When is the registration deadline?
January 19, 2024.
Do I need to be published to attend this conference?
The 2024 Novel Marketing Conference is for authors who either plan to launch their first book in 2024 or currently have a book for sale.
If you don’t have a book for sale and don’t plan to launch one in 2024, you may find a regular writers conference a better fit. If you want help with the publishing process and improving your craft, we recommend the Write to Publish conference.
Is this conference for novelists only?
Nonfiction, fiction, and children's authors are all welcome.
Is this conference for indie or traditional authors?
Both are welcome.
How will the writers groups be selected?
Our sorting hat will look at multiple factors like email list size, genre, website, and number of books published.
What are the hours of the conference?
- Friday: Breakfast Starts at 8:15am. The first session starts at 9:15am. The final session will conclude around 5pm.
- Saturday: Breakfast Starts at 8:30am. The first session starts at 9:30am. The conference will conclude by 5:30pm
Note: We are still finalizing details, and these times may be tweaked.
Why is this in January? No one hosts events in January.
We picked January for a few reasons:
- Flights and hotels are cheaper in January.
- Austin often has amazing weather in January.
- January is a great month for planning out the next year.
- There are fewer other conferences competing for attention.
Will there be recordings of the presentations?
No. This is a live, interactive, in-person experience. This kind of marketing revolution cannot be televised.
Is parking free?
Yes, there will be free parking at and around the Fickett Center.
What is the closest airport to the venue, and how far away is it?
The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), and it's about a 20-minute drive away from the Fickett Center.
Will there be refunds if I can’t attend the conference?
No, but you can sell your ticket to another author if you can’t attend.
What should I wear?
The dress code is business casual, but you are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. The Hilton Garden Inn is a five-minute walk with a skipping five-year-old (I timed it). It’s not far, but you’ll still want comfortable shoes. Springhill Suites is only a two-minute walk.
In Austin, nice jeans and boots count as business casual, especially when paired with a nice shirt and belt buckle. You might call it Western Business Casual.
What is Austin weather like in January?
On average, Austin has a high of 61° and a low of 41° in January. These are averages. It’s not uncommon to be 70-something and sunny. But when it rains, it rains cold. We get, on average, five days of rain in January. Those days are much colder than the average. We typically can see the storms coming from about a week out, so keep an eye on Austin’s weather as you pack.
What should I bring?
A Laptop with an All-Day Battery. You don’t need to bring a laptop, but if you do, I recommend one that can go all day, like the M2 Macbook Air (Affiliate Link). I will provide some extension cords and power strips, but I can’t guarantee a power strip for every table. We will have charging zones in the back of the room as well.
An Umbrella. The walk between the hotels and the Fickett Center is outside. Chances are you won’t need an umbrella, but if you do, you will really want one. January rain in Austin is intense and cold.
How can I connect with others to find a roommate or ride-share?
Join us in the Novel Marketing Conference space at AuthorMedia.social to introduce yourself to other attendees, find a roommate, or coordinate a ride from the airport.
Will coffee be available throughout the day?
Yes. We will also have proper English tea.
Will there be a place to sell my books?
At the Patrons-Only Ice Cream Social, we will have a table to display our patrons’ books. You are welcome to sell copies there if you bring extras.
At the conference, we will not have a bookstore. But you are encouraged to sell your books one-on-one.
Will there be a place to display business cards?
Yes. We will have a table in the coffee break room at the conference where you can display your business cards and bookmarks.
How do I become a patron so I can attend the Patrons-Only Ice Cream Social?
You can become a patron here! In addition to ice cream, you’ll also get access to our monthly Patrons-Only Q & A Episode as well as discounts on many courses for authors. Add to that the warm feelings you’ll get from supporting the podcast, and signing up is a no-brainer.