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Indie Author Weekend Program
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All times are listed in Central Time.

Registration for Indie Author Weekend is required to attend the sessions below, unless otherwise noted. 


Saturday, October 15


9:15 - 9:25 a.m.

 Welcome from RWA President Clair Brett

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Discussion Panel: Beta Readers & Critique Partners
Panelists: Rebecca Barray, Lynn Lovegreen, Darie McCoy, & Erin Novotny

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Your Writing as a Business: Expenses, Pricing, Competition, Value!
Presenter: Pankaj Amin

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Discussion Panel: Freelance Editors and Proofreaders
Panelists: Dawn Alexander, Caitlin Nelson, Sarah Pesce, & Sue Toth  

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Write a Blurb with Snap, Crackle, and Pop 
Presenter: Reana Malori

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Book Cover Design 
Presenter: Kate Farlow 

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Demystifying Intellectual Property
Presenter: Caridad Pineiro 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Formatting & Uploading 
Presenter: Jillian Liota
5:00 - 5:10 p.m.              End of Day Recap

5:15 p.m.

After Hours: Canva Demonstration 
Presenter: A.M. Roark

Sunday, October 16


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Book Brush Presentation
Presenter: Kathleen Sweeney
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Finding Your Target Audience on Social Media: A Step-By-Step Guide
Presenter: Amanda Lovell

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Getting Started with Facebook/Instagram Ads: What Writers Need to Know 
Presenter: Finola Austin

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Affordable Amazon Ads for Romance Authors 
Presenter: Quinn Ward

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Where on Earth Is My Next Favorite Author? Metadata, Keywords, and SEO
Presenters: TB Bond

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

The Art of Publicity for Indie Romance Authors 
Presenter: Athena Hernandez

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Building a Profitable Self-Publishing Business using the BEN-P Method
Presenter: Siera London

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Where's My Book? Increasing Your Book's Discoverability
Presenter: TB Bond and Siera London

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote
Presenter: Siera London