Monday, January 23, 2012

NiNoCon Writers Conference, 2-4-2012

NiNoCon (the Ninja Novel Conference) is coming!  I'm super excited to have a wonderful guest today, Ali Cross, author of Become.  Ali Cross is also the sensei of the Writer's Dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome.  She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.  Ali's here to talk about  NiNoCon on February 4, 2012.
Please welcome Ali!

Ali Cross
Mina:  Can you tell us a little about NiNoCon:  The Ninja Novel Conference?

Ali:  NiNoCon is a brand new baby! February 4th, 2012 will be its birthday—literally. The ninjas and I first talked about how awesome it would be to have a conference at one of our very first chats (held every week on my blog), and back then I just laughed it off.  And yet … here we are! 

Mina:  How will the NiNoCon online writers conference work? Will we be using Google + Hang outs? Please say yes! 

Ali:  Ah, I wish I could say YES!  The truth is, I think we need you (tech savvy that you are!) on our team! This year, we will be hosting the conference at the writer’s dojo; But I must talk with you about this Google+ Hang Out of which you speak. *strokes imaginary beard* 

Mina:  Lol. Sign me up! I'm a total team player for writer's dojo! Google+ would be sweet, but for now get your pens, minions. The NiNoCon will be hosted at the the writer’s dojo; on Feb. 4th.

Mina:  What are the panels and who will be presenting? 

Ali:  We’re going to have some fun!

*  We’ve got Mark Peter Hughes (author of the book that inspired the Disney hit movie LEMONADE MOUTH, and other awesome books). He’ll be talking about how he colored outside the lines to find a successful career as an author.

*  The Query Ninja Elana Johnson (POSSESSION 06/11, SURRENDER 06/12), will critique queries LIVE and chat with us along the way.

*  Mike Mullin (ASHFALL) is a social media guru and he’ll be teaching on getting the most out of social media.

*  SP Sipal will be presenting her famed class, Harry Potter for Writers.

We will also have two panels: a Self Publishing panel, and a Book Blogger panel.  A couple more presenters are still trying to clear their schedules—so there may yet be a surprise presenter or two! 

Mina:  Wow!  That's an amazing line up!  This is going to be the start of something great.  I can feel it. 

Mina:  Who do you recommend attend? 

Ali:  Anyone who wants to connect with other writers and authors and learn some writerly stuff that they’re not as likely to find at other conferences. Self-publishers will enjoy the panel, to be sure—and Mark’s story (as he started out as a self-published author). All writers will enjoy the classes though! We could all do with help regarding writing, self-promotion, and how to write books readers want to read, right? Right! 

Mina:  I'm so pumped about this  Do attendees register or do they just show up? 

Ali:  Just show up! The fun begins 11:00 a.m. EST! 

Mina:  Will there be any special contests or prizes? 

Ali:  YES! There will be many prizes awarded throughout the day. Print books, eBooks, swag, query critiques, editing services—just a taste of what’s up for grabs!

Thank you so much for featuring NiNoCon Mina. You’re a true ninja!

Mina:  No...thank you and your team for putting this killer conference together.  

Okay, minions.  Obey your sensei!  Mark your calendars and bookmark for February 4th!  Feel free to share, tweet or blog about NiNoCon or snag one of these buttons/banners to place on your blog.  

Mina B.


David P. King said...

Ali is Awesome! I'll have to check out this conference business. Not sure if I'll have a chance to enter since I'm gearing up for LTUE, but we'll see. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ali has worked so hard on this - it will be awesome!

Donna Galanti said...

What a great new "killer" conference...with lots of goodies and valuable info to be had. Thanks for putting it on my horizon! I love seeing energy going into a new conference to benefit writers, always on the look out for new ones like this.

Tara Tyler said...

great interview, ninocon sounds like a blast!

ali cross said...

Thank you so much for featuring NiNoCon today, Mina! I appreciate you!