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Sandra Beckwith, Publicity Expert
Sandra Beckwith of Build Book Buzz specializes in teaching authors how to market their books. She does that through training programs, one-on-one coaching, and helpful how-to content on her blog. She is also available to speak at conferences about a wide range of book marketing topics. Learn more about her coaching and speaking at https://buildbookbuzz.com/speaking-coaching/ and discover her training programs at https://buildbookbuzz.com/shop/. Sign up for her free weekly newsletter at https://buildbookbuzz.com/gift.
Sandra is an author and national award-winning former publicist. You might have seen her on “The Montel Williams Show,” or “CBS This Morning,” or read about her in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or USA Today. Feedspot has ranked her BuildBookBuzz.com website as # 7 among thousands of book marketing blogs; it has also been named a top website for authors and writers four other times. Contact her with questions at buildbookbuzz.com.
Beth Brand, Book Coach–Share Your Wisdom, Write a Book
You want to write a book—and do the actual writing. But you have no idea where to begin. As a professional book coach, Beth eliminates your learning curve. She provides you with the direction, industry insight, accountability, and feedback necessary to produce a manuscript ready to pitch to publishers or self-publish. Having Beth as your book coach not only makes the manuscript-writing process doable, she makes it enjoyable. Beth’s clients have been published by both large and small presses. Many are indie authors, as well. Learn more about Beth (and see what her clients are saying) at www.bethbrand.com. Or contact Beth directly at email@example.com.
Sue Canfield, Nonfiction Social Media Marketing Consultant
Sue specializes in social media book marketing, promotion and consultation for nonfiction authors. Since 2006 she has helped dozens of authors create and maintain their social media presence. As a published nonfiction author since 2009 Sue understands what it takes to market and promote a nonfiction book.
Services she offers include: social media audits, phone consultations, ongoing social media management, creating images for book promotion, and book launch services. Sue is a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association, is the Association’s Special Projects Director & Social Media Manager, and offers a discount to NFAA Members. For more information visit Ausoma.com, Email or call (715) 296-0347.
Teresa Funke, Publishing Coach
Offers one-on-one and group coaching to clients who wish to produce a book for publication or pleasure. Teresa has helped over 150 clients write and publish fiction and nonfiction books, short stories, essays, and articles; launch websites and blogs; complete synopses and book proposals; acquire literary agents; self-publish their books; and brainstorm creative marketing plans to promote their projects. She specializes in memoir and creative nonfiction, but can advise on the production or promotion of general nonfiction books as well. If you’re looking for someone who will give you honest and encouraging consultations and critiques and real-world advice, Teresa is the coach for you! She is the author of six novels for children and adults and over 100 articles, essays, and short stories and has been coaching since 2005. Better than anyone, Teresa knows the challenges faced by modern authors in a rapidly changing industry. Her goal is to help you avoid those easy-to-make mistakes that will cost you time, money, and credibility in a complicated publishing world. To read testimonials or learn more, visit: teresafunke.com/coaching. Phone: 970-215-4155 | Email
Dan Janal, Book Coach and Developmental Editor
No matter where you are in the book-writing process, Dan Janal can help. As a book coach and developmental editor with 30 years of experience, he can help find the right process for your unique situation. He’s an award-winning daily newspaper reporter, business news editor, PR person, and author of more than a dozen books. Dan hosts an award-winning podcast: “Write Your Book in a Flash with Dan Janal” at http://www.TopBusinessLeaders.com You can find free resources at https://www.writeyourbookinaflash.com/ and sign up for a free discovery session at http://www.calendly.com/prleads/discovery
Developmental editing: Anne can offer a fresh perspective on your manuscript, helping you fine-tune the book’s overall structure and approach to meet your readers’ needs.
Book marketing planning: Anne will work with you to create a book marketing plan that meets your specific needs (both personal and financial) or shape a practical launch plan for your new book. For more information, contact her: Email.
Brian Jud, Non-Bookstore Sales and Marketing
Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, speaker, seminar leader, television host, President of Book Marketing Works and a partner in Premium Book Company that sells books to non-bookstore buyers on a non-returnable, commission basis. He is also the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS – formerly SPAN). Brian offers one-on-one consulting on product development, distribution, pricing and promotion, as well as media training to help you sell more books on TV and radio shows. For more information: Book Marketing Works, 860-675-1344 | Email
Carla King, Self-Publishing Consultant
Carla King runs Author Friendly, a consulting service for authors and groups who need personal attention and guidance on their publishing journeys. The service is for self-publishers and for those preparing a manuscript to shop to agents and traditional publishing houses. She lives in San Diego, California and sessions are conducted using video conferencing. Clients include individual authors, writing and community groups, and corporate groups.
Carla, who is also the founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp and Misadventures Media, offers over two decades of publishing expertise on all aspects of the publishing process: completing a manuscript, finding your market with early readers, setting up a legal and profitable publishing business, creating websites and blogs, setting up social media, editing, formatting, interior and cover design, direct selling, printing, marketing, and public relations. She can also help you outsource tasks to trusted professionals. www.AuthorFriendly.com or 510.230.4262
Michael Larsen, Retired Literary Agent and Consultant
Now’s the best time ever to be a writer. Writing is the easiest of the arts to enter, succeed in, and keep practicing. But to take advantage of the amazing opportunities awaiting you, you need to know more and do more than ever. Mike loves helping adult nonfiction writers understand writing, agents, publishing, their literary and publishing goals and how to achieve them.
He can give you the strategies you need to succeed. Mike can also give you feedback on your proposal or the beginning of your manuscript. You’re welcome to call him Monday to Friday 10-4 PST at 415-673-0939 for a free chat. Then you’ll agree on a time to talk in person, over lunch, or by phone or Zoom.
Mike has 50 years of experience as an author or coauthor of eleven books and four decades of agenting. He’s the author of How to Write a Book Proposal, now in its fifth edition, coauthored with Jody Rein; How to Get a Literary Agent; and Guerrilla Marketing for Writers (coauthor). His fee is $75 for each thirty minutes. If you prefer, you may send him a check for what you think his advice is worth. Free follow-up phone calls after the consult. Email Mike Larsen, www.michaellarsenauthorcoaching.com.
Roger C. Parker, Publishing Consultant
Roger C. Parker’s 40 nonfiction books have helped over a million readers throughout the world master the design and writing skills needed to succeed in business today. His mission is to help new authors avoid the disappointments, frustrations, and stress he encountered writing his first books.
“I did it all wrong!” he frequently explains. “I focused on the wrong topics–abstractions like creativity–and I didn’t pay enough attention to the marketing realities and personal habits necessary for nonfiction writing success.”
Since then, Roger has created over 100 checklists, mind maps, templates, and worksheets for his clients to use as they plan, write, promote, and profit from their books. These replace the overwhelming complexity of writing a book with step-by-step tasks that can be completed in shorter, frequent working sessions. Roger’s coaching and mentoring take place online, in a screen-sharing environment. At the conclusion of the call, clients receive a copy of the revised mind map plus a copy of the video documenting the call. Visit PublishedandProfitable.com for more information.
Suzanne Sherman, Publishing Consultant
For more than 30 years I’ve helped memoir and nonfiction writers achieve their goals and navigate the field of traditional and self-publishing. I write and edit agent and publisher query letters, book proposals, and synopses, and consult on publishing options: traditional, self-publishing, or hybrid. For writers with a work in progress I offer a customized coaching schedule via email, Skype, or telephone. Sessions typically include manuscript review with feedback, guidance with outline creation, and in-depth chapter-by-chapter review as the book takes shape.
Besides coaching, I consult on completed manuscripts and manuscripts in progress, supplying writers with detailed notes on what’s needed for successful completion. Many writers like to go to the next step, working with me as their developmental editor. Some writers prefer to hire me to be their ghostwriter or collaborative writer. I have been published traditionally and I have self-published (www.100yearsinthelife.com) and I know both industries well. Call or email to schedule a free 20-minute telephone consultation so I can learn about your project and determine how I can help you. NFAA members receive a 10% discount on their first project. www.suzannesherman.com. Phone: 707-955-5456 | Email
Megan Close Zavala, Book Coaching
Turn the Page Book Coaching & Editorial empowers talented authors to move past their blocks and make their writing and publishing dreams a reality. Our clients are authors from virtually every genre, at every stage of their writing adventure, from first idea to final page. I have spoken at writers conferences across the country, training many hundreds of authors on all things writing-related. The writing process can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Visit Turn the Page Book Coaching & Editorial, Phone: 818-971-9176 | Email
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