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Save $75 on a Mediabistro Memoir Writing Course with GALLEYCAT Code

Memoir WritingInspired by memoirs like Wild  and The Glass Castle?

Get published and share your story with the world with a Mediabistro class. Whether you’ve written 200 pages, twenty pages, or simply jotted down an idea, we’ll guide you towards a finished manuscript.

Save $75 on either class when you use the code GALLEYCAT at checkout before Tuesday, February 5 at 3 pm ET.

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Draft a Romance Novel with a Bestselling Author

Romance Novel WritingRomance novels are hot right now. With bestsellers like Fifty Shades of Grey hitting the markets, editors are on the hunt for the next big thing.

Lucky for you, Mediabistro is offering an online Romance Novel Writing class starting November 27. Draft your romance novel manuscript with Sophie Jordan, international bestselling author of 16 romance and three young adult novels. She’ll show you how to keep your story hot, use your imagination to build exciting characters, and prepare to submit your story to an editor. By the end of 12 sessions, you’ll have an amazing manuscript and invaluable writing experience.

Save $50 when you use the code GALLEYCAT at checkout before 5 pm ET on Wednesday, November 21.

Scholastic Media President Joins Media App Summit; Registration Rates Go Up at Midnight

Scholastic Media president Deborah Forte has joined our Media App Summit on December 3 in New York City. Forte is the brains behind the development and creation of Storia, Scholastic eReading App, will share thoughts about Maximizing Discoverability and Profitability in Book App Marketplaces.

Join us and gain innovative insight on app development, marketing, and monetization–registration prices go up at midnight, so you should register now. You’ll hear from leading developers, publishers, entrepreneurs, and media professionals on strategies to build brand awareness, retain an audience, and create valuable content.

Jason Hirschhorn, former president of Myspace and CEO of the ReDEF Group, will deliver a keynote address. He will talk about the monumental changes that have swept the media industry since the rise of social networks and apps during his session, Where Do We Go Next? A Mobile Roadmap for Media Professionals.  In addition, Amanda D’Acierno, VP and Publisher at Random House Audio, will examine everything from digital textbooks to app-based study guides during the Exploring Apps & Educational Publishing session.

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Write Your Memoir with a Published Author

memoirwritingEveryone may have a story to tell, but not everyone can write a compelling memoir. This class will show you how to turn your life experiences into literature that connects with readers and interests publishers.

In a provocative, supportive environment, you’ll workshop your memoir-in-progress and receive valuable feedback. With the aid of weekly assignments, lectures, reading, and critique, you’ll produce up to 30 pages of polished text and an outline that will serve as the basis for a potential contract. Learn how to develop a distinctive voice and make deeply personal material accessible — and even irresistible — to outsiders.

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Early Bird Rates for Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Boot Camp End Tomorrow

On October 18, Mediabistro brings you Social Media Marketing Boot Camp, an interactive online event and workshop. The event includes keynote speakers, practical how-to sessions, and strategic assignments to provide a dynamic training on social media. By the end of eight weeks, you will create an integrated strategic plan, using various social media platforms, to build an engaged audience and convert traffic into sales.

Early bird rates are available today. Save $100 when you sign up before they end tomorrow, September 20.

Our speakers include:

Michael Bepko, Global Online Community Manager, Whole Foods Brian Carter, Author, LinkedIn For Business
Keidra Chaney, Digital Content Strategist, The Web Farm Lauren Cucinotta, Branding + Editorial Manager, TEDx
Jennifer Dubrow, Global Social Business Transformation Leader, Inside Sales, IBM Frank Eliason, Senior Vice President of Social Media, Citibank
Jim Hopkinson, Digital Marketing Strategist + Blogger, The Hopkinson Report Barbara Pantuso, Director of Product Strategy, Huge
Dr. Jay Parkinson, Pediatrician and Social Entreprenuer Andrew Patterson, Director of New Media, MLB Advanced Media
Dave Pickett, Social Media Editor, University of Chicago Amy Porterfield, Author, Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies
Brian Ries, Senior Editor, Social Media, Newsweek & The Daily Beast Jennifer Rubio, Social Media Marketing Manager, Warby Parker
Steven Tristan Young, Director, Acquisition Marketing and Brand Awareness, Seamless.com

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Mediabistro Hot Summer Deals

Want to expand your knowledge without breaking the bank? Join industry peers and top-tier experts at our upcoming Mediabistro events in New York City and Los Angeles to connect, learn, and share insight.

Check out Mediabistro’s Hot Summer Sale below. For any questions or inquires regarding events, sponsorship or partnership opportunities, please email our events team.

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Take Scribe Agency to Undiscovered Places

If there’s one thing that Scribe Agency hates, it’s a typical, unoriginal plotline. Specializing in science fiction and fantasy, this agency is looking for unique stories that will take readers to new places, realms or galaxies.

Founder Kristopher O’Higgins insists that his writers go beyond “the same-as-everything-else pabulum that chokes the shelves of your local bookstore.” Only truly original stories will work, not just a different variation of a NYT bestseller.

If you’re in the market for a literary agent, read Pitching An Agent: Scribe Agency. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

Marc Lamont Hill Talks Literature, Closing Bookstores

For author and TV commentator Marc Lamont Hill, books were a defining part of his childhood, which makes the closing of bookstores worldwide all the more devastating. In his So What Do You Do? interview, Hill discusses the impact of literature on society and how that has changed in a world with fewer bookstores.

“Hue-Man Bookstore, one of the major black bookstores in Harlem, just closed. There’s a great journalistic story there but there’s also a story, I think, that connects to my academic interests in literacy, public space, identity and political economy,” he said. “I grew up in a neighborhood where bookstores taught me what it meant to be young and black and male in the age of crack. That shit mattered. So, I’m writing a book right now called Knowledge of Self that looks at the role of the black literary counterpublic, the space where literature is at the center of resistance work.

Read more in So What Do You Do, Marc Lamont Hill, Author, Professor and TV Commentator?

Andrea Hackett

T.D. Jakes on Breaking Into Hollywood and Selling Your First Script

After penning over 30 self-help titles and novels (two of which became New York Times bestsellers) and producing films like Jumping The Broom and the highly anticipated Sparkle remake starring the late Whitney Houston, Bishop T.D. Jakes has become a true force in Hollywood. But his breakthrough into the media bizz was anything but conventional.

In his Mediabistro So What Do You Do? interview, Jakes gave some valuable advice for writers and authors looking to break into the film biz.

“The old adage is it’s not what you know but who you know. I think that’s very, very important. There are a lot of people who know the ‘what’ of it but don’t know the ‘who’ of it. Everything advances through relationships, and the better you build strong relationships, the more opportunity you’re going to have.”

So, what makes a script great for TDJ Enterprises? “I think it has to be something that has a message,” he said.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Bishop T.D. Jakes?

Andrea Hackett

Get Individual Attention from a Veteran Agent

After working for both large and small agencies, William Clark started his own one-man shop, Wm. Clark Associates. And it is that unique, one-on-one relationship with clients that sets his agency apart.

“A lot of authors will go to a large agency thinking, ‘Oh, they also do television and stage and public appearances, and I’m just going to get everything under one roof,’” Clark said. “Unfortunately, more often than not, that is representation based more on obligation than enthusiasm. I look to assemble a team of colleagues representing the different aspects of a client’s career, rather than having it all under one roof, where one division of an agency has to represent something even though they may not have a vision for pitching that to buyers.”

If you’re interested in working with Clark, read Pitching an Agent: Wm Clark Associates. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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