Schedule of Conference Sessions & Workshops

The 805 Writers Conference 2019 Schedule

Full Schedule of the weekends events.



9 to 9:15 – Welcome to the conference with Kathleen Kaiser

9:15 to 10:15 – Funneling book sales through your platform

with author, publisher, and book marketing expert  Zhena Muzyka

Learn how to maximize your sales and make your website the center of your marketing tools.

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10:30 to noon – Social Media for Authors

With author and  social media whiz Mandy Jackson Beverly

Mandy will review the social media networks she uses to  sell thousands of books and build excitement for her next books

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Lunch Noon to 1 pm

1 to 2 pm – How to Pitch Your Idea

with literary agent and producer Sherry Robb

Learn from a woman who signs authors and sells books to screen what you really need to say. If you sign up to pitch an agent Saturday, this session is a must. 

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Break 2 to 2:15 pm

2:15 to 3:15 – Building your street teams-the secrets to selling more books

With Penny Sansevieri, bestselling author and CEO of the Author Market Experts

Why you need to start gathering supporters and followers before your book launches and how to do it.

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Break 3:15 to 3:30 pm

3:30 to 5 pm – Literary Agent Panel

With- Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Agency; Dana Newman, Literary agent, and lawyer; Sherry Robb of the Robb Group; Toni Lopopolo, Lopopolo Literary Management; and Michelle Zeitlin, Literary Manager/Producer, More Zap Management.

The agents will go over what types of books they are looking for, what are the new trends that are selling and take your questions.

With Kathleen Kaiser as Moderator

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Workshops on Saturday – Each workshop is limited to 20 writers to guarantee personal interaction with the instructor. 

Your Books Future: Great Starts and Great Reboots 

With the multi-award-winning author of “How To Do It Frugally” Series of books for writers, Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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2 to 4 pm – Agent 1 on 1.

Want 10 minutes one-on-one with a literary agent? Then sign up for Agent 1 on 1 where you can pitch your manuscript. Currently confirmed are: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Agency; Dana Newman, Literary agent, and lawyer; Sherry Robb of the Robb Group; and Toni Lopopolo, Lopopolo Literary Management.


You may only register for the Agent 1|on|1 after you have purchased either the full weekend or full day, Saturday or Sunday passes. a Confirmation letter will be sent after purchase with instructions on how to register. Registration open October 1-20. 



9 to 9:15 – Welcome to the Conference with Kathleen Kaiser

9:15 to 11 am – Mastering Amazon: Optimization, Ads, and the Perfect Book Launch

With Penny Sansevieri, Author and CEO of Author Marketing Experts

Amazon is essential to book sales if you are an indie author to have a publisher. Penny is a master of selling on Amazon and she shares the latest ways Amazon can be used to sell more books.

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Break 11 to 11:15 am

11:15 to 12:30 pm – The triumphs and perils of Self-publishing with 3 self-published authors, Kimberly Davis Basso, Ivor Davis and Patricia Fry

Each author will go through how they have brought their books to market, what they would have done differently and what really worked for them.

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LUNCH – 12:30 to 1:30 pm 

1:30 to 2:30 pm – Writing winning query letters that agents will read.

with Michelle Zeitlin Literary Manager/Producer, More Zap Management. 

Michelle is the owner and lead manager of MORE ZAP MANAGEMENT which handles talent development & management, Creative Direction, Events, Vision and Career Strategy for working actors, dancers, singers, choreographers, directors, and writers.

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Break 2:30 to 2:45 pm

2:45 to 3:45 pm – Editorial Magic: Revising Your Way to Success

with professional editors Emily Heckman and Naomi Kim Eagleson

Two regional professional editors focused on content development will discuss what writers need to understand so that editors can help them polish and refine their manuscript, not rewrite it. 

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Break 3:45 to 4 pm

4  to 5:30 pm – Books to Screen- Turning your book into a movie series

With Producer and former head of HBO Films Ilene Kahn Power, Producer/director Carolyn McDonald, Agent/producer Sherry Robb, and Producer Howard Rosenman; and Michelle Zeitlin, Literary Manager/Producer, More Zap Management.

Content is king now with so many streaming channels. Meet agents and producers looking for material for screen – individual movies, limited series, and new shows.

With Kathleen Kaiser as Moderator

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Workshops on Sunday- Each workshop is limited to 20 writers to guarantee personal interaction with instructor.

The Essentials of Character – With Agent/Instructor Toni Lopopolo- A full-day workshop

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Master the Short Story – with Legendary author and editor Shelly Lowenkopf- Half day

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The Countdown Begins!