ThrillerFest XVII • May 31 – June 4, 2022 • Register Today!

Winter Thrills MBA

Dates:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Thursday, March 18, 2021

Registration: $299


The highly informative classes below, which include top agents, respected editors, bestselling ITW authors, and other industry professionals, will be available via the private video showcase Vimeo. And you will learn from other attendees as you watch the feedback on their queries.

You will have access to the site and password to study and absorb all the content for a minimum of six months. You can see the list of courses and instructors below, or CLICK HERE to start your registration today!


Are your interests focused only on certain topics below? You don’t have to purchase the entire Thriller MBA! You can select individual sessions to buy à la carte as webinars!

Prices shown below are for à la carte purchasing of individual sessions. You can save money by purchasing all sessions as a package for $299.

Secrets of a Successful Career – $35

What are the key components of a successful career and how do you achieve them?

With authors R.L. Stine (Moderator / Author), David Morrell (Author), Gayle Lynds (Author), Heather Graham (Author) & John Lescroart (Author).

Query Critiques – Query submissions are now closed

A panel that includes industry experts analyzing actual query letters from attendees and providing immediate and constructive feedback.

Career Building – $35

How does an author grow their readership, develop their unique voice, and focus their writing to ensure that the next book is even better?

With Jon Land (Moderator / Author), John Talbot (Agent), Grace Doyle (Editor), Robert Dugoni (Author) and C.J. Box (Author).

Legacy Writing – $35

How does an author work with another writer or their estate to produce material that will appeal to that fanbase?

With Brian Andrews (Moderator / Author), Robin Burcell (Author), Marc Cameron (Author), Kyle Mills (Author) and Tom Colgan (Editor).

Author Branding – $35

How does an author use social media, websites, conferences, bookstore events, and swag to build a brand, and does it differ from a platform?

With Adam Hamdy (Moderator / Author), Peter Hildick-Smith (Expert), Meryl Moss (Publicist), Jaime Levine (Editor) and Danielle Bartlett (Publicist).

The World of Book Reviews – $35

How does a book review help the viability of your novel, and where are the best places to obtain a review along with submitting your work for consideration at those places?

With Kirsche Romo (Moderator / Reviewer), Oline Cogdill (Reviewer), Ali Karim (Reviewer), Bruce DeSilva (Reviewer) and Elizabeth French (Expert).

Book to TV/Film – $35

How does Hollywood interact with books, including “selling rights,” and how is the author involved if the work turns into a film or TV project?

With Jeff Ayers (Moderator / Expert), Hart Hanson (Producer), Joe Finder (Author), Kathy Reichs (Author), Tess Gerritsen (Author) and Peter James (Author).

The World of Audiobooks – $35

What appeals to readers about listening to a book, and why is the world of audio continuing to explode?

With Wendy Walker (Moderator / Author), Stacy Creamer (Expert), Therese Plummer (Narrator), Michele Cobb (Expert) and Scott Brick (Narrator).

Financial Nuts and Bolts – $35

How does the book business work, including advances and royalties, and who are the players in the realm of film and TV rights, and the international market?

With Jennifer Kreischer (Moderator / Expert), Neil Nyren (Expert), Dan Conaway (Agent), Rachel Howzell Hall (Author) and Josh Getzler (Agent).

Indie & Small Press Publishing – $35

How does the world of publishing outside the big 5 publishers work in terms of marketing, distribution, and career-building?

With Jeffrey Wilson (Moderator / Author), J.D. Barker (Author), Bob Gussin (Editor) and John Raab (Publisher).

The World of Author Marketing – $35

How does an author promote themselves in the various levels of publishing from queries and pitches to agents along with future readers on social media, and Amazon author page, a personal website, and a professional headshot?

Jeff Ayers (Moderator / Expert), Lisa Erbach Vance (Agent), David Highfill (Editor), Kelley Ragland (Editor),  Diana Urban (Expert) and J.T. Ellison (Author).

The World of Book Marketing – $35

How can authors increase the visibility of their work to find more readers?

With Steven James (Moderator / Author), Hector DeJean (Publicist), Carol Fitzgerald (Expert), Douglas Preston (Author) and Alex Segura (Author).

The World of Resiliency – $35

How can you motivate yourself to push forward and keep writing amidst rejection and other potential roadblocks?

With Lynne Constantine (Moderator / Author), Bryan Robinson (Author), Nathaniel Marunas (Editor), Lisa Unger (Author) and Sandra Brown (Author).

How to Write a Memorable Novel – $35

What elements of a novel and the marketplace can turn a book into a bestseller?

With K.J. Howe (Moderator / Author), Mark Tavani (Editor), Karin Slaughter (Author), Alafair Burke (Author) and David Baldacci (Author).

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