Schedule of Sessions at the Chanticleer Authors Conference 2015

This is the projected schedule as of September 24, 2015. Please check back frequently for updates and more details. Thank you!

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Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 CAC15 Sessions and Events will take place at the Bellingham Yacht Club at Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham, Wash. 

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens in the BYC Upper Lounge – coffee & tea & snacks provided

9:30 a.m.  Saturday  Sessions @ BYC

  • Fireplace Room: Characterization—Creating Memorable Characters to Keep Your Readers Coming Back Pamela Beason, award winning author, private investigator, editor
  • Ward Room:  Social Media Savvy for Authors: Building and Author Platform Using the Best Social Sites for YOUR Audience, presented by Shari Stauch, CEO of Where Writers Win

10:45 a.m. Saturday Sessions  @ BYC

  • Fireplace Room:  Community Marketing – James R. Wells
  • Ward Room: Platforms (not shoes!): How to Position Yourself as Expert on a Topic – Cami Ostman

12:00  Saturday Casual Luncheon (included) in the BYC Lower Lounge and Deck – Sailor Burgers (Beef and Vegetarian) and Fixings – Bar is Open

1:10 p.m. Sessions and Workshops begin

  • Fireplace Room: WattPad Wonderful, presented by Amanda June Hagarty
  • Ward Room: Barnes and Noble’s New Publishing Platform, presented by Stefanie Winger, Barnes and Noble Community Development Manager
  • Main Lounge:  BOOK COVERS – What you need to know! presented by Kiffer Brown

2:10 p.m.

  • Fireplace Room: Kindle World: What is it? And How Do You Get Your Works on this Elite Amazon Marketing PlatformJanet Oakley, award-winning author writing in a Kindle World.
  • Ward Room:  Marketing Basics Crash CourseEd Love, Ph.D.,  WWU Marketing Professor
  • Main Lounge: How to Use BOOKS I LOVE App to Build Book Buzz,  presented by Elizabeth DiMarco

3:10 p.m. Sessions – Saturday  

  • Fireplace Room: How Barnes and Noble Services Can Help You Increase Your Readership and Book Sales, presented by Stefanie Winger of Barnes & Noble
  • Ward Room: Taming Your Inner Critic by Cami Ostman, author, family therapist and a life coach.

4:10 p.m. Saturday DAILY PANEL DISCUSSION in the Lounge – Ask the Panel of Authors Anything (well, almost anything) – Sara Stamey, Pamela Beason, Janet Oakley,  Cami Ostman 

5:10 It’s Happy Hour at the Bellingham Yacht Club – The Bar is Officially Open! 

6:15  p.m.  Casual Dinner at the  BYC – Monica’s Mexican Buffet 

7:30 p.m. The Penny Stinkers Band starts – dancing sure to follow

Penny StinkersThe Penny Stinkers live in the Pacific Northwest and hail from Bellingham, WA. Bellingham is culture rich with a strong arts community.

The Penny Stinkers offer an eclectic mix of Americana and folk rock with a healthy mix of the unexpected. They play traditional folk, indie, hip hop, cow punk, alt country and even some jazzier things when they feel like it.


SUNDAY, September 27 – CAC 15 moves to the Hotel Bellwether

Registration will be held in the Bellwether Ballroom

  • Registration opens at 8:50 a.m.
  • Sessions begin at 9:10 a.m. daily
  • Exhibitors will begin setting at 9 a.m.
  • Authors may begin dropping off 9:30 a.m.

The CAC 15 Book Room will open at 11 a.m. to the General Public in the Bellwether Ballroom’s Atrium.

    • 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (Sept. 27, 28, & 29)
  • Book Room will be open for CAC paricipants at 9:30 a.m.

Exhibitors and Sponsor Tables will be in set-up in the Bellwether Ballroom

9:10 Sessions – Sunday

  • Sub-genres in Fantasy and Science Fiction and How It Relates to Reader Expectations, presented by Lindsay Schopher, Steampunk Author and Writing Coach – Board Room
  • 7 Steps to a Great Author Website: It’s All About Function vs. Form, presented by Shari Stauch of Where Writers Win – Admiral’s Room
  • Riding the Radio Tiger, presented by John Trudel – Compass Room

10:10 – 11:00 Sessions – Sunday

  • Rev up Your Writing Process with Agile Project Management, presented by Tom Wise and Nancy Bechtel-Wise – Compass Room
  • Story Telling in a Modern World, presented by Diane Isaacs – Admiral’s Room
  • Kaffee Klatsch  – Creating Your Indie Marketing Plan – Susan Colleen Browne – Ballroom

10:30 – 11:30  Bublish Webinar – Sunday

  • BUBLISH – How to Use Bublish, presented by Joy Capps, Chief Marketing Officer,  Bublish – Board Room

11:10 – 12:00 noon Sessions – Sunday

  • Digital Writers: Cutting Edge Resources and Tools of the Trade, presented by Dawn Groves, International Communications Expert – Compass Room
  • Like Icarus Taking a Selfie: Driving Sales with eBook Discount Promotions – James R. Wells – Admiral’s Room

12:10 Luncheon with Key Note Presenter: Diane Isaacs, Bellwether Ballroom

Sessions resume at 1:10 – Sunday  (Sessions are 40 – 50 minutes including Q&A unless otherwise noted).

1:10 – 2:00 Sessions – Sunday

  • Website Options for Authors, presented by Rochelle Parry, Megabite Design – Board Room
  • My SciFi Publishing Journey, presented by Ben Coles, Titan Books – Compass Room
  • Blogging for Writers: Doing the Least to Generate the Most, presented by Dawn Groves, Inter’l Communications Expert – Admiral’s Room

2:10 – 3:00 Sessions – Sunday

  • The Book Pitch, presented by Sara Stamey, Book Doctor – Compass Room
  • Creating Original Worlds, presented by Lindsay Schopher – Board Room
  • Book to Film Labyrinth – the art of loglines, high concepting and pitching, presented by Diane Isaacs – Admiral’s Room 
  • Kaffee Klatsch: Using Books I Love App presented by Elizabeth DiMarco – Ballroom

3:10 – 4:00 Sessions – Sunday

  • Reach Your Audience! Set on Up an Email System on Your Website by Rochelle Parry, Megabite Design – Board Room
  • Children’s Books in Today’s Market, presented by Ben Coles, publisher of Promontory Press – Compass Room
  • Continuity Editing Tools and Tips, presented Diane Garland, Continuity Editor – Admiral’s Room
  • Kaffee Klatsch: Social Shenanigans, presented by Social Media Master Amanda June Hagarty – Ballroom Room

4:10 – 5:00 Sessions – Sunday

  • Increase Your Author Website’s Traffic with SEO Optimization, presented by Gary Pickering, CEO of CLICKMONSTER – Board Room
  • Discoverability Tools & Strategic Planning for Heightened Visibility – PDQ, presented by Kiffer Brown – Compass Room
  • Compound Interest for Your Books, presented by Christine Smith – Admiral’s Room
  •  Author’s Daily Panel – Sunday – SciFi Fiction Authors – Ballroom  OPEN to the Public
    • Robert Slater, James R. Wells, Vijay Lakshman, Jesikah Sundin, Sara Stamey
    • Moderator: Ben Coles, author of the VIRTUES of WAR series, TITAN Books

“Appy Hours” sponsored by BOOKS I LOVE mobile app – A New Book Discovery Tool

 The Book Room will be open.

Official Opening Night Dinner with a Short Keynote Presentation by Cami Ostman begins at Seven o’clock in the evening at the Bellwether Ballroom

Cocktail gatherings are certain to ensue afterwards! 

Monday, Sept. 28 the CAC15 continues at the Hotel Bellwether

  • Registration will be available in the Bellwether Ballroom’s Atrium beginning at 8:50 a.m.
  • The BOOK ROOM will be open to attendees and presenters at 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • The BOOK ROOM will be open to the GENERAL PUBLIC at 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Sessions begin at 9:00 (Sessions are 40 to 50 minutes including Q & A time unless otherwise noted)

9:10 – 10:00 Sessions – Monday

  • Managing Your Author Marketing Resources presented by Lindsay Schopher, Writing Coach — Board Room
  • How to be a Best Seller? It’s All About the Influence! How to Grow Your Audience Using Key Industry Influencers, presented by Shari Stauch, CEO of Where Writers Win — Admiral’s Room

10:10 – 11:00 Sessions – Monday

  • Working with Illustrators and Illustrations –  Ben Coles – Admiral’s Room 
  • Planning a Series  – Pamela Beason – Compass Room
  • Drop in on the Kaffee Klatsch with Diane Isaacs and Kiffer BrownThe Ballroom  

10:30 – 11:30 Session Webinar – Compass Room 

  • Creating TOMA (Top of Mind Awareness) with Readers presented by Joy Capps, Chief Marketing Officer, Bublish – Board Room 

11:10 – 12:00 Sessions – Monday

  • Riding the RADIO Tiger, presented by John Trudel – Compass Room
  • The State of Independent Publishing presented  by Sean Curley – Admiral’s Room
  • Creating TOMA Bublish Webinar continues until 11:30 – Board Room

Luncheon with Keynote Presentation 12:10 in the Bellwether Ballroom – Monday – Fox Deatry

Sessions continue at 1:10 p.m.

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. Sessions – Monday

  • Community Marketing – “Once you embrace this idea, suddenly you can ask where you never could before,”  presented by  James R. Wells – Compass Room 
  • The First Five Pages, presented by Jennifer Snow – Board Room
  • Compound Interest for Your Books, presented by Christine Smith – Admiral’s Room

2:10 – 3:00 p.m. Sessions – Monday

  • WattPad Wonderful, presented by Amanda June  Hagarty – Admiral’s  Room
  • Book Buzz Your Way, presented by Kayce Hughlett – Board Room
  • The Four Pillars of Engaging Readers, presented by Kiffer BrownCompass Room

3:10 – 4:00 p.m. Sessions – Monday

  • Websites Options for Authors, presented by Rochelle Parry, Megabite Design – Board Room
  • Kindle World, presented by Janet Oakley Admiral’s Room 
  • Understanding Book Distribution, presented by Ben Coles – Compass Room
  • Kaffee Klatsch: Marketing, Outreach, and Publicity & Hashtags– Fox Deatry  The Ball Room

4:10 – 5:00 p.m. Sessions – Monday 

  • Increasing Author’s Website Traffic Using SEO Optimization, presented by Gary Pickering, CEO ClickMonster –  Compass Room
  • Traditional Publishing from Pitch to Contract and Beyond, presented by Jennifer Snow – Board Room
  • Daily Panel – – Accelerating Book Sales: Authors discuss what has worked and what didn’t –  Admiral’s Room
    • Moderator: James Wells
    • Panelists:  Janet Shawgo, Lawrence Verigin, Selah Tay-Song, Judith Kirscht  

5:10 Daily Authors’ Panel Discussion in the Ballroom – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- moderated by Sean Curley

Panelists:  Kayce Hughlett, John Trudel, Tom & Nancy Wise, Kerryn Reid

“Appy Hours” sponsored by BOOKS I LOVE mobile app begins at 6:10

7:30 p.m. Join up with a restaurant group or strike out of your own! 

Make sure to sign-up for our pre-reserved spaces for CAC attendees. We have Dinner Divas and Devos acting as hosts. Sign-up sheets are by the Registration Table.

The following restaurants are within a short walking distance of the Hotel Bellwether:

  • Hearthfire Grill & Bar (Steaks, Chicken, Seafood)
  • Giuseppe’s Al Porto Italian Restaurant
  • Kuru Kuru Sushi
  • Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar
  • The Loft at Latitude 48 – casual dining
  • Subway – cause when you’re hungry, you’re hungry!
  • The Lighthouse Bar & Grill at the Hotel Bellwether – Fine Dining

9:30  p.m. Nightcaps – Location to be Disclosed Upon Registration

TUESDAY, September 29th is AWARDS Banquet and Gala Evening 

  • Registration will be available in the Bellwether Ballroom’s Atrium beginning at 8:50 a.m.
  • The BOOK ROOM will be open to attendees and presenters at 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • The BOOK ROOM will be open to the GENERAL PUBLIC at 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • Sessions begin at 9:10 a.m.

9:10 – 10:00 a.m. Sessions – Tuesday

  • Top Twenty: “Outside the Box” Book Marketing Ideas! How Thinking About Your Readers Will Sell More Books, presented by Shari Stauch, Where Writers Win C.E.O. – Admiral’s Room
  • Keeping it Short: Writing Novellas, Novelettes, and Short Fiction to Enhance Your Writing Career and Increase Your Readership, presented by Susan Colleen Browne – Board Room
  • Selling to The Trade, presented by Bennett Coles – Compass Room

10:10 – 11:00 Sessions – Tuesday

  • ACX – Audio Books: How to Make Your Books Available on this Platform for Today’s Busy Readers, presented by Janet Oakley – Compass Room
  • Like Icarus Taking a  Selfie – Driving Sales with Epub promotions – James R. Wells – Admiral’s Room
  • Kaffee Klatsch – Increasing Your Internet Identity’s Foot Print, presented by Kiffer Brown, Christine Smith,  Amanda Hagarty, & Fox Deatry – The Ballroom

10:30 – 11:30 Session – Bublish Webinar 

  • Marketing with Metadata, presented by Kathy Meis, CEO Bublish – Board Room

11:10 – noon  Sessions – Tuesday

  • Branding for Authors, presented by Steve Lundin – Admiral’s Room
  • Cooperative Book Publishing, presented by Sara Stamey of Bookview Cafe – Compass Room

12:10 Luncheon with Keynote Presentation by Shari Stauch in the Bellwether Ballroom

Sessions resume at 1:10 p.m.

1:10 – 2:00 Sessions – Tuesday

  • Show Me the Money: Pricing Strategies for Indie, Hybrid, Traditional, Digital E-books, and PrintRunning Real-World Publishing Numbers –Discussion led by Pamela Beason, Susan Colleen Browne, Jennifer Snow, and Ben Coles, Moderator: James Wells  – Admiral’s Room
  • Continuity Editing Tools & Tips, presented by Diane Garland – Compass Room
  • Optimizing Your WordPress Website presented by Rochelle Parry, Megabite Design – Board Room

2:10 – 3:00 p.m. Sessions – Tuesday 

  • The Children’s Book Market, presented by MaryAnn Kohl, Literary Agent/Publisher – Board Room
  • Marketing Business Models for Authors, presented by Jennifer Snow – Compass Room
  •  AERs -Advance Early Readers – How they can increase sales and quantity of reviews, discussion with Amanda Hagarty, Wendy Delaney & Jacquie Rogers & Kiffer Brown- Admiral’s Room 
  • Kaffee Klatsch The Entertainment Business and the World of Literature – presented by Fox DeatryBallroom

3:10  – Tuesday:   Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Selling & New York Times Bestselling Thriller Author, will present a special session in the Ballroom.

4:30 Daily Panel Discussion with Robert Dugoni – Publishing in Today’s Market Place will be held in the Admiral’s Room – moderated by Pamela Beason, mystery author.

Panelists:  Sara Stamey, Ben Coles, Wendy Delaney, Robert Dugoni 

5:30 Author Signings with Robert Dugoni,  Pamela Beason, Wendy Delaney, Steve Lundin, and John Trudel – Open to the Public

6 p.m. “Appy Hours” sponsored by BOOKS I LOVE mobile app

The Chanticleer Writing Competitions Awards Banquet and Gala begins at 7:00 in the evening.

Opening Remarks will be by Robert Dugoni.

After Awards Cocktail gathering to continue at the Hotel Bellwether’s Bar and Lounge. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Please continue to check back as we update the schedule and add more detailed information.

Stay tuned!

Please email for more information.  Updated 9/22/2015. -kb