What’s In a Name

Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2013,  at the Ballston Conference Center in Arlington, VA, when we explore the lions, tigers, and bears for authors of  self publishing, social media, and intellectual property.  Oh, my!

10:00 – 12:00 pm, Meredith Bond – Self-Publishing   Meredith Bond

Are you thinking about jumping into the indie/self-publishing pool? Come on in, the water is cool and refreshing, although it does take a little while to get used to it. Join self-publisher of five books, Meredith Bond, who will teach you all the strokes you need to know before you jump into the deep end. She’ll go over editing, covers, distributors (including, but not limited to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and CreateSpace) and formatting. Come prepared with questions and she’ll be ready with answers.

12:30 – 2:00, Katie Dunneback – Social Media (Twitter & Pinterest)   KatieDunneback

As writers, you probably constantly hear “what’s your social media strategy?” Katie Dunneback will cover two of the most popular social media sites today, Twitter and Pinterest, in her brown bag lunch session. She’ll cover how to get started on the sites, third-party applications for Twitter, best practices, and suggestions on how to use each site.

2:00 – 4:00 Amanda Brice – Legally Fiction: Intellectual Property Issues for Authors   Amanda Brice

Do you know whether or not you can quote song lyrics in your manuscript? Are you wondering if you should trademark something from your high concept story? Do you want to know how to protect your work and avoid infringing on other people’s rights? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this is the class for you. Developed by an intellectual property attorney who is also a fiction author, this workshop will lead you by the hand through the murky waters of legalese.


Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Her paranormal romances include Magic In The Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story  “In A Beginning”. Her traditional Regencies include The Merry Men Quartet of which An Exotic Heir was republished in March, 2013. Meredith also teaches writing. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.

As @younglibrarian on Twitter, Katie Dunneback is well-known for her commentary on books, issues relating to libraries, the publishing industry, baking and shoes. Her boards on Pinterest are avidly followed by food fiends.

Amanda Brice leads a double life. By day she’s an intellectual property attorney for a large federal government agency in the DC area. At night she juggles raising a preschooler and an infant with writing novels for teens, including the mysteries Codename: Dancer, Pointe of No Return, and Pas De Death. The first two stories  in her upcoming “Time After Time” YA time travel romance series, 1816 Candles and Party Like It’s 1899, will be released this fall. A popular speaker on the writers’ conference circuit with her workshops on basic copyright and trademark law, she is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and the president of Washington Romance Writers.