Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Hot New Models

by Rob - February 3rd, 2010.
Filed under: Book Summit.

I suggested to the coordinator for this conference that she stop using that subject line in emails — I thought it was a come-on for a porn site! But it isn’t. It’s the title of the 2010 Book Summit coming up in Toronto. The full name is: “Hot New Models: the amazing transformation of business and culture in the world of books.” The event will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on Friday, June 18 2010.

I”m thrilled to be the only author (as opposed to publisher, editor, or agent) invited to give a solo presentation at this event. I’ll be presenting this 75-minute workshop from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.; I’ll put up registration details when I have them:

The 21st Century Author
Robert J. Sawyer

Today’s savvy authors are taking the lead in building their personal brands through social media, their own touring, and other initiatives; they’re also increasingly marketing themselves as media pundits and keynote speakers, all in service of generating buzz for their books.

Bestselling novelist Robert J. Sawyer (whose FlashForward is the basis for the ABC TV series) was the first science-fiction author in the world to have a website, pioneered the notion of giving away sample chapters online, and has been blogging since before the word was invented. Join him for a case-study analysis of what works and what doesn’t for writers in the 21st century — and a spirited discussion of whether authors will continue to need traditional publishers.

“Hot New Models” is presented by Humber College and the Book and Periodical Council in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre; my workshop is sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada.

Robert J. Sawyer online:

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