Registration for our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions is available to registered Gold, Platinum and VIP attendees three to four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Consultations fill up quickly, well before conference week begins. Want to get first access to pro sessions? Make sure you register for NFWC early.

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 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.

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 eligible 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. 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 registration for Ask-a-Pro sessions begin a few weeks prior to conference commencement. Once the consulting sessions fill up, they’re gone for good!

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Meet the Pros for NFWC 2023

Ask a pro Stephanie Chandler

Stephanie Chandler is the author of several books including The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan and The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan. She is CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, a vibrant community for writers, and the Nonfiction Writers Conference, a live event conducted entirely online since 2010. A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Wired magazine. Stephanie especially enjoys helping authors with marketing strategies. 

Ask a pro Laurence O'Bryan

Laurence O’Bryan started BooksGoSocial, a book promotion agency, in 2013 after being traditionally published by HarperCollins. I previously worked for over 25 years in IT sales & marketing. I was also the Director of the College of Digital Marketing in Dublin. I founded the International Dublin Writers’ Festival too. We focus now on managing ad campaigns for authors on Amazon and Facebook and optimizing and scaling those campaigns.

Ask a pro Chelsea Bennett

Chelsea Bennett is the Education and Community Manager for and host of Lulu’s YouTube series, Lulu University as well as their monthly webinar series. Her areas of expertise include self-publishing, Print-on-Demand technology, building an author brand, direct sales and marketing. When not thinking about publishing, Chelsea can be found playing disc golf with her husband or having in-depth conversations about the universe with her cat, Batman. 

Ask a pro Paula Rizzo

Paula Rizzo is an Emmy-award winning TV producer, bestselling author, media trainer and strategist. She trains authors and experts to perform better on camera and produce their own videos. She is the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed and her most recent book, Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You. Paula is also a LinkedIn Learning instructor, a frequent speaker and media contributor. Paula is the creator of Media-Ready Author – an online media-training course for authors. Go to for more.

Ask a pro Stacy Ennis

Stacy Ennis is a best-selling author, coach, and speaker on a mission to help leaders clarify their ideas and harness their unique story to make an impact. Along with being the founder of Nonfiction Book School, an accelerated author program, her background includes ghostwriting for a Nobel Prize winner in medicine and leading as executive editor of Sam’s Club’s Healthy Living Made Simple, a publication that reached around 11 million readers. Her best-selling book, cowritten with Ron Price, is Growing Influence: A Story of How to Lead with Character, Expertise, and Impact. Learn more at

Ask a pro Cathy Fyock

Cathy Fyock is The Business Book Strategist, and works with thought leaders and professionals to write and market their books as a business growth strategy. She is the author of 12 books, including On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks, and The Speaker Author: Sell More Books and Book More Speeches. Since starting her book coaching business, she has helped more than 200 professionals become published authors. She believes that authors change the world, one word at a time.

Ask a pro Jim Azevedo

Jim Azevedo is the Corporate Communications Manager at Draft2Digital, having joined the company in March 2022 as part of the Smashwords acquisition. As marketing director at Smashwords since 2011, Jim helped the company grow from representing 35,000 indie authors and publishers who released 80,000 titles, to more than 150,000 authors and publishers who published over 590,000 titles. Draft2Digital offers a broad suite of free and powerful automated and self-serve tools that indie authors and publishers can use to build and manage their publishing businesses. Visit Draft2Digital at or follow on Twitter @Draft2Digital. 

Ask a pro Drew Gerber

Drew Gerber is the CEO of Wasabi Publicity. He believes great books not only teach, inspire and motivate, they can be used to build an impactful brand. Whether you are publishing your first book or you have been published in the past, Wasabi Publicity helps you leverage your book to grow your business, attract a larger audience, and gain traction in a specific niche with PR. Drew is passionate about supporting authors, empowering more people, and making a difference. He lives in Budapest, Hungary, with his husband and rescue dog, Koki. For more information, visit

Ask a pro Jenn T. Grace

An award-winning author, nationally recognized speaker, and savvy publishing strategist, Jenn T. Grace is the founder of Publish Your Purpose, the acclaimed hybrid publishing company that gives first-time authors the secrets to getting their books written, finding an eager audience & marking their place in the publishing world. Publish Your Purpose is a certified B Corp social enterprise that meets the gold standard of socially and environmentally-friendly business practices.

Ask a pro Mike Larsen

Mike Larsen is an author coach who loves helping writers succeed by adding value to their readers’ lives. He cofounded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, which sold books to more than a hundred publishers and imprints. Mike’s own books include How to Write a Book Proposal, now in its fifth edition, coauthored by Jody Rein; How to Get a Literary Agent; and Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work, which he coauthored. His next book is Writing Success Guaranteed: How to Build a Life and a Career Doing What You Love will provide a unique new strategy for creating a fulfilling life as a writer. Mike was cofounder of the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference. You can reach him at or at You are welcome to send the first page of your proposal or manuscript and query letter along with your phone number before or after the conference to for feedback. Information about my services, including free consultations for books about change, is at

Ask a pro Joanne McCall

Publicist, media insider, trainer and coach Joanne McCall helps nonfiction authors, and business leaders become Media Darlings, so the media calls them. Her secret sauce is not only positioning, securing, and helping authors to capture media attention and deliver compelling interviews, she helps them create and develop their own media empire. On a first-name basis with hundreds of top-rung producers, editors, writers, and journalists, Joanne secures coverage for clients including Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard, Dave Ramsey, and Dr. Richard Bandler. She is the creator of Media Book Camp and is the author of Media Darling: Shine Through Every Interview.

Ask a pro Miral Sattar

Miral Sattar uses data and analytics to help authors publish and promote their books, as well as social media tools to reach audiences through such platforms as her widely popular viral BookToks. Most recently, she has also been devoting her time to her kids fiction podcast, Bearily Bear Stories, that was named Best Podcast of 2022 by Common Sense Media and promoted in Apple’s Podcast Homepage. Fans can also find her on TikTok and Instagram (@miralreads), where she raises awareness about diversity in kids’ publishing. Miral is also the founder of Bibliocrunch, an award-winning platform that connects authors with editorial services. She has lectured at Yale, NYU, CUNY, Pace, and other universities across America and has helped numerous books become bestsellers; thousands of publishing professionals have benefited from her tech training courses for writers. She has been featured in TIME, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and NY Daily News, among other media publications. She holds an M.S. in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a B.S. from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Ask a pro Lisa Tener

Award winning author and book coach Lisa Tener specializes in helping healing and health professionals, entrepreneurs and other experts write and publish a compelling how-to, self-help, health or business book—taking them step-by-step through her unique process. Lisa has taught for over a decade on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, as well as at popular writers conferences and her award winning private courses. Lisa Tener’s clients have signed 5- and 6-figure publishing deals with Hachette, Random House, Harper Collins, New World Library and many others, as well as self-published to great acclaim and prestigious awards. Lisa has appeared on ABC World News, PBS TV, HLN and been quoted in The New York Times and more. Lisa received her B.S. 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 inspired author course and read her book writing blog. Lisa’s most recent book is The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day, which has won 5 prestigious book awards including the Nautilus, IPPY and Ben Franklin Awards.

Ask a pro Cindy Tschosik

Cindy Tschosik has worked with more than 30 authors to write or develop their nonfiction books. As a ghostwriter, book doctor, and author coach, Cindy relishes in guiding authors to produce books that “Change, Save and Celebrate Lives One Story at a Time.” She enjoys teaching authors about the 7 Phases of the Book Writing Journey so they are thoroughly informed with what they need to know before writing the first word. For R&R, she regenerates her creativity with family, travel, nature, “wines” with friends, and snuggles with Roxie, her fur-baby book critic. Learn more at

Ask a pro Crystal Daye

Crystal Daye is an award-winning author of 10 books, global book and marketing coach, international speaker and CEO of DayeLight Publishers. She has combined her strong business acumen to become a sought-after expert in book publishing, author branding, digital marketing and book monetization. Crystal has helped over 500 authors to launch their books and she is the founder of Kingdom Author Success Conference, the #1 book fair & author award event in the Caribbean. She appears widely at conferences, podcasts and professional events teaching audiences how to launch and leverage writing a book to advance their ministry, business and professional goals. Crystal is also a Certified Book Marketing Consultant & Trained Book Publicist under the Nonfiction Authors Association. 


Ask a pro Michelle Glogovac

Michelle Glogovac is the CEO + Founder of The MLG Collective, host of the award winning podcast, My Simplified Life, and author of How To Get On Podcasts (2024, McGraw Hill). As THE Podcast Matchmaker™, Michelle works with entrepreneurs, nonprofits, advocates, and authors to hone in on their messaging, reach their ideal audience, and increase their visibility.


Ask a pro Mary Catherine Jones

Mary Catherine Jones is the authority on all things AUDIOBOOKS and is the owner and executive producer of Voice Over Vermont, LLC – a professional recording studio in Shelburne, VT dedicated exclusively to recording the spoken word. Curiosity is the core of what drives her. As a professional audiobook director and producer she is always reading, always learning. Whether she’s working with an author to record their memoir with their voice or casting a remote recording session for a National Publisher, she brings her curiosity to every project that comes into her padded room, er, recording studio 😉. When not recording, it’s a sure bet that she is doing a project with the Independent Publishers of New England, planning a conference or cooking a delicious meal. For more information, visit


Ask a pro Nate Hoffelder

Nate Hoffelder has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He turns broken down WordPress sites into sites which convert visitors into superfans, also builds sites from scratch, and helps authors with their social media and newsletters.


Ask a pro Pam Perry

​Dr. Pam Perry is an award-winning communications and PR professional. She helps established experts and experienced entrepreneurs to stand out from the crowd so they can attract clients by promoting their buzz-worthy brand story. She is the publisher of SPEAKERS MAGAZINE and podcast host of Get Out There and Get Known.


Ask a pro Imelda Dharmawi

​Imelda Dharmawi is the Head of Growth at Payhip. With years of experience in the ecommerce industry, Imelda’s journey has been fueled with unrelenting passion for empowering people to start their businesses online. Today, she works with creators and authors on Payhip to build and grow their brands and generate sustainable income through ecommerce.


Ask a pro Ryan Scott

​Ryan Scott is a technology and AI pioneer who brings a wealth of knowledge about AI writing and audiobook production using high quality AI voices. He is the creator of, a self-service audiobook creation platform you can use to create audiobooks inexpensively, overnight. He works with AI audio and text and photo creation tools on a daily basis and would be happy to help you.