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You shouldn't have to choose between a vacation and investing in your business. It's a no-brainer!


At the "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" 2018 Conference, you can mix business with pleasure.

“Going to conferences is a wonderful way to meet experts in different fields who want to help by sharing what they know.”-IngramSpark, #1 Book Distributor in the world

Path To Publishing “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business”
2018 Conference


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" 2018 Conference being held September 20-22, 2018 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.

Conference Host Hotel


Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, conveniently located off the main Las Vegas strip, will host the Path To Publishing “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” 2018 Conference. It does have complimentary shuttles to and from the strip that run every half hour. With its award-winning restaurants, adventurous zip lining experience, entertainment & shows such as the famous Penn & Teller show, slots and gaming tables, amazing night club and lounge, four swimming pools, workout facility, coffee shops, cafes, shopping boutiques, and luxurious spa, most guests won’t want to leave this exquisite home away from home, where we’ll definitely be mixing business with pleasure. But everything Rio has to offer is exactly what you’ll need to wind down after a day of intense, information-filled, rigorous learning sessions.

Who is this conference for besides authors and writers?


If you are any type of entrepreneur who 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!

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.

Conference Main Instructor


The conference will be instructed by almost 20-year literary vet, Joylynn M. Ross, aka, "The Literary-Know-It-All." Given the name because Joylynn wants authors to know it all when it comes to their literary careers.
Joylynn formed her own publishing company in 2000, where she self-published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin's Press. Almost 20 years later, Joylynn has been the content development editor for Triple Crown Publications; she was the acquisitions and developmental editor for Carl Weber’s Urban Christian imprint for 10 years; she’s agented authors who have book deals with Simon and Schuster, Kensington, and Urban Books; and Joylynn has done ghostwriting, write-behinds, and literary consulting (both freelance and for publishing houses). Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, veteran authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott, and reality television star, Shereé M. Whitfield of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

In addition to instructing one-on-one and group in-person and live online courses, Joylynn is excited and eager to teach the curriculum at the 2018 Path To Publishing Conference that she claims will help authors and writers, “Get their literary life . . . or resuscitate it.”

One of Joylynn's marketing taglines is, "I guarantee that without me as your literary consultant/publishing coach (whether you are traditionally published or self-published), you will waste more money on the mistakes you make, and you will lose more money on the steps you miss than you would have spent on my invoice."  

Conference Keynote Speaker

Lila Holley will be the keynote speaker on Day 3 of the conference. Lila is a US Army Veteran and the multiple award-winning, Amazon bestselling visionary author behind the "Camouflaged Sisters" book series. Lila uses her life's experiences to dominate in her writing niche. In her books, she partners with other courageous female service members and women Veterans to share their stories of success in the military, despite facing challenges along their journey. With her projects, all 53 of her coauthors are Amazon #1 bestselling authors, and two of her books have created 25 award-winning authors.

Lila's presentation complements Day 3's general session, where we'll focus on creating multiple streams of income to sustain our book businesses. One of the topics we discuss is collaborations, partnerships, affiliate programs, and joint ventures. Since Lila's literary publications have involved most of those types of endeavors, her presentation,"The Art of Monetizing Literary Collaborations" is a well-suited addition.












Conference Presenter

Author Stephanie Bridges,founder of In Spirit Power and Truth Publishing, LLC., is attending the "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" 2018 Conference because she did the work to get there. She did the work by obtaining a grant to cover her registration fee.


Authors ask all the time, "How do authors get grants to write a book?" or "How do authors get grants to attend conferences?" On Day 3 of the conference, part of the instruction in the main session will focus on grants, fellowships and residencies.  And because Stephanie is proof that the steps and tasks involved will work if you work them, she's agreed to elaborate as one of the conference presenters. So if you've ever asked yourself the previous questions, Stephanie is going to provide the answers.


“Seeking & Securing Individual Artist Grants” is a presentation authors will not want to miss. Stephanie will discuss resources, or lack thereof, as a writer/artist/dreamer. She'll also share the process of grants for writers. The next time you write a book, publish a book, or attend a conference, wouldn't it be great if somebody else paid for it?

Conference Presenter

Using a selfie as your professional head shot is like using Facebook as your website. Professional photographer, Aleatheia Mason with J & A Photography, is going to help authors get over their selfie. As a professional photographer of seven years, Aleatheia doesn't just capture your image, she captures you. She captures who you are, your message, and what you stand for. She believe we all have a story or message to convey, and what she delivers is an extension of that story . . . that message. 

Selfies are enjoyable because they are spontaneous photos that allows a person to capture themselves, usually in what they deem as “their moment.” A moment when they are feeling their best (or themselves 😉), doing their best, or simply looking their best. Although fun and entertaining, selfies are just that . . . for yourself. Yes, it’s totally acceptable to share selfies on social media, but totally unacceptable to use them to replace the professional head shot. Neither do selfies make for attractive and professional looking flyers, social media banners, business cards, other promotional material or the likes. Authors are storytellers, so their images should tell a story as well. Aleatheia's presentation, "Get Over Your Selfie," is going to offer attendees an abundance of photo tricks and tips.

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.

What will I learn at this conference?










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 self-publishing:

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
-Tracking income/expenses
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
-How to make money while you sleep
-How to make money while spending time with family and friends
-How to make money on YouTube

This is what a conference day will look like:

8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introduction and Theme Song/Anthem

9:10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Instruction

11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch/“Get Over Your Selfie” presentation by professional photographer, Aleatheia Mason. Authors, no matter their genre, tell stories; so should their photos.

12:45-3:00 p.m. Instruction

3:00-3:30 p.m. Afternoon snack/vendor break [Sponsor rep to speak 10-15 minutes]

3:30-5-00 p.m. Instruction and ice-breaker with $100 in chips given away

5:00-5:15 p.m. Q & A and Closing

Other Conference Sanctioned Events and Experiences

"Listen Up, Authors . . . And Readers"















Diane Rembert’s “Diamond’s World” Literary Show will broadcast live Friday evening, September 21, 2018 from 6-7 p.m. Pacific (9-10 p.m. EST). It’s the only free event—and opened to the public—at the “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” 2018 Conference being held September 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.


This is the “Listen Up, Authors!” Readers' Episode, where instead of readers being on the line listening to authors talk about the craft and business of writing, authors will be the ones listening to what the readers have to say about books and the book business.

Not only will the show be video live-streamed, but listeners on BlogTalkRadio will be able to call in.


Readers, if you will be in the Las Vegas area and would like to be featured live on the show, email

Book your room at the conference host hotel using this special discount link:


***Selected conference attendees will have their books available for sale and autographs after the show***

Pre-Conference VIP Masquerade Mixer


If you are arriving in Las Vegas the day before the conference begins, not only does the host hotel offer a discount for that night's stay, but that night from 8:00-10:00 p.m., take advantage of the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the main conference instructor and literary consultant extraordinaire, Joylynn M. Ross, in her private Masquerade Suite. And since the room has such a theme based name, in addition to appetizers, beverages, and dessert, of course we'll be providing masquerade masks, beads, and boas. The charge for this private event is $50, and is limited to the first 25 people to register.

Pitch Perfectly




Everyone needs to be able to sell themselves and their products in 30 seconds or less, which is about the length of an elevator ride. Come to the conference prepared to share your 30 second elevator pitch. For only $50, you can have it professionally recorded and edited by H 2 J Entertainment so that you can use it for marketing and promotional use over and over again. Each session is 15 minutes, so bring your script just in case you need a little help remembering it.

Conference Guarantee: 

No other single conference, seminar, webinar, book, consultant, coach, mentor etc. has or will provide you everything you will receive at the "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" full conference. We guarantee that even if you’ve already published a book before, you missed a step (or two, or even a few!) that could be costing you money or keeping you from making money. 

One Day Registration: $397
Any Two Days Registration: $694 
Full Conference (all three days):  $991 
Ticket price covers registration tote, course material for each day (beautifully bound with all slides you will be taught from so that you can refer to the information over and over again), continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverage service each day, superb meeting space, instructor fee, and over $3,000 worth of bonuses, including a membership to the Path To Publishing private Facebook group.

A deposit based on days registered is required to hold one of only 200 seats. The deposit is nonrefundable, but can be transferred or dispersed on a gift card to be used toward any Path To Publishing service/course/webinar/workshop/future conference. The gift card will expire one year from date of disbursement.

Once deposit is made, depending on number of days registered, attendees have between 90-160 days after initial deposit is made or until July 30, 2018 (whichever comes first) to make final payment in full. No late payments will be accepted. If attendee pays in full for their registration, but for unforeseen reasons is unable to attend the conference, no refunds or gift cards will be dispersed, but the course materials for the day(s) attendee registered for will be mailed to attendee at Path To Publishing’s expense.

Become an official #Pathfinder upon conference registration


Want to become an official #Pathfinder and spend the next year in the Path To Publishing private Facebook group where you can participate in writing & publishing sessions, Q&A's, and discussions led by Joylynn M. Ross and other industry professionals? Receiving professional literary advice, tips, and resources? Then join Joylynn and some other guest speakers/presenters at the Path To Publishing “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” 2018 Conference, and upon registration for the conference, you’ll immediately be added to the private group.

At this conference we mean business and will be about our business. It’s no coincidence the Caesars Entertainment’s (Rio’s parent company) motto is “Caesars Means Business,” because so do we. But we will be mixing business with pleasure, as Rio offers a zip lining experience with free admission into the lounge afterward. There will be group discounted spa opportunities as well as a mixer at Rio’s award-winning steakhouse. Or maybe you’d like to enjoy a show like Cirque Du Soleil.
If you want to be all business this time around, that’s fine too, because Rio is offering one lucky attendee a voucher for a free two-night stay to come back to any Caesars property in Las Vegas. But you must attend all three conference days to be eligible for the voucher.

This conference is an investment in your business. It’s a business expense, which means it can ultimately be a tax write-off (which you’ll learn more about during Day Two of the conference).

There will be opportunities for attendees to attend evening receptions and coaching sessions in the Masquerade suite.



As a bonus for registering for the conference, you will receive access to the private Path To Publishing Facebook group. The Path To Publishing "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" 2018 Conference is going to be three information-filled days of intense and rigorous learning. You'll be less overwhelmed if you're better equipped and prepared upon arriving. It makes sense to learn all that you can, including industry terminology, prior to arriving. At least that way you're somewhat in-the-know, and we can spend less time answering questions during the main session and more time learning new information.


Make the most out of your membership by being active. Participate in and initiate discussions, chats, and Q &A's. Mark your calendar and set your clock for the live sessions (or at least go back and watch the replay of the videos). Network and form a relationship with other conference attendees prior to the conference. In the private group you can share your personal experiences on your literary journey as well as take heed to what others are doing right and have done wrong; we can always learn from both.

That's the purpose of the private group; to share information with you that, due to the timing constraints of the conference, you may otherwise not have gotten to receive. It's kind of like an appetizer and your salad, with the main course being served at the actual conference.

If you join the group late, take a Saturday morning, grab your coffee or tea, and scroll through the group timeline to see if you missed anything. You are a #Pathfinder. Get on the right path toward literary success and stay on it!


Random registrants will receive a literary swag bag, valued at over $700, which includes a one-hour virtual party, blog/blog radio tour, writing coaching session, social media coaching session, and a one-page downloadable EPK (Electronic Press Kit).

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has special rates and concessions for attendees staying on site. Take advantage of Rio's special suite rates (with rooms large enough to bring friends and family along) by visiting the special group link below. There's a limited number of rooms, so don't delay. One random attendee’s room will be upgraded to a grand suite at no charge. But you must register for a minimum of three nights at the hotel to be eligible. As an added bonus, just in case you want to turn your business trip into a vacation as well, Rio is offering attendees discounted rates the night before the conference (9/19/18), and the night after the conference (9/23/18).

Random attendees will receive a Diamond Club upgrade, which means you will receive VIP status at all Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas for the duration of the conference. To be eligible, attendee must register for Wednesday-Sunday (September 19-23, 2018) nights. The cardholder and one guest will enjoy free food and drinks in the private lounge at either Rio, Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, the Cromwell, Harrah’s, The Flamingo, or LINQ. The card will also allow the cardholder and their party to skip general seating lines at the hotel restaurants and reservation check-in.

Rent with our exclusive rental car provider, Hertz.  Click the above button and enter the discount code:  CV # 022L4890


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J & A photography will be on site providing attendees the opportunity to get updated head shots as well as 45-minute indoor/outdoor photo sessions (at Rio hotel only). So that’s another piece of business you can handle while handling business.

If you are serious about your book business and your literary career, the Path To Publishing “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” 2018 Conference isn’t optional; it’s a necessity.

We guarantee that no individual literary conference, seminar, webinar, workshop, book, consultant, coach, etc. will provide you everything you will receive at this conference. With the bonus tip sheets, cheat sheets, resources, links, membership into the private Path To Publishing Facebook group in addition to the literary services and products our sponsors will be giving away, your fully paid registration is valued at well over $5,000!

You can register for the conference as well as find information on becoming an exhibitor or sponsor at the following link:

***Proceeding with registration consents to use of photos/audio/video footage of you at the conference by Path To Publishing and its partners for promotional/marketing/for profit use.***



“We completed and published my workbook, "Activating Your Gifts," in three months. Joylynn operates from a place of excellence. She is diligent in what she does and she knows her stuff. She has forever changed my life!”
-Shaniece Wise Armstrong
Personal & Business Development Coach
Author of Activating Your Gifts

"Joylynn is a literary moving force; one that is personable, productive, and professional."
-Monique Chandler, MBA
International Distinguished Toastmasters  
Author of Reconnecting With Your Happy

“If there ever was a person that could walk you through ANY literary endeavor, it would be in the person of Joylynn M. Ross. The value of what she brings to the table is incomparable. She is exactly what you need if you're serious about putting what's in your head to paper.”
-Laquania Sheree
Author of What Are You Bringing to the Table                                            
“Joylynn is indeed a manufacturer of authors! Her knowledge and education for editing, and as a literary consultant, speaks volumes. She is very optimistic, passionate, and intense. Because of her, my book is perfectly written and powerful! She is the greatest link to my destiny. Joylynn's editorial instructions allowed me to think and critique beyond my best effort as an author. Her joy and smiles are present while she works. She has made it possible for me to reach heights and territories beyond my imagination!”
-Cynthia Haynes Asmond
Author of Poverty Tested, Prosperity Approved
"Joylynn’s tagline is a representation of how she puts forth the energy and focus on ensuring the client is proud of their quality product. She assisted me to self-publish my first book. She helped me step-by-step. My self-publishing book journey began on September 5, 2016, and I held my book signing on December 16, 2016. We were able to accomplish all of this virtually within three months. I know her work, and she is fantastic! She goes above and beyond! I look forward to working with her again!"
-Dr. Maxine Phillips
Author of Transformation: Write+Share+Live