Ask-a-Pro Sessions – Fall 2020

Registration for our popular Ask-a-Pro sessions will open in April 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 Pros for NFWC Fall 2020 (Pros for NFWC 2021 will be announced soon)

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.

Chelsea BennettChelsea 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.

John Burke is the co-founder of Pub Site, an easy-to-use website building platform designed specifically for authors and books, and is the COO of FSB Associates, a publicity firm specializing in promoting books and authors on the web. Burke worked for several publishers including Crown, McGraw-Hill, Addison Wesley, and John Wiley, as well as in bookstores, before joining FSB Associates to launch its website development efforts. Their first website — one of the first ever author sites on the web — was for the late, Sue Grafton. Since then, John has developed over 200 author websites, ranging from one book to over eighty. He is based in San Diego, California.

John can speak on creating an effective author website or ways to enhance your author website to attract more readers. For more information visit,  For more information on Pub Site 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.


Roseanne ChengRoseanne Cheng is the author of five books and the former Marketing Director at Wise Ink Creative Publishing in Minneapolis. She is a writing coach, ghostwriter, and the co-founder of Evergreen Authors, an online school helping writers and publishers get their work out into the world. Her latest book, The Evergreen Author: Master the Art of Book Marketing, will be available late 2020.

I’d be happy to talk about anything around Amazon advertising, platform building, social media marketing, Pinterest marketing, My specialty is helping authors figure out what gives them joy, and helping them creating marketing plans around the things!

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

Stacy Ennis is a best-selling author, creative consultant, and speaker, as well as the cofounder of Next Level Women Leaders, a leadership training company. 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.

Professional speaker, five-time international best-selling and award-winning author, and collaboration expert, Charmaine Hammond, has had books be optioned for movie rights, has presented to more than 400,000 people around the world, and has helped authors around the globe make their book a business. She is also a co-producer of a soon to be released animated film, Back Home Again (winter 2020). In addition to her own books, she is a published author in two different editions of the Voices of the 21st Century book series. Charmaine’s topics are planning a book and speaking tour, how to double booksales through a BOGO approach, and sponsorship for authors.


Nate Hoffelder has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He repairs and maintains WordPress sites, and acts as a virtual IT department for authors. He also blogs about Kindle and indie publishing. You may have heard his site, The Digital Reader, mentioned on news sites such as the NYTimes and Forbes. Nate is available to talk about web design, online direct sales, and website updates/troubleshooting.

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.


Anne Janzer is an award-winning author, nonfiction writing coach and unabashed writing geek on a mission to help people make a positive impact with their writing. She supports and encourages writers, authors and marketers through her books, blog posts, online courses, webinars, and teaching. Her books include The Writer’s Process, Writing to Be Understood, and the forthcoming Get the Word Out. Talk with her about the writing process, being an indie author, or book marketing and promotion.



Carla King - Self publish like a pro - nonfiction writers conference speakerCarla King is an author, journalist, blogger, speaker, and publishing and book marketing consultant. She runs Destination Published, a service for authors, small businesses, and corporations who seek to publish professionally. She has helped thousands of authors with her Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books, workshops, and online courses. She’s been on the advisory board of IngramSpark, has co-hosted a long-running literary salon, hosted two podcasts, runs the Virtual Travel Writing Group, and helps design programming for the San Francisco Writers Conference and the Writing for Change conference. She can help you with every aspect of independent publishing. Her best advice for authors? “Make finishing and marketing your book easier by getting to know the other authors who write books like yours.” Download her free publishing toolkit at



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. A memoir coach for 24 years, she helps memoir writers find their voice and get their story out into the world. Topics for Linda Joy: Challenges in structuring memoir, finding your voice and your universal message in memoir; How to begin your memoir and where to go from there; theme, structure, and takeaway in memoir. Using story techniques to create a successful memoir.

Roger Parker has been a mentor to nonfiction authors since 2009, Roger C. Parker enjoys sharing what he’s learned about writing and publishing during the period he wrote over 40 books that have been translated into languages like French, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese. His books and blog posts emphasize design, writing, and content marketing. He stresses pragmatic time-saving tools like mind mapping, as well as proven techniques like Prothe habit of daily writing. Get his FREE workbook, 99 Questions to Ask Before You Write and Self-Publish a Brand-Building Book. Just email Roger at

Roger is offering these topics for the Ask-a-Pro sessions: Mindmaps – the ultimate time-save, Writer’s Block – how to prevent it/cure it and Choosing a “lean” book – right-size and structure.


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.

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.



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