May Meeting: Managing Your Career as A Writer

As authors, all three of the panelists for Book Publishers Northwest’s May meeting have had to think beyond “the current book” and how to treat writing as  publishers do.

“As an author, you need to think about the next book, as well as your platform and perhaps yourself as a brand,” said Corbin Lewars, who will be leading May’s talk on career management.

The panelists will share how they created careers as writers while working with small and traditional presses as well as self-publishing. Tips on book launch parties, securing on-going writing engagements, creating a buzz, staying motivated in a very competitive market, and more will be shared.

Join the discussion on May 16 starting at 4 pm at in Room 223, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA.

Our speakers in May will be:
Waverly Fitzgerald ( is the author of a self-published book, Slow Time, and co-author (with Curt Colbert, writing under the name of Waverly Curtis) of humorous mystery novels, Dial C for Chihuahua and Chihuahua Confidential, published  by Kensington Books as mass market paperbacks. She teaches writing classes for Richard Hugo House, coaches writers privately and presents at conferences, including the Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham this June.

Corbin Lewars ( is the author of Creating a Life: The memoir of a writer and mom in the making, which was nominated for the 2011 PNBA and Washington State book awards and the forthcoming Divorce as Opportunity (Summer, 2013). Her essays have been featured in over twenty-five publications such as Mothering, the Seattle PI, and Hip Mama as well as several parenting and writing anthologies. She has taught writing for nearly twenty years at such venues as Richard Hugo House, Field’s End, and national conferences and contracts as a writing coach and developmental editor for publishing houses and individuals. She holds a Master’s in Education.

Ingrid Ricks ( is a Seattle-based journalist, author, and marketing consultant. Using her award-winning debut memoir Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story as a teaching guide, she recently co-launched, a nationally recognized mentoring/publishing program that helps teens find their voice by writing and publishing their personal stories. Ingrid’s essays and stories have been published in Salon, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Advocate and a variety of other publications. In addition to Hippie Boy, she is the author of Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and a memoir story collection, A Little Book of Mormon (and Not So Mormon) Stories.