The opportunity to have personal, fifteen minute appointments with Editors, Agents, Mentors or PR/Media Professionals is a valuable highlight of the conference. These provide a great way to learn first-hand about the writing industry, to pitch your manuscript or work-in-progress, and to brainstorm ideas, get encouragement, and benefit from industry professionals.
All appointments are available on a first pay, first slotted basis. Appointments will be scheduled by the Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller. You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference.
In selecting Speciality Appointments with PR/Media Professionals, we request only contracted/published authors request these appointments.
Founder and Chief Publicity Strategist
Marika launched PR by the Book, LLC in 2002, combining her love of the media, public relations and books. Leading up to that, after garnering experience as the host of two cable television shows (The Teen Report & The College Report) in San Antonio, reporting for her college newspaper and producing for her college TV station, and working with NBC-TV in Dallas, Marika spent seven years leading the publicity team of an Austin-based book publicity firm. While there, she was the Director of Publisher Services, handling the company’s key publicity campaigns and serving as the company’s spokesperson.
Marika received a Gold Bulldog Award for a publicity campaign that resulted in exposure in over 700 media outlets. Marika is also the recipient of an Austin Public Relations Society of America Outstanding Mentor Award, the Anne D. Robinson Creative Initiative Award, and a nominee for “Profiles in Power”. Marika is a past-president of Women Communicators of Austin, serves as an Expert for the Independent Book Publishers Association, is listed on Twitter’s Women in Publishing (#womeninpublishing) and has served on the selection committee for the Texas Book Festival. Marika is a regular speaker at conferences around the country, educating audiences on topics related to publicity and promotion.
Keeping her in touch with her journalism side, Marika has been a travel writer for over a decade and serves as the Travel Editor for Texas Lifestyle Magazine. Also, Marika can be heard on the statewide NPR show “Texas Standard,” giving her Weekend Trip Tips. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, Marika is the proud parent of three kids (with husband, Doug, who is COO).
Web Site: http://www.litfusegroup.com
Audra Jennings oversees the publicity department of Litfuse Publicity Group. She also handles new project proposals and works with potential clients.
With more than 13 years in the Christian publishing industry, she has built relationships with media, publishers and authors. Audra works one-on-one with the authors to get to the heart of their message, then shapes that message for the best media opportunities available. She has secured media for authors on network TV such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in addition to national Christian TV programs. Audra has also worked with national and regional magazines, newspapers and radio programs as well as numerous online outlets.
The Litfuse team specializes in a holistic approach, with each campaign designed to build the author’s brand, tell his or her story, and promote his or her latest release. Through publicity, blog tours, Facebook and Twitter launch parties, interactive websites and contests, live webcasts, blog development, author assistance, and event planning, Litfuse works to provide the best coverage and the best publicity possible.
Litfuse also specializes in social media campaigns, connecting an author with his or her audience in a way that’s personal and genuine. Social media training and campaigns include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, Goodreads, and more. They have also built launch teams, designed to provide serious online buzz that generates interest beyond the author’s typical audience.
Some of Litfuse’s publicity and social media campaigns have helped clients achieve international recognition, including ECPA, CBA, and USA Today best-seller lists.
Audra works from Litfuse’s satellite office outside of Dallas, TX.
Appointments for contracted/published authors only. Bring your catalog page and/or back cover copy of your new release, bio, website link as well as links to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). We will talk about your upcoming release, what plans your publisher has for publicity and marketing, and what areas you as an author can support their plans and boost your readership such as social media, newsletters, giveaways, writing guest posts, and teaming with other authors.
Web Site: http://www.wynnwynnmedia.com
WYNN-WYNN MEDIA was formed in 2001 by Jeane Wynn and her husband Tyson. Jeane began in publishing in 1989, working in sales at NavPress. She was soon promoted to a team that developed and launched Clarity magazine, while also doing marketing work for Discipleship Journal and Current Thoughts & Trends.
Since then, Jeane has worked in various positions in publishing, which have given her a well-rounded view of the industry, which is essential as she navigates the ever-changing world of publicity. Before starting Wynn-Wynn Media, she hired and worked with a number of publicists in her capacity as a marketing manager.
Wynn-Wynn Media thrives due to a combination of Jeane’s love of good books, her personal care and attention to the authors who create them, and her understanding of all aspects of publishing, from acquisition to editorial to sales to marketing. Wynn-Wynn Media is a full-service publicity firm, and the Wynns work with the entire spectrum of media, including print and electronic publications, television and radio broadcasts, podcasts and live online radio, websites and blogs, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and other emerging media tools to ensure the best and most opportunities for their clients.
Some of Wynn-Wynn Media’s latest campaigns have seen clients recognized on the New York Times, USA Today, ECPA, CBA, and Christian Retailing best-seller lists.
At Wynn-Wynn Media, we strive to for integrity, creativity, deliberation, and consistency every day for every client.
Jeane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV Sales & Management from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband and business partner Tyson Wynn live in their childhood hometown, where they run Wynn-Wynn Media from a vintage store-front on Main Street.
Appointments for contracted/published authors only
Bring your one sheet on the title, bio, website link.
You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.
Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.