May 242006

A murder of crows? An exclamation of editors?

When it comes to collective plurals you can add an “unconference of Dummies authors,” scheduled for November 3-5, 2006 at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco.

Conference organizer, “for Dummies” author Dr. Alan Rubin, has spearheaded a unique event that will include multiple author book-signings (limited to 45 authors overall) and informational panels (how to land a Dummies contract? What goes with yellow and black?). The schedule is sure to be filled out soon.

I’ll be on the agent panel Saturday November 4 (I’m told the topic is “What are agents good for?!?”).

If you’d like to attend and/or participate in book signings and/or sessions, please contact Alan asap. His contact info is here. Alan has specifics on cost but it sounds to me like they’re only charging enough to book the venue.

I’m told that multiple Wiley execs and editors will also attend.

I like the idea that these authors are banding together to create a sort of media magnet and PR opportunity for the brand. Good luck!

The rough schedule –

Friday, November 3rd
8-9:30 PM No-host cocktail reception

Saturday, November 4th
9-10:30 PM Titles, contracting
10:30-10:45 Teas and coffee break
10:45-12:15 Marketing

1:15-2:15 Agents
2:30-3:30 Breakout sessions-5
3:30-4:30 Breakout sessions-5
4:30-4:45 Tea and coffee break
4:45-5:45 Breakout sessions-5

2:30-3:30 Groups of authors at bookstores
3:30-4:30 Groups of authors at bookstores
4:30-5:30 Groups of authors at bookstores

6:45-7:30 No-host cocktail reception

7:30 Supper

Sunday, November 5th
9-10:30 Ask the Expert
11-12:30 Ask the Expert