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Cynthia Swanson | Presenter

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the MPIBA Reading the West Award. Cynthia's second novel, the USA Today bestseller The Glass Forest, released from Simon & Schuster in 2018. Cynthia's novels have been translated into eighteen languages. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. Find Cynthia online at www.cynthiaswansonauthor.comand follow her on Facebook (Cynthia Swanson, Author), Twitter (cynswanauthor), and Instagram (cynswanauthor).

Cynthia will be teaching sessions on the following topics: 

Book Launch 101 WORKSHOP - The idea of launching a book strikes fear into the hearts of many an author. What strategies work best for getting the word out? When should you start the process? How much time, money, and effort should you put into your book launch? In this lecture, Cynthia Swanson will share the strategies that worked for her and other authors who have successfully launched books and found a wide audience for their work.

The Multi-POV Novel - For novelists, there is true challenge – and also great reward – in writing multiple points-of-view. Do you focus on a single main character, with all other POVs secondary? Do you alternate among several key POVs? How do you make your various characters’ voices distinctive? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll look at successful multi-POV novels, and discuss how participants can effectively incorporate multiple POVs into their own works.

Working With Beta Readers - Check the Acknowledgements in most books; you’ll see that authors often thank “early readers.” These beta readers can be instrumental in transitioning your manuscript from rough to polished. But how do you find them? How do you determine a “beta reader fit” for your particular book? How do you ask for their help – and how do you use their invaluable feedback? Finally, in what ways can you give back (or pay forward) your generous beta readers? In this workshop, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of the beta read, and prepare for beta reads of your own work-in-progress.

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