Keynote: What Book Publishers Look for In Authors

Robert H. Pruett, President and Publisher of Brandylane Publishers

In this keynote talk, Robert Pruett, President/Publisher at Brandylane Publishers, teaches new and seasoned authors the necessary steps to take in order to get book publishers to accept their manuscripts. A 15-minute Q&A session will be at the conclusion of the talk.

About Robert Pruett

As a veteran teacher of English, creative writing, and journalism at the high school, college, and university levels, working with emerging and professional writers has been one of Robert’s passions for over four decades. His broad experience as a writer and teacher gives him a sensitive understanding of the writing, editing, and publishing processes. In addition to founding Brandylane in 1985 and Belle Isle Books in 2010, Robert founded and served as editor of Pleasant Living, a magazine for Virginia’s River Country, from 1989 to 2016, and also founded and edited V Magazine for Women from 2004 to 2012. Although a lover of the classics, memoir, biography, dystopian fiction, poetry, and works focusing on social justice, his interests are far-ranging, and he has published hundreds of books in diverse genres and subject matter. Robert is a published essayist and poet and holds a BA in English from Georgia State University and an MA in English and interdisciplinary humanities from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Tanya, and their Boxer, Harley.

Creating Exciting Children’s Books with Dynamic Characters

Chris Barcomb

In this talk, author Chris Barcomb shares the creative process behind his Superior Sam series and how you can create dynamic characters for your book. He will also discuss the process of writing children’s books and how you can get started.

About Chris Barcomb

Chris Bracomb is the writer/creator of the all age’s comic book series The Amazing Adventure of Superior Sam. Superior Sam is an amputee superhero without any superpowers. Despite not having any powers Superior Sam shows people what it’s like to be different while taking on the challenges of protecting his school from bullies. Chris is also an amputee and retired police officer.

The Art of Collaboration: You Don’t Have to Write Your Book Alone

Barbara Gustavson and Chris Jones

In this talk, Barbara Gustavson, author of “Permission to be Bold,” and book writing coach Chris Jones talk about how authors who have book ideas, but worry about whether they can get their ideas onto paper, can work together with book writing coaches to complete their book.

About Barbara Gustavson

Barbara Gustavson, President of Discover Next Step, is an author and executive coach that that equips people to live more boldly, get clear on their calling and pay it forward.

Barbara works mostly with women in her coaching programs and workshops – where she guides them to discover their unique purpose, navigate the obstacles and enjoy making an impact without getting swallowed up in the chaos of life.

She is a Founding Member and Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team. She has shared the stage with John C. Maxwell and has co-led his Transformational Leadership Awards for 4+ years.

About Chris Jones

Chris Jones is an author, book writing coach, three-time Virginia Press Association award-winning journalist, and acquisition editor with Morgan James Publishing.

His burning desire is to help authors write and publish books that get them the results they desire. He achieves this through his coaching and training sessions and his podcast and book—”The Art & Business of Writing”. Chris has helped many authors successfully navigate the writing and publishing process in both self-publishing and hybrid publishing. He’s been in the writing and marketing industry for 20 years.