Conversations with Frances

Conversations with Frances Webinar Series

Coming April 2017 – New Date Set Soon

Chris SymeChris Syme joins Conversations with Frances at the start of 2017. Chris is principal of the award-winning CKSyme Media Group in Bozeman, Montana, a strategic communications agency. She has 20+ years of experience in communications from marketing and media relations, to radio and newspaper, to crisis management and teaching.

CKSyme Media Group specializes in online book marketing and publicist services for bestselling authors. In addition, she offers online classes for authors and personal assistants interested in learning the best strategies for selling books and building loyal fan bases

In 2014 CKSyme Media Group extended their award-winning services to authors and publishing companies. Aiming at helping authors and publishing houses build and grow online platforms and sell more books, they offer a number of services ranging from social media audits to book launch strategy to management of individual social media accounts. 

Join us as we discuss how to sell more books with less social media marketing. Bring your questions.

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After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the upcoming webinar’s details.


Future Webinars

In case you’d like to plan ahead, here’s a list of future panelists:

  • Kevin Tomlinson, CEO of Draft2Digital, on March 1, 2017
  • Lisa Tener, nonfiction coachin March, 2017
  • Helen Sedwick, attorney and publishing expert, May
  • Nina Amir, nonfiction coach and certified high performance coach, June 1

Past Webinars

Jane FriedmanIn November, Jane Friedman joined Conversations with Frances. Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.

In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at (200,000 visits per month). She’s delivered keynotes on the digital era of authorship at the San Francisco Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, and Willamette Writers Conference, among many others. She speaks regularly at industry events such as BookExpo America and Digital Book World, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.

Her essays have been published in anthologies by the University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co. She has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (2017).

Joel FriedlanderJoel Friedlander is an award-winning book designer and blogger. He’s been launching the careers of self-publishers since 1994 from his book design and consulting practice at Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California.

Joel also writes, a popular blog on book design, book marketing and the future of the book, and he is the founder of The Self-Publishing Roadmap, a training course for authors;, where he provides pre-designed book templates for Word and InDesign;, with marketing tools for authors; and, a new tracking and scheduling tool for authors who publish their own books. If all that weren’t enough, Joel is a past president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

As you  may know, Joel is a master blogger in the publishing field. His blog consistently makes it onto Writer’s Digest’s top ten blog list and is considered one of the best in the industry.

Joanna Penn was the first guest on my  new Conversations with Frances webinar series.

A New York Joanna PennTimes and USA Today bestselling author, Joanna was voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 Creative Professionals in 2013. She was also voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers and one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers. In addition, she is the host of a successful podcast for authors, The Creative Penn.



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