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Addicted to starting but never finishing?

We’re going to change that!

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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 Hansen

Paul Hansen

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

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 the forthcoming memoir, “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

Speakers

Donna Barker

Donna Barker

The Creative Academy for Writers

At age forty, Donna Barker decided she’d like to be a published author and after ten years of arguing with her inner critic, achieved that goal in 2016. She’s since indie published three novels and one non-fiction book. As a co-founder of The Creative Academy for Writers, Donna works with other writers to pick up the pace on their own paths to publication and finish the books they’ve been thinking, dreaming and talking about for years.

The Creative Academy is an online community that fosters big dreams for writers and provides practical guidance to reach those writing and publishing dreams. A space where writers find their peers and build the support networks we all need on our book-writing journeys.

It’s the place to go when you need credible people who’ve been where you are now, to assure you that, “You’ve got this,” especially when you feel you very much don’t got this.

Topic: How Consistent Community Can Change Your Writing Life

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner

She Writes Press

Brooke Warner is 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?, How to Sell Your Memoir, the co-editor of The Magic of Memoir the co-author of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. Brooke is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press and sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.

As the first hybrid publisher recipient of the 2019 Independent Publisher of the Year, She Writes Press is unique in the world of publishing because we’re neither traditional publishing, nor are we self-publishing. As an independent publisher, we bill ourselves as a “third way” for authors, and we proudly occupy the gray zone, a much-needed alternative in a rapidly changing publishing landscape.

Topic: Why Now is the Crucial Time to Green Light Your Own Book

Alexa Bigwarfe

Alexa Bigwarfe

Write|Publish|Sell

Alexa Bigwarfe is an advocate, mother, proud veteran, USA Today Best-Selling author, and podcaster. Her writing career began after her infant daughter passed away at 2-days-old and she turned to writing for healing. She gathered together other parents to write and publish Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, her first of many books. Now she guides other authors through the process of writing to heal and publishing your words to help and impact the world. Alexa is the founder and owner of Write|Publish|Sell, the publishing houses Kat Biggie Press, Purple Butterfly Press, and Chrysalis Press, and the Women in Publishing Summit. In her own healing journey, she founded a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, to help other grieving mothers through free care packages, support activities, and healing retreats. A spirited activist, Alexa enjoys bringing light to topics surrounding marginalized voices, particularly as they pertain to women and children. She lives in Columbia, SC with her three living children and her dog.

Topic: Why Your Voice Matters in this Noisy World

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

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

Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran

Bradford Literary

Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, joining in September 2017. She represents both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.

In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her perspective on a variety of topics, but that also dive deep into worlds unseen. Books like EVICTED by Matthew Desmond and MAID by Stephanie Land are examples of the type of non-fiction she is looking for. Additionally, Jennifer is always interested in cooking, lifestyle, health, parenting, and business titles that present the author’s expertise and are instructive without being pedantic. Teach her something new and you will pique her interest!

TopicAgents are People Too: How to Cultivate a Mutually Beneficial Relationship With Your Agent

Joe Perry

Joe Perry

Perry Literary

Joseph is an attorney who counsels clients in the publishing and music industries. Joseph is also the founder of the literary agency, Perry Literary, Inc. He currently works as an Associate Editor at Thomson Reuters and a Consultant for SoundHouse LLC, a company that acquires the digital music streaming royalties for musicians and labels. Prior to founding The Law Offices of Joseph J. Perry P.C., Joseph worked as a legal analyst at Sony Music Entertainment. He received his juris doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 2015, where he was an Articles Editor for the St. John’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal.

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 the forthcoming memoir, “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

Alexa Bigwarfe

Why Your Voice Matters In This Noisy World

Ready to get your voice heard? Alexa is giving you a free download of her latest book, Ditch the Fear & Just Market It! 

Rachael Herron

Stop Stalling and Write

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