WOTS Speaker Bureau


Speakers...

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Janice Thompson


Genre: Fiction, (Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Historical, Cozy Mysteries), Non-Fiction

Speaking Subjects:
  • Creative Marketing Strategies
  • The Successful Series
  • Tickling the Funny Bone (Humor writing)
  • Plot Shots
  • Make $$ With Your Writing
  • Have Yourself a Cozy Little Mystery
  • Pandora’s Box (A New Approach to Characterization)
  • Themes, Style and Voice (Discovering and Writing to Your Brand)
  • Hybrid and Happy
  • Making the Sale (From Proposal to Book Release)
  • The Role of C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T.
  • S.P.E.A.K. Up! (Become a Sought-After Public Speaker)
  • U.N.I.Q.U.E.
  • Use Facebook Groups to Market Your Book
Fees / Expenses: Negotiable

Critique Service: Contact author for more information

Distance Author Will Travel: No limit, depending upon travel assistance for long distance

Biography:
Award-winning author Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. Janice formerly served as Vice-President of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), where she has finaled multiple times in the prestigious Carol Awards. She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house. She is best known for her Weddings by Bella series from Revell. Janice is currently the president of her local writing group, Writers on the Storm, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online writing courses have been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all. You can find out more about Janice at www.janiceathompson.com or www.freelancewritingcourses.com.

Contact Information:
  • Email address: booksbyjanice@aol.com
  • Website: www.janiceathompson.com
  • Facebook: JaniceHannaThompson
  • Twitter: @booksbyjanice



Cynthia Toney


Genre: Contemporary fiction for MG and YA

Speaking subjects (for teens or adults):
  • Finding and using your teen voice: angst and attitude
  • Finding topics and themes to intertwine in teen fiction
  • Balancing teen dialogue with deep POV narrative
  • Addressing in fiction the real-life issues teens face
  • Making teen characters multi-dimensional: leave the stereotypes behind
  • Others/customized topics upon request
Fees/expenses: Negotiable, affected by venue, distance, and guaranteed book sales

Critique/editing service: Contact the author for more information.

Distance author will travel:
  • 135 miles by car
  • Anywhere in the lower 48 U.S. by plane with travel expenses paid
Biography:
Cynthia is a former advertising designer, marketing director, and interior decorator who holds a BA in art education with a minor in history. While employed by a large daily newspaper, she rewrote some ad copy without permission and got into trouble for it. At that point, she knew she was destined to become an author. When she’s not cooking Cajun or Italian food, Cynthia writes historical and contemporary teen fiction containing elements of mystery and romance. Her YA Bird Face series, including 8 Notes to a Nobody and 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status, is published by Write Integrity Press. Cynthia loves dogs and the friendly South from Georgia to Texas, where she resides with her husband and several canines. She enjoys connecting with readers online and looks forward to hearing from you.

Awards: The original Bird Face won a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Bronze, in the Pre-teen Mature Issues category.

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Linda Yezak


Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction and Romance

Speaking subjects:
  • Editing and Freelance editors: Do you know what kind of edit you want?
  • The Different Audiences of Christian Fiction: Which is yours?
  • Pacing Emotion in Fiction: how to get away from "naming" an emotion
  • In Obedience: Learning to Relinquish What God Commands
  • Others/customized topics upon request
Fees/expenses: Negotiable

Critique/editing service: Contact the author for more information.

Distance author will travel: Reasonable distances to the ArkLaTexOK areas

Biography:

Linda W. Yezak lives with her husband in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound  and exaggeration is an art form. She holds a BA in English and a graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies. Thirty years later, she’s finally putting her degree in English to good use, combining it with her natural inclination toward story-telling to create fun, unique novels, which include Give the Lady a Ride, The Final Ride, The Cat Lady’s Secret, and The Simulacrum. Her non-fiction works include Writing in Obedience, cowritten with former Hartline literary agent, Terry Burns.

Awards:
  • Give the Lady a Ride was a finalist for both the 2011 Genesis Award and the 2012 Carol award. It won the 2011 Grace Award for Romance
  • The Cat Lady’s Secret was a finalist for the 2010 Genesis Award
  • “Slider,” won the 2014 ETBU Short Story Contest and the Grand Prize of the 2014 ETBU Writers Contest
  • "Slider" won honorable mention in the Saturday Evening Post 2015 Great American Fiction contest and is published in the SEP 2016 anthology.
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