Ask-a-Pro Sessions

Registration for our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions 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 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 from NFWC Fall 2021

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.

Melinda Copp is a freelance nonfiction book ghostwriter 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. She has an MFA in creative writing from Goucher College and a BS in journalism from West Virginia University. For more information and to schedule a consultation, visit

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.

Stacy Ennis is a best-selling author, creative consultant, and speaker, as well as the founder of Nonfiction Book School. She served as long-time ghostwriter for a Nobel Prize winner in medicine and executive editor of Sam’s Club’s Healthy Living Made Simple, a publication that reaches around 11 million readers. Stacy’s latest coauthored book is Growing Influence (Greenleaf Book Group, 2018); her TEDx talk, “How to raise brave kids,” has been viewed thousands of times around the world. She lives in Portugal with her husband and two children.

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.

Drew Gerber, CEO of Wasabi Publicity, is on a mission to change global conversations and challenge industry conventions. He lives to spark “aha” moments, helping people discover new ways of thinking to create positive change. Recognized by PR Week and Good Morning America for its innovative business practices, Wasabi Publicity helps authors expand their impact through top media. A member of Forbes Agency Council, Drew is author of “Destination Aha! Becoming Unstuck in Life and Business.” He lives in Budapest, Hungary, with his husband and rescue dog, Koki.

Nate Hoffelder has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He builds and repairs WordPress sites, and acts as a virtual IT department for authors. He also blogs about the Kindle and indie publishing. Nate is the president of the Riverside Writers Club in Fredericksburg VA, and is on the board of the Florida Writers Foundation. When he’s not volunteering, he spends his time working on projects such as The Speaker Bureau, Simple Author Websites, and Author Website in a Box.

Michelle Glogovac is THE podcast matchmaker, an award-winning publicist and host of the MySimplified Life podcast. After an 18-year career in corporate aviation, Michelle discovered her passion in changing the world, one voice at a time. She works with entrepreneurs, authors, and experts to niche down, grow their businesses, and visibility while ensuring their message reaches the masses. Michelle is a natural relationship maker, which is why her love of helping experts be interviewed on podcasts and featured in the media is so successful.

Liz Charlotte Grant is an award-winning nonfiction author, book coach, editor at the Curator Magazine and a sought-after speaker. She offers marketing mentorships to other literary authors in order to help them get the agent, nab the book deal, and claim the shelf space the best writing deserves. She advises her mentees on the topics of growing a following on Instagram, author branding and more generally, building a platform.

You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook, or subscribe to her twice-monthly newsletter, the Empathy List.

Cristen Iris is a developmental editor, book coach, and ghostwriter/book collaborator whose clients include a GRAMMY Award winner; an entertainment entrepreneur who’s run some of the hottest clubs in NYC, Boston, Singapore, and LA; a triple-amputee and disability advocate whose book was listed by PARADE Magazine as one of the top 24 memoirs to read in 2020; an internationally recognized animal compassion activist; medical doctors, nutrition experts, and researchers; business owners and leadership experts; and Fulbright Scholars. Cristen specializes in working on high-impact, commercially viable nonfiction. Her clients are self, hybrid, and traditionally published.

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

Anne Janzer is an award-winning author, nonfiction developmental editor, and marketing practitioner on a mission to help people make a positive impact with their writing. She works with nonfiction authors on developmental editing, coaching, and book marketing. Her writing-related books include Writing to Be Understood and Get the Word Out: Write a Book That Makes a Difference.

Carla King is a former technical writer turned travel writer and early self-publishers and today is one of the most trusted experts in the independent publishing world today. She published her first travel guide in 1994 and, a year later, pioneered blogging on the newly formed World Wide Web with a series of posts from the saddle of cranky indigenous motorcycles around the world. Carla’s anthology credits include Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, and Stories from Elsewhere: Travels on Two and Three Wheels. Her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Independent Authors is in its 5th edition, and her Consumer’s Guide for Self-Publishers is an continually updated free resource and her gift to authors around the world. For almost two decades Carla has worked an editor, author, publisher, and advisor on publishing services and technologies, serving on the advisory board of IngramSpark and founding the independent publishing track for the San Francisco Writers Conference. Carla runs Misadventures Media, home of Destination Published consulting services and the Self-Pub Boot Camp educational program of books, online courses, and workshops. Carla will be running the Nonfiction Authors Association’s’ Publishing Master Class and Certification Program in January 2022.

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.

An audiobook producer and narrator with40 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

CaTyra Polland is an accomplished author, editor, and speaker. Her entrepreneurial spirit has been the driving force behind her career, and her love of expression–her life-long passion. Joining these passions together, CaTyra has been instrumental in a variety of projects that advance and elevate creative expression. She is the proud Founder and CEO of Love for Words (an editing boutique for writers and authors.) Through Love for Words, CaTyra helps creative people with professional editing services while supporting their creative vision. In this capacity, she serves as an editor, a mentor, and a supporter of each writer’s creation. She is wholeheartedly committed to every project and every client, and her passion for what she does bleeds through every step of the way.

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:

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

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.


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