Heidi Thorne

Heidi Thorne

Name: Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA

Business Name: Thorne Communications LLC

Website URL:   http://www.HeidiThorne.com

Social Media Links:

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/heidithorne

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/heidithorne

Book Titles:

I have written and self published 11 (and counting!) print books and ebooks, primarily to help promote my consulting business. Some of my titles include:

  • How to Network: Networking Tips for Solopreneurs and Self-Employed Consultants
  • Business Competitive Advantage: A Handbook for Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Consultants
  • Small Business Internet Marketing Tips and Traps
  • SWAG: How to Choose and Use Promotional Products for Marketing Your Business (My first and still most popular book)

NFAA Chapter Location: DuPage County (IL) – VENUE PENDING

NFAA Meetup Group Link: http://www.meetup.com/DuPage-County-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association/

Tell us a bit about you. What kinds of writing do you do and what do you do for work?

I own a speaking and consulting practice that concentrates on helping speakers, coaches and consultants self publish books and blogs to market their own practices. Because I practice what I preach, I have self published 11 of my own print books and ebooks on business topics. I’ve also blogged since 2010 for myself and clients. My marketing background includes over 25 years in sales, marketing, advertising and public relations, including a decade in the hotel and trade show industries. I hold a masters and doctorate in business administration (MBA/DBA) and taught at the college level for five years.

What are your publishing-related goals?

I plan to continue blogging on business subjects regularly. As topics of interest or need for my clients arise, I will self publish books and other materials to meet those needs.

What motivated you to want to run a local chapter for NFAA and what do you hope to accomplish with your chapter?

Many of the writing events in our area cater to fiction writing. Not my forte! I have been a nonfiction and business writer for my entire career. As well, many of my clients are new nonfiction authors and I wanted to give them an opportunity to connect with other authors and publishing resources.

What advice would you offer to fellow writers?

Market yourself and build your community of fans and supporters continuously… both online and offline!

Please list any favorite books, tools, or resources you would recommend for fellow writers.

Have to confess that I’m old school when it comes to writing tools. Always have paper and pen near me to capture inspirations, plan and do rough drafts. My iPad (for notes and news feeds) is usually in arm’s reach, too.

In terms of inspiration, I keep on top of trends and gain new writing inspiration, especially for nonfiction, through relevant news feeds, email newsletters, Twitter and networking.

What do you do for fun?

I’m a big fan of Star Trek, NFL football and the Chicago Bears.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’d like to thank NFAA and Chapter Director, Cristen Iris, for the opportunity to build a nonfiction community here Chicago’s western suburbs!