The Art of Writing 2019: A Focused Conference for Writers, Storytellers and Publishing Curators

November 6, 2019
Lipscomb University, Nashville

Followed by The Christy Award® Gala

Sessions

Author
Lysa TerKeurst

NYT bestselling author; Founder, COMPEL Training; President, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Reaching the Heart of Readers

Besides her New York Times bestselling books, Lysa TerKeurst is known for her ability to come alongside readers and articulate their needs and fears—and point them to Jesus—in her writing and speaking. In both nonfiction and fiction, a compelling topic or story always comes first, but the characters and themes have to resonate with the deepest heart needs of readers to make a lasting impact. Lysa’s insights will help publishers and authors find new ways to communicate biblical truth and craft stories that connect with readers as well as giving publishing teams guidance for knowing how to find and develop life-changing manuscripts.

About Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the #1 New York Times’ best-selling author of Uninvited, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 17 other books. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on The Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com or on social media at @LysaTerKeurst.

Author
James Rubart

Christy, Carol, INSPY, RT Book Reviews award-winning author

“Next-Level” Writing

Going beyond the basics of craft instruction, writing coach and multi-Christy-award winning author Jim Rubart will share secrets for adding depth and emotional impact when writing and editing your novel. This is for the longtime writer who wants to get better with every new release rather than maintaining the status quo—and for the aspiring writers who want to know what it takes to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

About James Rubart

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He's the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, CAROL, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of ten novels and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish his stories. He's also a branding expert, audio book narrator, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder with his son, Taylor, of the Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in Washington state.

Author
Anne Bogel

Author, blogger, and podcaster

Casting Novel Characters Using the Enneagram

The best way to write realistic characters is to have a better understanding of real people—their motivations, fears, flaws, and unique abilities. The Enneagram personality assessment helps reveal those deeper-level qualities. Fiction lover Anne Bogel, known for her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, shares insights she presents in her book, Reading People, with direct application for fiction writers. Whether you’re in the plotting stage looking for a place to start or wanting to try a different approach for your next novel, this fresh take on character development will give you plenty of ideas for inner conflict, realistic growth and change, and heroes and heroines your readers will love.

About Anne Bogel

Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and host of the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book. Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers.The author of Reading People and I’d Rather Be Reading, Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, 4 children and yellow lab.

Author
Amy Green (Moderator)

Senior Fiction Publicist,
Bethany House Publishers

Author
Michele Misiak

Marketing Director,
Revell Books / Baker Publishing Group

Author
Dave Schroeder

VP of Marketing,
B&H Publishing Group

Author
Steve Laube

Agent for Steve Laube Agency,
and President of Enclave Publishing

Author
Anne Bogel

Author, blogger, and podcaster

Publishing Pros Share Their Secrets about Marketing

Imagine gathering a group of marketing experts to ask, “If you wrote a novel, how would you do your personal marketing differently than most authors you’ve observed?” That’s where this panel will begin before going into details of strategy, time management, and goal-setting. Our panelists understand the trends in reader engagement and platform for fiction, and they’ll share stories about what works and what’s not worth your time. Be prepared to walk away with strong, specific marketing takeaways you can apply right away to getting the word out about your book.

About Amy Green

Amy Green has been the Senior Fiction Publicist at Bethany House Publishers since 2013. Her typical day might involve planning book tours, handling media requests, interacting with reviewers, answering author questions about marketing, and other tasks designed to introduce readers to great books. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Professional Writing and was excited to find a job with a publisher whose books she’s loved since childhood. You can find her running Bethany House’s social media and blogging every Thursday at bethanyfiction.com—feel free to stop by and comment anytime!

About Michele Misiak

Michele Misiak is a Marketing Director with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group where her area of focus is on fiction. Michele has spent the last 20 years connecting with readers through books. The first 10 years were with Waldenbooks/Borders in Field Management, selling directly to readers. Michele is married to her high school sweetheart and have three children who lack neither personality nor heart. Michele is the Director of the Baby Pantry of Lowell, where she serves Moms and their families in need with essentials.

About Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing at B&H Publishing Group in Nashville, Tennessee. He leads the marketing and creative team developing strategies for books, Bibles, kids books, academic, and Spanish language resources. Prior to joining B&H, he served as Account Director at The A Group, an advertising agency, as well as spending six years leading marketing at Thomas Nelson Publishers for the Max Lucado brand and Nelson Books. Dave hails from St. Louis but lives currently in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters. In his summers you can find him watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, reading a great history book, quoting random movies, and taking adventures with his family. Twitter: @davidmschroeder

About Steve Laube

Steve Laube, president and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, is a veteran of the bookselling industry with nearly 40 years of experience. He spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year by AWSA. Over 16 years ago, Steve became an agent where he and his agency have represented nearly 2,000 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He has represented everything from sweet romance to systematic theology and his clients are both fiction and non-fiction writers. He is the President of The Christian Writers Institute and publishes the annual Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks. In addition, he is the owner and President of Enclave Publishing one of the premier publishers of Christian fantasy and science fiction.

About Anne Bogel

Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and host of the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book. Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers.The author of Reading People and I’d Rather Be Reading, Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, 4 children and yellow lab.

Conference Curator

Team Member

Amy Green

Senior Fiction Publicist, Bethany House Publishers


Amy Green has been the Senior Fiction Publicist at Bethany House Publishers since 2013. Her typical day might involve planning book tours, handling media requests, interacting with reviewers, answering author questions about marketing, and other tasks designed to introduce readers to great books. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Professional Writing and was excited to find a job with a publisher whose books she’s loved since childhood. You can find her running Bethany House’s social media and blogging every Thursday at bethanyfiction.com—feel free to stop by and comment anytime!

“There are issues that everyone on the world of Christian fiction cares about, but for the most part, aspiring writers, established authors, editors, marketers, agents, and other professionals discuss these issues in their own small groups. What I love about the Art of Writing conference is that it enables all of us to gather together in person and have conversations about big picture issues in the industry. We can learn so much from others’ unique perspectives.”

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