What we're about

The Washington DC Write to Publish Group is unlike most writers’ groups (which focus on critiquing each other’s work). Instead, this group is dedicated to the business side of writing and works to educate authors (and would be authors) on what to expect when taking a finished manuscript and making it available for sale.

The group is currently run by Robin Sullivan, business manager of Michael J. Sullivan (New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author of 14 released books: The Riyria Revelations (6), The Riyria Chronicles (4), Legends of the First Empire (3), and Hollow World). Michael also has 4 finished novels releasing soon: (Age of Legend (Summer 2019), Age of Death (Winter 2019), Age of Empyre (Spring 2020), Arrow of Death (Fall 2020). Michael has sold more than 1.4 million books and has more than 80 foreign language translations.

Robin took over this group over a decade ago and has taught more than 50 courses since that time. She's a publishing veteran and has done it all when it comes to releasing books. Some highlights include:

• Obtaining 6 six-figure and one seven-figure contract

• 3 contracts with 2 of the big-five (Hachette Book Group & Penguin Random House)

• Self-publishing 7 of her husband's novels and selling more than 120,000 copies

• Releasing 2 books through small presses

• Running a small press which earned multiple authors six-figure paychecks

• Marketing Michael's books to exceed 1,400,000 English copies sold

• Negotiation one of the few "print only" deals since the rise of ebooks

• Negotiating audio deals with publishers, audio producers, and Audible Studios

• More than 80 foreign language translations

• Managing multiple agents

• Running three of the top-earning fiction Kickstarters than $100,000, $80,000 & $30,000)

• Writing articles for Writer's Digest, Digital Book World, and Publishing Perspectives

• Presenting Seminars for Writer's Digest and various Writer's Conferences

Upcoming events (5)

Kickstarter and Crowdfunding: Tips, Ticks, & how to have a successful campaign

Kickstarters are a great way to raise money, but they're also exceptional at creating buzz around an upcoming release. I've done four different Kickstarters (and one Indiegogo) for novel projects in the past including: • Hollow World (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaeljsullivan/hollow-world-a-novel-by-michael-j-sullivan)- which earned more than $32,000 and at the time was the 8th highest funded Fiction Kickstarter in the US. • The Death of Dulgath (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaeljsullivan/new-riyria-fantasy-novel-the-death-of-dulgath) - which earned more than $90,000 and at the time was the 3rd most-backed Fiction Kickstarter world wide. • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaeljsullivan/riyria-fantasy-novel-disappearance-of-winters-daug) - which isn't quite finished out yet but is already the 2nd-most backed and 6th most-funded Fiction Kickstarter world wide * Age of Legend (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaeljsullivan/fantasy-novel-age-of-legend-by-michael-j-sullivan) is still running but is currently the 5th most-backed fiction project of all time (world wide) and 5th most-funded. In this session you'll learn: • What is Kickstarter and if it makes sense for you to use it for your next project • Other crowdfunding sources such as PubSlush, Indiegogo and GoFundMe • Timing to ensure the best results • How to determine your pledge levels for best results • How to use stretch goals to increase contributions • Third-party tools such as BackerKit and Kicktraq • And much much more. I do hope you'll be able to find time to come to this session as it will be one of the most data packed session I'll be doing.

Getting the word out - how to market your book pre-release and beyond

Release day is very important time in a book's life cycle. How can you maximize it's launch and ensure it takes off right from the get go? It takes pre-planning and knowing what works and what doesn't. I'll go over some of the things I've done in the past and talk about what works and what you might not want to spend your time on. As always there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Then, we'll expand the discussion for how to keep the momentum going, and build on it. So people who already have books out can benefit from this lecture as well. NOTE: We will be on the first floor in the main auditorium.

DC Library Author Fest Self-publishing Presentation

Library of Congress

Self-publishing is an extremely viable path for publishing, and more and more are doing well in the current publishing environment. At this session self-publishing veteran, Robin Sullivan will share more than a decade worth of experience about successful self-publishing.

2019 Washington Writers Conference

5701 Marinelli Rd

NOTE: This is NOT a session being run by me, and it's not for free. But it may be something that members of my group are interested in, so I'm posting it. Agents. Authors. Publishing pros. The centerpiece of our conference is one-on-one pitch sessions (six minutes apiece) with literary agents from New York, Boston, and the DC area. Registrants are guaranteed three of these sessions! (The full schedule of events is available here.) Our conference, now in its 7th year, will be bigger than ever! For the first time, the event will feature expert sessions with publishing pros, including editors and publicists, and up-close author talks, in addition to our pitch sessions. Whatever stage you’re in with your writing — just starting, in the middle, or ready with a manuscript — this year’s conference will offer you a chance to move forward. Pitch sessions, expert sessions, author talks, and a luncheon (featuring keynote speaker Jeffery Deaver), plus panels on how to query, how to pitch, and more publishing pros’ insights, are just some of the highlights. Past speakers have included Bob Woodward, Bob Schieffer, Kitty Kelley, Judith Viorst, Alice McDermott, Ron Charles, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Susan Coll, and E.J. Dionne. Set your writing goals for the school year and sign up now for the 2019 Washington Writers Conference. More details can be found from this link (http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/page/washington-writers-conference-2019)

Past events (137)

Photos (19)