Live Summit Kick-Off!
Description: Join summit host Alexa Bigwarfe as she kicks off the 2019 Women in Publishing Summit with E. Claudette Freeman, Sara Stamp, Gerri Hilger and Lyn Fairchild Hawks.
Format: Live, on the Women in Publishing Facebook Page
Level: This presentation is for all levels.
Author, Publisher and Summit Producer
Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother, author, publisher, speaker, and author coach. She has published numerous books of her own and for many other writers and entrepreneurs through her author coaching and hybrid-publishing company Kat Biggie Press (katbiggiepress.com). Kat Biggie Press is dedicated to sharing women’s works of inspiration, self-help, and books that make the world a better place. Her children’s book imprint, Purple Butterfly Press, publishes books of encouragement, inspiration, self-love, and healing for children and parents. She is also the founder and producer of the Women in Publishing Summit. Follow her everywhere on instagram @katbiggiepress and on youtube for publishing tips at https://www.youtube.com/writepublishsell.
Sara Stamp the author of The Other F-Word: When Faith Fills The Gap. She is also the Executive Director of Layla’s Legacy Foundation, an organization created to honor the memory of her daughter Layla who passed away at the age of five from Medulloblastoma, a common form of pediatric brain cancer. Layla’s Legacy raises money to fund research to cure pediatric brain cancer and to financially assist families impacted by the disease.
Sara is passionate about connecting with others as an encourager during times of loss and grief, especially when it relates to cancer. “It’s part of the healing process for me,” she says.
Above all, she is a wife, mother and friend. Sara lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband Bryan and two children, Daniel and Evelyn.
Lyn Fairchild Hawks
Lyn Fairchild Hawks writes YA contemporary fiction and short stories about gifted, weird, and wise teens. She is the author of Minerda, a graphic novella about bullying, and a collaboration with illustrator Robin Follet. She is also author of How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, her debut novel where Michael Jackson fandom meets #metoo. Wendy’s back story appears in The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future, a collection of short stories. Lyn is a 2012 recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and the 2011 James Jones First Novel Fellowship contest semifinalist. In her other life, Lyn’s an education geek who loves teaching and Shakespeare. She’s written Teaching Julius Caesar: A Differentiated Approach, and is co-author of The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy and Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach. A former high school and middle school educator, Lyn designs curriculum and distance learning programs for gifted youth and runs the educator blog, Teachers Workshop. Learn more about her at lynhawks.com.
Author Gerri Hilger is a life-long resident of Kansas where she was raised on a farm with lots of chores. She loved to sneak away to the barn loft to write terrible poetry and awful stories while dreaming about traveling the world. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Pittsburg State University at the end of the raucous ‘60s. This was followed by years of teaching, raising four children with her farmer husband, and helping on their land. While pursuing her Master’s degree in Education, she began to follow her dream of writing. After more than 35 years teaching thousands of high school students, Gerri now enjoys retirement, writing and traveling with her husband to visit their children and 15 grandchildren in four different states and to enjoy sites of the world.
E. Claudette Freeman
A multi-faceted and ever evolving story creating words and stories that live, dance, move, inspire and transform. E. (Emily) Claudette Freeman spent some 24 years in radio in South Florida; half her career spent working with news giants WINZ and WIOD; and Gospel AM 1490 WMBM – before launching E. Claudette Freeman Creative Holdings. Freeman’s broadcast acumen is currently heard in two unique podcasts on Spreaker, under the Write Word Awakened Movement. Freeman’s literary honors include penning the Miami Arena Black History Program starring Danny Glover, and staged theatrical performances at the Quest Theatre of West Palm Beach, Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center, Virginia Union University, Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company, Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis, and the National Black Theatre Conference.
She is the author of the several books including: PIECES AND ME – THE STUFF THAT WAKES ME P AT NIGHT, and PRECIOUS REDEMPTION. She is also a contributor to CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN’S SOUL, invited to the project by Author/Global Motivator Lisa Nichols. Freeman heads Pecan Tree Publishing and its imprint FREEMAN THOMAS BOOKS with a catalog of more than two dozen books, with another 8 planned for release in the next 6 months. PTP works with authors who have made a conscience decision to self-publish with a company that provides nuances of major traditional publishing houses. Freeman Thomas Books produces company developed titles.
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