Editorial Director, Author. Dave is the author of ten published books. He has received numerous awards for magazine articles and short stories published in such places as Virtue, Moody, Story, Christian Parenting Today, Sweet Sixteen, Decision, Montana Magazine, Campus Life, Outreach, and many other periodicals. David has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Montana. He has held a variety of positions in publishing, spending eighteen years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan, most of that time as executive editor for fiction, and more recently, three years as senior fiction editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. David is the editorial director for Somersault.
Dave will be teaching a pre-conference and breakout session, as well as taking 15-minute appointments.
Book Proposal Intensive Clinic (3 hours)
Limit: 25 registrants
Prerequisite: Complete and bring with you a working proposal. Once you've registered, you can download the template for the fiction or non-fiction book proposal.
A winning book proposal is a tool that entices seven audiences (author, agent, editor, pub board, marketing, creative, and sales) to grasp a contagious vision for a book, and then equips them to successfully play their parts in placing the book into the hands its ideal readership.
We've all heard the common advice, "Write to your audience, not to yourself." Good advice! Many authors, however, may know the audience of their book, but have no understanding of the true audience of their book proposal. In this four-hour intensive clinic you will be introduced to the business side of publishing decisions, discover what really happens behind the closed doors of editors and publishing boards, and learn how to craft an enticing proposal that captures the interest of editors and publishers.
Broken into segments, this hands-on interactive clinic will begin with an in-depth presentation, then offer individual time to work on and refine specific proposal elements of your own, then break into small groups for fiction and nonfiction personal feedback and critique, and finally come together again for advice and guidance to launch you into the world of meeting with editors.
Doing Justice to Your Message without Doing Violence to your Fiction – Dave Lambert
There are few things harder for the writer of fiction than including in it a moral or ethical message. This is a serious issue for Christian novelists. We have a message we are encouraged—even commanded—to share with the world. Some of us have chosen to do so through story. And yet we suspect, and are sometimes told by reviewers and readers, that the very conviction that serves the preacher and activist makes our fiction sound “preachy.” Is there a solution?
Dave Lambert – Somersault
To thrive in today’s publishing world, you need to stay light on your feet. The publishing world is tumbling heels over head:
• Technology is splintering broad mass markets into thousands of narrow niche markets.
• Forrester predicts eReaders/tablets ownership in the USA will soar to 60 million by 2015.
• Staff and budget cuts at publishing houses are reducing author and marketing support.
• Paper/Print/Bind is now HTML/PRC/DTP.
Our mission is to change lives by connecting inspirational content creators with readers using exceptional creativity, right-now technology, and old-fashioned personal care.
In this topsy-turvy time, let us help you nimbly navigate the changes and flip the publishing world right-side up.