Ask-A-Pro May 2018 Conference


Ask a Pro - Free Consultations with Publishing Industry ProfessionalsMany conferences of all kinds allow attendees to sign up for brief consultations with event speakers and experts. The pros are there to answer attendee questions and give as much guidance as possible in a short amount of time.

For the 2017 NFWC, we rounded up some top publishing industry experts including book editors, PR pros, marketing consultants and literary agents to offer complimentary consults to Gold and Platinum access attendees. These sessions were a HUGE HIT with our attendees and pros alike! So, for the 2018 Nonfiction Writers Conference, we’re bringing back our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions.

How does it work?

Ask a Pro sessions last just 15-minutes and are conducted one-on-one between you and the pro—delivered via phone or Skype (the pro will call you during your scheduled time). This is not a sales pitch for either party. It’s an opportunity for NFWC attendees to ask questions and receive guidance from industry professionals.

What does it cost?

Ask-a-Pro is completely FREE for Gold and Platinum NFWC attendees!

How many sessions are available?

Space is absolutely limited for our Ask-a-Pro sessions and they will fill up fast. Most of our consultants have just a handful of appointment times available. So, if there is someone in particular you really want to meet with, be sure to sign up right away. Once the sessions are full, registration for Ask-a-Pro will be closed.

When do consults happen?

NFWC Gold and Platinum attendees can register for up to three Ask-a-Pro sessions. Consultations will take place the week of the conference May 1-4, 2018. Some consults may happen concurrently during conference hours so plan accordingly.


Registered attendees will receive instructions via email to reserve up to three consultation sessions with the pros. Make sure your register for the conference early since once the consulting sessions fill up, they’re gone for good!

Still need to register for the conference?

Register for the Nonfiction Writers Conference

Meet the Pros for NFWC 2018

Joan Stewart

For more than 24 years, Publicity Expert Joan Stewart has mentored, coached and taught more than 50,000 authors, speakers, experts, CEOs and small business owners how to get thousands of dollars in free publicity and tell their stories to the world, without a $20,000 publicist. A former newspaper editor, Joan explains how to work with traditional media to earn free media coverage and build a platform of targeted followers on social media and offline. Joan has taught her clients how to get booked on the “Today” show and how to find their way onto the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives (and tries to stay warm) in Port Washington, Wis.

Anne Janzer

Anne Janzer is an award-winning author and nonfiction writing coach on a mission to help people communicate more effectively through writing. She is author of the books The Writer’s Process, The Workplace Writer’s Process, and Subscription Marketing, and has another one on the way. Ask her questions about indie publishing or (you guessed it) the writing process – specifically, the process of writing your nonfiction book.

Brian Jud

Brian Jud is the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales and President of Book Marketing Works. He has over 25 years of publishing experience as a speaker, book-marketing consultant, and the author of hundreds of articles and several books about selling books to non-bookstore buyers including How to Make Real Money Selling Books and Beyond the Bookstore. He also wrote five books on career transition that are distributed internationally. Brian was the host of the television series The Book Authority. Before entering the publishing industry, Brian was the Vice President of Marketing for a Fortune 250 company.

Angela Bole

Angela Bole is chief executive officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving independent publishers and self-published authors. IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.

Prior to joining IBPA, Angela served two years as deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), an organization that fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, she served two years as BISG’s associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager.

Angela holds a Masters of Science in Book Publishing from New York University and currently serves on the board of directors for the Book Industry Study Group. In 2017, she was awarded the Book Industry Study Group’s Industry Champion Award, given to an individual whose efforts have gone beyond the requirements of his or her position to advance the book industry.

Sara Wagal

Sara Wigal has over 10 years’ experience working in book publishing. She studied literature at the University of California, San Diego as an undergraduate and went on to receive her M.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. She’s worked on the agent side, in publishing houses, and with private publicity firms, and she brings her varied perspectives about all aspects of an author’s writing career to the team at JKS Communications, a comprehensive literary publicity firm. A friend to writers both personally and professionally, she enjoys reading most genres and loves channeling her creativity to spread the news about each wonderful book she encounters. Authors are inspired by her ideas and high-octane energy!

Gordon Warnock

Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and the editorial director of Short Fuse Publishing. His nonfiction tastes are broad, and he especially enjoys self-help, pop-culture, current events, business, and memoir (both written and graphic) for adults through YA. Recent titles include: THIS IS WHAT A LIBRARIAN LOOKS LIKE by Kyle Cassidy, PERCEPTUAL INTELLIGENCE by Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, and CREATIVE VISUALIZATION FOR WRITERS by Nina Amir., @gordonwarnock

Dana Newman

Dana Newman is a Los Angeles based independent literary agent representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction, and a select amount of literary and upmarket fiction. She’s also a transactional and intellectual property attorney with Raines Feldman LLP, focusing on publishing law, contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and licensing. Dana is a member of the California State Bar and the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Information about her agency and law practice is online at

Paulette Ensign

Since 1991, Paulette Ensign has helped thousands through her non-traditional publishing company, Tips Products International. Most has been about how-to tips booklets, mirroring her success in personally selling over a million copies of her tips booklet, “110 Ideas for Organizing Your Business Life” in several languages and formats without a penny on advertising. It was initially a marketing tool and direct revenue stream for her then-career as a professional organizing and productivity consultant and speaker. She expanded her services to include helping clients generate more revenue from the content of their books, blogs, articles, other writing, or ideas yet to escape the inner sanctum of their mind. Originally from the Northeast, Paulette moved to San Diego in 1996 without missing a beat in her business. She loves living near the beach, does not miss snow one bit, and is proudly defying getting old as she gets older. You can reach her at 858-922-9768 or ,

Shelley Hitz

As an author coach, self-publishing expert and book marketing strategist; Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach more people with your message.  She has coached thousands of authors through her books, training programs, online events, seminars, and more. She specializes in helping Christian nonfiction authors write, publish and market their books through her online coaching program, Author Audience Academy. Find out more about Shelley and download her free training at

Tai Goodwin

Tai Goodwin on a mission to help 10,000 entrepreneurs create more joy and wealth in their life and business. She’s the CEO of Aligned + Bankable and creator of the Growth Alignment Index(TM). An intuitive business growth strategist and teacher, she loves helping authors shift into thinking like entrepreneurs so they profit beyond the book. Tai is a former corporate trainer with a master’s degree in instructional design and over 20 years of experience designing courses, training programs, and certifications. Her work has been published on, Careerealism, The Huffington Post, and CAREER Magazine, and she has been highlighted by Small Biz Trends, Black Enterprise , Money Magazine, SmallBizChat and For Harriet.