Publishing Summit


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Please see the complete details and rules for entering the Back to Writing Giveaway, below. 

Don’t forget for a limited time, get 15 bucks off the conference general admission? That brings the price down to just 65 dollars.

Enter at checkout: PUBLISH2018


Keep reading to learn more about the Publishing Summit 2018

Are you ready for an event designed to assist you in reaching your Publishing Goals?

Then, come join us on

Saturday, September 15, 2018

in Leesburg, VA!


Our speakers are always industry professionals with CURRENT BOOKS. Not books they’ve released a hundred years ago, before social media and the prevalence of an burgeoning indie market offerings. They are actively writing, pursuing and acquiring traditional contracts and/or they are forging an awesome path through Self or Indie Publishing. Ms. Garner has written eight books to date, three of which sold more than 30K copies across the US and she has known both a traditional contract and published on her own mastering the path toward a professional product releases and body of work. Four more of her works are slated to be released well into 2019. She knows other well read and happily published authors and they will be presenting at this year’s event ready to impart lots of helpful information and resources to all attending.

Who is Joining Us This Year…



Best-selling Romance Author and Blogger

Madeline Iva 

Madeline returns this year after a wonderful and popular breakdown of story structure for attendees last year. This time, she’ll talk about Marketing for Authors and Aspiring writers this time around whether writing fiction or nonfiction, come learn some new things you haven’t even thought about and ensure your books success at the time of launch and long after the novelty has worn off.


Madeline is known for presenting standard concepts in really fun, new and palatable (read doable) ways.
Madeline’s workshop will include:
  • Understanding Your Target Audience Psychology Makes Marketing Fin
  • Spending Money on Marketing-Are You Spending Smart?
  • Five Key Social Media Steps to Launching Your Book, and
  • 3 Steps to Identifying Your Brand

Madeline Iva writes romances with surprising twists and gothic feels.  She lives in a cottage with her one true love surrounded by a very weedy garden in the Blue Ridge hills of Virginia.

Books by Madeline…

Last, but certainly not least, the Publishing Summit Conference Host ALWAYS renders a workshop and this year will be no different.

Tracee Lydia Garner

TraceeLydiaGarner smaller MBNational best-selling, award-winning author of eight books with four  more on the way, Tracee will discuss the writing that has to happen in order to get to a place to launch the book and to sell it in this volatile and crowded marketplace. This workshop is a live, in your face checklist of sorts, going through every element from the inciting incident to the satisfying conclusion. Structurally, Tracee has studied and has come to believe that ALL books are the same. The goal is the same but the methods are MANY. No matter your approach however, they must grip the reader with something that occurs in the beginning, setting up a story for success, and after an adventure of discovery, revelations and for some writers, a little heart palpitation, you MUST end the story right solid footing and all the details working out just as you orchestrated it. Are you doing that? Do you know how? Are you just winging it, hoping for the best? What’s is a book IF it is not completed? And what is it if not done right. It’s nothing more than an unfleshed idea? Let’s finish it already making that which was volatile, stable and sustainable.

Books by Tracee…


Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher 


Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher will be joining us to discuss Working with a Small Press Publisher. Nicole is the author of The Aurelian Guard Series, and her first book, Wild Lavender, is a 2017 Golden Quill Winner for Best Fantasy Romance and a finalist in the New England Readers Choice’s Contest for Historical Romance, The Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Contest, and the Maggie Award for Excellence. Her second book, The Queen’s Dance, was released in May 2017.

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and Arts, Nicole E. Kelleher studied French Literature and Language, Spanish and Chinese. During this time, she attended classes at the University of Michigan’s School of Art with an emphasis on drawing, watercolor and photography.

Working with a small publisher should not be discounted and in fact, a good relationship with a small publisher can get you many of the same things the big 5 will get for you including the ability to be ordered and displayed in the remaining bookstores and a host other opportunities that make them a great avenue to pursue a book deal.

Books by Nicole…

Still Need More Information? Keep Reading…

For many of us, there’s a story in our hearts and mind and truthfully, it won’t see the light of day until we make a decision to finish it, upload it to a book seller platform and press the “publish” button releasing it to the masses to be consumed, admired, READ!

I’ve designed the Publishing Summit to address the very issues around:

  • Finishing the Book
  • Getting Ready for Promotion and Marketing Tactics for the Book, and
  • The Ins and Outs of Getting a Deal with a Small Press

Even if you want to learn all of this, you can do so on your own, but if you’ve tried already I bet you’ve found it hard and confusing, not to mention any errors you may make can be devastatingly costly both financially and mentally and ultimately set you back, discourage you so much that you may never reach your goal. Conference events like mine are meant to STOP and CUT OUT all of that confusion. Please don’t give up, get some assistance, instead attend my conference to get the tools you need in a fun, encouraging and resourceful environment.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

-Lemony Snicket


My one day of instruction, encouragement and learning the right path to take, is all for YOU. Come learn and receive the information you need to move forward with your craft.

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The Team at Garner Solutions, Tracee Lydia Garner is ready for you and has lined up lots of inspiring stories and knowledgeable speakers to move you closer to pressing publish and accomplishing your goals.

We desired to create an environment where you can interact with like minds, enjoy yourself and learn all that you can from people who are doing and continue to repeat the publishing process they’ve come to love and do successfully – or why do it at all?

Keep reading below to learn more about the Summit or just click the Registration Button already!



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Saturday, September 15, 2018


Leesburg Junction

215 Depot Court, SE (First level)

Leesburg, VA 20175


promptly at 8:45 and the check-in process should not last more than 15 – 20 minutes ensuring the first session can begin by 9:15 a.m.

ticket-clipart-clip-art-ticket-clipart  TICKETS

GENERAL TICKETS (purchased AFTER JULY 1) $ 80.00 Use the Coupson  PUBLISH2018 at checkout for a special discount of $ 15.00

PRIVATE WRITING COACHING An Additional $ 50.00 – This year, we are offering a new feature and that is an opportunity to meet with Ms. Garner, one on one for an hour. You will be able to tell Ms. Garner about your current station in the publication process (whether the book is complete or not) as well as your goals and tentative time line. Ms. Garner, who has helped more than 20 students publish their own books, with 7 releasing actual books into the marketplace, will be able to assist you by offering a few pathways to your goal and resources to aid you in the various stages. Please read the complete information at the EVENT REGISTRATION PAGE regarding the requirements for a Private, one to one Coaching Session. 

mail letter clip artIf you have any questions about the event that are not addressed here, please e-mail the Publishing Summit Planning Team or call us at 571-423-9056.

The Publishing Summit Event hosts/site is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in order for anyone with a disability to participate in our programs, and activities. To make a request for reasonable accommodation, it must be at least seventy-two hours in advance of the event date/time and can be made by calling/and or writing us at 571-423–9056 or

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Enter to win ONE SWAG BAG full of awesome prizes, including a Kindle Fire. 

-> ONE entry raffle ticket will be given to every person that has registered for the conference on or BEFORE AUGUST 25, 2018. You will receive your ticket upon arrival to the Publishing Summit with the rest of your materials. This event is a live program on September 15, 2018 and begins at 8:30 a.m., in Leesburg, VA 

-> You must be registered (have paid) for your Publishing Summit ticket by August 25, 2018. You will still be able to register for the conference AFTER 8/25 but you will not be entered into the drawing.

-> You must be 18 years or older to participate

-> You must be in attendance at the conference to collect your prize on site. There will be NO onsite registration, and the prizes will not be mailed.

-> The prize drawing will occur in the closing remarks of the conference

-> The prize drawing includes a consultation on your writing path/story and related goals you have, and if you have already paid for a consultation with Ms. Garner, you will be refunded the consultation fee, which is $ 50.00.


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