Meet Our 2021 Speakers

This list will continue to grow as we get closer to our Conference start date, so check back often for updates, and be sure to register!

Alexa Bigwarfe - Conference host

Women in Publishing Summit Host, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, Publisher, Champion of Women

Alexa Bigwarfe is an author, speaker, and publisher. Her writing career began as a therapeutic journey after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old. Her debut book, Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, launched an unexpected career in publishing and author coaching. Her most recent book, Ditch the Fear and Just Write It! is a guide to help female entrepreneurs who know they want to write a book but need the push to get started. The Women in Publishing Summit is her third online summit for writers, but the first focused solely on women.

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Mary O'Donohue, Authors in Media

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Teaching Women How to Become The Go-To Experts In Media & the Marketplace

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Gracepoint Matrix

Gracepoint Matrix

Visibility and Platform Marketing

LIVE Training Workshops

Toby Dorr, Author & Speaker

Toby Dorr, Author & Speaker

Helping women escape their emotional prisons and find freedom

Roshanda Pratt

Roshanda Pratt

Visibility is Power

Vivian Olodun

Vivian Olodun

Failing Forward: Intersectionality, Rejection, and Resilience

Annalisa Parent, Writing Coach at Date With the Muse

Annalisa Parent, Writing Coach at Date With the Muse

Top 5 Hacks to Finish Your Novel Now

Renee Hribar, Sales Strategist & Speaker

Renee Hribar, Sales Strategist & Speaker

Connect with Community to Market and Sell your Book

Kirsten Oliphant, Author

Kirsten Oliphant, Author

Planning for Fiction Authors: From Writing Through Launch

Desiree Peterkin Bell

Desiree Peterkin Bell

Special chat on International Women's Day: Why Women Supporting Women is Important

Irena Miller

Irena Miller

The Top 3 Energy Practices to Sharpen Focus, Get More Done, + Erase Information Overload!

Featured Keynote

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Trends in the Publishing Industry

Non-Fiction Speakers

JoEllen Nordstrom, Founder of FirstEditing

JoEllen Nordstrom, Founder of FirstEditing

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Your Editing and Changing Our World

Angela J. Ford, Fantasy Author

Angela J. Ford, Fantasy Author

Tech Tools for Self-Publishing

Shelly Longenecker, Author & Entrepreneur

Shelly Longenecker, Author & Entrepreneur

Creating Joint Ventures & Affiliate relationships to sell more books

Amy Collins, Literary Agent - Talcott Notch Agency

Amy Collins, Literary Agent - Talcott Notch Agency

What authors need to know about finding and working with an agent

Eva Lesko Natiello, Author and Self-Publishing & Book Marketing Consultant

Eva Lesko Natiello, Author and Self-Publishing & Book Marketing Consultant

Goodreads for Authors

Mea Smith, Author, Podcaster, Speaker, & Host of StorySwell.net

Mea Smith, Author, Podcaster, Speaker, & Host of StorySwell.net

Harness Fear to Achieve More, A Theory

Joy Rancatore, Indie Author, Publisher, Podcaster

Joy Rancatore, Indie Author, Publisher, Podcaster

Not "Just" Self-Published

Socially Nina, Video Marketing Mentor

Socially Nina, Video Marketing Mentor

Everything is searchable... are you?

Lindsey Hartz, CEO and Lead Marketing Consultant at Hartz Agency

Lindsey Hartz, CEO and Lead Marketing Consultant at Hartz Agency

Launch a Bestselling Book Without Losing Your Mind

Cami Ostman

Cami Ostman

How to use the right combination of support and accountability to reach your writing and publishing goals

Dee Bell-Williams, CEO of Dr. Dee Unlimited LLC

Dee Bell-Williams, CEO of Dr. Dee Unlimited LLC

Have You Started Writing For A Change?

April Beach, CEO, The Sweet Life

April Beach, CEO, The Sweet Life

How To Build Your Ideal Online Business To Generate Profit Beyond Your Book

Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs

Amazon Ads 101 for Authors: When & How to Use Them

Dallas Woodburn, Author, Book Coach & Podcast Host

Dallas Woodburn, Author, Book Coach & Podcast Host

How to Create a Nurturing Writing Routine

Zaakirah N. Muhammad, Author & CEO of Phocused Media Group

Zaakirah N. Muhammad, Author & CEO of Phocused Media Group

How to Tell Your Nonfiction Story

Jamie Beth Cohen, Author, Storyteller, & Podcaster

Jamie Beth Cohen, Author, Storyteller, & Podcaster

Creating Your Writing Community

Michelle Lazurek,  Author/Agent

Michelle Lazurek, Author/Agent

Writing a Solid Proposal

Monica Miller, Author

Monica Miller, Author

8 Ways to Repurpose Your Book in Social Media Posts that WORK

Helen Vandenberghe, Mentor

Helen Vandenberghe, Mentor

Teach and Grow Rich! Profit from your knowledge and turn your Non-fiction book into a course

Pamela Sheppard, Independent Book Editor and Publishing Consultant

Pamela Sheppard, Independent Book Editor and Publishing Consultant

Market Analysis for Trends, market viability, and comparative titles

Yvelette Stines, Author and Principal of Stines Communications Group

Yvelette Stines, Author and Principal of Stines Communications Group

How To Use Your Authentic Voice on Social Media

Belinda Griffin, Book Marketing Coach & Author Publicity Expert

Belinda Griffin, Book Marketing Coach & Author Publicity Expert

How to find your target readers (and what to do with them!)

Jodi Brandon, CEO of Jodi Brandon Editorial

Jodi Brandon, CEO of Jodi Brandon Editorial

Building Blocks for Business Owners Who Want to Write a Book

Mallory Schlabach, Marketing Strategist

Mallory Schlabach, Marketing Strategist

The Power of Your Sales Page

Ellen Goodwin, Author

Ellen Goodwin, Author

How to work when no one is watching (ie, avoiding procrastination!)

Kate Johnston, Author & Writing Coach

Kate Johnston, Author & Writing Coach

Make your Creative Dreams a Reality through Passion, Consciousness, and Action

Leslie Bouldin, Publishing & Marketing Consultant

Leslie Bouldin, Publishing & Marketing Consultant

Marketing Automation for Authors

Diane Zinna, Writing Teacher and Author of The All-Night Sun

Diane Zinna, Writing Teacher and Author of The All-Night Sun

Diane Grimard Wilson, Author, Coach, and Applied Neuroscientist

Diane Grimard Wilson, Author, Coach, and Applied Neuroscientist

Neuroscience Advantage for Writers

Lisa Dailey, CEO of Silent Sidekick

Lisa Dailey, CEO of Silent Sidekick

Putting technology to work for you

Lynn Whitbeck, Founder & CEO of Petite2Queen

Lynn Whitbeck, Founder & CEO of Petite2Queen

How To Leverage Podcasts To Connect With Readers

M. C. Starbuck, Author and Speaker

M. C. Starbuck, Author and Speaker

Growing Your Audience without going Crazy

Myrdith Leon-McCormack, Founder & Publisher at World Bride Magazine

Myrdith Leon-McCormack, Founder & Publisher at World Bride Magazine

Are Magazines Dead?

Elizabeth Ducie, Author & Publisher

Elizabeth Ducie, Author & Publisher

Pros and Cons to Publishing Routes

Nina Amir, Author, Author Coach, Inspiration to Creation Coach, CHPC

Nina Amir, Author, Author Coach, Inspiration to Creation Coach, CHPC

Bringing Change through Your Writing

Ruth L. Snyder, Speaker, Author, and Book Coach

Ruth L. Snyder, Speaker, Author, and Book Coach

Why and How to do Market Research

Sandra Coffey, Publicity Coach and Media Trainer

Sandra Coffey, Publicity Coach and Media Trainer

Using media publicity to build your writing career

Sherry Ward, CEO of Square Tree Publishing

Sherry Ward, CEO of Square Tree Publishing

Expand your Non-Fiction Material into Online Courses, Support Groups, or Curricula - Easy Marketing Tips to Grow Your Revenue Stream!

Stacey Aaronson, Founder of The Book Doctor Is In

Stacey Aaronson, Founder of The Book Doctor Is In

8 Essential Building Blocks for the Aspiring Memoirist

Vickie Gould, Book Coach and Publisher

Vickie Gould, Book Coach and Publisher

Social Media Marketing for Authors: How to Leverage Your Book to Get Clients BEFORE It's Even Published

Erin Servais, Book Editor, Author Coach, and Founder of Dot and Dash, LLC

Erin Servais, Book Editor, Author Coach, and Founder of Dot and Dash, LLC

Sensitivity Readers

Tara Alemany, Speaker, Author and Founder of Emerald Lake Books

Tara Alemany, Speaker, Author and Founder of Emerald Lake Books

Rita Joyan, CEO of Unbox Your Gift Training

Rita Joyan, CEO of Unbox Your Gift Training

Speaking to Sell Your Books

Linda Penkala, Author, Speaker, LMT

Linda Penkala, Author, Speaker, LMT

Setting Intention & Space for the Creative Writing Process

Gena McCown, Author

Gena McCown, Author

Designing a publisher's One Sheet, Assembling your Publishing Proposal

Jess Owens, YouTuber

Jess Owens, YouTuber

Using YouTube to grow their readership

Alison Tedford, Author & Marketer

Alison Tedford, Author & Marketer

The difference between book writing & copywriting

Fiction Speakers

Najla Qamber, Creative Director of Qamber Designs & Media

Najla Qamber, Creative Director of Qamber Designs & Media

A guide to a smooth cover design process

Lucy Hay, Author & Script Editor

Lucy Hay, Author & Script Editor

Writing Diverse Characters

Stephanie BwaBwa, YA Fantasy Author & Co-Founder of Indie Author Lifestyle

Stephanie BwaBwa, YA Fantasy Author & Co-Founder of Indie Author Lifestyle

Worldbuilding

Jennie Goutet, Author

Jennie Goutet, Author

Steps to Take for Success

Eileen Cook, Author & Co-Founder of The Creative Academy for Writers

Eileen Cook, Author & Co-Founder of The Creative Academy for Writers

Writing better conflict

Farzana Doctor, Author & Speaker

Farzana Doctor, Author & Speaker

Polish That Draft! Self-editing and revision techniques for writers with a manuscript

Niki Simone, Author

Niki Simone, Author

How to write strong dialogue

Judy L. Mohr, Writer, Freelance Editor & Internet Security Expert

Judy L. Mohr, Writer, Freelance Editor & Internet Security Expert

Creating Perspective Through Deep Point of View (POV)

Stephanie Anderson, Book Designer

Stephanie Anderson, Book Designer

Pre-Made Book Covers

Claire Fullerton, Author

Claire Fullerton, Author

Launching and Marketing a book!

Tammy Bird, Author

Tammy Bird, Author

Learning to write marginalized characters.

Bethany Maines, Author

Bethany Maines, Author

Fighting for Fiction (Writing Fight Scenes That Don't Suck)

Abby Jordan, Author

Abby Jordan, Author

Building an audience with intention: how to create a foundation for a lasting career and community

Kasie Whitener, Author and Host "Write On SC" Podcast

Kasie Whitener, Author and Host "Write On SC" Podcast

Finding Book Clubs

Dalia Dupris, Author

Dalia Dupris, Author

Everything You Want To Know About Writing A Publishable First Novel

Erika Lance, CEO of 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc.

Erika Lance, CEO of 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc.

Shameless Self-Promotion

Otescia Johnson, CEO of B.O.Y. Enterprises, Inc.

Otescia Johnson, CEO of B.O.Y. Enterprises, Inc.

Fiction: The Lie Through Which We Tell the Truth

Ally Machate

Ally Machate

3 Best Ways to Sell More Books

Keri-Rae Barnum, Executive Director of New Shelves Books

Keri-Rae Barnum, Executive Director of New Shelves Books

Getting into libraries

Margaret R. Sáraco, Writer

Margaret R. Sáraco, Writer

Resisting Writer's Block

Steff Green, Author, Publishing Coach, Heavy Metal Maiden

Steff Green, Author, Publishing Coach, Heavy Metal Maiden

Building A sustainable author career by working your backlist

Shayla Raquel, #1 Best-selling Author of The 10 Commandments of Author Branding

Shayla Raquel, #1 Best-selling Author of The 10 Commandments of Author Branding

Finding Your Antagonist's Saving Grace

Rita M. Reali, Novelist, Editor at Persnickety Proofreader

Rita M. Reali, Novelist, Editor at Persnickety Proofreader

Fiction Writing: Character Development

Allison Mackey, Author

Allison Mackey, Author

Landing a publishing deal in the Christian fiction market

Kim Gravell, Author & Well-being Coach

Kim Gravell, Author & Well-being Coach

Creating believable magic in your real world writing

Valerie Willis, COO of 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc.

Valerie Willis, COO of 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc.

Foreshadowing for Fiction: How to Tease Your Readers

Jocelyn Lindsay, Coach

Jocelyn Lindsay, Coach

Writing Emotions

Jenn Thompson, Friendly Neighborhood Book Nerd or Author

Jenn Thompson, Friendly Neighborhood Book Nerd or Author

Self-publishing for Fiction Authors

Lola Wilcox

Lola Wilcox

How to Plot a Character Transformation

Children’s Books Speakers

Belinda Mays, Author, Speaker, Woman in Tech

Belinda Mays, Author, Speaker, Woman in Tech

6 Step To Self Publish Your Children's Book

Meg Welch Dendler, Author & Editor

Meg Welch Dendler, Author & Editor

Writing for Young Readers - Dos and Don'ts for the genre of kidlit

Cynthia L. Fails, CEO, LaunchCrate Publishing

Cynthia L. Fails, CEO, LaunchCrate Publishing

What Makes a Children's Book Great - And How Do I Write One?

Karen Ferreira, Owner of GetYourBookIllustrations

Karen Ferreira, Owner of GetYourBookIllustrations

How to find the right illustrator and work with them

Maria Dismondy, Founder of Cardinal Rule Press

Maria Dismondy, Founder of Cardinal Rule Press

Best tips for a successful children's book launch

Joycelyn Strickland-Egans, Educator & Author

Joycelyn Strickland-Egans, Educator & Author

Reaching your Audience: Connecting with Parents & their Children

Phillipa Warden, Author

Phillipa Warden, Author

How to grow your audience through themes and activities

Allison Andrews, Author and CEO of Andrews Creative

Allison Andrews, Author and CEO of Andrews Creative

Tools for Success - Making videos for more success

Sunny Duran, Illustrator

Sunny Duran, Illustrator

What Children's book authors need to know about layout, design, and illustrations

Arielle Haughee, Author & Owner of Orange Blossom Publishing

Arielle Haughee, Author & Owner of Orange Blossom Publishing

Perfecting the Picture Book Manuscript

Gayle M Irwin, Author & Freelance Writer

Gayle M Irwin, Author & Freelance Writer

Using Your Passion to Inspire Readers

E. Danielle Butler

E. Danielle Butler

Change Begins with Children: Creating Children's Books with Change in Mind

Jennifer Navarre, Kidlit Editor & Coach

Jennifer Navarre, Kidlit Editor & Coach

Take your first steps toward becoming a Kidlit Author: Genres & categories, methods of publishing, tips on how to get started!

Stacy Roberts, Author & Speaker

Stacy Roberts, Author & Speaker

How To Write A Children's Book That Teaches Leadership Lessons To Young Children

Natasha Carlow, Author

Natasha Carlow, Author

How sharing our stories can have magical results

Medea Kalantar, Speaker

Medea Kalantar, Speaker

Tried and True Resources for Creating and Marketing a Best-Selling Children's Book Series

Rachel Pellegrino, Publisher and Writing Coach

Rachel Pellegrino, Publisher and Writing Coach

Finding Your Audience

Felicia Lee, Author

Felicia Lee, Author

Diversity & Positive Representation in Children’s Literature

Writing Romance

Yahrah St. John

Yahrah St. John

Ines Johnson

Ines Johnson

Kristi Dosh

Kristi Dosh

Publishers Roundtable

Cynthia Fails

Cynthia Fails

Kate Stead

Kate Stead

E. Danielle Butler

E. Danielle Butler

Diane Windsor

Diane Windsor

Jennifer Bright

Jennifer Bright

Angela Engel

Angela Engel

Writing To Heal

Diane Zinna

Diane Zinna

Cami Ostman

Cami Ostman

New Authors

Shruti Ganapathy

Shruti Ganapathy

Esabella Strickland

Esabella Strickland

K.T. Anglehart

K.T. Anglehart

Emily A. Myers

Emily A. Myers

Mardine Perrins

Mardine Perrins

Renee Eckles-Hardy

Renee Eckles-Hardy

Why You Need a Team

Alexa Bigwarfe

Alexa Bigwarfe

Author and Publisher; Host of the Women in Publishing Summit

Nancy Cavillones

Nancy Cavillones

Marketing Operations VA; Assistant to Alexa Bigwarfe

Sarah O'Dell

Sarah O'Dell

Marketing and Social Media VA, Assistant to Alexa Bigwarfe

Raewyn Sangari

Raewyn Sangari

Unicorn Virtual Assistant