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Write That Book Already

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Does this sound like you?

  • You have a book idea, but you don’t know where to start.
  • You’ve started your book but stalled in the muddy middle.
  • You’ve rewritten the first couple of chapters over and over but have gotten no further.

Or do you wonder…

  • Is it worth my time to write a book?
  • Will anyone want to read what I have to say?
  • Will I be able to figure out how to get it published even if I can write it?

Sign up for our FREE virtual conference
January 3-7, 2022

You’ll get two videos a day delivered straight to your inbox. THEN, we’ll be playing the videos during LIVE watch parties in a private Facebook group so the coaches at THE NARRATIVE PROJECT can be with you to answer your questions and cheer you on in your commitment to…Write That Book Already!

Why invest your time in writing a book when the world is on fire?

Whoever controls STORY is in charge of the meaning-making we do…

…in our lives…in our societies. YOUR story offers a way of making meaning that only you can bring into the world. Only YOU can write THIS story—the one you have in your heart which will enlighten, heal, inform, or entertain others.

But getting YOUR story…

  • Out of your body
  • Onto the page
  • Into the hands of the people who need it

…is on YOU. And the journey from book idea to book-in-your-hand can be daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be.

If you need INSPIRATION, CLARITY, AND MOTIVATION, join us in our Write That Book Already! Virtual Conference.

January 3-7, 2022

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Why haven’t you written that book already?

If you’re like most of the would-be authors, it’s because you need some answers to some of the following questions:

 

  • How do I get myself to sit and write?
  • What do I do with my manuscript once I’ve got it written?
  • Why does MY particular story matter so much that I should write it NOW?
  • What are the best strategies for getting past my writing blocks?
  • Is it selfish to spend the time to write a book? AND how can I write this book with kids underfoot or the pressures of my job keeping me so busy?
  • How can I tap into MY best creative process?
  • How can I know if my book is relevant?
  • How can contests and reviews help me get my book into the hands of my ideal readers?
  • How can I get in the right mindset to push past my inner critic?
  • How can I get the support and accountability I need to keep going even on the hard days?
  • How can my writing be a light in the world right now?
  • Why should I think about my author’s platform and marketing even while I’m writing and how can building that platform encourage me to get your book done?

Speakers

Our panelists are among the most encouraging and knowledgeable BOOK PEOPLE in the world.

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If you have a book in you, you don’t want to miss this!
You’ll walk away inspired, motivated, and COMMITTED to Write That Book Already!!!

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Author, The Burning Light of Two Stars

Laura Davis is the author of The Burning Light of Two Stars, the story of her loving yet tumultuous relationship with her mother, and six other non-fiction books. Her first books, The Courage to Heal and The Courage to Heal Workbook, paved the way for hundreds of thousands of women and men to heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, a rich resource guide co-authored with parenting expert Janis Keyser, helped parents develop a vision for the families they want to create. I Thought We’d Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation taught the skills of reconciliation and peace building, one relationship at a time. Laura’s groundbreaking books have been translated into 12 languages and sold two million copies.

In addition to writing books that inspire, the work of Laura’s heart is to teach. For more than twenty years, she’s helped people find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft. Laura loves creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally. She leads international trips combining writing, cultural learning and adventure around the world. Next spring, she’s taking a lucky group of writers to Tuscany.

You can learn about Laura’s books and workshops, read the first five chapters of her new memoir, and receive a free ebook: Writing Through Courage: A 30-Day Practice at www.lauradavis.net.

Topic – Writing About Family: the Perils, Pitfalls, and Gifts Along the Journey

Michelle Cox

Michelle Cox

Author, Henrietta and Inspector Howard series

Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have won over 60 international awards and have been praised by KirkusLibrary JournalPublishers WeeklyBooklist, Foreword, Elle, Redbook, Brit&Co., Popsugar, Buzzfeed, and many others.

Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.  She lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, and one naughty Goldendoodle and is hard at work on her latest novel.

TopicMarketing strategies and how to succeed as a full-time writer

Ebony Haywood

Ebony Haywood

ZayZoh: Motivation for Creators

Ebony Haywood is a writer, teacher, and energy healer who helps people unblock their creative flow and generate solutions for their personal and professional lives. After grappling with writer’s block, Ebony Haywood talked with other bloggers and discovered they struggled too. In 2020, she launched her podcast, Motivation To Write, to inspire writers and entrepreneurs to become the best versions of themselves. Ebony lives in Southern California, where she enjoys cheese pizza, anything with avocado, and classic films.

Topic – How to Harness Your Inner Champion

Jane Ubell-Meyer

Jane Ubell-Meyer

Bedside Reading

Jane is the founder of Bedside Reading, the world’s leader in placing and promoting books and authors in hotels, the Hamptons and the media. This year, Jane celebrates 20 years of placing books in the Hamptons. Her business has evolved and in 2017 Jane officially launched Bedside Reading, reaching luxury hotels from Aspen to Santa Monica.

In 2020, when COVID hit the travel industry, Jane published her first  “Official Hamptons Booklovers Guide,” Bedside Reading, The Magazine, which was distributed though out the hotels in the Hamptons with subsequent issues distributed by Publishers Weekly and Hollywood Weekly nationwide.

Jane is a former TV/Film producer, her credits include GMA, ET, and WSJ-TV. She also produced several films. Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, Sioux City, and Precious Find.

Jane spent a year working for Hearst Magazines Branding and Licensing division before creating the award-winning company, Madison & Mulholland which was one of the world’s leaders in celebrity gifting. The company was known for their excellent commitment to luxury gifting and working with Oscar, Emmy, Grammy winners and nominees. She produced celebrity gifting lounges in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami for major movie studios and events.

Jane lives in Connecticut with her husband.

Topic – Bedside Reading, the ultimate in “Word-of-Mouth” book marketing, and why your book cover is so important

Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers

Author, National Association of Memoir Writers

Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, is the author of award winning memoirs Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains, and two books on craft The Power of Memoir, & Journey of Memoir. She co-authored Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and Magic of Memoir & co-teaches Write Your Memoir in Six Months. A memoir coach for 26 years, she helps memoir writers find their voice and get their story into the world.

Topic – The Power of Memoir

Paul Hanson

Paul Hanson

Owner, Village Books

Paul is one of three co-owners of Village Books and programmer for the Chuckanut Writers Workshops and Classes. Before arriving in Bellingham in 2011, Paul was the long-time manager of Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island.

He is a writer and publisher, former President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and past core team member of Fields End, a writers’ community on Bainbridge Island. Paul has been one of the Chuckanut Writers Conference Coordinators since 2012.

Topic – What Booksellers Know that Authors SHOULD Know, Too

Kiffer Brown

Kiffer Brown

Chanticleer Reviews and International Book Awards

Kathryn (Kiffer) Brown is CEO and co-founder of Chanticleer Reviews and Chanticleer International Book Awards (The CIBAs) that discover today’s best books. The company differentiates itself with “under the hood” digital technology (that increases the digital footprint of each book review and CIBA winner) developed by her super-geek husband, Argus Brown.

Kiffer has presented at Writer’s Digest NYC,IBPA University, Women in Publishing Summit, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, RWA National Conference, Historical Novel Society, BEA UpubU, ALLi, Left Coast Crime Conference, and many more.

The annual Chanticleer Authors Conference, held in Bellingham, Washington, features international best-selling authors such as Cathy Ace, Robert Dugoni, J.D. Barker, Ann Charles, and many more, with a focus on marketing and book promotion, advance writing craft, and book-to-film sessions with A-lister Film & TV Series Producer/Director Scott Steindorff.

Topic – 4 different types of reviews that books require

Jamey Stegmaier

Jamey Stegmaier

Founder, Stonemaier Games

Jamey Stegmaier runs the day-to-day operations of Stonemaier Games, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Jamey has designed several tabletop games, and he has had a lifelong passion for playing and designing board games. His eight crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $3.2 million dollars, and he shares his insights, mistakes, and lessons learned on his blog.

Jamey grew up in Virginia playing games like chess, Scotland Yard, Labyrinth, poker, Risk, Key to the Kingdom, Monopoly, Magic, Dragon Dice. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and studied abroad for a year in Kyoto. In addition to playing and designing games, his other hobbies include indoor rock climbing, reading, writing, blogging, watching movies, and playing disc golf.

His passion for crowdfunding led him to write A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide, a book about crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and putting customers’ needs before your own as you form a community.

Topic – How to build community and why its important

Cami Ostman

Cami Ostman

The Narrative Project

Cami Ostman is the founder of The Narrative Project, a nine-month program that helps writers get their books done. She is also author of the book Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, and the editor of several anthologies. Cami believes that words are powerful that we CREATE our identities with words—we tell our truths with words.

She holds a B.Ed. in English from Western Washington University and an M. S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She has been profiled in Fitness Magazine and her books have been reviewed in O Magazine, The Atlantic, and Washington Post.

Topic: Write That Book Already

Lisa Dailey

Lisa Dailey

Silent Sidekick | Sidekick Press

Lisa Dailey is the publisher at Sidekick Press, website designer at Silent Sidekick, and author of Square Up: 50,000 Miles in Search of a Way Home. Her mission is to guide authors through their publishing journey. With more than twenty years of writing and publishing experience in the technology arena, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge to help her clients promote their big idea with everything from formatting manuscripts to full book production, website maintenance to new website design and automation.

Topic: Building Your Identity as a Writer

And special, encore interviews with Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Rachael Heron, Laura Mazer, and Paulette Perhach!

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Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

The Morning Glory Project

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a genre-jumping, thrice-published author with a novel (Fire & Water), a memoir (Filling Her Shoes), and a how-to (From Page to Stage) to her credit. She’s garnered Gold and Bronze IPPY Awards, a Booklist Starred Review, and a collection of other blingy congratulations for her writing.

In addition to her own stories, Betsy delights in helping others write and tell their own lived and imagined stories, both as a writing coach and a speaking coach. She features the stories of others on her weekly podcast, The Morning Glory Project: Stories of Determination.

Topic: Writing Essential Truth in Fiction and Memoir: Write Emotionally True Stories Across Genres

Rachael Herron

Rachael Herron

Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of more than two dozen books, including thriller (under R.H. Herron), mainstream fiction, feminist romance, memoir, and nonfiction about writing. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland, and she teaches writing extension workshops at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. She is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writer’s Board. She’s a New Zealand citizen as well as an American.

Topic: Imagination – How to Listen to Your Characters

Laura Mazer

Laura Mazer

Wendy Sherman Associates

Before joining Wendy Sherman Associates, Laura Mazer was the executive editor of Seal Press/Hachette Book Group, where she edited bold voices in adult nonfiction. Her New York Times bestselling books include So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Grohl. Previously, Laura was the managing editor of Counterpoint and executive editor of its imprint Soft Skull Press, where she edited literary and contemporary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Laura specializes in adult nonfiction, with a focus on progressive cultural commentary, feminism and racial justice, intelligent pop culture, keep-it-real prescriptive advice, irreverent self-help, and packaged gift or “concept” books. She adores history, biography, and celebrations of literary legacies, especially when they offer fresh stories about women. A longtime advocate for underrepresented voices, Laura sits on the board of The OpEd Project and teaches publishing seminars at Left Margin Lit, a writing center in Berkeley.

Topic: What Agents Wish Would-Be Authors Knew WHILE They Were Writing Their Books

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach is an author and writing coach with work in the New York TimesElleViceMarie ClaireYoga Journal, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her book is Welcome to the Writer’s Life, which was selected as one of Poets & Writers’ Best Books for Writers. She continues to write about writing craft, business skills, personal finance and joy at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com.

Topic: The Writer’s Life – How to Live It and Why You Should Give It a Try

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