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Early Bird Pricing - US$239.00 – Plus: Get 10% off your second ticket!
(till May 1, 2017)

Regular Pricing    - US$299.00

Please note: This event is strictly limited to 100 people.
It is the maximum occupancy for these historic buildings
owned and operated by The Atlanta Historical Society, Inc. 

Speakers and Highlights:


Afternoon Program – Saturday, September 30, 2017,
Hyatt Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Cover contest: "Vote for the best book cover" 
All attendees are invited to present one (1) of their book covers

as well as vote for the five best covers.
On Sunday Oct. 1, 2017 cover designer Vann Baker 

will analyze the top five covers. 


Stephen Geez

"How to Avoid Costly Writing Mistakes"

Stephen Geez explains how to avoid the sure pitfalls of publishing – finding a qualified

editor and cover designer, and the importance of hiring a skilled formatter to produce

a high-quality book. 


Traci Sanders

"How to Balance Life as a Writer, a Promoter and a 'Social Media Star'"

Writing a book is one thing. Promoting it is where the real work begins. Multi-award

winning author Traci Sanders will offer tips on how to balance your writing time and

personal time, and still get everything done in your day.


Gisela Hausmann

"The Dreaded Contact Email -

How to get the attention of reviewers, bloggers, and media personalities"

How do you get your email noticed in a world with millions of emails? 

Email evangelist Gisela Hausmann is the winner of the 2016 Sparky Award

"Best Subject Line." She is also an Amazon top reviewer. 


Q/A - Panel Discussion "Indie Writers' Chores" 

with Stephen Geez, Traci Sanders, and Gisela Hausmann


Optional Get-Together at the Juniper Bar - Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

Morning Program – Sunday, October 1, 2017,
Hyatt Midtown, Atlanta, GA


Award Contest Entry Raffle 

All attendees are entered automatically

10 Prizes!!! (a 1:10 Chance to Win)

Readers’ Favorite, one of the largest Book Review and Award Contest companies in the world, has donated 10 entries into their 2018 International Book Awards Contest.

​Regular price of one contest entry $89.00​

Many thanks to our sponsor Readers' Favorite!


Stephanie Collins
"Writing a Multi-award winning Memoir

and Champion Your Mission via Social Media"

So, you wrote a beautiful book. Maybe it won multiple awards...

How do you keep it going and champion your mission?

Stephanie Collins is an expert on building a fan base.

Not only did her book win an amazing 15 awards, Stephanie's blogs

and  tweets make an impact on people's lives every day. 

Stephanie has almost 100,000 followers on Twitter. 


Michael Lynes

"Writing a Multi-award winning Memoir

and Getting Featured on BookBub Three (3) Times" 

7-time award winner Michael Lynes created a book that not only moved readers,

it moved Bookbub, too. His work was promoted on Bookbub three times. Michael

knows what many authors would like to know.


Gisela Hausmann

"Boosting Your Book Sales  with an Industry Award"

Every author knows about book awards. Entering and hopefully winning an

industry award can boost book sales even more. 


Panel Discussion "Promoting Your Book Effectively"

with Stephanie Collins, Michael Lynes, and Gisela Hausmann

Hosted at the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown 

Celebration Luncheon at the Margaret Mitchell House

(Strictly Limited to 100 Attendees) 

Morning Program – Monday, October 2, 2017
Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA


Margaret Mitchell House

Guided Tour

with photo-op:

Have your picture taken sitting at the desk in front of the typewriter!

Post it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to impress your fans and followers!

Browse the gift-shop.

The 1st  floor houses Margaret Mitchell’s Crescent Avenue Apartment No. 1,

where she wrote her Pulitzer Prize winning book.

A Passion for Character focuses on Margaret Mitchell's motives for writing the novel

and the lifestyle of the author and her husband, John Marsh, in 1920s Atlanta.

Stars Fall on Atlanta: The Premiere of Gone With the Wind highlights events and

people in Atlanta surrounding the world premiere in December 1939. The display

shows Atlanta’s excitement over the arrival of the stars of Gone With the Wind and

the debut of the motion picture at Loew’s Grand Theatre.


"Celebration Lunch in front of the Margaret  Mitchell House"


Southern Lunch including lemonade, sweet tea and unsweeted tea.  

Networking with your new author friends.

Good-bye speeches. 

In the rare event that it rains, the lunch will be held at Commercial Row,

a historic retail building on the premises.

[​Average temperature 74 °F /65 °F , Precipitation 0.05 in / mo]​

Afternoon Program – Sunday, October 1, 2017,
Hyatt Midtown, Atlanta, GA


Vann Baker

"The Importance of Book Covers and Visual Branding"

25-year industry veteran Vann Baker explains "how to" optimize cover designs for

ebooks and print books. Not every design looks good on all types of e-readers.

Live analysis of the five best covers chosen on Saturday.


Katherine Cerulean
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Meet-Up Groups" 

Katherine Cerulean is an expert on how to lead a Meet-up group successfully.

​Her group "Achieving Your Dreams in Athens - Write, Create, Live Better"

has 497 members, with an impressive record of 289 successful meetings. 


Myra Ruiz

"Getting Featured on Local TV

Myra Ruiz is one of the morning anchors at WYFF-4 Greenville, SC.

She has hosted 1,000+ authors and small business owners on her show.  


Gisela Hausmann

"Using Media Coverage to Get Your Book in Public Libraries "

Gisela Hausmann's books have been featured in the SUCCESS magazine, in Entrepreneur,

on Bloomberg, and on NBCNews. She has conducted extensive research on this topic.

Her books have been added to the collections of libraries in 10 U.S. states. 


Optional Get-Together at the Juniper Bar - Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

Morning Program – Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hyatt Midtown, Atlanta, GA




Welcome & Overview


Bethany Turner

"The Hybrid Author of the 21st Century"

Author Bethany Turner is a part of both worlds. She self-published her Abigail Phelps

series, but her latest Christian Fiction novel is being published by Baker Publishing

Group. Bethany will delve into the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing. 


JB McGee

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Bestselling Series" 

JB McGee is a multi-genre author. Her novel Skipping Stones: A Military Romance was

a #1 best seller in Women's Christian Fiction. Amazon Crossing acquired the German

rights to her debut novel, Broken, and she is the author of the best-selling series

~This Series~ and ~Magnolia Grove Series~.


.Q/A & Panel discussion "Publishing in the 21st Century"
with Bethany Turner and JB McGee​


Becca Godwin
"What does a book reviewer from a major newspaper do?" 
Becca Godwin, book reviewer at the Atlanta Constitution Journal, will share with us what a newspaper book reviewer does. How they select books out of the thousand of books that published every month.