A standing ovation to the speakers and attendees at the May 7-9 Extravaganza. It’s not an everyday thing in the meeting planning world where High Fives were flying for the Speakers, the Program, the Food and the Hotel. But that’s exactly what the evals said.
On Thursday, the Eagles and Eaglets were off to a brisk start. Attendees were mesmerized by Mara Purl’s program that wove fiction and nonfiction narratives; by Bill Van Orsdel deep dive into creating Super Fans; and the presenters throughout the day capped with the amazing Deep Dive Dinner workshop delivered by Heather Lutze. You want the DVDs to this session. Attendees cheered for the support from the friendly AuthorU Sharks. Three “guppies” were in the tank in the afternoon–next year, ALREADY two of the four slots are taken. We will only do them on Thursday afternoon after the final Eagle/Eaglet session on September 16th. Will you get one of the final two spots?
The WINNERS to the Draft to Dream Book Competition were announced. Congratulations to Tony Oliver (Fiction), Timothy Madden (Childrens), Stephani Parriott (YA-Juvenile) and Julie Griffin (Nonfiction).
Friday kicked off with Joel Comm and flying monkeys (you needed to be there)– followed by a variety of topics that would only add to marketing, social media, publicity, Pinterest marketing, crowdfunding, Ted talks and building book buzz. The accolades for the Evening with Jimmy Wayne echoed through the halls. Any of the sessions up to the were worth the price of admission. When the hotel surprised us with the ice sculpture above let us know that something special was coming … and boy, was it!
Saturday roared in like a March wind. We learned more tricks and tips about working and weaving in and around Amazon. The session on interior designs was stellar, creating high profit products, creating a podcast (and why you need to get started now), branding and getting foreign rights were excellent.
Huge AuthorU thanks to our faculty of Joel Comm, Hayley Foster, Sandra Beckwith, Joan Stewart, Lori Gama, Lisa Hale, Nancy ChenAmy Collins, Daniel Hall, Lori Ruff, Robin Cutler, John Kremer,Victoria Sutherland, Rebecca Finkel, Judith Briles, Mara Purl, Hunter Boyle, Marty Dickinson, Gary Jezorski, Susie Scott, Kelly Johnson, Angela Boyle, Nick Zelinger Patti Thorn, Steve Replin and Nick Taylor. Yes, it takes a village to create the AuthorU Extravaganza.
Thank you to the Exhibitors who made themselves available to attendees during the Exhibit times and post. Huge take-aways!
And thank you to the attendees who came from North, South, East and West f the United States. Canada was well represented as well.
Take the Extravaganza home with you and get what you missed on DVDs and audio (available on CD or flash drive). Order your copies here.
Huge news … next year’s is moving to September. Same hotel … and the dates are … September 15-17. Get them on your calendar. It’s going to be a Dare Greatly Year!
The AuthorU Extravaganza … the place to be if you are an author or author-to be and want to be seriously successful. If that’s you … take advantage of the Early, Early Bird sign ups and spread your registration fee of $395 over three payments for AuthorU members and $495 for nonmembers. Registration will open soon on our website.
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