Meet WNBA Experts: Roundtable Luncheon

India Clay Oven restaurantMeet WNBA Experts:
Roundtable Luncheon

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Noon – 3:00 pm
India Clay Oven Restaurant
2436 Clement Street
(near 25th Avenue)

San Francisco, CA 94121

$40 WNBA members, $50 non-members, includes buffet luncheon
Space limited to 40 attendees. All registration in ADVANCE. Mail any checks asap to confirm your place.

Begin the New Year with an exchange of empowering ideas! This is an exciting opportunity for SF Chapter members to learn from other WNBA members who are experienced publishing professionals. Bring cards to network with everyone at your three tables. 

Writers, teachers, editors, agents, librarians, legal and marketing professionals will each host one of six luncheon tables with three rotations of 40 minutes each. Become savvy women and move forward in the world of the book!

Register online in advance and select three experts–first come, get the most choices. We will try to accommodate all choices, but as each expert is booked, we will drop her name from the registration form. There will be additional time for informal networking, before and after the rotations. 

Choose from these fantastic WNBA Member Experts: Nina Amir, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Brenda Knight, Laurie McLean, Melissa Riley, and Helen Sedwick.

Nina AmirNina Amir is an eight-time Amazon bestselling author of such books as How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual. She is known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach because she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs. She provides high-performance coaching services to her clients, some of whom have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. As a hybrid author, Nina has published sixteen books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.

Roundtable Discussion Points:

  • Why every author or aspiring author should have a blog
  • The importance of starting every book with a business plan
  • Why you should develop a career plan if you want to succeed as an author
  • The benefits of being a hybrid author

Betsy FasbinderBetsy Graziani Fasbinder is an award-winning author, a licensed psychotherapist, and an in-demand communication trainer. She has coached public speaking for the reluctant and the downright phobic in Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. She coaches others to conquer their stage fears, connect to listeners, and never again allow a fear of public speaking to be an obstacle. Betsy overcame her own terror of public speaking by learning a set of simple techniques. She now shares these skills with writers and other creatives, helping them to inform, entertain, influence, and inspire audiences of any size. Betsy is the author of the novel, Fire & Water, released by She Writes Press.

Roundtable Discussion Points:

  • Two major mind shifts to get you ready to speak publicly about your writing
  • Two simple skills that will instantly increase your engagement with listeners and your effectiveness as a speaker
  • Two no-cost “next steps” you can take to start your own lifelong skill-building as a speaker

Brenda KnightBrenda Knight is a twenty-year publishing veteran, starting at HarperCollins, and author of ten books, including American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation, as well as Rituals for Life and Wild Women and Books. Knight has worked with many bestselling authors including Mark Nepo, Phil Cousineau, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Paolo Coehlo. The founder of Viva Editions, she oversaw editorial vision, business management, distributor relationship, and personnel hiring and training for two imprint publishers whose receipts rose from 57.35% during her tenure. Brenda was named IndieFab Publisher of the Year at the American Library Association in 2014 for “Outstanding leadership and contribution to society through the publication of books of significance.”

Roundtable Discussion Points:

  • How to Sell Your Book to a Publisher and Who You’re Really Selling
  • Hook Your Book
  • The Perfect Proposal

Laurie McLeanLaurie McLean spent twenty years as the CEO of a PR agency and eight years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. For those writers she meets at conferences, she asks for a query containing the first ten pages of a complete/polished manuscript plus a 1-2 page synopsis (in the body of your email, no attachments). Prior to founding Fuse Lit, Laurie was also the Dean of San Francisco Writers University and on the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference. Laurie also co-founded two ePublishing companies: Joyride Books for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books. Ambush Books was just acquired by Short Fuse Publishing.

Roundtable Discussion Points:

  • Self Publishing and Indie publishing have become viable publishing options
  • Many publishers now have digital-first imprints that you can pitch directly
  • An agent is still a great business partner

Melissa RileyMelissa Riley has been a front line reference librarian at San Francisco Public Library for over thirty years, nearly thirteen years at the West Portal Branch. She employs a longtime interest in nutrition, alternative medicine, and science by recommending books on health, medicine, exercise, and nutrition for branch libraries. Currently she also finds local authors, educators, and practitioners to give talks and demonstrations on self-healing modalities, such as: reiki, self-hypnosis, energy medicine, making fermented foods, and understanding their essential role in health. Before getting a Masters in Library Science at UC Berkeley, she grew up in New York State, lived in New York City and Concord, South Hadley and Provincetown, MA, and travelled for over a year in Europe. 

Roundtable Discussion Points:

  • How to submit your book to the San Francisco Public Library system
  • What books are purchased by the library and which ones circulate
  • How to get a workshop or lecture to be held in the library

Helen SedwickHelen Sedwick, writer and lawyer, has thirty years of experience representing businesses and entrepreneurs while writing in her spare time. When she published her historical novel, Coyote Winds, she found no guide to help authors with the legal issues of publishing independently. So she wrote Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook. Publisher’s Weekly listed the Handbook as “one of the top five resources for independent authors.” ForeWord Reviews gave the Handbook five stars, calling it “one of the most valuable resources a self-publisher can own…Well-written and authoritative yet unhampered by legalese.” Her blog coaches writers on everything from protecting copyrights to hiring freelancers.

Roundtable Discussion Points:

  • What every writer and publisher needs to know about copyright: what it means, how to protect it, and how to license it without losing control
  • The process of getting permission to use quotes, images, and lyrics
  • Keeping writers out of court and at their desks writing new books

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Meet WNBA Experts: Roundtable Luncheon, January 24, 2016

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  1. One of my pieces about affordable childcare and the need for America to elect a female president was published recently in La Oferta. Please see it at Looking forward to the luncheon.

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