My 2017 TEDx Talk: Green-Light Revolution: Your Creative Life on Your Terms

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Publishing University (April 6-7)

April 6-7, Austin, TX

This is the Independent Book Publishers Association’s annual conference, open to anyone wanting to learn more about publishing. Whether you’re an author or an aspiring indie publisher, you’ll get so much out of this weekend. I’m leading a daylong workshop on book publishing standards and sitting on a panel about hybrid publishing. I hope you’ll consider meeting me there!

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Interview with Leila Slimani, author of The Perfect Nanny (April 8)

Sun, April 8, 2018
7-9 pm

Berkeley Repertory Theater
2025 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

I’ll be interviewing Leila Slimani, author of The Perfect Nanny, for Women Lit, a new program of the Bay Area Book Festival.

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Keynote, Redwood Writers Conference (April 21)

April 21, 2018
Santa Rosa, CA

Keynote address will be an inspiring talk geared toward authors, encouraging them to green-light their own work in the new era of publishing.

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Bay Area Book Festival (April 28)

I’m thrilled to be involved again with the Bay Area Book Festival.

This year I have two events on Saturday, April 28.

10am: In Conversation with Grant Faulkner
I’m honored to be in conversation with Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and author of Pep Talks for Writers.

4:15pm: The Future of Publishing

This panel is back, with panelists Senior Editor Emily Bell of Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Publisher Elaine Katzenberger of City Lights; Executive Director Niels Hooper of University of California Press; and Director, Marketing & Publishing Operations Avalon Radys of InkShares. Moderated by She Writes Press Publisher Brooke Warner, this panel represents the many faces of publishing—from big house to small, university press to indie, traditional and non-traditional alike. This conversation will appeal to aspiring and published authors, and well as anyone curious about the state of book publishing in 2018. Topics will include Amazon’s expansion, the state of the traditional industry, the biggest changes happening in publishing today, and how the political climate is affecting what publishers are acquiring and therefore what we’re reading.

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Spring Forward in Your Writing (May 1)

May 1st, 9-2pm PT | 12-5pm ET

Join keynoters Mark Nepo, best-selling author of The Book of Awakening, and Dani Shapiro, author of many books, including the memoirs Devotion and Hourglass. This will be a day of writing and absorbing, and an invitation to emerge from the darkness and into inspiration.

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BookExpo 2018 (May 30-June 1)

I’ll be involved with the following 2 panels at BookExpo:

Wednesday May 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Room 1E11

MODERATING: Opportunity Cost: Why Diversity is Financially Critical for the Book Industry

• Dhonielle Clayton, COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books
• Chris Jackson, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, One World/Random House
• Jason Low, publisher and a co-owner of LEE & LOW BOOKS
• Ayesha Pande, founder of Ayesha Pande Literary


Friday June 1, 2018
12:45 PM – 1:35 PM
Room 1E16

IBPA Presents: The Best Independently Published Books of 2017

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San Diego Memoir Writers Assoc. (July 7)

Memoir is more than just a story of what happened to you. Its heart and soul lies in two elements of craft that every memoirist needs to have a firm handle on: reflection and takeaway. Most beginning memoirists are so focused on the plot of their story that they forget that readers love memoir for what it says about the human condition, for its capacity to help us understand something about the world we live in, or about ourselves. Reflection requires you to stop your narrative and answer the question: What sense do I make of this part of my story? Takeaway asks you write about your thoughts and impressions on your subject matter, to delve deeper into your experience, your message, and to be a wise voice for your reader. In this session, Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press and author of three books on memoir, will address reflection and takeaway and show you exactly how to implement this kind of writing into your memoir, complete with examples from published works. You’ll leave knowing how to tap into the heart of your memoir, and to connect with your reader on a whole new level.

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Milford Readers and Writers Festival (September 28-30)

I’ll be doing a mainstage event and more. Looking forward to being back at this incredible festival in Milford, PA. More details to come!

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Kauai Writers Festival (November 5-11)

November 5-11, 2018
Kauai, HI

Plenary session about the state of publishing and alternate publishing opportunities, as well as conversation panels with other industry folks about topics of interest to authors. More to come as we get closer!

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