Ask-A-Pro Sessions

Ask-a-Pro Sessions Return for NFWC 2020!

Registration for our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions will be announced in March 2020. Want to get first access to pro sessions? Make sure you register for NFWC 2020 early and reserve your consults before they’re all booked up!

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 NFWC, we round 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 are a HUGE HIT with our attendees and pros alike!

“The presentations were packed full of practical, monetize-able writing ideas and “maps.” My eyes were opened to new worlds of online writing publications and resources that I’m confident will increase my income. The Ask-a-Pro sessions were worth the cost of admission alone! I received high-level, actionable feedback and advice for my books, speaking engagements, online courses, and website. The Nonfiction Writers Conference has set my writing business on a new trajectory!” – Lynn Hare, The Quest for Self-Forgiveness

“I thoroughly enjoyed the 8th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference. It exceeded my expectations. The sessions covered so much valuable information. I especially appreciated the Ask-A-Pro sessions. Before this I didn’t realize how badly I needed a conference like this one. Now I know what I’ve been missing. Thank you!” – Lucy Brummett

Excellent conference! No travel, fair price, and most important: Valuable info for writers in all aspects of writing and the business of writing at all stages of their careers. This is not a bunch of people just peddling their own businesses and services under the guise of a writers’ conference. I also highly recommend the private ask-a-pro sessions.” – Lori Shandle-Fox, Laughing IS Conceivable

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 attendees of NFWC! (Sorry, Live-access attendees are not allowed to participate.)

How many sessions are available?

Space is absolutely limited for our Ask-a-Pro sessions and they 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?

Consultations happen during the week of the conference, between November 4-8, 2019. Some consults may happen concurrently during conference hours so plan accordingly.


Gold, Platinum and VIP attendees 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 the Past Pros from NFWC Fall 2019

Former television news journalist Bruce Serbin is a seven-time national award-winning publicist and author. Bruce has booked his clients on local and national television and radio shows, in print and on major websites (NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, the Associated Press, the BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, TIME and many more). Bruce is based in Miami, Florida.

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.

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.

Anne Janzer is an award-winning author, business writing coach, armchair cognitive science geek, marketing practitioner, and blogger. She’s on a mission to help people spread important ideas through writing. She’s author of four books, including The Writer’s Process and Writing to Be Understood. You can find her writing and online classes at

Henry DeVries is the CEO (chief encouragement officer) of Indie Books International. Prior to that he helped double revenues as president of an Ad Age 500 marketing agency and was a vice president of marketing communications that doubled awareness for a $5 billion insurance company. After serving as adjunct marketing faculty and the assistant dean of continuing education at the University of California San Diego, he has been a ghostwriter, co-author, and publisher of more than 300 business books including his international best-selling book from McGraw-Hill, How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett, now in Chinese.

Paula Rizzo is an Emmy-award winning television producer, best-selling author, and a media trainer and strategist. As a former senior health producer for Fox News Channel for more than a decade, she produced segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. A media veteran for nearly 20 years, she also worked in local news in New York City as a producer for WCBS, WPIX, and WLNY. She coaches experts and executives to perform better on camera and produce their own videos.

She’s the founder of and author of  Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More  Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed and Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a  Less Stressed You  . She’s also co-creator of Lights Camera Expert – an online course geared towards helping entrepreneurs, authors, and experts get media attention. She also teaches Become A Video Star– a virtual workshop that empowers experts to create their own compelling videos.

Paula has been featured in major media outlets like, Business Insider and The Daily News. She’s a contributor to , and  Thrive Global  . A veteran speaker she’s presented at MA Conference for Women, HOW Design Live, New York Women in Communications, National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and many others. Go to for more.


Writing doesn’t have to be that thing you’re always putting off and struggling with. Melinda Copp started The Writer’s Sherpa, LLC, to help nonfiction and memoir writers write amazing books and live their best writing life. As a freelance ghostwriter and developmental editor, she has written fourteen books on behalf of clients and consulted on many more. She has am MFA in creative writing and has been published in magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Next October, she will lead The Writer’s Cruise workshop for writers who want to improve their skills and energize their writing practice… while cruising to the Bahamas! Get all the details here:

Mike Larsen is an author coach who loves helping writers understand and achieve their goals. Mike cofounded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, which sold books to more than a hundred publishers and imprints. Books: How to Write a Book Proposal, now in its fifth edition, coauthored by Jody Rein; How to Get a Literary Agent; Guerrilla Marketing for Writers (coauthor). His next book: Writing Success Guaranteed: How to Deal Yourself Five Hearts to Win the Publishing Game. You’ll get helpful info when you sign up.

Teresa R. Funke embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company, Victory House Press, and Bursts of Brilliance™. She is the author and publisher of Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life and also seven works of fiction set in World War II. She is also a popular blogger, speaker, and has been a nationwide writer’s coach since 2005. Teresa is an expert in writing, book marketing/promotion, self-publishing, and fleshing out new ideas.  Please visit to learn more about Teresa or to get inspiration for your creative work.

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She was named one of the top influencers of 2019 by New York Metropolitan Magazine.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon Optimization programs as well as Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of 18 books, including “How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon,” “Revise and Re-Release Your Book”, “5-Minute Book Marketing,” and “Red Hot Internet Publicity,” which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”

AME has had dozens of books on top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, visit

Joanne McCall helps nonfiction authors become Media Darlings so that media calls them. Her secret sauce is positioning, securing, and helping authors to deliver compelling interviews and capture media attention through the various media channels now available. On a first-name basis with hundreds of top-rung producers, editors, writers, and journalists, she secures coverage for clients including Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard, Dave Ramsey, Geneen Roth, Dr. Donna Stoneham, The Deepak Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and the founder of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler, and many others. Her Media Strategy Sessions help authors to become Media Darlings and her Media Finishing School gets them visible.

Chelsea Bennett is the Brand Engagement Manager for and is constantly researching and developing new resources for self-published authors. Her areas of expertise include self-publishing, Print-on-Demand technology, building an author brand, direct sales and marketing for self-published authors and entrepreneurs.

Since 2000, Peter Bowerman has been helping freelance writers and self-publishing authors separate the words “starving” and “writer,” and make a GOOD living from their words. A veteran commercial copywriter, popular speaker and workshop leader, he is the self-published author of the three multiple-award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (, how-to “standards” on lucrative “commercial” freelance writing.

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

Since 2002, he has been a coach for commercial-writing startup and self-publishing ventures. In 2010, he launched the Title Tailor, providing publishers and self-publishing authors with help in creating book titles and back-cover copy (

To maximize your 15-minute session with me, please visit

An audiobook producer and narrator with 37+ years of experience in the industry and a passion to help great stories come alive, Becky Parker Geist is the owner of Pro Audio Voices. Typically working with passionate authors who are challenged in reaching their widest audience, the Pro Audio Voices team provides audiobook production, including complex and unusual projects, and the Audiobook Marketing Program. Committed to leadership, Becky serves as President of BAIPA and is a member of IBPA, APA (Audio Publishers Assn), NFAA, and SCBWI. Becky is the author of 5 titles, including Audiobook Toolkit for Authors.

Author Expert and Book Writing Coach Lisa Tener specializes in helping experts and enlightened entrepreneurs write and publish a compelling how-to book, self-help book or memoir—taking them step-by-step through her unique process. She teaches on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, at popular writers conferences and in her own private book writing courses.

You’ve seen Lisa Tener’s clients on the Today Show, Oprah, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN and in national publications. Her clients have signed 5- and 6-figure publishing deals with Random House, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Scribner, Yale University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press and many other publishers, as well as self-publishing. She has been on ABC World News, PBS TV and been quoted in The New York Times, Glamour, USA Weekend, The Boston Globe, Providence Journal and so much more. She blogs on writing and publishing for the Huffington Post.

Lisa is a published author and creator of the American Business Award-winning Bring Your Book to Life® Program. She received her B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her and M.S. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and studied writing under Frank Conroy, A.R. Gurney, Jr., Jean Valentine and other luminaries. Visit Lisa online where you can sign up for your free author toolkit and read her book writing blog.


Register for the Fall 2019 Nonfiction Writers Conference