Schedule of Events

Two days packed with training, education, and information.
The sessions and networking opportunities will motivate you, expand your publishing expertise, and keep you at the leading edge of the industry.

Session formats

The Disrupt sessions are as unique as the content they provide. 
No more falling asleep during boring keynotes or day-dreaming while a presenter drones on-and-on.

BAM Briefings

TED Talks meet NPR Moth Stories

Authors, entrepreneurs, publishers, and other book publishing professionals share their stories in 10 to 15-minute presentations. BAM Briefings will deliver clear, compelling, current, and competitive edge presentations of information worth sharing.

Enlighten Sessions

Lightening panel presentations and Q&A

Three presenters will give lightning talks on the subject matter in 10 minutes each. Each session starts with expert presentations on topics that are highly relevant and important to your book. Lively discussions on moderated questions from the audience  will follow the 15 minutes of presentations. 

Cover Makeover

Reality show reveal!

Is your book cover not doing your story any favors? Just want to get some professional feedback on the design? Our panel of expert cover designers will give your cover a few tweaks or a major overhaul. Want to submit your cover for consideration?  Attendees will have an opportunity to submit their book cover for a makeover at registration.

Limited Space Available! Don't Miss Out!

Detailed Session Info

Session details are still being finalized and presenters are being added daily.

We will update this page as often as possible.

Friday Morning - Optional Session

8:30 – 12:00 (noon)
PUBLISHING 101 – EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLISHING BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHO TO ASK
An in-depth review of all aspects of the book publishing industry to bring the novice up to speed and fill in a lot of knowledge gap for everyone else.
  • Traditional Royalty Publishing vs Independent Publishing vs Self-Publishing
  • Working with Agents
  • Find the right professionals for your book project
  • Editing: Developmental vs Content vs Copy
  • Interior Book Layout
  • Cover Design
  • Printing: POD vs Short-run and Digital vs Offset
  • eBooks
  • Distributors vs Wholesalers
  • Amazon
  • Finance basics – royalties, discounts, etc.
  • Marketing: Book reviews, advertising, book signings, blog tours, etc.
Mentors:
Diane Gedymin
Phil Knight
Randy Kuckuck
Jim Azevedo
12:00 – 12:45
LUNCH WITH THE MENTORS 
Enjoy a delicious lunch while networking with the other Pub 101 participants and the instructors.

Friday Afternoon

1:00 – 1:15
WELCOME 
Introduction to the program.

Randy Kuckuck
Executive Director
Center for Book Publishing

1:15 – 1:45
BAM Briefings

Presenters to be announced.

2:00 – 3:00
AMAZON - HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU

Secrets to using Amazon tools and tricks to sell more books.

Sandra Beckwith
Build Book Buzz

Kate Tilton
Kate Tilton’s Author Services

3:15 – 4:15
BOOK REVIEWS AND CONTESTS

How to get them and how to capitalize on the good ones.

Patti Thorn
BlueInk Reviews

Victoria Sutherland
Foreword Magazine

Carl Pritzkat
BookLife

4:30 – 5:30
BOOK MARKETING TIMELINE

How to plan and implement effective book marketing.

Brian Jud
APSS

Sandra Beckwith
Build Book Buzz

Kate Tilton
Kate Tilton’s Author Services

5:30 – 6:30

NETWORKING HOUR

Join your colleagues in the Exhibit area and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

6:30 – 8:30

BANQUET

The Disrupt Mentors and Exhibitors will be joining the attendees for a wonderful evening of great food and entertainment.

BAM Briefings - Special Edition

Presenters to be announced.

Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

SATURDAY

8:30 – 8:45
WELCOME 
Introduction to the day’s program

Randy Kuckuck
Executive Director
Center for Book Publishing

8:45 – 9:45
KEYS TO PROFITABLE PUBLISHING

Margins are tight in the publishing business. Make the most Return On Investment by paying attention to the details and the profits will grow!

Jonnie Bryant
McNaughton & Gunn

Jim Azevedo
Smashwords

10:00 – 11:00
DISTRIBUTION

Print-On-Demand is not always the best option for printing your book. Economics, design, and quality often require traditional offset or higher-quality digital printing of books, but then how do you get your book into bookstores and in eCommerce? Our experts will tell you the how's and why's of traditional book distribution.

Mentors:
T/B/D

11:15 – 12:15
YOUR CHOICE

What topic would you like us to explore? We'll be taking suggestions from attendees as they register and design this session based on your requests.

Mentors:
T/B/D

12:30 – 1:30
LUNCH
General Meeting of the Center for Book Publishing
BAM Briefings

Brad Wilson, Write About, "Inspiring Kids to Write"
Josef Marc, Publica, "Blockchain is Publishing's Future"

1:45 – 2:45
SALES TO THE REST OF THE MARKET

Independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty sales are a few of the topics that the experts will explore.

Brian Jud
APSS

Josie Parker
Ann Arbor District Library

3:00 – 4:00
COVER MAKEOVER

3 experienced book cover designers will give their feedback on covers submitted by attendees.

Hobie Hobart
Dunn + Associates
4:15 – 5:15
NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR PUBLISHING

A deeper look at some of the new products and businesses that are impacting the book industry.

Brad Wilson
Write About

Josef Marc
Publica
5:15 – 5:30
WRAP IT UP!
Your feedback and our plans for next year.