Putting Pen to Paper

Book illustrator Adams
to be keynote speaker at workshop

Business of Writing Summit
returns to Louisville in August

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 2014) – As a child living in the small Kentucky town of Dawson Springs, Ky., Mark Wayne Adams was only familiar with Walt Disney as an artist. He set his sights on becoming an animator, then switched gears slightly to build a lucrative career in illustrating and public speaking.
“I discovered Walt through his “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation” book, television shows, and movies,” said the 42-year old Longwood, Fla., resident. “When I started my illustration business, I was considered the “kid” at book events. Professional authors would ask, ‘Are you here with your author parents?’ Publishing once was defined by age, not the case a decade later.”
In just six short years, Adams has illustrated more than 30 books. “For some authors, this is considered a lifetime of work,” he said.
In addition, Adams has written and published three children’s books: “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag,” “Good Night Mare” and “King for a Day.”


“I’m currently writing six illustrated novels titled, “Bother & Sinisters.” The first is set to release late this year.”
Public speaking is a large part of his business. Adams travels throughout the eastern and central United States speaking at schools and professional events. He speaks at 60 elementary schools, plus numerous publishing events throughout the year.
Adams will be the keynote speaker for third annual Business of Writing International Summit on Aug. 1-2. This summit will be held from 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Louisville Conference Center, 1500 Alliant Ave., Louisville, Ky.
During the keynote session, Adams will speak about effortless marketing and selling services beyond the book. “The session is not only informative but also highly entertaining,” he said. “I will also speak during one of several individualized sessions offered at the summit. Attendees are encouraged to get a personalized learning experience then.”
Attendees will learn vital information from professionals on how to grow book sales, build their own author platform and become successful in the ever-changing world of publishing. The Business of Writing International Summit brings together industry experts from around the world to deliver presentations that provide attendees with the tools and resources they need to accomplish their goals.
More than two dozen sessions will be offered in the areas of self-publishing, small press publishing, book promotion, marketing, eBooks, social media, and the craft of writing. Additional opportunities include great food, outstanding networking opportunities, ability to meet published authors, publishers and other industry experts, and the chance to study the latest tools and resources through an exhibitor showcase.
Before the summit kicks off, a Self-Publishing Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the university’s Louisville Conference Center Room 208. This will be led by Peggy DeKay, author of “Self-Publishing for Virgins.” DeKay is an award-winning author and freelance writer, blogger, podcaster, publisher and book coach with many years of experience.
DeKay is an adjunct instructor for several universities and teaches book marketing, self-publishing, e-books and other topics. She is a former newspaper columnist, past director of Women Who Write, and has had her work published in several anthologies. Tickets for Peggy DeKay’s Self Publishing Workshop are $99 and includes lunch.
Author Eddie Price will present “Writing, Publishing & Marketing.” His presentation, listed in the Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau Catalog, is a “solid, practical ‘meat and potatoes’ approach to the real world of writing,” he said. Price presented this same program at the 2013 Readers Favorite Awards in Miami to about 150 award-winning authors.
Price’s program is an honest look at a novice in the business of writing. He said he, “Lets people know that I was an old ‘ship of the line’ 36-year classroom history teacher and that I knew nothing about publishing. I had to learn the business from the ground up. The program is down-to-earth and encouraging to would-be writers.” In addition to discussing the creative aspects of writing, Price also approaches the practical business-side of publishing.
“Writing has been a big part of my life, from about the second grade. It is hard to explain, but I love creating stories about the past,” said Price. “My advice to novice writers is to keep on writing. Share it with others – and be ready to really work if you decide to take it to the publisher.”
Adams encourages beginning illustrators to “follow a professional illustrators blog that shares business knowledge. My “Art of Royalties Blog” is created to answer professional questions related to the business of illustrating and publishing.”
He advises writers to join “writer’s organizations to improve a writer’s craft through critique groups, reviews and conferences. I also recommend writers join a publishing organization. Publishing organizations teach marketing techniques, formatting for publishing platforms and networking to find a publisher.”
Adams concluded with, “Writing is a business. I love associating with likeminded professionals. My goal at the Business of Writing Summit is to help attendees generate a successful writing business.”
He said, “Most writers overlook the income potential of writing: books, songs, movies, blogs, speaking and more. Writing, publishing, and illustrating are flexible business opportunities for creative entrepreneurs.”

• Tickets for the Business of Writing International Summit are $199, which includes breakfast both days, lunch one day and access to all sessions and exhibits. Tickets for all three days are $249. For more information, visit: www.businessofwritingsummit.com or call (502) 303-7926.

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