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Tuesday, December 6 Special Seminar – Michelle Stimpson, New School Marketing for Old School Authors

Gone are the days when publishing a book in an underserved genre was enough to make sales. Writing a book is less than half the battle these days, and authors who want to pay bills with royalties must stay up-to-date with how, where, and why readers buy books. This workshop will give an overview of the strategies successful authors are currently using to find readers and sell books.

Bestselling veteran author Michelle Stimpson has penned more than fifty faith-based books including traditional bestseller Boaz Brown, the beloved Mama B series, and Deacon Brown’s Daughters, for which she produced an award-winning independent film. Additionally, she has written and published more than fifty short stories for educational entities.

Michelle holds an English degree from Jarvis Christian College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She loves combining her passion for writing with her gift of teaching, training adults on various topics. 

Michelle is also an avid “Journalista” who believes journaling is a gift from God and a vital component of her success. She regularly hosts journaling sessions so that others can experience the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of writing in all its many forms. 

When she’s not writing, Michelle can be found coaching educators, listening to audiobooks, or eating chocolate. She and her husband live just outside Dallas. They are proud parents to two adult children and grandparents to an amazingly sweet, brilliant granddaughter.

Awards & Accolades

  • Essence® Bestselling Author
  • Emma Award Winner
  • Best Feature Film – Capital City Black Film Festival
  • 2x Christian Literary Award Winner
  • Romance Writers of America Vivian Award Finalist

Tuesday, January 5 – Gordy Sauer, Research In Fiction

So you need to do research for your novel or short stories. Where do you begin? And after you’ve learned all this great information, how do you bring that material to life on the page?Great research can enrich fiction—whether you’re writing historical fiction and want to get the facts right, or simply creating a character whose profession and experiences you need to learn more about. This session will explore numerous ways to approach research as well as how to best incorporate it into your fiction so that it brings your story and your characters to life.

A native Texan, Gordy Sauer holds an MFA from Columbia University. His debut novel, Child in the Valley (August 2021 from Hub City Press), won the 2021 Writers’ League of Texas Discovery Award in Fiction and was named a Most Anticipated Book of August by Lambda Literary and a Most Anticipated Fall Book by LGBTQ Reads. His other work has recently appeared in Texas Highways magazine and Literary Hub, and he currently lives and works in Colorado.