Kevin Breen is the founder and executive editor of Madrona Books, a Washington-based publisher rooted in literary ambition. As the associate editor of Latah Books, Kevin served as the developmental editor for authors like Kacy Tellessen, Leslie Absher, and C. Matthew Smith. He earned his MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, and his own short fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review.

All Sessions by Kevin Breen

09:00 - 09:20
Room 420A

On Your Writing Journey, Choose Your Destination

For authors, defining their aims and their definitions of success is crucial. Editor Kevin Breen will reflect on the different types of destinations writers choose while also sharing examples from his own literary experience.

10:00 - 11:00
Room 430B

Finding Sales Success Locally: Indie Author Case Studies

In today's book-selling environment-- with self-publishing pathways, print-on-demand tools, and announcements of major advances from Big Five publishers-- authors may be tempted to hire publicists, invest in online ads, and cast wide nets. This talk will focus on an alternate path: local publishing and sales. Kevin Breen will offer templates of local success and discuss why authors are better served by focusing on selling books in their own backyards rather than global markets.

10:00 - 11:00
Room 420A

Agent Panel

A discussion with a panel of agents about how to get your work noticed, what working with an agent is like, and more.

11:15 - 12:15
Room 420A

Publishers Panel

Ever wonder what that publisher is thinking, or what they are looking for? This panel will discuss the state of publishing today, tomorrow, and panelists will share information about what they look for when they pick up an author.

14:00 - 15:00
Room 420A

Editors Panel

A panel of editors will share what they are looking for, pet peeves, and how working with an editor works. Come learn more from the inside of an editor's mind.