We are excited to announce Chanticleer Authors Conference & Awards Banquet 2016 #CAC16 and the Books By the Bay Book Fair!

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 29-May 1, 2016

Lighthouse CAC15A focus on the business side of writing

Come and enjoy 3 days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay, in Bellingham, Washington conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

Our conference package offers:

  • Rob Slater & Sara Stamey show off blue ribbonsSessions with a special focus on the business of being a working writer on topics such as marketing, publicity, platform, sales tools & strategies, publishing, production, distribution, organization, storycraft, editing, and more.
  • An amazing lineup of presenters and faculty.
  • A staffed book room where ALL attendees may have their book for sale all weekend, culminating with our book fair on Sunday, an all out author fest meet and greet for fans and open to the public.
  • Lunches and dinners throughout the conference, plus tickets to our Award Gala on saturday.
  • A fantastic community of like-minded authors for all the support and sharing of experience and advice you could ever ask for

Click here for links to last year’s CAC15’s Photos – see what you could be missing if you don’t register today!

Previous attendees had this to say:
“You made me, a first time author, feel like a writer. In addition, I found the conference unique, focused, and an amazing learning experience.” Nancy Adair, Bellingham
“Thanks for an amazing conference. It was a blast to meet so many talented people, and I learned a ton. I came home bursting with ideas for new stories as well as ways to better market and sell the ones I have. It was more than worth the cost of attending.”
Scott Smith, author of AN OUTCAST STATE, Hawaii

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Thursday Apr. 28, 2016 – Masterclass Sessions, Limited to 15 Attendees

Location: Bellingham Yacht Club
2625 S Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham, WA 98225

Get a jump on everybody by taking these exciting master classes with two very knowledgeable authors! Master classes are not included in regular conference passes.

$160 day pass for Thursday master classes includes casual lunch at the BYC and Cash Bar Happy Hour with appetizers.

  • Robert Dugoni – Advanced Fiction Writing, Taking Your Writing to the Next Level, 1pm until 5 pm
  • Pamela Beason – Creating and Maintaining a Series,  9:30 am until noon
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Bob_Dugoni_hres3_thumb1.jpg Don’t miss Robert Dugoni’s special limited attendance masterclass

Chanticleer Conference Tracks:

  • Marketing, Publicity, Platform (MPP) – Social media savvy, author websites, branding, driving discoverability, cultivating readership and gaining exposure in today’s market.
  • Sales Tools & Strategies (STS) – Sales Facilitators: Covers, Reviews, Early Readers, Pre-sales, etc. Applying business sense to sales strategies. Currency Exchange: Dollars for exposure.
  • Publishing, Production, Distribution (PPD) – Form & Design. Pitches & Concepts. Working with booksellers. Current Publishing Trends. New Digital Media. And More.
  • Story, Editing, Development (SED) – We’re writers. Naturally, we’re gonna talk about writing.
  • Organization, Motivation, Self-help (OMS) – Get your mind on the right page.
  • A Touch of Hollywood (ToH) – It wouldn’t be the West Coast without it.
  • Networking & Fun (NetFun) – Special events and networking opportunities.
  • Kaffee Klatsches (KK) – Informal gatherings led by some of our speakers and guests.

Sessions will focus on how to help authors achieve their publishing goals with sessions on:

  • Book Marketing Tips & Tools
  • Engaging Readers and Building a Fan-base using Leadership Communication
  • Understanding Distribution and Sales Channel
  • Book Distribution and Trade Show Representation
  • WattPad – Book Discovery and Building a Fan Base
  • Publishing Avenues – the latest options
  • How to Design a Cover that Sells Your Book
  • Promotions Checklist and Promotional Strategies for Your Books
  • How to Access Book Clubs and Reading Groups
  • Secrets to Increasing Your Readership
  • The Best Services for Selling Your E-Pubs
  • Reviews – How to make yours work harder for you
  • Libraries – an insider shares her tips
  • Author Branding & Internet Identity
  • Social Media Strategies & Savvy
  • E-pub Avenues & Tactics
  • Discoverability Tools & Strategic Planning for Heightened Visibility
  • Audio Books – Perfect for Today’s Busy “Readers”
  • The Business of Being a Writer
  • Collaboration & Networking to Expand Web Presence
  • Branding & Platform Building
  • Pricing Strategies

You do NOT have to be a published author to attend this conference!  Aspiring authors, and writers of all levels, will benefit immensely from this conference. We will also offer “writing concept” classes to get you on your way!

CAC16 REGISTRATION PACKAGES

Three Day Complete Pass (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday):

$495 per person includes:

  • Sessions, Workshops, & Kaffee Klatches, & Panel Discussions 
    • Fri., Sat., & Half Day on Sun.   
  • Three Day Staffed Book Room that will be open to the general public 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Fri., Sat., & Sun. with Book Fair activities on Sunday)
  • Two Luncheons with Keynote Speakers 
    • Friday:  Robert Dugoni presents on Friday
    • Saturday: Kathy L. Murphy, Pulpwood Book Queen of 600+ Book Club Chapters of Timber Kings and Pulpwood Queens
  • Two Cocktail Networking Parties
  • Friday Dinner with keynote speaker: TBD
  • Awards Ceremony Dinner Banquet on Saturday
  • Sunday Brunch and Book Fair

Companion Pass for Three Days

  • Three day Companion Passes are available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the purchase of 3 day Complete Registration packet. Three lunches, Two dinners (including Awards Banquet), two cocktail party mixers, coffee and tea, and sessions. $325.00. Please contact ABrown@ChantiReviews.com after you register to secure a 3 Day Companion pass. 
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Saturday and Sunday Complete Pass with Saturday Evening Awards Banquet:

$395  person includes:

  • Book Room (staffed and open to the public) opportunities*
  • Saturday & Sunday Sessions, Workshops, & Kaffee Klatches, & Panel Discussions 
  • Sat. Luncheon with Keynote Speaker with Kathy Murphy
  • One Cocktail Networking Party
  • Awards Ceremony Dinner Banquet on Saturday
  • Sunday Brunch and Book Fair

Authors are responsible for delivering books to the Book Room Manager upon picking up registration packet and picking up or shipping books upon departing the conference. 

Two-day Complete Companion Pass 

Two-day Complete Companion Passes are available for Saturday, and Sunday with the purchase of 2-Day or 3 Day Complete Registration packet. Two lunches, Awards Banquet Dinner and cocktail party mixers, coffee and tea, and sessions. $295.00

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BASIC Day Passes are available for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Only, April 29, 30, & May 1, 2016:

$195 per person per day includes:

  • Book Room (staffed and open to the public) opportunity on Day Registered.
  • Sessions, Workshops, & Kaffee Klatches, & Panel Discussions for Day Registered
  • Luncheon with Keynote Speaker if Friday or Saturday
  • Coffee & Tea 

Click here to purchase a One Day Basic Conference Pass.

Lunch, coffee and tea service, and the opportunity to have books for sale on the day registered in the staffed Book Room. Evening meals and cocktail networking parties are not included with the BASIC Day Pass.

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Awards Banquet Guest Tickets

Blue Ribbons

Conference Attendees may purchase a companion cocktail mixer & Awards Banquet dinner ticket for $85. Information will be emailed as to payment and confirmation.  

Reservations REQUIRED, seating is limited

  • Register Now! Space is limited.
  • Lodging is not included with registration.
  • Six month Payment Plan with no interest is available through PayPal for registration!

Master Classes, Thursday, April 28, 2016:

Registrations are limited to 15 attendees. Master Classes Day Pass is $160.

Robert Dugoni – Advanced Fiction Writing, Taking Your Writing to the Next Level 1 p.m until 5 p.m.

Pamela Beason – Creating and Sustaining a Series 9:30 a.m. until noon

$160 per person includes Master Class Sessions that will be held at the Bellingham Yacht Club. Coffee & Tea Service with Snacks, and Sailor Burgers included. Happy Hour (cash bar) to follow at the BYC Bar at 5:30.

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*Refunds are available until January 20th, 2016 with a $25 deduction for administrative costs. Please email: admin@ChantiReviews.com to request a refund of conference fees.
**Chanticleer Authors Conference 2016 reserves the right to cancel or change speakers and program at anytime.

Meet other members of the Chanticleer Community of Authors and Readers at this fun and informative event featuring:

  • CBR Awards Banquet–You don’t have to be a CBR winner to attend this exciting event! 
  • We will have a Book Room for attending authors that will be open to the public
  • Conference with workshops/social media sessions/marketing lessons
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Prizes and Drawings
  • Single Day Passes and Multi-Day Passes are available
  • Companion passes for dinners and cocktail parties are available

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The Chanticleer Awards Banquet and Conference will feature:

  • Three full days of classes, sessions,  author events, and a book fair
  • Coffee, tea, & snacks daily
  • Luncheons, Cocktail Parties, Dinner and the Awards Gala & Banquet
  • Presenter opportunities for attendees, please submit your class proposal asap, time slots limited
  • The Chanticleer Awards Gala & Banquet honoring our 2015 contest winners & naming the best books of the year
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Exhibitors: Publishers, Author Services, Platform Services, Author/Reader Apps, etc.
  • Book sale opportunity for conference attendees and presenters
  • Book Room: OPEN to the PUBLIC on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
  • Book Room:Author Signings & Panels, Door Prizes & Drawings Sunday

CAC16  Exhibiting Space, Advertisement, and Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email KBrown@ChantiReviews.com for more information.

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