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Interview Replay

 From January 1-5, we’ll add two videos each day.
Be sure to check out the links next to each video
for access to our guests’ freebies!!

 

Congratulations Writer!!!

And WELCOME. Our experts will light a fire under you that burns so brightly, you will be READY to get your book out into the world. We have some AMAZING content in store for you.

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MONDAY

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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.

Topic: The Psychology of Writing

Leah Lax was raised in a Jewish family in Dallas, Texas, close to her immigrant grandparents, so that, growing up, she learned both to crochet and ride a horse. Then she joined the hasidim and spent thirty years among them trying to reclaim the roots her family had left behind. Now on the other side of all that and grateful for second chances, she has published award-winning fiction, nonfiction and prose poetry. Her work for stage includes major productions with both the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony.

Topic: Writing Tenacity

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TUESDAY

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Brooke Warner is the publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your BookWhat’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She currently sits on the boards of the Book Industry Study Group, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.

Topic: Reality of Writing Memoir: Concept into Practice

In her more than thirty years as a storyteller and visual designer, Amanda “Mandy” Hughes has written and designed over a dozen works of literary, Southern Gothic, and women’s fiction under pen names A. Lee Hughes and Mandy Lee.Mandy is the founder of Haint Blue Creative, a space for readers and storytellers to explore, learn, and create. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Psychology, and she has worked as an instructional designer for nearly twenty years.

When she’s not writing, Mandy enjoys the movies, theater, music, traveling, nature walks, birdwatching, and binging The Office. She is a tarot enthusiast who uses the cards to enhance creativity and foster wellness. She lives in Georgia with her husband and four sons, two of whom are furrier than the others (but not by much). 

Topic: Using Tarot to Tell Your Story

Free Gift: Every Substack subscriber receives a complimentary copy of Amanda’s best-selling novel, The Scars We Choose, Book 1. You can also visit The Intuitive Storyteller Hub to get a copy of Amanda’s Sensory Story-SHOWing Tarot Activity and Template.

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WEDNESDAY

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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: How to Get Your Work Out into the World

Free Gift: Finally get your writing life organized. This 5-day challenge will help you create calm and order in your writing world, so you can focus on the important projects and get work published. You’ll receive one email a day for five days, with a short video in each. Plan to spend about 15 minutes a day.

Lewis Jorstad is a developmental editor and writing craft author who teaches up-and-coming writers the skills they need to write their dream novels. His goal with The Novel Smithy is to help authors build a robust writing toolkit, full of everything they need to create stellar casts, powerful plots, and amazing story worlds.

Topic: How Plot Structure Links to Character Development

Free Gift: 50 questions to ask your protagonist

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THURSDAY

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Susan Greisen was raised on a remote farm in Nebraska, attended a one-room grade school and graduated top of her high school class of sixteen. At nineteen she joined the Peace Corps in Africa and never looked back. Her work as a nurse and adventure travels have taken her to fifty countries on six continents. Susan won first place in 2020 by Chanticleer Books International Awards (CBIA) and Best Peace Corps Memoir of the Year 2020-21 for her book: In Search of Pink Flamingos. Susan was also chief editor and contributing author to the anthology, Never the Same Again: Life, Service and Friendship in Liberia. This publication of 63 stories and poems by 50 authors won the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) award in 2023 for “Outstanding Community Service.” The goal of this book is to inform others about being a global citizen, promoting peace, and the importance of providing community service to those at home and abroad.

TopicWriting about the Peace Corps and Other Philanthropic Pursuits

Free Gift: Download an excerpt from Never the Same Again

Dr. Linda Eckert is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and an internationally recognized expert in immunizations and cervical cancer prevention. She has worked as a consultant with the World Health Organization on global cancer prevention for the last fifteen years, facilitating policy development for the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening. She is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology with an Infectious Disease Fellowship at University of Washington’s Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global Health.

Dr. Eckert has recently been in the national spotlight for her expertise regarding HPV vaccination and COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy, including being interviewed on NPR’s Here & Now, a syndicated radio news show with five million listeners. She also has a new book out called Enough: Because We Can Stop Cervical Cancer.

Free Gift10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cervical Cancer

Where to find these writers…

Al Clover: https://albclover.com/

Kathy Wagner: https://www.kwagnerwrites.com/

Lorinda Boyer: https://lorindaboyer.com/

Lauren Trantham: www.ridemyroad.org

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FRIDAY

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Alexa Bigwarfe is a USA Today best-selling author, publisher, founder and CEO of Write|Publish|Sell, and host of The Women in Publishing Summit. Alexa owns three hybrid publishing houses, Kat Biggie Press, Chrysalis Press, and Purple Butterfly Press. She enjoys educating authors and publishing industry professionals, building community and networks for success. Connect with her everywhere @womeninpublishingsummit.

Topic: The Business of Writing of How to Keep Your Sanity

Free Gift: Take $25 off this year’s Womin in Publishing Summit with coupon code CAMI.

Lisa Dailey is the publisher at Sidekick Press 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.

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Encore Presentations

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C. Hope Clark wears a lot of hats as a writer. She’s known for her award-winning mysteries consisting of 16 books in three series, but then, again, in other circles she’s known for her website FundsforWriters.com and the newsletter that reaches 24,000 writers/readers. Writer’s Digest selected FundsforWriters for its 101 Best Websites for Writers recognition for the past 20+ years, and she often writes for the Writer’s Digest family in terms of blog, articles, and presentations. She lives in South Carolina on the banks of Lake Murray, with her best selling series being the Edisto Island Mysteries, published by Bell Bridge Books, set on one of the state’s most secluded beaches. She speaks often to conferences, book clubs, service organizations, and writers groups.

FREE GIFT – FundsforWriters newsletter provides markets that pay writers. Expect 24-30 paying opportunities weekly in the form of contests, grants, freelance opportunities, gig jobs, and publishers/agents.

Jennie Nash is the founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, a company that trains, certifies, and supports book coaches so they can help writers do their best work. 

Kathryn (Kiffer) Brown is CEO and co-founder of Chanticleer Reviews and Chanticleer Int’l Book Awards (The CIBAs) that Discover Today’s Best Books. She is also the co-producer of On Word Talks with Storytellers video blog and podcast that feature storytellers, storymakers & gamers, film producers, and other creatives. She founded Chanticleer Reviews in 2011 to help authors to unlock the secrets of successful publishing and to enhance book discoverability.