Her clients include a Grammy Award-winning artist, academics, businesspeople, professional writers, and other advocates and activists. They are traditionally published, indie published, and aspiring authors who believe, like she does, that well-crafted words–nonfiction and fiction–have the power to transform lives and change the world for the better.
Cristen is the former National Chapter Director of the Nonfiction Authors Association. She is a Roster (professional level) member of the Idaho Writers Guild and serves on its board of directors. She is a member of the Idaho Editors Association, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Idaho Life Coach Association.
She has served as an editor-judge for the Idaho Author Awards and currently serves on the advisory board of the North American Book Awards and Idaho Author Awards.
She is passionate about human rights and equality; leadership development; learning and personal empowerment; entrepreneurship; health and wellness; and medical anthropology, including global health.
Cristen has experience with government, non-profit, and for-profit agencies and organizations. She served on the board of a non-profit organization and as editor of their bi-monthly newsletter.
Her business background includes risk management, insurance, and investments. She graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a degree in Anthropology, and her client base reflects her deep respect and appreciation for how people from different cultures see the world and how they can come together to benefit each other. In addition to her U.S. clients, Cristen has clients from (and living in) Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Cristen also served as the president of a Toastmasters International club, and her public speaking experience includes a presentation at Boise’s annual Smart Women, Smart Money event on the importance of balancing fixed and variable investments and co-presenting with Dr. Robert Graff at Idaho Health and Welfare’s 2013 Spring Epidemiology Conference on the topic of evolutionary medicine.
Her upcoming workshops include:
Pitching Your Manuscript or Book Proposal: The Wind-up, the Pitch, and the Swing (April 8, 2017)
Show, Don’t Tell (webinar, date TBD)
Unstoppable: Developing Confidence in the Midst of Uncertainty (May 20, 2017)
Her interests are broad; and her love of the written word, nonfiction and fiction, combined with a business-minded approach to manuscript evaluation allows Cristen to identify marketable work and develop marketing strategies that help authors:
reach their target audience
sell more books
establish themselves as industry and thought leaders
have upward mobility in business and the literary world
Cristen is a columnist for the Idaho Business Review and her work has appeared in IDAHOmagazine.
The New Battleground: Compliance Risk and Bathroom Access for Transgender Workers (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Dogs in the Workplace: The Risks and Rewards (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
The Downside of Anti-theft Tracking Software (risk management and insurance, Idaho Business Review)
Love on the Rocks: The Romance of Climbing (creative nonfiction, IDAHOmagazine)
An avid mountain biker, rock climber, hiker, and snowshoer, Cristen is a lover of all things out of doors.
Show, Don't Tell
Be Bold, Take Action: What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Why I do what I do: to explore the balance between autonomy and community and use that knowledge to nurture dynamic, sustainable relationships that empower and inspire people to act for themselves and on behalf of others, because when individuals are empowered and fulfilled, communities are friendlier, safer places in which to live.