All About eBooks Symposium: Friday, November 12th in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- With the explosion of opportunities available for publishing a book, now is the best time ever to be a writer. On Friday, November 12th, leaders in the digital publishing revolution will join together at the Hilton Hotel-Financial District at the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown in San Francisco, for a full day of insight and education -- the All About eBooks Symposium. This symposium occurs the day before the third San Francisco Writing for Change conference November 13 & 14.

"Two years ago eBooks were considered a tiny afterthought by the publishing industry, but no one considers them insignificant any longer. Some large publishers estimate that more than half their revenue in 5 years or less will be coming from eBooks. That is an astounding change in a very short time," said Laurie McLean, Dean of the new San Francisco Writers University (SFWritersU), sponsor of this symposium. That is why SFWritersU selected the subject of eBooks for its first live event to kick off its online and offline hub for writers.

According to McLean, authors need to know about the realities of today's publishing technology and get a glimpse into the future of this quickly evolving eBook phenomenon. The All About eBooks Symposium offers this information all in one place, all on one day. Beginning with a brief historical perspective on eBooks and ending with where the market is going, the All About eBooks Symposium is for writers who are serious about their career as authors. Literary agents will discuss their take on the eBook universe. And it is the one place where attendees will be able to experience all of the eBook reader devices at the same time.

"This event is great for authors, publishers, literary agents, publicists, librarians, booksellers and anyone who needs to understand how eBooks are rapidly changing publishing," McLean said.

Mark Coker of Smashwords will join Rob MacDonald of Scribd to explain how authors can publish their eBooks for free. Philippa Burgess of Studio Mythopoeia and Brad Inman of Vook will discuss the future of enhanced eBooks. Successful eBook authors Simon Wood, Carla King and Ransom Stephens will share their stories. And a panel of agents including Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, Laurie McLean of Larsen Pomada and April Eberhardt of Kimberley Cameron will be interviewed by Michael Wolf of GigaOM during lunch at Chinatown's famous R&G Lounge. Finally, a panel of eReader manufacturers will discuss their products followed by a hands-on device exhibition and cocktail reception shared with San Francisco Writing for Change attendees and presenters.

The cost of the all-day event, including the luncheon panel, cocktail reception and eReader exhibit, is $199. The event is limited to 75 participants.

Find further information at, call Laurie McLean at 650-747-0796, or visit and click on All About eBooks Symposium.

For further information contact: Laurie McLean, Dean, San Francisco Writers University,, 650-747-0796

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