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Industry Pro? Sign up for GenCon 2014 Workshops!

Posted By Flames On July 22, 2014 @ 6:51 pm In Events | 1 Comment


For the first time, the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium is offering free professional-level workshops for game and publishing industry professionals.

These invite-only workshops will cover building a publicity strategy, running successful Kickstarters, migrating a brand into a new genre/market, and similar topics important to your business. We will not cover the basics, but instead focus on advanced methods of marketing, publicity, and line-building. These classes are geared toward collaborative projects and businesses. They’ll be conducted by Jaym Gates.

Available GenCon Pro Workshops

Publicity, Marketing, and Public Relations (Thurs @ 3 PM)
Learn how to build and maintain a flexible, evolving marketing and publicity program for your company, get tips for recovering from public gaffes, and discover new ways to get your word out.

From Game Design to Fiction (Fri @ 1 PM)
Whether you’re developing a fiction line for your company or you want to make the transition from game design to writing, we’ll tell you what you need to know in this invite-only pro panel.

Kickstarter, Social Media, and Standing Out From the Crowd (Sat @ 3 PM)
Learn the best practices, worst pitfalls, and maintenance tips for community and crowdfunding campaigns. Discover how to make your next crowdfunding project a success.

How to Apply

Marc Tassin, the Director of the Writer’s Symposium, has set up a page where you can request an invitation to these events. Want to attend the workshops? Please take a moment to fill out this survey [2], and Mark or Jaym will contact you with more information.

About Jaym Gates: Jaym Gates got her start in the publishing industry as an intern at Fantasy Magazine. Since then, she’s worked for Jeff Vandermeer, Scott Sigler, Prime Books, Paizo Publishing, and many more individual writers and publishers. Jaym has also worked as a consultant for many projects in the gaming industry, publishing industry, and for several start-up businesses.

Currently, Jaym is the Communications Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, where she deals with everyone from best-selling authors to organizations including DARPA, PBS, non-profits, educational institutions, and major news organizations.

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