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Susie Kinslow AdamsSusie Kinslow Adams is a wife, mother, and grandmother whose earliest memories are of caring for grandparents and offering hugs and hope to shy or struggling classmates. Her work alongside her husband in ministry has provided years of experience with groups and individuals from children to senior adults. Susie is a gifted author, writer, speaker and storyteller.

Susie and her husband have a country home in the Ozarks and enjoy the wonders of nature. She loves working in her flowers and capturing all the little country critters and birds on film.

Sign up for her newsletter and get practical tips and help for yourself and those you care for as well as real hope for daily living at www.susiekinslowadams.com

melissaMelissa Abramovitz has been a freelance writer for nearly 30 years and specializes in writing nonfiction magazine articles and books for all age groups. She is the author of hundreds of magazine articles, more than 40 educational books for children and teenagers, numerous poems and short stories, several children’s picture books, and a book for writers titled A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s Magazines. She also does freelance manuscript editing. Melissa is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and the Institute of Children’s Literature and is a member of SCBWI, Children’s Book Insider, and The Working Writer’s Club. Visit her website at www.melissaabramovitz.com

Jennifer Brown BanksJennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, creative strategist, award-winning blogger and columnist. Her publishing credits include: Pro Blogger, Daily Blog Tips, Write to Done, Men With Pens, Writing-World, Tiny Buddha, and other top-tier sites.

She holds a bachelors degree in Business Management.

Banks teaches writers and businesses how to “work smarter, not harder” and increase their bottom line at her “Top 25 Writing Blog” – Pen and Prosper.


Patricia BumpassPatricia (Pat) Bumpass (www.patriciabumpass.com) is a North Carolina-based freelance writer. She writes a weekly blog for her current employer while building her freelance writing business. Pat enjoys writing and has journaled since she was a teenager. She lives with her 17-year-old son who is blessed with Autism.

Karen CioffiKaren Cioffi is an award-winning author, ghostwriter, freelance writer, editor, and online author/writer online platform marketing instructor. She is also the founder and manager of Writers on the Move (a promotional group of authors/writers utilizing cross-promotion), and owner of Karen Cioffi Writing Services. Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing was named Writer’s Digest Website of the Week, June 25, 2012. Brian A. Klems, Online Editor for Writer’s Digest commented: “This site from Karen Cioffi should stand as a model for other freelance writers.”

Cioffi’s working experience includes writing and rewriting content (white papers, keyword focused articles, newsletters, product descriptions and guides, etc.) for business and health related sites (under her own name and ghostwritten); editing, and proofreading. Her experience also includes conducting e-classes and offering e-courses to help writers build their online platform.

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Cathy Fyock is Your Possibility Partner, and coaches professionals who want to write a book, helping them get it DONE! She is the author of five books on human resources issues which were instrumental in building her successful HR consulting practice. Her newest book coauthored with her nephew is On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks, which she is using to launch her coaching practice.

Carolyn Howard-JohnsonCarolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program.

All her books for writers are multi award winners including the first edition of The Frugal Book Promoter, and the second.

Her The Frugal Editor, now in its second edition, won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award.

Her blog TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, lets authors recycle their favorite reviews absolutely free.

Learn more about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at http://howtodoitfrugally.com.

Joan LeottaJoan Leotta has been playing with words since childhood. She is a poet,
essayist, journalist, playwright, and author of several books both fiction
and non-fiction for children and adults. Her latest three are Secrets of the
Heart a romance set in Rome and civil war Wilmington NC, Simply a Smile, a
collection of short stories and WHOOSH!, a picture book especially for dads
and daughters, She is also a performer and gives one-woman shows on historic
figures and spoken word folklore shows and teaches writing and storytelling.
You can find all of her books at amazon.com.

Joan lives in Calabash, NC where she walks the beach with husband, Joe. You can contact her via her blog or her Facebook page.

suzanne lieurance 2016Suzanne Lieurance is the founder and president of the Working Writer’s Club. She is a former classroom teacher and has been a full time freelance writer, author, coach, speaker and workshop presenter for the past 13 years. Suzanne is both a writing coach and a certified professional life coach. As a life coach, she specializes in helping freelance writers create the writing career of their dreams.

Suzanne is also a former regional advisor for, and now currently a member of, the Society of Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators (SCBWI). She taught children’s writer for the Institute of Children’s LIterature (ICL) for over 8 years. She has written thirty published books and hundreds of articles for magazines, newpapers, newsletters, and online publications.

MariJJDuoAvatarsmallMari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Create Write Now, the Personal Growth Journaling Place. Mari offers counseling and encouragement to journal writers through her many online journaling resources, as well as private consultations. Mari’s teachings and workbooks center around journaling for self-discovery, self-growth, and self-healing. 12 Days of Morning Pages is her latest ebook / emailed course, providing a gentle entrance to a life-changing practice.

Irene RothIrene S. Roth is an author and editor for Halo Publishing. She has a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from York University and is currently using her expertise to write for kids about empowerment and self-esteem. She has published articles for kids, tweens and teens in Encounter, and Stories for Children Magazine. Irene is the author of Seasons of Empowerment, a book for adolescent girls.

Nancy I SandersBestselling and award-winning children’s author of over 80 books, Nancy I. Sanders wants to help you experience success writing for kids! It’s hard work, yes, but it’s also lots of fun and very, very rewarding. Learn tips of the trade and secrets of success in her Yes! You Can series of how-to books for children’s writers. www.nancyisanders.com.

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