What are the most common roadblocks authors encounter when trying to get published? How do you overcome those roadblocks?  Learn from our expert partners through this free webinar series – recordings of all the webinars are available below.

  1. “Inside and Out: Taking Your Text from Manuscript to Book” – by Rev. Adam Thomas
    • What is the graphic design process that takes your completed manuscript to the final form of your independently published book? If you are intimidated by the design of your book’s cover and interior, join author and designer Adam Thomas for a discussion exploring these questions.
    • View the video recording here
    • Download the presentation here
  2. “The 3 Big Roadblocks to Getting a Publisher to Say ‘Yes’ (And 1 Bonus Roadblock!): Writing an Excellent Book Proposal” – by Margot Starbuck
    • Whether you’re gathering your energy to begin your book proposal or are polishing your final draft, Margot will help you get inside the head of a publisher to identify what they’re looking for and how you can deliver it!
    • View the video recording here
    • Download the presentation here
  3. “Removing the Roadblock by Writing a Winning Book Proposal” – by Sharon Elliott
    • A publisher will ask, “What is your book about? Who is your intended market? What will the reader gain by reading your book?” These and other pertinent questions must be adequately answered before you get a publishing contract. Listen in as 28-year industry veteran Dr. Sharon Elliott explains how to answer all the questions about your book in a winning proposal that will grab the publishers’ attention and get your book idea into the pub board meeting!
    • View the video recording here
  4. “Preparing Your Novel Summaries for Agents and Editors” – by Erin Healy
    • This webinar focuses on how to write story summaries (an essential tool for pitching novels to a publisher), focused on summaries for queries and proposals to agents and editors.
    • View the video recording here
  5. “Developing a Small Business Mindset: Clear Roadblocks such as Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Disorganization in Your Writing Career” – by Jennifer Grant
    • Jennifer will share best practices for managing a freelance writing career, gleaned from her own decades’ long career as a columnist, editor, and author. Attendees will leave with new, practical ideas on how best to organize their work schedules, craft a mission statement for their small businesses, and clarify and market the “services” their small businesses offer.
    • View the video recording here
  6. “Platform-Building 101 for Spiritual Writers” – by Brian Allain
    • The most memorable quote I’ve heard from a publisher was “15 years ago all I cared about was the writing. Now I don’t even look at the writing unless they have a platform.” This webinar introduces the basics for overcoming the platform roadblock.
    • View the video recording here
    • Download the presentation here
  7. “The Focused Writer Or ‘What’s It All About?’” – by Lisa Crayton
    • Problem:  unfocused manuscripts are difficult to pitch and get published. We discuss how to identify and overcome structural roadblocks inherent in unfocused manuscripts, to improve focus, readability and marketability.
    • View the video recording here
    • Download the presentation here
  8. “Self Publishing Made Simple” – by Paraclete MultiMedia
    • This webinar will focus on helping authors find the right self publishing option for your book, your message and your budget.
    • View the video recording here

And announcing bonus webinars!  In addition to the 8 webinars described above, we have also included several additional webinars with some of our favorite authors. These are not presentations about removing roadblocks like the webinars described above; these are simply discussions, and the do address removing roadblocks. I think you will find them quite informative!

  • Sarah Arthur
    • View the video recording here
  • Sharon Koenig
    • View the video recording here
  • Amy Julia Becker
    • View the video recording here
  • Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas
    • View the video recording here
  • Sophfronia Scott
    • View the video recording here
  • Patricia Raybon
    • View the video recording here

All webinars are approximately 30-45 minutes in length.