Do you sometimes feel alone in your pursuit for a full-time author career? Have you put the basics of self- or hybrid-publishing in place without getting the results you need to support yourself and your family? Are you ready to learn the skills you need to get the success you deserve?
Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen have covered the publishing industry for 180+ consecutive weeks with their podcast The Sell More Books Show. They've had their own success (over half a million downloads of their books) and helped other authors launch their own success. And now it's time for them to help you... LIVE!
Join Jim, Bryan, J. Thorn, Zach Bohannon and more for a two full days of sessions run by the best in the industry. But even more importantly, they're the best TEACHERS, making sure you learn the intermediate and advanced tips and techniques to send your career in the right direction.Reserve My Seat for SMBSS 2018
We know it's important to meet with the best in the biz and authors in your genre. That's why we're organizing Mentor Breakfasts and Genre Dinners to make sure your time in Chicago is optimized.
These are not the talks you've seen everywhere else. Sell is in the title of this conference for a reason. Each speaker will share helpful, practical wisdom to increase the number of books you sell and teach you how to ensure your future creative work sets you up for a successful career.
Chicago is filled with delicious food, unparalleled entertainment, and bustling retail with a down-home Midwestern feel. Blocks away from Wrigley Field, Lake Michigan, and countless restaurants, you'll be able to customize your Chicago journey to be exactly what you want it to be.
Filled with guest stars and the joys of live performance, watch Jim and Bryan navigate the latest news in-person!
May 4, 5, 6, 2018
Chicago Theater Works
1113 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
6pm-9pm - Dinner & Live Podcasts
8am - Doors Open
9am-11:30am - Presentations on Production, Outlining & Writing Faster
11:30am-1pm - Lunch!
1pm-4pm - Presentations on Email Sequences, Community Growth, and List Growth Hacking
4pm-4:30pm - Super Secret Surprise
4:30pm-5:30pm - Presentation on Collaboration
5:30pm-6:30pm - Happy Hour Networking Event
8am - Doors Open
9am-11am - Presentations on Advertising, Experimenting, & Business Building
11am-12pm - Lunch!
12pm-2pm - Q&A, Putting It All Together & Closing
2pm-3pm - Networking Event #2
With over 20 years of industry experience, Jim has given talks large and small on marketing, motivation, and publishing. His sites Author Marketing Club and Build a Business Around a Book have helped thousands of authors learn and grow their careers. In person, he'll give you the tough love you need to take necessary action in your author business.
A two-time USA Today bestselling author, Bryan has sold over 100,000 books and co-written over 800 book descriptions in a variety of genres. Inspired by his improv and acting background, Bryan's dynamic speaking style entertains and educates in equal measure. Expect a high-energy blast of advice you can apply immediately to boost your career.
As co-owners of Molten Universe Media and hosts of Authors on a Train, J. and Zach are masters of collaboration and co-writing. A pair of Amazon Top 100 Horror Authors who go together like zombie peas and werewolf carrots. Anticipate tips and tricks on expanding your production through win-win partnerships and learning exactly which Amtrak seats inspire the most creativity.
A seven-figure author of fantasy, space opera, and sci-fi romance, Lindsay is a humble force-of-nature who is as dedicated to the author community as she is to her precious dogs. As the co-host of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast, she has educated thousands on the virtues of advertising, cover design, and healthy production schedules. Plan for dry wit and knowledge bombs from an author who knows what five- and six-figure royalty statements look like and how to replicate them.
After conquering a variety of marketing and writing challenges, Chris hit six-figures after only a few years self-publishing. Through his videos, books, and podcast interviews, this bearded Californian makes sure his strategies make it into the hands of the author community as quickly as he can. If you want to write faster, write smarter, and write exactly what your readers want, then reserve your front and center seat for the summit today!
A bestselling author of the novels The Ones Who Matter Most (named a 2016 Editor's Pick by Library Journal), Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon (all from Penguin), the Darling Bay and the Cypress Hollow series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland and she teaches writing in the extension programs at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. She's proud to be a New Zealander as well as a US citizen, though her Kiwi accent only comes out when she's very tired.
Brian has become known as the Master of the Amazon Ad and is the author of Mastering Amazon Ads, a title with 205 reviews and 4.9-star average. With appearances on many publishing podcasts and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent optimizing keywords and sales copy, he knows how to get the right title in front of the right eyes. He's a data junkie and a huge fan of guinea pigs. If you struggle with confusing and often bewildering ad dashboards, Brian can show you how to move the needle and not only create better ads, but ones that will sell books.
After years as a marketing director and spending time in the start-up world, Monica has turned her infectious passion and energy to the world of publishing. She's written over half a million words of fiction and published 20+ books. She blogs weekly about writing, publishing, marketing, and storytelling at Prose on Fire. Monica loves sharing ideas that inspire, teach, and create movement in others and that is exactly what she's going to do at the Sell More Books Show Summit.
Nestled in a bustling theatre district, Chicago Theater Works plays host to lively shows like Tony & Tina's Wedding and Flanagan's Wake (a comedic Irish funeral), this 175-seat venue will be the summit's special spot in 2018.
Within walking distance of multiple hotels and a convenient downtown train, Chicago Theater Works is the best space to plant our flag for the inaugural 2018 SMBS Summit.
We'll be reserving a block of rooms at 1-2 nearby hotels within walking distance of the venue. Once you secure your spot for the summit, we'll email you as soon as the information is available.
There are also many AirBnB locations available in the neighborhood. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.Click here to see the list of hotels
Immortalized in movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Blues Brothers, Chicago is a vibrant city that's perfect for foodies, music-lovers, comedy aficionados, and authors. With easy-to-follow public transportation, you can choose to attend official SMBSS mentor breakfasts and genre dinners, or you can hop on a train or bus to visit museums, restaurants, and iconic parks and sculptures. You will receive a detailed list of attractions in the weeks leading up to the summit to help you plan your unforgettable stay in the Midwest's largest city.Reserve My Seat for SMBSS 2018