coming soon to a town near you

... coming soon to a town near you

Sunday, October 20, 2013

BOOK IT ! Turn Your Holiday Travel Tales into Words and Pictures

Janet Fullwood
former sacramento bee travel editor and travel photographer
           Maybe you're planning yet another trip to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving—or maybe you're over-the-top excited about a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Palau. "Book It" is all about how to combine your written impressions with photos to create a great story to pitch to a publication or record for the family archives.
          Join Janet for an interactive session on travel writing and photography. She'll show you how to find a focus, create a sense of place, frame a vignette, set up a shot list, sharpen your observation skills and use verbal imagery to put the reader behind your eyes and in your shoes. Janet's "show, don't tell" tips will add depth to your writing and help solidify your story.

Craig Johnson,
photographer and print-on-demand photo book maker
           Since retiring five years ago, Craig’s travel photos have been featured in more the 80 juried shows. A master of the digital image, Craig produces photo art books and photo travel diaries using self-publishing software and readily available POD printing companies.
  Craig will introduce you to the process of selecting and fine-tuning images to make your own photo books.

Ingrid Lundquist
award-winning author and street photographer
    Recipe: a trip to Italy + writing = Ingrid’s blog
Read in more than 50 countries, Ingrid shares insights on blogging your travel adventures with vacation photos.

Yes, it's true...included with registration is a copy of the Dictionary of Publishing Terms: What Every Writer Needs to Know (the print companion to The Book-in-Hand Roadshow). The book uses simple language to explain the most often used words in publishing and it's organized as you would find the terms used in a real book. Just start at the front cover and there's the information - where you need it, when you need it. A workbook, dictionary, and guide all in one.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Write Your Life Story

The Easy Way to Leave A Legacy

The Inside:
ny times best selling author,
Jennifer Basye Sander

       So, thinking about writing the story of your life?  We live in a day and age where it is perfectly normal to work on a personal project, no longer considered impolite to talk about yourself. But how to get started can be daunting.

Spend 90 minutes with former Random House Senior Editor and memoir writing coach Jennifer Basye Sander and get that book project started! Jennifer guides you through the process of getting your memories onto the page and then turning them into a more structured personal memoir. (BIG NEWS—Jennifer’s book on writing memoirs: Before I Go There’s Something More That You Should Know: 100 Prompts to Help You Write Your Life Story, will be published by Skyhorse in 2014.)

The Outside:
 graphic artist & cover designer
 Karen Phillips, Phillips Covers
      It’s true. An eye-catching cover grabs readers’ attention. It makes them anxious to open your book. But you’re so close to your story and have so many choices … how do you select that perfect cover image? Karen walks you through the steps and shows sample covers that will jump start your creative process. 
The Party (aka book launch):
certified special event professional
Ingrid E. Lundquist, csep

      Large or small, public or private, the possibilities for celebrating your book launch are endless. Ingrid shares tips to energize your book signing party and turn  it into a memorable event with your own special signature.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Mark your calendar:
Sat., Nov 23  1-4pm    Granite Bay, CA
"BOOK IT! Turn Your Holiday Travel Tales into Words and Pictures"         
 On-line registration open Oct 21, reserve your space now. (916) 719-1776

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three BIH Roadshow Authors Lead Round Table Sessions at the Sonoma County Book Festival - FREE - Santa Rosa, Sat., Sept. 21

The FREE festival runs all day on Saturday, September 21 from 10am – 4pm with something for the entire family… speakers, workshops, literature, graphic novels, history, romance, mystery, YA, children’s books, puppet theater, teen poetry slam, book signings, and lots of exhibitors and entertainment.

Round Table Sessions from 12noon - 1pm

“Orchestrating Your Book Tour”

Put some gas in the tank and hit the road. Learn what to do and what not to do from Laurie’s experience on her three month book tour across America. 

LAURIE HOIRUP, advocate/author,
I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability
Laurie is 57 years old. She was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA 2) and has lived with a significant physical disability since the age of two, using a wheelchair since the age of five. She is retired from her position as Chief Deputy Director for the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, is a mother of two adult children and a grandmother of three grandsons. She is active in community writing groups and a frequent speaker. Her memoir “I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability” is available from most online bookstores. Learn more about Laurie and see pictures of her growing up at

“Shameless Self-Promotion”

It’s OK to talk about yourself…and talk about yourself some more. Join Judith to discover tricks about selling your book and yourself.

journalist/author and promo queen
Judith is an award-winning journalist who writes about health and medicine. She has been a Washington correspondent, journalism professor, a Fulbright scholar, and has written and edited in just about every medium in a journalism career that spans 40 years, from a small town newspaper to USA Today. An editor and consultant as well as the author, of seven books, she participates in workshops and is a frequent public speaker. Over the past four years, she has written--and promoted-- a series of four books in collaboration with Scientific American: Day in the Life of Your Brain (2009), Brave New Brain (2010), Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain (2012) and The Healthy Aging Brain, just published. Judith lives in Sacramento, and travels as widely and often as possible.

“Juggling Spicy-Dicey Topics”

You know you’ve opened the floodgates when your sister says, “I’m afraid you’re going to get into a lot of trouble.” Hear from Tony’s own loose lips how to fend off and capitalize on criticism.

ANTHONY BARCELLOS, educator/author, Land of Milk and Money
Anthony Barcellos grew up speaking Portuguese on his grandfather's dairy farm in Porterville, a small town in central California's Tulare County. While he retains some rudiments of his first language, today Barcellos is much better at using English. He teaches math full-time at American River College and regards it as the best job he's ever had, despite his rewarding experiences in journalism and state government. Tony currently resides in Davis, California, with 30 overflowing bookcases and is a 2005 alumnus of the local University of California campus' School of Education doctoral program in mathematics education.

The Book-In-Hand Roadshow offers sessions about the process of creating a book and explores the world of self-publishing. The traveling roadshow provides fresh information because each session has a different mix of speakers. Speakers include story editors, copy editors, cover designers, photographers, proof readers, photojournalists, self-published authors and traditionally published authors. Now, you can learn from experts who speak plain English and generously share their knowledge about taking your ideas from words on paper to book-in-hand. Established in 2010, The BIH Roadshow events have taken place in Northern California and Hawaii. Texas, Missouri, the Pacific Northwest, Ohio, and Southern California are in discussion.

Ingrid E. Lundquist, CSEP is the founder of The Book-in-Hand Roadshow. Her seven-time award-winning 2013 book, Dictionary of Publishing Terms: What Every Writer Needs to Know is a “go-to” resource for the writers’ desk. She is a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) and recipient of The International Special Events Society Best Industry Contribution Award for her book Results-Driven Event Planning: Using Marketing Tools to Boost Your Bottom Line.

Unraveling the Mystery of Book Parts. Miffed by the different parts of a book, what they mean and how they fit together? Ingrid was too, so she simplified the information into an easy fill-out-the-blank format.

Pick up a free copy of “Miffed by the Book Parts” at The Book-In-Hand Roadshow table in the exhibit hall at the Sonoma County Book Festival.

Mark your calendar:
Sat., Oct 19  1-4pm "Write Your Life Story"        
Sun City Lincoln Hills
REGISTER NOW - see column on the right side of this page
This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc, through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Business of Business Writing – Strategies for Successful Freelancers in a Well-paid Niche

The Book-In-Hand Roadshow joins The Publishing School for Writers in presenting two seasoned writers talking about the business of writing about business.

JT Long, Executive Editor of Streetwise Reports, has literally worked both sides of the business writing street.  Her journalism career includes being Managing Editor at Comstock's Business, California Correspondent at McGraw Hill's Engineering News-Record, freelance assignments for both local and national publications, and years as an editor hiring freelancers. She knows the pitfalls and success strategies for each and is happy to share that knowledge with you. 

  • How to get assignments and influence editors.
  • Be your own dream team: CEO, COO, CMO, CFO and barista.
  • 10 things you should - and should never, ever - say to an editor. 
Jennifer Basye Sander, former Random House editor and the NYT bestselling author of more than fifty published books (including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published) will examine the world of business books.  Many of the top selling books in the past decade have been business-related, is there still room for more?  

  • Is there still a market for business books?
  • How do you get the credentials?
  • Should you self pub your own business advice book?

Hello Fellow Writers,
       Other writers ask me, “What do you write?”  As the author of two multi-award-winning business books, I proudly reply, “I write business books,” and they give me that business books aren’t sexy look.                     
       It's my pleasure to join The Publishing School for Writers in hosting what is sure to be an insightful discussion about the ins-and-outs of business writing. And, I’m sure we’ll get some tips on how to make it sexy. Please join me.
      Ingrid E. Lundquist, CSEP, founder, The Book-in-Hand Roadshow

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Our Life With Pie

Writers, how can we live without coffee and dessert to fuel our imaginations?

Here at The Book-in-Hand Roadshow, we indulge often.
What better reason for sweets than an anniversary party and you're invited.

To say thank you to all who have supported
The Book-in-Hand Roadshow, we’re holding a light-hearted spring afternoon soiree. Please stop by Chateau LaMair on Sunday afternoon, April 7 between 2 – 5pm for this casual get-together celebrating the creative spirit and kicking off the third year of The Book-In-Hand Roadshow.

... Eat some pie (bring a pie or pie recipe, if you wish)

... Meet the guest speakers from previous roadshow events - local authors, editors, photographers, cover designers, proof readers, and publicists.

... “Writing Your Pie-ography” - New York Times best-selling author and writing coach, Jennifer Basye Sander will lead a 30 minute creative writing session - this promises to be an enlightening experience for you writers who crave discovery. (participation optional)

... Mix-n-mingle with BIH roadies and creative folks who have lived and worked at Chateau LaMair.

... Announcement of future dates/locations of The Book-in-Hand Roadshow.

... Unveiling of the award-winning Dictionary of Publishing Terms: What Every Writer Needs to Know (yes, it's true - the ink's barely dry and it already won an international award!)

·  Indoor Garage Sale – from the pages of author Amy Sedaris’ book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, Chapter One “The Art of Hospitality,” there will be a table of treasures that call out to you…“don’t-need-it-but-gotta-have-it”
·  Stair-stepping – unlike Tony Robbin’s fire walking – here’s your chance to test the new stairs to the Chateau’s Suite Retreat overlooking the vineyard (1,450 square feet of creative space in search of a tenant).

RSVP required so we can get a head count for pie! Email Ingrid at
(This is a private event. The address will be provided in a confirmation email after you RSVP.)
Join us to enjoy a slice of pie in the spirit of creativity and sharing.