Key Success Factors for Top Writers Today with Steve Wilson

When: Back to Calendar October 29, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Ln
Carlsbad,CA 92011
Cost: $20.00 ($10.00 for Members)
Contact: Karla Olson
Categories: Monthly Meetings

With so many changes in the writing and publishing space, how do we differentiate the best routes to choose in writing and selling books?  Steve Wilson, from FastPencil, will discuss many industry trends and evaluate the many ways authors can leverage technology to write, collaborate, publish and market their book to the world.  Here’s a few key discussion areas:

  • How can you use technology to make writing and publishing easier – without compromising quality?
  • What is the latest technology available for writers and publishers today?
  • What are the benefits of going through traditional publishers?
  • Can I still get my books in brick and mortar stores if I publish independently?
  • How should I market my book outside the US?
  • What are key success factors for the top writers today?

Speaker Steve Wilson Profile PictureSteve Wilson founded FastPencil in late 2008 and is the current Chairman and CEO.  FastPencil is the leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) technology for Writing and Self-Publishing tools with current relationships with Books a Million, Barnes & Noble, Evernote, On Demand Books, Bowker and Blushing Books, along with several international clients.  Steve sold the company to Courier Corporation in April, 2013, then bought the company back when Courier was acquired in Q2, 2015 by RR Donnelly.

Previous to FastPencil, Steve held Senior roles in Fortune 500, Silicon Valley Companies VeriSign, Yahoo and Genentech. These roles were primarily VP and Director roles in Finance, managing as many as 60 people and a spend of as much as $1.5B.  Steve excelled at team building, driving execution and implementing technology to facilitate savings and efficiency.

Steve holds an MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor of Science in Management from San Jose State University and played collegiate baseball.  Steve is a dedicated husband to his loving wife, Jennifer, and father to four children, Mikayla (15), Lexie (13), Caden (10) and Elinor (7).

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