Serious About Sharing Your Creative Gifts with the World?
Learn How at the 7th Annual LDSPMA Conference
40% discounts available to Latter-day Saint writers, editors, filmmakers, musicians, artists and others using code “LDSLIVING”
The best networking, learning, and professional development opportunity for Latter-day Saints interested in publishing and media is back—for both in-person and virtual attendance! The Seventh Annual Conference of the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA) will be held both online and in person at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah, October 7–9, 2021.
Conference registration covers both in-person and virtual attendance at the main conference—whichever you prefer (or a combination of both). The keynote sessions, award ceremonies, and six tracks of breakout sessions will all be available for in-person viewing, for live virtual viewing, and for later virtual viewing on your own schedule.
Video recordings will be made available to watch
on-demand until November 30, 2021, so you can
watch any sessions you missed or want to watch again.
We will be privileged to hear from four distinguished keynote speakers: Alex Boyé (multicultural singer), Lisa Mangum (managing editor of Shadow Mountain), Derral Eves (executive producer of The Chosen), and Laurel Christensen Day (president of Deseret Book).
The conference will also feature over 90 other leaders in publishing and media who will share valuable instruction in 42 breakout sessions, 10 interactive sessions, and 9 pre-conference workshops.
There will be 7 sessions in each track,
• Publishing Track
• Media and Entertainment Track
• Fiction Writing Track
• Nonfiction Writing Track
• Editing, Design, and Production Track
• Marketing Track
These interactive ways to connect, learn, and receive feedback are some of the most useful and popular aspects of the conference:
• Fast Pitch: Pitch your book project to agents and publishing company representatives and receive immediate feedback. (Both in-person and virtual Fast Pitch appointments will be scheduled.)
• Online Presence Audit: Get a professional evaluation of where you land in a Google search and how to improve your visibility, message, and clarity. (Available in-person only.)
• Quick Critiques: Receive instant feedback on your manuscript from professional editors. (Both in-person and virtual appointments will be available.)
• Networking Groups: Meet other conference attendees, share “lessons learned” from the conference, and get help with your publishing challenges. (Both in-person and virtual networking sessions will be held.)
• Mass Book and Media Signing: Meet many conference speakers as well as other authors and artists participating in the conference; view their books, audios, videos, and other works; purchase any you are interested in; and get them signed by the authors and artists. (Available in-person only.)
All of the above sessions are included in the main conference registration and will take place on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9.
In addition, you can register separately for any of our 9 half-day, hands-on, action-learning workshops on Thursday, October 7, led by top professionals as instructors. Unlike the main conference sessions, these deep-dive workshops will be available in-person only and will not be video recorded, available virtually, or broadcast later. You can attend up to two workshops (one in the morning and one in the afternoon); their schedule is on the registration page.
• Fiction Writing (with a Fantasy Emphasis). Taught by New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series Brandon Mull.
• Power Storytelling Techniques to Captivate Readers: The Hero’s Journey, Writing Juicy, and the Three-Act Play. Taught by New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Bridget Cook-Burch.
• Developmental Editing for Fiction: Character Development, Dialogue, Pacing, Setting, Head-Hopping, Etc. Taught by BYU professor and former LDSPMA president Suzy Bills.
• Preparing a Book Proposal and Finding a Publisher. Taught by literary agent and writing coach at Gateway Literary Agency Terri Baranowski.
• Successful Self-Publishing: How to Craft and Market a Book that Stands Out from the Crowd. Taught by award-winning self-published author and founder of Skyrocket Press Laurisa White Reyes.
• The Finances of Successful Publishing. Taught by Cedar Fort publishing company CEO Bryce Mortimer.
• Book Marketing Blueprint: 10 Strategies for Fiction and Nonfiction Book Launches. Taught by best-selling author and CEO of digital marketing agency DreamBoard Media Michelle McCullough.
• Social Media Marketing, Blogging, and Podcasting: What’s Working for Authors and Other Creative Artists. Taught by best-selling author, strategic marketing instructor, author coach, and LDSPMA marketing director Trina Boice.
• Marketing for Freelancers: Becoming a Pro at Bringing in Business. Taught by BYU professor and former LDSPMA president Suzy Bills.
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We look forward to seeing you at our conference!
The Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA) is an international organization for members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who work in media and publishing or aspire to do so. We provide online and in-person opportunities for our members to learn, network, share and refine their work, and support one another in magnifying and marketing praiseworthy works that bring light to the world. The media represented by LDSPMA members includes books, blogs, articles, songs, poetry, videos, films, audio programs, podcasts, and others. Membership is free and we welcome everyone from students to seasoned professionals.