Ask-a-Pro Sessions

Registration for our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions will open in October 2021 and is available to registered Gold, Platinum and VIP attendees. Want to get first access to pro sessions? Make sure you register for NFWC 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. 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!

Register for the Nonfiction Writers Conference

Meet the Past Pros from NFWC May 2021

Nathan Agin is an actor, online marketer, and audiobook narrator/producer. He has completed over 20 audiobooks, including titles for HarperCollins and Lioncrest Publishing, as well as for “indie” authors Chris Fox, Chuck Wendig, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant. He has also narrated 100+ articles for New York Times best-selling author Mark Manson (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck). As an author, he self-published and narrated his own book, A Beginner’s Meditation Course. He brings 10+ years of web design, email marketing, and social media experience to his work as an audiobook coach and consultant. Learn more at


Sandra Beckwith is an author and national award-winning former publicist who now teaches authors how to save thousands of dollars by doing their own publicity, promotion, and marketing. You might have seen her on “The Montel Williams Show,” or “CBS This Morning,” or read about her in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, or USA Today. Feedspot has ranked her website, Build Book Buzz, as # 7 among thousands of book marketing blogs globally; it has also been named a top website,, for authors and writers six other times. She’s ready to answer your questions about book marketing.


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. When not thinking about self-publishing, Chelsea can be found playing disc golf with her husband or having in-depth conversations about the universe with her cat, Batman. Stop by and say hello!



Angela BoleAngela Bole is chief executive officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving. 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 Master of Science degree in Book Publishing from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Gender Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. In 2018, she was awarded the Book Industry Study Group’s Community Builder Award, given to an individual in recognition of significant work done to engage a representative set of book industry stakeholders. In 2019, she was named a Publishers Weekly notable person of the year.

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 four 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

Stephanie Chandler - Build a Profitable Online Store: Revenue Streams to Grow Your BusinessStephanie 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, events conducted entirely online since 2010. A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and Wired magazine.


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 improve their craft and live their best writing life. Melinda has ghostwritten fifteen books and consulted on many others. She has an MFA in creative writing, and her work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. As a developmental editor, Melinda helps her clients clarify their ideas, strengthen their writing, finish their projects, and feel good about the writing process. Find out more at


Marissa Eigenbrood is Senior Vice President of Smith Publicity, working closely with all teams across the company. Throughout her career in public relations, she has worked with non-profits, Fortune 500 corporations, international brands, college/universities, tech start-ups and the publishing industry, including small to large-sized publishers, hybrid presses, debut authors and industry thought leaders. She brings extensive knowledge of the public relations realm, as well as an organized and dedicated focus, to all she does. Joining the Smith Publicity team in 2009, she began her career as a publicist, then expanding into business development before taking on a variety of leadership roles, which provided her with a diverse understanding of the goals and strategies critical to campaign success and an in-depth knowledge of the industry and company as a whole. Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Business Management from Marist College and resides outside of Philadelphia with her husband and fur family.

Teresa Funke’s newest book, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, helps readers ignite their creative spirit and rediscover their passion, their purpose, and their power. Teresa is the embodiment of the modern artist/entrepreneur. She’s the owner of Teresa Funke & Company, Victory House Press, and Bursts of Brilliance® and has authored seven award-winning novels for adults and children set in World War II, including Dancing in Combat Boots and War on a Sunday Morning. She is a sought-after instructional and motivational speaker, a writing consultant, and a community catalyst. She created the Self-Publishing Blueprint and numerous writing tools available at  

Visit to access writing resources or learn more about Teresa’s books. Or visit to follow Teresa’s popular inspirational blog.

Cathy Fyock is The Business Book Strategist, and works with professionals and thought leaders who want to write a book as a business growth strategy. She is the author of nine books, including On Your Mark, Blog2Book, and her most recent, The Speaker Author: Sell More Books and Book More Speeches. Since starting her coaching practice in 2014 she’s helped more than 170 professionals become published authors.


Cristen Iris is a development editor and book collaborator whose clients include a New York Times bestselling debut novelist, a GRAMMY Award winner, athletes, educators, and advocates including retired radiologist and triple-amputee Linda K. Olson whose recently released memoir, Gone, was listed in Parade Magazine’s “24 Best Memoirs to Read in 2020.” In addition to working on other people’s projects, Cristen’s essays and columns have been published by IDAHO magazine, Idaho Business Review, Unbound Northwest, BizGals, and others. Cristen specializes in working with physicians, attorneys, and professions who recognize the value in teamwork and are committed to excellence in all they do. She also speaks about Quiet Influence: Brand Building and Power Networking for Introverts, Professional Approaches to Writing and Editing Commercial Memoir, and The Art of Honest Persuasion: Author Integrity and Consumer Confidence.

As a book coach and developmental editor with 30 years of experience, Dan Janal can help find the right process for your unique situation. Dan has written more than a dozen books that have been translated into six languages. He’s a former award-winning daily newspapers and business editor who has interviewed President Gerald Ford and First Lady Barbara Bush. His latest book is, “Write Your Book in a Flash.” He is the host of the award-winning podcast, “Write Your Book in a Flash with Dan Janal,” which was named one of the top 50 podcasts for thought leaders by


Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, speaker, seminar leader and president of Premium Book Company. He is also the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales. Brian is the author of Beyond the Bookstore and How to Make Real Money Selling Books (Without Worrying About Returns). Brian has also written and published five titles on career transition that are distributed internationally. He is the author of the eight e-books with Proven Tips for Publishing Success and the contributing editor to several monthly newsletters.


Carla King is an adventure travel author, journalist, blogger, speaker, as well as a writing and publishing coach. With a long background in technical writing and motorcycle journalism, she has justifiably been called a geek in the words of publishing, computing, and powersports.

Since she self-published her first book in 1994, Carla has turned down multiple offers by agents and traditional publishing companies, including for her Self-Publishing Guide for Independent Authors, which is now in its fifth edition.

Carla’s company, Misadventures Media, is the home of her Self-Publishing Boot Camp online courses, Destination Published author coaching, and an Adventure Writers Conference. She also runs a variety of workshops and masterclasses that help groups of authors navigate the writing and publishing journey.

Nicole Krug founded Social Light in 2009 to help make the Internet a friendlier place by providing the tools and training small business owners need for success online. Through Social Light, Nicole helps clients hone their digital marketing strategies to bring more exposure to their brand while boosting the bottom line.

Prior to Social Light, Nicole spent 10 years in enterprise marketing and business development for brands as diverse as The North Face and BB&T Bank. From developing marketing programs and e-commerce channels to improving organizational performance and building profitable business relationships, Nicole understands revenue goals and how to meet them.

Mike Larsen is an author coach who loves helping writers achieve their goals by adding value to their readers’ lives. Mike cofounded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, which sold books to more than a hundred publishers and imprints. His 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 (coauthor). His next book: Writing Success Guaranteed: How to Deal Yourself Five Hearts to Build a Career Doing What You Love. Mike was cofounder of the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference,, Mike will send you helpful info when you sign up.


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. She also helps authors to secure their own media via her Media Strategy Sessions, Media Book Camp, and her soon-to-be-released book, Media Darling: Shine Through Every Interview coming in 2021.


Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, is the author of award winning memoirs Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains, and two books on craft The Power of Memoir, & Journey of Memoir. She co-authored Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and Magic of Memoir & co-teaches Write Your Memoir in Six Months.



Chris O’Byrne is an expert in everything related to self-publishing, including choosing your ideal reader (which is who you write your book for); how to write your book to build know, like, and trust; book design; launching your book to bestseller, and how to sell your book long-term.



Roger C. Parker is advocate for authors writing their first book. He is enthusiastic about sharing the lessons—good and bad–he learned about writing and publishing while writing over 40 books. His books have been translated into languages like French, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese. He addresses practical topics like design, writing, and marketing. Roger is offering these topics for the Ask-a-Pro sessions: Habits and Mindset, characteristics of “lean” books, turning ideas into books, and Writer’s Block –prevention and cure. He stresses the link between recent brain research and habit formation plus the importance of viewing your book as a “new business.” Get his FREE workbook, 99 Questions to Ask Before You Write and Self-Publish a Brand-Building Book. Just email Roger at


An audiobook producer and narrator with 39+ years of experience in the industry, Becky Parker Geist is the CEO of Pro Audio Voices Inc. Typically working with authors and publishers 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™ to help authors increase their impact. Committed to leadership, Becky serves as President of BAIPA as a Chapter Leader of NFAA (NonFiction Authors Assn), as well as a member of IBPA, APA (Audio Publishers Assn), and WNBA (Women’s National Book Assn.). Becky is the author of 5 titles, including Audiobook Toolkit for Authors; Selecting a Narrator for Your Audiobook: Insider’s Guide to Choosing a Narrator You’ll Be Thrilled With!; Game Plan for Educators; and two children’s books: Rock-a-Bye Wiship and Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One (co-authored with Vlatka Herzberg). Becky is an audiobook expert and will answer your questions about audiobook production and marketing.  Audiobook Toolkit for Authors

Joseph Perry is a literary agent and publishing attorney at Perry Literary, Inc., and The Law Offices of Joseph J. Perry, P.C. As an agent he represents bestselling cookbook authors, athletes, musicians, journalists, influencers, academics, and more. As an attorney, Joseph counsels clients in the publishing industry, where among other things, he drafts, reviews, and negotiates various publishing agreements and conducts prepublication review of manuscripts.

Joseph obtained his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Bonaventure University. He is a graduate of New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute.

Leisa Reid – Whether you are a speaker or not, there is no doubt that we all have expertise that can leave an impact in the world once it is shared. As the Founder of Get Speaking Gigs Now, Leisa Reid mentors business professionals and entrepreneurs who want to make an impact and ultimately attract their ideal clients through speaking. As a speaker herself, Leisa has successfully booked and delivered over 500 speaking engagements. In her book, Get Speaking Gigs Now, she shares her 7 Step System to Getting Booked, Staying Booked and Attracting Your Ideal Clients Through Speaking. To learn more visit: For your Ask-a-Pro session, Leisa is available to discuss: your speaker goals, marketing your book / business through speaking, how to get on more stages, how to book virtual stages, how to get started as a speaker, how to monetize your speaking, just to name a few.

Miral Sattar is the CEO of Miral uses data and analytics to help authors publish and promote their books using Amazon SEO and voice search . Thousands of students have taken her tech training courses designed for writers and authors. Miral has worked in the media industry for 15 years, most recently at TIME Magazine where she developed and implemented the digital SEO strategy that enabled TIME to be one of the most trafficked sites in the industry. Miral is also the founder of Bibliocrunch, an award-winning platform that connects authors with editorial services. Miral has lectured at Yale, NYU, CUNY, Pace, and other universities across America and helped numerous authors hit #1 in their categories. She and her writing have been featured in TIME, CNN, WSJ, NYTIMES, NY Daily News, among other media publications. She has a MS in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a BS from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. You can find Miral over on

Publicity Expert Joan Stewart, aka the Publicity Hound®, is semi-retired but still works occasionally with authors, speakers, experts, small business owners and nonprofits that need to use free publicity in traditional and social media to establish their credibility, enhance their reputation, position themselves as experts, sell more products and services, and promote a favorite cause or issue—without an expensive publicist. Find more than 1,000 free articles at her website and blog at



Author Expert and Book Writing Coach Lisa Tener specializes in helping experts and enlightened entrepreneurs write and publish a compelling how-to, self-help or business book—taking them step-by-step through her unique process. Lisa teaches on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, at popular writers conferences and in her own private courses, including “Get Your Writing Done.” Lisa Tener’s clients  have signed 5- and 6-figure publishing deals with Hachette, Random House, Harper Collins and many other publishers, as well as self-publishing. Lisa has been on ABC World News, PBS TV 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.

Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, joining in September 2017. She represents both fiction and nonfiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.



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!

Register for the Nonfiction Writers Conference