The Annual Realm Makers Conference 2021: July 15-17, 2021

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The 2021 Conference will be a hybrid event, meaning you can register to attend in-person in St. Louis or LIVE online. You will have access to classes and keynote addresses during and after the event no matter which way you attend.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of current Covid restrictions in St. Louis, our hotel's capacity for the in-person conference will be limited.  to 210 (50% capacity). In the event this restriction eases, then we'll immediately begin to accept those on the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis, up to the next threshold of 375 (75%). Attendees must register completely to be put on the waiting list, but will not be charged until their registration is accepted.

Keynote Speaker

Frank Peretti NYT Bestselling Author

With more than 14 million books in print, Frank E. Peretti is perhaps the most recognized name in Christian fiction. He lives in northern Idaho with his wife, Barbara.


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Capacity Restrictions

UPDATED April 17, 2021

GOOD NEWS! Our current capacity restrictions in St. Louis have been increased to 75%! That means we can accommodate as many attendees as we had in 2019, which is fantastic! We are technically still limiting our number of seats for the in-person conference but those limits are much less restrictive now. If we reach the new cap of 375 will accept folks on the waiting list until April 15th.


Attendees: If we sell out of in-person registrations before the conference and you very much wish to attend in person please complete your registration anyway to hold your place on the waiting list. Your information will be saved but you will not be charged. In the event more seats open up your waiting list status can convert to attending in person and the card information you used to register will be charged.


Exhibitors: All exhibitor registrations are going be placed on a waiting list. We are using this functionality as an application process. We will approve exhibitors on an ongoing basis after April 15th until the exhibit hall is full.


Conference Guests: We have accepted all conference guests registered through April 15th and any new conference guest registrations will be placed on the waiting list.



Registration Options

  • Adults 18 and up
    *Members should check the RealmSphere for their member discount code.
    Registration includes:
    General Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Electives, two Agent/Editor Appointments, 2 Mentor Appointments, Beverage/Break Hospitality, Awards Banquet, Live broadcast, Conference group in the RealmSphere, Conference replays through 12/31/2021.

  • *Members should check the RealmSphere for their member discount code.
    Registration includes:
    General Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Electives, two Agent/Editor Appointments, 2 Mentor Appointments, Live broadcast, Conference group in the RealmSphere, Conference replays through 12/31/2021.
    NO CAPACITY LIMIT.

  • Ages 13-17 years old. Must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone. Add a second attendee and choose "Non attending Teen Chaperone" registration.
    Registration includes:
    Includes General Sessions, Teen Track with Dan Schwabauer, Electives, two Agent/Editor Appointments, 2 Mentor Appointments, Beverage/Break Hospitality, Awards Banquet, Live broadcast, Conference group in the RealmSphere, Conference replays through 12/31/2021

  • Ages 13-17 years old.
    Registration includes:
    Includes General Sessions, Teen Track with Dan Schwabauer, Electives, two Agent/Editor Appointments, 2 Mentor Appointments, Live broadcast, Conference group in the RealmSphere, Conference replays through 12/31/2021.
    NO CAPACITY LIMIT.

  • This option is for small presses.
    Includes General Sessions, Beverage/Break Hospitality, and Awards Banquet.
    (Only 1 representative per registration. Additional representatives must register as an Adult In-person Registration.)

  • Includes General Sessions, Beverage/Break Hospitality, and Awards Banquet.

  • Includes General Sessions, Beverage/Break Hospitality, Exhibitor Table
    (Only 1 representative per registration. Additional representatives must register as an Adult In-person Registration.)

  • WAITLIST ONLY until current restrictions on banquet room capacity are eased to sufficiently accommodate everyone.

Elective Sessions

In-Person Attendees: Choose one option for each Elective Session. These choices are not binding; we use this information to assign classrooms. You are free to change your selection at any time, including on site. Schedule subject to change.


Elective Session 1 Friday 11:30 am–12:30 pm*

  • Session 1a: Steve Laube—The Crisis of Patience

    Session 1a: Steve Laube—The Crisis of Patience

    The challenge of waiting as part of the writing life.


  • Session 1b: Carla Hoch—The Gift of Injuries

    Session 1b: Carla Hoch—The Gift of Injuries

    What injuries do for your manuscript, story and reader.


  • Session 1c: Judith Anderle—Lessons Learned–Negotiating Foreign Rights

    Session 1c: Judith Anderle—Lessons Learned–Negotiating Foreign Rights

    Discover the advantages of selling in foreign markets and points to consider when negotiating contracts.


  • Session 1d: Nadine Brandes—How to Pitch Your Book without Sounding Like a Robot

    Session 1d: Nadine Brandes—How to Pitch Your Book without Sounding Like a Robot

    Being able to present your story in a concise way is critical when talking with industry professionals or readers. Learn how to craft a pitch that is informative, but doesn’t sound robotic when you share it—no matter who you’re talking to: reader, publishing pro, or Vulcan. They’ll all be impressed (or, at least, not bored.) In this hands-on class you'll craft a pitch short enough for an elevator, escalator, or jump to light speed.


Elective Session 2 Friday 2–3 pm*

  • Session 2a: Steve Laube—The Crucible of Lament

    Session 2a: Steve Laube—The Crucible of Lament

    Lament is nothing new, but is rarely embraced by the modern believer. We will explore its benefits particularly in the life of a writer.


  • Session 2b: Heidi Taylor Gordon—10 Things Every Author Needs to Know About Traditional Publishing

    Session 2b: Heidi Taylor Gordon—10 Things Every Author Needs to Know About Traditional Publishing

    This class will go through 10 steps that will help writers understand and navigate successfully the traditional publishing process


  • Session 2c: Sharon Hinck—Double Agents

    Session 2c: Sharon Hinck—Double Agents

    Discover writing craft techniques that perform double duty: Action tags that identify speakers in dialogue but also enhance emotion. Descriptions that paint the setting but also establish tone. Metaphors that add vibrant imagery and also deepen characterization. Make the most of your efforts by allowing the words to accomplish more than one thing at a time.


  • Session 2d: Nadine Brandes—The Story Behind the Story

    Session 2d: Nadine Brandes—The Story Behind the Story

    This session is about all things story—lived and written. Get answers to questions like "What is story?" and "Why do we connect so deeply with story?" We’ll discuss how to grow as a storyteller, including finding your writing “voice.” Understand the journey behind writing. Whatever your stage or circumstances, writing a book and living life don’t have to be at war with each other. In fact…they can be comrades.


Elective Session 3 Saturday 1:45–2:45 pm*

  • Session 3a: Steve Laube—The Creation of Space

    Session 3a: Steve Laube—The Creation of Space

    Finding time as a writer and as someone on their faith journey. A look at balance in life and ideas for both time management and what to do when life interrupts.


  • Session 3b: Carla Hoch—Who's Ya BooBoo

    Session 3b: Carla Hoch—Who's Ya BooBoo

    The basics of injuries, bleeding out, and death.


  • Session 3c: Sharon Hinck—Care and Feeding of an Author's Heart

    Session 3c: Sharon Hinck—Care and Feeding of an Author's Heart

    Writing is tough! It's vital to protect and nourish your creativity and keep your joy alive. Identify the unique obstacles that may be hindering your writing efforts. Find solutions that fit your life circumstances and personality. Build a toolkit of choices that can help you make progress and also protect you from burnout and discouragement.


  • Session 3d: Nadine Brandes—Writing for the Market vs. Writing for Your Heart

    Session 3d: Nadine Brandes—Writing for the Market vs. Writing for Your Heart

    A writing journey often starts with a book or two straight from your heart. But an author's career sometimes means writing a book you’re not in love with. Nadine has done both—that’s how she landed a Big Five publisher. Here we'll discuss balancing creativity with business and what shifts may be required to turn your “hobby” into a career. Most importantly, learn how to keep yourself creatively and spiritually grounded through both.


Elective Session 4 Saturday 3–4 pm*

  • Session 4a: PANEL—Audiences of All Ages

    Session 4a: PANEL—Audiences of All Ages

    Defining Adult vs. YA vs. Middle Grade and how writing for each differs.


  • Session 4b: Carla Hoch—Dealing Damage

    Session 4b: Carla Hoch—Dealing Damage

    Tactical class on how to achieve certain injuries.


  • Session 4c: Sharon Hinck—Faith-filled Fantastical Fiction

    Session 4c: Sharon Hinck—Faith-filled Fantastical Fiction

    Our novels portray characters struggling with physical, emotional, and spiritual conflicts. How can you draw from your own faith journey to deepen your stories and include that spiritual element? Whether subtle or overt, there are ways to weave faith themes into your stories. We'll discuss choices that can be problematic and those that can be effective.


  • Session 4d: PANEL—In the World But Not of It

    Session 4d: PANEL—In the World But Not of It

    How Christian authors can engage modern cultural questions in their work without "selling out" or compromising their beliefs.


Continuing Sessions*

  • Session 5a: David Farland—Writing Craft Track

    Session 5a: David Farland—Writing Craft Track

    Session 1: Promising Starts
    A novel begins by making promises. It might promise romance, wonder, intrigue—as an author you begin making those promises before the book begins, and here you’ll learn how to hook readers, editors, and film producers.

    Session 2: Magnificent Middles
    Learn guaranteed techniques to make the middles of your novels become so engaging, readers won't be able to tear themselves away.

    Session 3: Powerful Endings
    There is an old saying: "The first lines of a novel sell your book, but the last lines of your novel sell the next book." In this class, we'll explore how to write a climax, how to unwind the conflicts that led up to it, and how to create a powerful "emotional symphony" that will leave your reader aching for more.


  • Session 5b: Allen Arnold—Creative Lightning

    Session 5b: Allen Arnold—Creative Lightning

    In this three-part Continuing Session, Allen will reveal:
    how to illuminate your stories with an eternal spark that transcends you;
    how to differentiate and maximize the three stages of creativity;
    why the concept of "Light" is so essential in the act of creation; and
    ways to stay creative during the chaotic storms of life.

    If you're feeling stuck in the creative process, it's probably because you aren't maximizing the specific stage of creation you're in. Here Allen will reveal a new way to navigate the creative process, from the spark of an idea to the shimmering reality of a published book. These sessions will feature interactive conversations meant to transform the way we see and create Story.


  • Session 5c: Caleb Breakey: The Book Funnel Method

    Session 5c: Caleb Breakey: The Book Funnel Method

    Session 1: Become Irresistible
    Find out how to become a magnet to your ideal readers.
    Session 2: Find Your Readers
    Learn how to guarantee the right readers see your brilliant stories.
    Session 3: Grow a Relationship-Driven Platform
    Learn how to keep readers engaged and coming back for more.


Add-on Sessions

  • Pre-conference Workshop: Michael Anderle—Roadmap for the Indie Author/Publisher

    Pre-conference Workshop: Michael Anderle—Roadmap for the Indie Author/Publisher

    Thursday, July 15, 9 am–3 pm
    Session 1: 7 Components to Think about When You Release a Book
    From Story to Social Platform and the pieces in between, learn the seven basic components to think about when releasing a story.

    Session 2: 3 Different Strategies for Building your Career
    You need to match your personality to your platform. Learn different strategies for selling your books.

    Session 3: One Story, Five Products
    You can create and/or license many different products from just one story. This discussion gives an overview of different products and how to build your international sales stream.

    Price $65.00

  • Post-Conference Workshop: Julie Hall—Using Social Media to Sell More Books

    Post-Conference Workshop: Julie Hall—Using Social Media to Sell More Books

    Sunday July 18th, 10am–noon
    Social media can help you sell books and make more money. It’s more important than ever that authors know how to navigate the digital landscape to build a passionate fan base, stay top-of-mind to readers, and strategically leverage the various social platforms. Whether you're traditionally published, independently published, or an aspiring author, you’ll learn tips and tricks for using social media to find and retain readers, build your newsletter, team up with like-minded authors, and manage your time like a boss. Best of all, if you're an introvert (like me), we'll even discuss ways to market your book without personal interaction.

    Price $35.00

Paid Critiques

Get professional feedback on pages of your manuscript in a 30-minute appointment with the mentor of your choice. Paid critiques are available to purchase through May 15, 2021 through our appointing booking software. Send an email to appointments@realmmakers.com with questions.

Add-on Exhibit Table

  • Exhibit Table

    This is for authors or publishers who wish to display books or other merchandise at an exhibit table. Requests need to be approved due to capacity limitations. If your request is not approved the cost of the table fee will be refunded 100%. Priority is given to previous exhibitors and official members at the Published, Professional, or Business level.

    $80.00 ea. [Sold Out]

Meals

Dine on your own or with our faculty!

The options offered here allow you the chance to enjoy a catered meal in a hotel ballroom with our conference faculty and special guests. This gives you an exclusive opportunity to network with faculty, including agents and editors.

A hospitality suite will be available to all attendees with beverages, snacks, and light fare in the morning, afternoon, and after hours.

Those who wish to economize can enjoy many dining options in the village adjacent to the hotel. There are seven fast food options, including Fuzzy's Tacos, Starbucks, St. Louis Bread Co. (aka Panera), as well as a diverse mix other chain and independent restaurants.

  • Complete Meal Package

    All three meals with faculty: Thursday Dinner (Chicken Capri or Polenta Napoleon), Friday Lunch (Italian Buffet), and Saturday Lunch (Roast Sirloin of Beef or Vegetarian option to be named later).

    $150.00 ea.

  • Thursday Dinner

    Chicken Capri or Polenta Napoleon

    $65.00 ea.

  • Friday Lunch

    Italian Buffet

    $50.00 ea.

  • Saturday Lunch

    Roast Sirloin of Beef or Vegetarian option to be named later

    $50.00 ea.

Merchandise

Merchandise listed on this registration form is for pick up at the in-person conference only. Online attendees should order from our online store at:
http://store.realmmakers.com/conference-2021.

  • T-shirt

    T-shirt

    Realm Makers Logo T-shirt
    Raglan Triblend
    (True to size)


  • Travel Mug

    Travel Mug

    18oz. stainless steel travel mug with black ceramic inner lining.

    $19.99 ea.

  • Dragon Embossed Leather Journal

    Dragon Embossed Leather Journal

    Realm Makers Dragon Embossed Leather Journal With Leather Lock Closure

    $24.99 ea.

  • Mask

    Mask

    Customized Super Comfort Cotton Face Mask Black
    This lightweight reusable face mask has comfort built into every last detail. This two‑ply cotton mask, which meets CDC Guidelines, features an interior pocket to easily swap in a replaceable filter. With a tailored fit, adjustable ear toggles, moldable nose bridge, and soft elastic ear loops this mask is going to fit your face well.


  • “The Works” Box

    “The Works” Box

    Includes:
    Travel Mug
    Journal
    T-shirt
    - Mask
    (Save $10)

    $70.00 ea. [19 remaining]


Location Information

  • Sheraton Westport Chalet
  • 191 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63146 US
RELEASE OF LIABILITY
In consideration for being allowed to participate in the Realm Makers Conference, I release from liability and waive my right to sue Realm Makers, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents (collectively “Realm Makers”) from any and all claims, including claims of Realm Makers’ negligence, resulting in any physical injury, illness (including death) or economic loss I may suffer or which may result from my participation in this Conference, travel to and from the Conference (including air travel), or any events incidental to this Conference.

ACCOMMODATIONS
* Reservations must be made directly with Sheraton Westport Chalet before June 25 at 5pm to take advantage of our contracted rates.
Our room block is limited so make your reservations as soon as you can.
See our website for complete details.

CANCELLATION POLICY
In the event you discover you cannot attend the Realm Makers conference after you’ve registered, the following refund policy will apply:

More than 60 days prior to conference: full refund, less a 10% processing fee
30-59 days prior to conference: 50% refund
Less than 30 days prior to conference: non refundable, but you may transfer your registration to another attendee. You are responsible for finding the individual to whom you wish to transfer your registration and informing the conference registrar of the change.

HARASSMENT POLICY
By registering for the Realm Makers Conference, whether as an attendee, guest, or vendor, I agree to abide by the conference's sexual harassment policy, which can be found [LINK HERE]

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Add Purchase Protection and get a 100% refund of your purchase if a qualifying unforeseen circumstance prevents you from attending this event. Covers illness, injury, transportation problems, emergencies and more.*

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I understand that if I am prevented from attending the event because of an unforeseen circumstance I won’t get a refund of my purchase.

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Purchase Protection is a service offered by Purchase Protection LLC. Purchase Protection is not an insurance policy. It is a service that will refund you 100% of your event fees, taxes and dues should you be prevented by unforeseen circumstances from attending the event. Purchase Protection does not apply to, and will not reimburse, merchandise purchases and charitable donations. Purchase Protection fees will be charged as a separate transaction. Any changes made to your order will not change the amount covered in this agreement.

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