Chanticleer Authors Conference April 17th-19th 2020



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The 2020 Chanticleer Authors Conference


the 2019 Chanticleer International

Book Awards Ceremony

will take place


 Tuesday, September 8 through Sunday, September 13, 2020

Presenters as of July 10, 2020 (please check back often for the latest information in these unprecedented times). 


  • Robert Dugoni, International Best-selling Thriller Author. His books are sold world-wide in more than 25 countries. His current work, The Eighth Sister is currently in development with Lionsgate Productions for 11-episodes for TV.

JD Barker, Master of Suspense

  • J. D. Barker, Master of Suspense. J.D. Barker successfully published his debut as an indie and sold enough copies to land on the radar of the traditional publishers in a BIG way including seven-figure advances, two feature films, and a television program.

Scott Steindorff, Film Producer

  • Scott Steindorff, CEO of Stone Village Productions, will join us again and share the latest insider information for the Film Industry. He is currently in production for a film adaption of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven will also be adapted into a 10-episode miniseries that will premiere on HBO Max. The miniseries will star Mackenzie Davis as Kirsten and Himesh Patel as Jeevan.

Paul Cutsinger – Head of Amazon’s Alexa Project

  • Paul Cutsinger – Head of Amazon Alexa Labs– (+100 million devices in use) Voice enabled technology and how it affects storytelling and the publishing industry. ●Why Voice Enabled Technology is Here to Stay ● The Publishing Industry and Voice Technology ● Storytelling and Voice Technology ● Audio-books and Voice
Jessica Page Morrell

Jessica Page Morrell – Top Editor

  • Jessica Page Morrell’s writing craft sessions will help you to take your work to the next level. She is a highly sought after developmental editor. She is known for explaining the hows and whys of what makes for excellent writing and for sharing very clear examples that examines the technical aspects of writing that emphases layering and subtext. Her books on writing craft are considered “a must have” for any serious writer’s toolkit.


  • Please visit the CAC 20 Faculty Page for more detailed information about the presenters.
  • The presentation schedule will be posted in early August, 2020.
  • The CIBA Awards Ceremonies schedule has been posted. Details are added weekly.

More Topics to be Discussed and Presented at CAC 20 Virtual

(Please check back as we update this page with the latest information)

    • Podcast generation
    • Audio-book creation
    • Storytelling and Voice Technology
    • Social Media for Authors and Publishers
    • Meta Data, SEO, and Analytics – explained. 3 levels of sessions
    • Publishing Platforms for a GLOBAL Market
    • Ask the Expert Sessions — YES on ZOOM
    • Blockchain and Publishing
    • Why Authors Should Write Series and How To Structure a Series
    • 7 Must Haves for a Successful Series
    • Making the Unbelievable Believable in Your Writing
    • Just Call Out My Name – Connecting and Cross Promotion
    • Interactive Fiction Writing – Tomorrow’s Best Sellers
    • The Scroll Free Life – Taking Control of Social Media
    • Tools of the Writing Trade: Story Bibles and Style Guides
    • Exploration of New and Revolutionary Ways of Storytelling including delving into immersive, mixed reality, and digital art
    • Nonlinear Story Lines – What Hollywood Wants
    • Subplots – The Stories Within Stories
    • Captivating Co-Stars: Why Secondary Characters Need More Attention
    • BookBub – Navigating and How to Increase Your Success of Getting Your Books Accepted
    • How to Increase Suspense in Your Work-in-Progress
    • More topics added weekly! Please check back!

Chris Hindenburg – CEO of Hindenburg Systems – Audiobook and podcast production tools & best practices

Chris Mottes, CEO of the global Hindenburg Systems

Simon-Pierre Marion – CEO of Bookchain by Scenarex – a brand new platform to publish and distribute ebooks on blockchain technology.

Simon-Pierre Marion, CEO of Bookchain by Scenarex

 Janice S. Ellis, Ph.D., award winning author has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, for the last 30 years where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. Janice Ellis holds a Ph.D. in Communication Arts, and two Master of Arts degrees, one in Communications Arts and a second in Political Science, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Janice Ellis, Ph.D.

Amy StapletonAmy Stapleton is Co-Founder of Chatables, a publisher of voice first conversational stories and tools to support authors. Prior to Chatables, Stapleton founded Tellables and served as voice app designer,  writer and editor of content for the Tellables Amazon Alexa story experiences “Tricky Genie” and “My Box of Chocolates. Stapleton retired from a career at NASA to pursue her vision of transforming talking devices into a platform for engaging new story experiences.

Amy Stapleton

Diane Garland – Founder of YOUR WORLD KEEPER editorial services – the secret to writing a successful book series

Diane Garland is the master of continuity editing and world building.

Joy Ross Davis After a twenty-five year career as a college English professor, she retired and traveled to Ireland where she worked as a writer and photographer, publishing numerous travel articles and photos for a travel agency. She has been a contributing feature writer for a local newspaper and has published articles in Southern literary magazines. Her first novel, Countenance, won the Gold Medal for Excellence from Readers’ Favorites. Her newest novel The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove won the Grand Prize in Paranormal Fiction in 2018 from Chanticleer Author Awards in Seattle and was picked up for publication by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing.

Cami Ostman – Founder of the Narrative Project – psychotherapist and writing coach

Cami Ostman – CEO of the Narrative Project

Pamela Beason – author of 14 mysteries and experiences BookBub user. She will share her knowledge of Bookbub and how to write a sustained series with us.

Pamela Beason, Private Investigator, Ghost Writer,  and Author of the Four Mysteries Series

Wendy Delaney is the author of the award-winning Working Stiffs Mystery series and a sought-after “plotstormer” who loves to help other writers develop their story lines.  With over twenty years in the business of being an author, Wendy speaks at regional writers’ conferences and has coached writers to help them map out their stories as well as their author goals. As a veteran of both the traditionally published and indie author worlds, she has a wealth of experience she loves to share with other writers.

Wendy Delaney

Elana Mugdan

Janet K Shawgo

Sean Dwyer

Susan Faw

Denise Ditto Satterfield

Please check back often as we continue to add presenters on a weekly basis. We will have more information about the presenters on the faculty page.

Don’t delay. Register Today. 


    Here is what some attendees are saying the 2018 Chanticleer Authors Conference.

    The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website are applicable to the individuals depicted. Results will vary an may not be representative of the experience of others. The testimonials are voluntarily provided and are not paid, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefits in exchange for said statements. The testimonials are representative of Chanticleer’s customers but the exact results and experience will be unique and individual to each customer.

    I wanted to say thank you for creating such a fabulous event. This was by far the most productive conference I have ever attended! Each workshop was packed with valuable information to help every author on their path to publication, no matter what their genre or where they are in their writing career. I look forward to attending next year! 

    All the best,  Kim Davis A Game of Deceit

    This conference and award dinner is the best I’ve ever attended. The conference showcased well-known authors and editors, and in each session, I learned something new that will help my writing. And the Awards Dinner! I can’t say enough about it. It was fantastic. Like attending the Oscars. Everything – all weekend – was so well done and thought out and ran so smoothly, you’d think Chanticleer had an army of 100 working for them. All of this against a beautiful water view setting in Bellingham, Washington. By far, the most fun I’ve ever had at a conference, and considering all the sessions, lunches, and dinners, etc., a great value.

    Thank you! Elaine Williams Crockett

    Thank you so much for all your work setting up the Chanticleer organization. Winning a Grand prize means more to me than I can express. I feel like a lottery winner. It’s a life-changing award that I expect will propel my new career.

    Again, thank you! Avanti Centrae

    I continue to be thrilled at the support and recognition from Chanticleer Reviews. I made two very good friends at the conference, and I learned valuable information, nitty-gritty stuff, that’s available nowhere else. What a class act! 

    PJ Devlin

    Many thanks for providing this wonderful opportunity to enable one’s book to reach higher in the eyes of the reading public

    Cheers and best, Prue Batten

    You continue to do a massive job so well. Congratulations on the growing success and reputation of the awards. And please extend my appreciation to your team. 

    Warm wishes, Elisabeth Storrs, HNS Australiasia

    Many thanks for the amazing conference, the wonderful sessions and guest speakers and the fabulous awards night. We had such fun, learnt a great deal and made some special friendships. 

    Catherine Wilsons (A & T) – Australia 

    Chanticleer is Awesome! 

    Kari Rhyan 

    I really want to thank you again for the incredible event last month. The Chanticleer community is very welcoming, and I’m happy to be a part of it! 


    My 10 second elevator pitch for why submit in a Chanticleer contest is quoting from Cool Hand Luke where he says, “Only Bastards and Cream rise to the top.” If you submit to Chanticleer you at least can find out whether your book has the potential of becoming cream. Your contest is open and inclusive, an admirable goal for writers and society as a whole. … And once again, thank you so so much for putting on this conference. I am telling my writer friends to submit and to plan on attending CAC2019.

     Alex Paul

    Thank you so much for this amazing honor! It was truly a surreal and amazing moment to win. Still can barely believe it! Definitely one I’ll never forget! I’m so grateful to you and everyone that makes Chanticleer possible. I’ve never met a more dedicated, supportive group of book lovers. I will happily come to the conference next year to present and participate. Can’t wait.

    Michelle Rene, HOUR GLASS

    and there are more testimonials for CAC!

    Check back for the latest news about CAC20

    Join us at #CAC20 to learn to improve your book marketing and promotion skills, build your author brand, and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay, in Bellingham, Washington conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

    A VIRTUAL Book Fair managed by Village Books!

    During the conference, a Book Fair, open to the public, hosted by Village Books, will feature the books of attendees and presenters.

    As an added bonus the best selling books of the weekend will be featured at both of Village Books locations!

    Visit our Book Fair page for more details.

    Jesikah Sundin Winning Reaction Prize 2014

    Master Classes are available to non-conference attendees. Register here! 

    Click here for CAC15’s Photos – see what you could be missing if you don’t register today!

    Previous attendees had this to say:
    “You made me, a first time author, feel like a writer. In addition, I found the conference unique, focused, and an amazing learning experience.” Nancy Adair, Bellingham
    “Thanks for an amazing conference. It was a blast to meet so many talented people, and I learned a ton. I came home bursting with ideas for new stories as well as ways to better market and sell the ones I have. It was more than worth the cost of attending.”
    Scott Smith, author of AN OUTCAST STATE, Hawaii

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    Chanticleer Conference Tracks:

        • Marketing, Publicity, Platform (MPP) – Social media savvy, author websites, branding, driving discoverability, cultivating readership and gaining exposure in today’s market.
        • Sales Tools & Strategies (STS) – Sales Facilitators: Covers, Reviews, Early Readers, Pre-sales, etc. Applying business sense to sales strategies. Currency Exchange: Dollars for exposure.
        • Publishing, Production, Distribution (PPD) – Form & Design. Pitches & Concepts. Working with booksellers. Current Publishing Trends. New Digital Media. And More.
        • Story, Editing, Development (SED) – We’re writers. Naturally, we’re gonna talk about writing.
        • Organization, Motivation, Self-help (OMS) – Get your mind on the right page.
        • A Touch of Hollywood (ToH) – It wouldn’t be the West Coast without it.
        • Networking & Fun (NetFun) – Special events and networking opportunities.
        • Kaffee Klatsches (KK) – Informal gatherings led by some of our speakers and guests.

    You do NOT have to be a published author to attend this conference!  Aspiring authors, and writers of all levels, will benefit immensely from this conference. We will also offer “writing concept” classes to get you on your way!

    *Refunds are available until January 31, 2020 with a $25 deduction for administrative costs. Please email: for more information.
    **Chanticleer Authors Conference 2020 reserves the right to cancel or change speakers and programs at anytime.

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