekah Medina
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. “Writing Problems into Profits” Presented by Brandy Miller
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Joylynn M. Ross “Maximize Your Book Reviews”
3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. “From Author to Business: Learn about Payroll, Insurance, and 1099s” Presented by Sheryl Morehead with Mint Payroll
4:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Close Out in General Session Room
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Dr. Rhonda Lawson "How to be the perfect interviewer/interviewee"
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Amanda Stevens “Brand Protection: Trademarks, Trade Names, & Trade Secrets”
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Joylynn M. Ross “Re-Launching Your Book”
3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:45 p.m. “Diversity in Writing & Publishing” Presented by Henderson Writers Group
4:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Excellence in Publishing Awards/MBA in Publishing Recognition Ceremony: Commencement Address by Cozy Stone.
***Subject to change***
Would You Like To Be A Presenter At The 2020 Conference?
The conference advisory board decided for the 2018 conference and all future conferences that speakers, instructors, and
presenters would be chosen among those who are registered for the conference, as well as representatives from the
companies who will be exhibiting or sponsoring the conference.
Our decision was based on the fact that some of the attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors provide services, workshops, workbooks, and business books and tools that will benefit their peers at the conference. A great deal of those registering for the conference (although some were aspiring and new writers), were already excelling literary wise, but understood we are part of an ever-changing industry where there is always something more to learn; something that would allow them to level-up and grow-up their business. We found that many were experts in certain areas, and that it only made sense for them to share their expertise with other conference attendees on a platform outside of typical conference networking and conversation. They were already vested and committed to the Path To Publishing mission, so it made sense, when seeking presenters, to fish within the talented pool of registered attendees.
Regardless of where we are on our literary journey, we all have more to learn and something to teach based on what we've already learned. That's the reason why we don't bring in guest presenters who have a plane to catch, meaning they get flown in to share a few pointers and then make a quick exit; presenters that are not right there with us in the trenches wanting to learn more, some who are no longer accessible after their presentations.
Proposals are required, reviewed, and voted on by the conference advisory board. If you plan on registering for the
conference and know you can add value as a presenter, after you have registered, please submit a proposal to teach a 90-minute breakout session.
Interview Package for the Path To Publishing
“Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business”
Nothing takes your exposure plan to the next level better than a well structured, professional interview. These interviews give an honest view of the author or entrepreneur, and can be used in media kits, on social media, on website pages, and much more. Dr. Rhonda M. Lawson, host of "Horizons" with Meet the World Image Solutions, has made this into a science and is offering a special deal for "Act Like An Author, Think Like a Business" 2020 Conference attendees. This isn't your average interview. Dr. Lawson, who is also an expert presenter at the 2020 Conference, has mastered the art of interviewing and creating interviews. Her efforts include pre-interview research on her interviewees and their subject matter/area of expertise, incorporating images, video footage, and music into the interview. Whether you are attending the conference in-person or virtually, take advantage of this opportunity by scheduling your interview now!
Path To Publishing “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business”
Whether you are a reader thinking about writing a book, a writer ready to get paid for writing, a self-published author, traditionally published author, Print on Demand author (CreateSpace/IngramSpark), an author published through a vanity press/publishing assistance company, or a hybrid author (a combination of any of the above), the Path To Publishing "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" 2020 Conference being held September 17 - 19, 2020 in the STILL fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada is for you!