Join us for our annual full-day education event...

PubCon 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Table Mountain Inn
1310 Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80401



Morning Session | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Traditional Publishing

Our panel of experts will discuss the process writers who want to be traditionally published will likely follow. This includes finding and submitting to the right agent, editing, how the agent determines the best houses to submit work to, what the editors look for when they receive a submission, how the process of contracting for a book works, basic information on royalties, who has the responsibility for different parts of the process, time frames, the non-writing parts authors will deal with, marketing, and many other aspects of being traditionally published. During the workshop, attendees will be able to place questions in a box and they will be drawn and answered randomly, as time allows at the end of the workshop. Speakers include Gina Panettieri, Linda Hull, and Ben LeRoy.

Lunch Keynote | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Susan Brooks

Each author's path to publishing is as unique as they are. Susan Brooks will discuss the differences and similarities between self-publishing, indie publishing, and the big 5 publishers to help authors decide which path to publishing might be the best fit.

Afternoon Session | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Self-Publishing

Our panel of self-publishing experts will discuss the process of self-publishing your book, including how to know if/when your manuscript is ready, front and back matter, cover art/fonts/copyrighted images, determining keywords and placement for your genre, what self-publishing platforms are available, potential costs and revenue, being a “publisher,” where to look for help, various types of marketing, budgeting, timelines pre-and-post release, and much, much more. Speakers include Lisa Manifold, Bernadette Marie, and Nick Zelinger.


Early-bird registration through March 31
Full Day | Members $70.00, Non-members $80.00
Half Day* | Members $40.00, Non-members $45.00

Regular registration April 1 - April 21
Full Day | Members $80.00, Non-members $90.00
Half Day* | Members $45.00, Non-members $50.00

*Half-day registration includes either breakfast with the morning session or lunch with the afternoon session.


Gina PanettieriGina Panettieri | President and Editor, Talcott Notch Literary

Being an agent is all Gina can imagine doing. Books, and the amazing people who write them, have been the focus of her life for more than two decades. It makes her feel like her inbox is Santa's magical Christmas bag. It's always full, always overflowing, but brimming with the potential of something spectacular. All I've got to do is pull the little ribbon... With fiction, I love quirky, edgy characters, women's fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, historical, mystery, thrillers and suspense.

Linda HullLinda Hull | Author of the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series, freelance editor

Linda is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, but currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She is a longtime member and former president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is currently on the board of Mystery Writers of America. She was also honored to be named the 2013 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year. Her debut novel, The Big Bang, was published by Tyrus Books in 2013. Frog Kisses, her romantic comedy, was published by Literary Wanderlust in 2015. Linda is also the author of Eternally 21, Black Thursday, and Sweetheart Deal, the first three titles in the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series.

Ben LeRoyBen LeRoy | Editor with Tyrus Books

Susan BrooksSusan Brooks | Editor-in-Chief, Literary Wanderlust

Susan has been on the board for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers since 2009. She holds a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University and has many years of editorial experience, including working as a developmental editor, acquisition editor, proofreader, managing editor, and production manager. You can follow her at @oosuzieq on Twitter and read her syndicated blog on writing craft at

Lisa ManifoldLisa Manifold | Multi-Self-Published Author

Lisa is the RMFW 2016 Independent Writer of the Year. She is the author of the Sisters of the Curse series, based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Her new series, The Heart of the Djinn, is a trilogy that shows what happens when a free-lancing djinn does his own thing. Three Wishes, the first book in The Heart of the Djinn series, is out now. Book two, Forgotten Wishes, will be out soon! Her new Realm trilogy will feature Brennan, the Goblin King, making his debut.

Bernadette MarieBernadette Marie | Bestselling Author, Owner of 5-Prince Publishing

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it. A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.

Nick ZelingerNick Zelinger | NZ Graphics

A book designer for over 25 years, Nick has worked for ad agencies and printing companies; been an art director for an aviation magazine; designed product packaging for sports and fitness manufacturers; created large signage for store fronts, company vehicles and Rapid Transit; designed promotional material for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, KOA Radio and Clear Channel. His cover and book designs have earned his clients more than 100 national and international awards, such as Best Cover Design by USA Book News, the Indie Excellence Book Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Next Generation Finalist Awards, Global eBook Awards, CIPA’s EVVY Awards, The San Francisco Book Festival Awards, and many more. Nick is also the co-author of Another Nightmare Gig from Hell: Musicians Tales of Wonder and Woe. He has been a recording and performing musician since the age of 16. He currently serves on the board of, and is an Associate Member of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA).