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Chanticleer Authors Conference 2020 #CAC20

April 26 – April 28, 2019

Master Classes will be held on April 16

#CAC20 Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Publishing

A unique and progressive authors conference designed to share insight and knowledge about the marketing and business side of being an author and/or a publisher.

#CAC19 Topics

  • Audiobook Creation – Best Practices – taught by Chris Mottes & Martin Swanholm
  • Podcast Creation – Best Practices – taught by Chris Mottes & Martin Swanholm
  • Scribd – the Netflix of Publishing – Kiffer Brown
  • Content Pyramid – Repurposing Your Content for Promotion and Digital Platforms
  • Ambient Computing World & Books & The Internet of Things
  • Direct to Consumer (Readers) Tools, Tips, Services, & Best Practices to Increase Sales and Maintain Readership
  • Metadata, SEO, and Analytics – Their roles in the publishing industry & digital marketing plus tips and tools for implementation – Adam Woods, PublishDrive
  • Blockchain and Publishing – How it changes publishing & distribution
  • The Future of Publishing AI and Machine Learning – How will these technologies change publishing and distribution
  • The New Media Publishing World – Voice Driven Content – Audiobooks & Podcasts – New ways of monetizing content – the 411 on Audiobooks – Creation & Distribution Best Practices
  • Voice Assistants and How They are Changing the Publishing Industry on All Fronts

Chanticleer Authors Conference core sessions

  • Branding, Marketing, Distribution, and Selling Platforms,
  • Book Promotion, Expanding Market Share, Sales Tools & Strategies,
  • Career Development
  • Pitching to the Entertainment Industry
  • Social Media Strategies, and How to Connect with Individuals in a Global Market
  • Exposure and How to Engage with the Latest Technologies and Services in the Content and Publishing Industry available to Indie Publishers
  • Building a Successful Author Business and Maximizing Income
  • Advanced Writing Craft Sessions 
  • Increase Sales on Amazon and other E-Pub Selling Platforms Tips and Tools  – Adam Wood

Please click here to see the six different conference packages that are available plus Master Classes.

CAC 2019 Featured Keynote Speakers and Presenters

J.D. Barker, Master of Suspense and Internationally Bestselling Author, will present and participate on all three days of CAC19

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. He’ll open his toolbox and explain exactly what he did to make it happen. This is a not-to-be-missed session for any aspiring author or the seasoned veteran trying to find their place in today’s publishing world.


Scott Steindorff, A-List Executive Film Producer

Scott Steindorff, producer

We are excited that Scott has promised to return for CAC19 and will spend two days sharing his brutally honest knowledge of the entertainment industry (film & TV). Last year, his sessions were standing room only.

Robert Scott Steindorff is an American film and television producer who is known for adapting literary works into film works. He works with some of the top people in the entertainment industry such as Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Will Farrell, Jack Black, and others.

Scott has produced ChefJane Got A GunLas Vegas, The Lincoln Lawyer, Penelope, Empire Falls (TV Series), The Human StainLove in the Time of Cholera, and other works.

Chris Mottes & Martin Swanholm,  Audiobooks & Podcast Technology Experts

Chris Mottes’ workshop packed the house at Harvard University at the Sound Education Conference

Chris Mottes, CEO Hindenburg Systems – Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin Swanholm, Software Development Hindenburg Systems

Chris Mottes has produced uncountable radio & TV productions, primarily documentaries,  including the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Swedish Radio. Before joining Hindenburg Systems in 2010 as CEO, he has successfully founded several media companies along with independent production companies based out of London and Stockholm.  Hindenburg Systems is based out of Denmark but have a global reach. Click here to read about the organizations that use the Hindenburg Systems. 

Martin Swanholm is a Digital Audio Editing Expert who is an experienced information architect and software developer with a background in physics and computer science. Martin first started working with digital audio editing 25 years ago and has been passionate about the field ever since.

During the past 12 years, Martin has worked with all aspects of IT and the software life cycle such as architecture, development, maintenance, documentation, test, training and support and is a key developer of Hindenburg Systems software development for podcasts and audiobooks.

Creating Audiobooks and Podcasts have never been simpler.


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!

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We have the perfect registration packet for you! 

Join us at #CAC19 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.



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  • Scott Steindorff, Executive Film Producer
  • J.D. Barker, International Bestselling Author of Suspense/Thrillers –
  • Chris Mottes, CEO Hindenburg Systems
  • Martin Swanholm, Software Development Hindenburg Systems
  • Jessica Page Morrell, Top-Tier Editor, Master Writing Craft Classes
  • Betsey Graziani Fasbinder, Public Speaker Trainer – Author Focused
  • Adam Woods, VP Business Development: PublishDrive, Author, Speaker
  • Carol M. Cram, Author of Historical Fiction, Communications Expert, & Academic
  • Alison Vrbova, Book Publiscist
  • Wendy Kendall, Podcaster, Mystery Author, Social Media Maven
  • Michelle Cox, Author of Historical Mystery Fiction, Classic Literature Scholar
  • Ron Yates, Author, Professor of Journalism, & Retired Foreign Correspondent
  • Alex Paul, Author & Adventurer
  • Sean Curley, Computer Scientist, VP of Oracle, Humanist, and Author
  • Cami Ostman, Psychotherapist, writing coach
  • Avanti Centrae, Silicon Valley Executive, Real Estate Investor, Explorer, Raft Guide, Kundalini Yoga Instructor
  • Janet Oakley,  Award-winning  author, historical fiction, community leader
  • Elana Mugdan, Market Out of the Box Expert, Author of Fantasy Books,
  • Lindsay Schopher, Fantasy & SciFi Author & Creative Writing Instructor

Books by the Bay 2019

A 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

An Awards Banquet for the 2018 Chanticleer International Writing Competitions

And the crowning (ahem, crowing) gem of #CAC19 is the Awards Banquet that will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 27, when we recognize the First in Category winners and announce the Grand Prize Genre Winners and the Overall Grand Prize Winner of the  2018 Chanticleer International Writing Competitions Book Awards! 

And even more…

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


Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 26 – 28, 2019

Storytellers & Storymakers

Chanticleer Authors Conference

Our conference package offers:

  • Rob Slater & Sara Stamey show off blue ribbonsSessions with a special focus on the business of being a working writer with topics such as marketing, publicity, platform, sales tools & strategies, publishing, production, distribution, organization, story craft, editing, and more.
  • An amazing lineup of presenters and faculty.
  • A staffed book room where ALL attendees may have their books for sale all weekend, culminating with our book fair on Sunday, open to the public.
  • Lunches and dinners throughout the conference, plus tickets to our Award Gala on Saturday.
  • A fantastic community of like-minded authors for all the support and sharing of experience and advice you could ever want
  • Vendors and businesses invested in your success. Gifts from sponsors, like The Writer magazine, will be handing out free copies of their publication to attendees and free subscriptions to the grand prize winners of our writing competitions.

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 20th, 2019 with a $25 deduction for administrative costs. Please email: to request a refund of conference fees.
**Chanticleer Authors Conference 2019 reserves the right to cancel or change speakers and programs at anytime.

Meet other members of the Chanticleer Community of Authors and Readers at this fun and informative event featuring:

  • CBR Awards Banquet–You don’t have to be a CBR winner to attend this exciting event! 
  • We will have a Book Room for attending authors that will be open to the public
  • Conference with workshops/social media sessions/marketing lessons
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Prizes and Drawings
  • Single Day Passes and Multi-Day Passes are available
  • Companion passes for dinners and cocktail parties are available

awards photo

The Chanticleer Awards Banquet and Conference will feature:

  • Three full days of classes, sessions, author events, and a book fair
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks daily
  • Luncheons, Cocktail Parties, Dinner, and the Awards Gala & Banquet
  • Presenter opportunities for attendees. Please submit your class proposal asap, time slots limited
  • The Chanticleer Awards Gala & Banquet honoring our 2018 contest winners and naming the Best Books of the Year
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Exhibitors: Publishers, Author Services, Platform Services, Author/Reader Apps, etc.
  • Book sale opportunity for conference attendees and presenters
  • Book Room: OPEN to the PUBLIC on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Book Room: Author Signings and Panels, Door Prizes and Drawings Sunday

CAC19  Exhibiting Space, Advertisement, and Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email for more information.