Writers' Marketing Conference

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Writers' Marketing Conference is an intensive in-depth book marketing course specially designed for authors. Whether you are published or aspiring, you’ll learn:

  • How to create book marketing strategies

  • How to develop a promotional plan

  • Techniques to develop a fan base and build credibility

  • Low-cost promotional tactics (that actually work)

  • How to niche your marketing to reach the right readers

Commit to learning how to sell your books so you can get back to doing what you love and make a living doing it. 


  • Gain confidence by understanding your readers

  • Learn care and feeding techniques in working with your fan base

  • Grow your confidence by gaining the knowledge and skills to make the leap to more sales.  


Learn the techniques you need to sell more books. Join us!

Attend in person, watch live stream or view on-demand, the choice is yours.


Your instructor for WMC 2020 is 
Maria Murnane

Maria is a former PR executive who left her successful career to pursue “a more fulfilling life.” She wrote her first novel, Perfect on Paper, during a year she spent playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina. When several major publishing houses turned down her book, Maria published it herself. She implemented a grass-roots marketing campaign, and within a year Perfect on Paper caught Amazon’s attention. The e-commerce retail giant selected the book out of more than 10,000 self-published titles for the company's venture into traditional publishing. A year later Perfect on Paper reached #2 overall on Amazon’s book sales.


Maria's subsequent novels, The Waverly Bryson series, Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, Bridges, and Cassidy Lane have also been purchased by Amazon Publishing, housed under the Lake Union imprint. Perfect on Paper has since been translated into German, Hungarian, Italian, Serbian, Turkish, and Indonesian. Maria also launched a line of greeting cards and other products, based on her novels. She describes her books as “romantic comedies for anyone who has ever run into an ex on a bad hair day.”


Maria was a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar at UC Berkeley, where she graduated with high honors in English and Spanish and was an Alumni Scholar. She also received a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


“Maria is a profound role model for women (and men)

who wish to pursue their dream.”

Max Chang 

UC Berkeley Alumni Association of Utah

Click on these videos to hear a selection of ideas Maria has in store for you.

Maria will present an eight-hour Master Class filled with hands-on, personal instruction to train you to:

  • Create workable book marketing strategies

  • Develop customized promotional plans

And send you home with tactics to implement immediately.

Through colorful yet tangible examples, Maria bases the Master Class on the grassroots  marketing campaign that landed her debut novel, Perfect on Paper, on the front page of the Life section of USA Today.  

Leaning on her experience as a professional writer, public speaker and as a coach helping aspiring authors in their own quests for literary success, Maria will help you develop a marketing plan that works for you. 

Take charge of your writing career. Learn skills to promote yourself and your books with confidence.

Attend Writers' Marketing Conference.

Date: March 21, 2020


Registration Time: 8 to 9 AM


Conference Time: 9 AM to 5 PM

Q&A: 5 PM to 6 PM


Location: Megaplex Theaters at Jordan Commons

9335 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah


Dress: Business Casual 


Parking: Free parking east of Megaplex


Food and Beverages: Water, lunch and snacks, included in registration


Special diets: Vegetarian and gluten-free available if specified on registration form

We will not have vendors.


For additional questions, visit our FAQ page.

Can't Attend the Conference in Person? 
Watch Our Live Stream 

Three live stream and on-demand options assure you don’t miss a single word.

Select the option that best suits your budget.

  • Virtual Participation in the full Conference -- $149   

    • Direct access to the live conference

    • Ask questions in real time

    • Invitation to join the Online Writers’ Marketing Conference Private Facebook Group

    • Ongoing support and updates inside the Facebook Group

    • Special discounts on future conferences

    • 24/7 access to all four recorded 90-minute On Demand modules for one full year after the conference. Watch sessions as many times as you like.   Register Now!




From February 1, 2020,

12 AM to March 13, 2020,

11:59 PM.


March 14, 2020,

12 AM to March 21, 2020,

9:00 AM.


Your Hosts

Roger and Carolyn Nielsen are producers and hosts of the Writers’ Marketing Conference.  After a career as editors and publishers in the trade magazine industry, they began writing books. They soon observed there are a plethora of conferences on the writing craft but few cover the business of writing. This conference is their solution to overcome the dearth. The couple currently lives in Lindon, Utah.


Carolyn Ririe Nielsen

Our Mission

Thank you for your interest in Writers' Marketing Conference. Our goal is to assist writers become:

  • authors with a platform that represents who they are

  • confident in their message and the identity of their audience

  • comfortable in presenting themselves and promoting their books

Roger W. Nielsen

Get in Touch

We hope you're able to attend Writers' Marketing Conference. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.