Ask-A-Pro Sessions


Ask a Pro - Free Consultations with Publishing Industry ProfessionalsRegistration for our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions will re-open for Fall Con participants soon. Watch for updates!

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About Ask-a-Pro Sessions

Many 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, Platinum, and VIP 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. 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!

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Meet Our PAST Pros

Peter Bowerman, veteran commercial writer, is the self-published author of the three award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (, how-to “standards” on lucrative “commercial” freelancing. He chronicled his self-publishing success (100,000 copies of his books/ebooks in print and a full-time living for 10+ years) in the 2007 release (and its 2014 update—both multiple-award-winners): The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living. For coaching details, visit

Stephanie Chandler author speakerStephanie Chandler is the author of several books including The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books and Own your Niche: Hype-Free Internet Marketing Tactics to Establish Authority in Your Field and Promote Your Service-Based Business. Stephanie is also founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, a vibrant educational community for experienced and aspiring writers, and the Nonfiction Writers Conference, an annual event conducted entirely online. A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and Wired magazine.

Melinda Copp, founder and executive editor of The Writer’s Sherpa, LLC, is a book ghostwriter and editorial consultant based in Bluffton, South Carolina. She specializes in helping aspiring authors get clear on the real story they were meant to tell, organizing their material in a powerful way, and then using the client’s ideas to write an engaging and compelling book that delivers their big message. Melinda has ghostwritten thirteen books on a wide range of topics, including memoir, self-help, and business. She has an MFA in creative writing from Goucher College and a BS in journalism from West Virginia University. Melinda also teaches writing workshops and provides one-on-one editorial consulting for aspiring nonfiction authors. Visit her online at

Tina Dietz is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed speaker, audiobook publisher, podcast producer, and content marketing expert who has been featured on media outlets including ABC,, Huffington Post and Forbes. Tina’s podcast, The StartSomething Show, was named by INC magazine as one of the top 35 podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Tina has been building businesses for over 20 years and she is the owner of StartSomething Creative Business Solutions, a company committed to connecting experts, authors, and entrepreneurs with their ideal audiences through audio branding and marketing with a deep specialty in audiobook publishing, podcasting, and thought leadership.

Stacy Ennis - Finish that book! Writing Routines, Goal Setting, and Planning Your BookStacy Ennis is a creative consultant and writer who helps people sort through their ideas to find clarity and direction. Corporate consulting, content strategy, individual coaching, authoring, ghostwriting—these are just a few of the routes she uses to help people shape ideas, content, and products before sending them out into the world. Her background includes serving as the long-time ghostwriter for a Nobel Prize winner and as executive editor of Sam’s Club’s Healthy Living Made Simple, a publication that reaches around 11 million readers. She is the cofounder of Next Level Women Leaders, a leadership platform training program, and a multi-published author, including coauthor of Growing Influence (forthcoming September 2018). Stacy is a TEDx speaker, world traveler, entrepreneur, runner, wife, and mom to two awesome kids. Learn more at

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 ,

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.

Teresa de Grosbios is a 4x Bestselling Author and an International Speaker sought by entrepreneurs and large corporations wanting to better understand how local word of mouth can suddenly turn into epidemic.  Specializing in the topics of influence and success, Teresa has a proven track-record in understanding word of mouth epidemics having taken three books to best-seller status in only 8 months. Her book Mass Influence hit  #1 international bestseller status in North America and Europe on the same day it launched. Teresa teaches business and marketing courses around the globe.  As the Chair of the Evolutionary Business Council, Teresa leads an international, invitation-only council of speakers and  influencers dedicated to teaching the principles of success. Teresa is also the co-founder of the Global Influence Summit.


Kathryn Kemp Guylay comes to the publishing industry with a background in management consulting as well as nonprofit management. She took the leap into the publishing world with her first book, Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes in 2015.  After her first book won several awards and achieved best-seller status, she went on to write five additional best-selling books in 2016 and 2017. Her books have received prestigious awards such as the Mom’s Choice award and the Parent Tested/Parent Approved seal. Kathryn is a publisher and coach and serves entrepreneurs as the CEO of the Ketchum Innovation Center. Kathryn has an extensive media background and has been seen on ABC, CBS, FOX, NPR and other media outlets, and hosts two of her own podcastsMountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons and Positive on Publishing. You can read Kathryn’s blog at

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

Tonya Hoffman is the CEO and Founder of the Public Speakers Association! She launched the organization in January of 2013 and now enjoys visiting her chapters across the US and Canada. She is well known and sought after across the globe as a Keynote, Motivational, Emcee, Trainer, Workshop Presenter or whatever it takes to meet someone new and change someone’s life! She has two rules for her organization and life… Only Nice People Allowed and Only Imperfect People Please!

Marquina Iliev-Piselli is the Digital Marketing Director at and an independent author-marketing consultant at She helps authors feel empowered, not overwhelmed, by marketing.

Since 2007, she has been an author-marketer who has helped indie authors, as well as the ‘Big 5’ book publishers, reach new readers, increase ebook sales and continue sustained platform growth. She is well versed in social media marketing, content marketing, organic search & ppc, book landing pages, email marketing, and growth hacking. She delivers high-quality, results-driven strategic processes and programs to help authors sell more books.

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, Speciality Book SalesBrian 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. Ask me about how to sell books in large, non-returnable quantities to non-bookstore buyers.

As an expert editor, Barbara McNichol is proud to help authors change the world with their well-crafted words. She specializes in editing books in business, self-help, how-to, health, memoir, relationships, and more. Over the past 24 years, she has placed more than 350 books (and counting) on her editor’s “trophy shelf.”

Looking for ways to improve your writing? Subscribe to her free monthly ezine Add Power to Your Pen and her comprehensive subscription program, Word Trippers Tips. See details at

Barbara has called Tucson, Arizona, her home since 2001. She loves to dance Nia-style, play tennis and pickleball, and give her WordShops on better writing. You can reach her at 520-615-7910 or and connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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

Book Coach Roger C. Parker

Roger C. Parker is a graphic designer, design educator, and $32 Million Dollar author.

The author of 38 books, since his earliest NY Times best-seller, Looking Good in Print, Roger helps authors use content marketing to save time writing their book. He advocates visual thinking tools like mind maps, checklists, and project planners. Download his free workbook, 99 Questions to Ask before You Start to Write and Self-Publish a Brand-Building Book, at

Roger’s latest book is Design to Sell. At my Design to Sell website,, you can download two chapters my latest book, subscribe to my free Design to Sell newsletter, learn about and read my Design to Sell blog,


Penny Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. (AME) and Adjunct Professor at NYU, is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most cutting-edge book marketing campaigns.


Joan Stewart, Publicity HoundFor 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.

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.

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!

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