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One of the most exciting parts of Inkers Con - Bootcamp was created for aspiring and debut authors. Its intensive curriculum is designed to give the knowledge, inspiration, and tools to write, publish and promote a debut novel!

Held in the three days preceding Inkers Con, the Bootcamp is designed to be an intimate experience that will build friendships and connections among attendees and instructors. Taught by New York Times Bestseller Alessandra Torre and her team of editors, publicists, and marketers—attendees will have the chance for feedback on their plot, writing, and branding. The sessions will include plenty of time for questions, discussions and networking. In addition, there will be allocated time for campers to meet, one-on-one, with editors to get feedback on writing samples and outlines. We will also provide technical support appointments for help with social media, newsletter setup, and your author website. 

Meet the Boot Camp team:

  • Alessandra Torre , Author & Camp Leader

  • Terezia Barna, Tech & Marketing

  • Kiki Chatfield, Author Publicist

  • Ellie McLove, Editor

  • Amanda Arista, Writing Instructor

  • Tex Thompson, Writing Instructor

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Develop a customized plan for your novel!

Experience one-on-one opportunities!

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Meet and network with other aspiring authors!

Bootcamp attendees are limited to 50 participants, to allow for personalized instruction and team-building opportunities. Lunch is included each day of the camp. Save your spot by clicking below, or continue reading for more details!


*Agenda is subject to small changes, due to scheduling and attendee feedback.


Day 1: Wednesday, May 1 - Plot and Characters

11:00 – 12:00pm: Welcome Lunch. Summary of boot camp events, introduction to team, and camper meet and greets.

12:00 – 1:00pm: Your Story’s Arc and Timeline. We will discuss the elements of a great story, and how and when to unveil them.

1:00 – 2:00pm: Plotting for Novices. Learn different ways to outline your novel.

2:00 – 2:45pm: Guided Break where boot campers will do a preliminary plot of their novel. Instructors will be on hand for feedback, advice, and questions.

2:45 – 4:00pm: Your Characters. Learn how to mentally build your characters, and then transfer them onto the pages. Teachings will include backstories, personality types, dialog, point-of-views and how to speak from inside your character’s head.  This lesson will include a live writing exercise and discussion.

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Wrap-up and Q&A.

This evening, boot campers will actually plot/outline their novel!


Day 2: Thursday, May 2 - Story-Telling and The Business of Being an Author

8:30 – 9:00am: Morning Q&A

9:00 – 10:00am: Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing. Honest Q&A with Alessandra Torre. Alessandra has five novels published with Hachette and Harlequin, and has self-published an additional fourteen novels.

10:00 – 11:00am: Marketing for Debut Authors. This introduction to author marketing will cover the First 4 Things Every Aspiring Author Needs, and will help you to create a personalized action plan and first steps.

11:00 – 12:00pm: Pseudonyms, Copyrights, and the Publishing Process.

12:00 – 1:00pm: Buffet lunch and break

1:00 – 2:30pm: Scenes, scenes and scenes! Now that boot campers have an idea WHAT their story is about, we will teach you how to tell it. This lesson will break down small scale and large scale scenes, and teach you how fun (and easy!) it can be write a powerful scene. Also included – scene descriptions, pacing, and purpose.

2:45 - 4:00pm: Let’s bring your characters to life! This lesson and exercise will help you with your character’s dialogue, descriptions and actions.

4:15 – 5:00pm: Showing versus Telling – an interactive exercise and fun lesson that will help you to bring your scenes to life on the page.

5:00 – 5:30pm: Workshop: Types of First Chapters and Which One You’ll Pick

5:30 – 6:00pm: Wrap-up, First Draft Discussions, and Q&A.

This evening, boot campers will write the first chapter in their novel!


Day 3: Friday, May 2 - Marketing and Editing Your Novel 

9:00 – 9:30am: Morning Q&A

9:30 – 10:30am: Most Common Mistakes You May Be Making. It’s easy to fall into bad habits if you don’t know what to look for. First drafts are supposed to be ugly, but this lesson will help guide you away from some painful missteps that might cause a reader to put down your book.

10:30 – 11:30am: Rewriting and Self-Editing Workshop. Learn how to edit and rewrite your novel. This lesson will discuss different drafts of your novel, working with an editor and beta readers, and what you should know about the process.

11:30 – 12:00pm: Next Steps in Publishing. Building a team to help you. Timelines and to-do lists. Plus, the finances and cost-expectations on self-publishing.

12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch and Discussion with Alessandra Torre. Alessandra will share why most new books never get written, and stumbling blocks you may encounter. You’ll learn how to kill the fears inside you and write this first book!

1:00 – 1:45pm: Frank discussion and Q&A of your writing goals, motivations, and expectations.

1:45 – 3:15pm: Four decisions you need to make about your novel. Explanation of pricing and distribution options. What will be your brand? How to develop that brand with covers, message, and marketing.

3:30 – 4:30pm: Your debut novel launch plan! This is an interactive exercise to help you plan a personalized launch plan for your novel – and YES, you should be starting this process now!

4:30 – 5:00pm: Discussing your next steps and action plan. Recap of the bootcamp events.

5:00 – 6:00pm: Open Q&A and Wrap-Up.

As part of their registration, Bootcamp Attendees will also receive a ticket to Inkers Con Digital - and have one year’s access to all recordings, downloads, and content from the Inkers Con 2019 Weekend Conference!

Save your spot in the 2019 Bootcamp on May 1-3, 2019 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Plano by clicking one of the yellow payment buttons below!

Hotel rates are not included in your registration rates. If you have any questions, please reach out to


Hilton Plano Granite Park

5805 Granite Parkway, Plano, Texas, 75024

The Hilton was chosen for Inkers Con 2019 because of its beautiful design, comfortable areas to relax and plenty of space for great conversations.

The Hilton offers:

  • Room Rate $155 plus taxes

  • Free guest room internet

  • An on-site restaurant, bar and morning coffee shop

  • Walking distance to Granite Park Boardwalk including five restaurants

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Hosted by Alessandra Torre 

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, and the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink. She is a hybrid author, who began in self-publishing and has five traditional novels, published with Harlequin and Hachette. Her writing spans multiple genres, including contemporary fiction, suspense, romance, and erotica. Alessandra has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Her second New York Times bestseller, HOLLYWOOD DIRT, was adapted for film by PassionFlix in 2017. Her novels have been translated in seven different languages, in over twenty countries. Alessandra is a self-publishing advocate and speaks frequently at conventions and author groups, as well as sits on the creative writing advisory board at a major university.

For her articles and writing courses, please visit