Carmen Leal is a gifted writer and speaker who shares with passion, compelling insight, and refreshing humor her own journey of caregiving in a way that offers healing and hope to others. I have seen her move audiences to tears one moment and laughter the next as she weaves stories that touch the common humanity in us all, awakening our hearts to a renewed sense of compassion and to the power of love in action.
—Steve Siler, Executive Director Music for the Soul
Writing for Publication Topics
As a published writer and conference speaker Carmen has spoken at dozens of writers conferences throughout the United States, Canada and even in Nairobi, Kenya. Carmen is available to teach at the local, national and international writers conferences for both beginning and advanced participants. These are Carmen's most requested topics, but she is happy to work with conference planners to create additional individual and continuing workshops.
Non-Fiction Book Proposals That Sell
Editors don't buy manuscripts they buy book proposals. Only when your book proposal hooks the editor does your book idea or finished manuscript have a chance at getting published. Learn how to evaluate your idea, what to include in your book proposal, how to find publishers and agents, and how to write a bullet-proof proposal.
Book Marketing A through Z - Marketing Your Published Book
Whether your book is published traditionally or you do it yourself you still need to get out there and market. This workshop covers such topics as guerilla marketing for writers, online promotion, networking tips, the writer as a speaker, book promotion, becoming recognized as an expert, niche marketing, successful book signings, press kits, brochures, press releases, entering contests, finding freelance jobs, a writer's resume, and more.
Self-Publishing: Doing It Right When It's Right For You
Do you want to retain control and possibly make more money than you ever could with royalty publishing? Learn what types of books are best for self-publishing, how to choose a printer or book packager, how to market your book and the pros and cons of electronic and on demand publishing. Workshop includes what to look for in an e-book publisher, how to evaluate an e-book contract and more. If you are thinking of alternative ways to publish, this is a must.
Writing Articles As a Way To Build Your Business
This workshop focuses on writing articles for magazines, newspapers and compilation books. Whether you're writing how-to, personal experience, travel or any other non-fiction article there's a way to write and sell them. This workshop includes how to find ideas, analyze a market, read guidelines and market guides and how to craft a non-fiction article.