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Media Training for Authors, Part II: Public Speaking Tips to Sell More Books

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For authors, public speaking can take many forms depending on the genre, the venue, and the size of the crowd. The approach differs based on if you’re there to entertain, inform, or sell books.

As a follow-up to our recent webinar in which bestselling author Paula Rizzo gave practical advice on media training and public speaking, this panel will discuss the variety of real-life experiences that authors should anticipate, including questions that the media like to ask. Attendees will learn new ways to prepare for speaking engagements and media and to feel comfortable with interviewers and public audiences.


Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of novels Ghost Eaters, Whisper Down the Lane, The Remaking, and miss corpus, short story collections nothing untoward, commencement and rest area, as well as The Tribe middle-grade series: Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins. You can visit him at

Julia Royston is an author, publisher, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, podcaster, and host of two weekly shows on Envision Radio. Julia’s why, purpose, and motto are “helping you get your message to the masses and turn your words into wealth.” To connect with Julia, visit  

Amelia Zachry was born and raised in Malaysia. She obtained a bachelor of commerce, majoring in marketing from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. When she met her husband, she moved to live with him in Japan, then Canada. During her time in Canada she obtained a bachelor’s in human ecology with a concentration in family studies from the University of Western Ontario.

She began writing her debut memoir after finding her voice, bringing to light secrets she had kept. Secrets of sexual assault and subsequently bipolar disorder. She is an advocate for mental health and sexual assault awareness, supporting causes to dismantle rape culture and normalize mental health. She maintains a blog where she writes regularly on topics of mental health, sexual assault awareness, life as an immigrant, and parenting.

When she’s not writing, she can be found tending to her many house plants or hiking with her husband and two daughters. Amelia currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

Paula Rizzo (moderator) is an Emmy Award–winning television producer, bestselling author of Listful Thinking and Listful Living, media-training coach, speaker, LinkedIn Learning Instructor, host of the live-stream show Inside Scoop, and creator of the popular online training Media-Ready Author.

Special Thanks to Our Supporters and Partner Organizations

Special thanks to Broadleaf Writers Association and to the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning for collaborating with the Authors Guild Foundation on this panel.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Penguin Random House, and our donors, the Authors Guild Foundation is pleased to make Business Bootcamps for Writers free and open to the public.

Several writers organizations have partnered with the Authors Guild Foundation to help shape these programs. Our deepest appreciation to these organizations.