Books Alive! 2014 Conference Schedule
































































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8 - 9 am


9 - 9:05 am

Welcome by David O. Stewart, President of the Independent.

Agents Roundtable: Crafting and Pitching a Proposal

9:05 - 9:50 am

“What makes an effective pitch?”

Moderator: Will Pittman

Helen Zimmermann

Sorche Fairbank

Paul S. Levine 

New Platforms and Old

10:00 - 10:45 am

“With so many ways to publish, what’s an author to do?”

Moderator: Pat McNees.

Jessica Case – Pegasus Books

Ewurama Ewusi - Mensah author of “Brown Bag Guide to Book Publishing”

Jim Reston - Author of traditional and e-published books
































Tools of the Trade: Producing, Protecting, Publicizing the Product

10:55 - 11:40 am

Moderator: Deborah Grosvenor

Elena Paul (Lawyer)

Gene Taft (Publicist)

Susan Coll (Bookseller)

Tom Shroder (Editor)































The Perils and Rewards of Self-Publishing

11:50 am - 12:30 pm

Moderator: Austin S. Camacho

Peter Ross Range

Grigsby Crawford

Dan Moldea


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Luncheon Speaker: David Maraniss
































Concurrent Panels

2:00 - 2:45 pm

Cooking the Books: Culinary Authors’ Recipe for Success

Moderator – Joe Yonan

Joan Nathan

Phyllis Richman

Aviva Goldfarb

The Mystery Market
Moderator – Dan Morse

Art Taylor

Donna Andrews

Brad Parks

Laura Lippman
































































Concurrent Panels

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Politicians and Prose: A Publishing Perennial
Moderator - Peggy Engel

Chris Matthews

Evan Thomas

Peter Baker

Writing for Kids: A Cornucopia of Children’s Books
Moderator – Fred Bowen

Phyllis Naylor

Maria Olsen

Catherine Reef
































































Concurrent Panels

4:00 - 4:45 pm

Fiction Panel - What’s Novel about the Novel?
Moderator - Richard McCann

Howard Norman

Manil Suri

Susan Shreve

Help Yourself: Self-Help Books Go Viral
Moderator – Michelle Singletary

Julie Sussman

Stephanie Glakas-Tenet

Caroline Miller

































































































































































































































































































































































5 - 5:15 pm