Boot Camp Agenda

Inkers Con Bootcamp was created for aspiring and debut authors. It’s intensive, three-day 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, 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. 

Bootcamp attendees are limited to 50 participants, to allow for personalized instruction and team-building opportunities. Lunch is included each day of the camp.

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

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! Hurry! These rates include a $200 early registration discount!

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