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Story. Production. Beyond.

Take your books to the next level at the

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018 #CAC18

April 20 – April 22, 2018

Click here to discover the perfect package for your time and budget! 

Come and enjoy 3 days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay, in Bellingham, Washington conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

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We have some great presenters lined up. Check back for the latest updates.

This is current as of Jan. 4, 2018!

Sally DeSipio, award-winning executive producer, marketing strategist, and content creator

Lake Perriquey, attorney, and specialist in Copyright & Trademark law for artists and businesses


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Books by the Bay 2018

A two day book room managed by Village Books!

During the conference a 2-Day Book Fair, open to the public, hosted by Village Books, will feature the books of attendees and presenters.

As an added bonus the best selling books of the weekend will be featured at both of Village Books locations!

Visit our Book Fair page for more details.

Jesikah Sundin Winning Reaction Prize 2014

An Awards Banquet for the 2017 Chanticleer International Writing Competitions

And the crowning (ahem, crowing) gem of #CAC18 is the Awards Banquet that will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 21, when we recognize the First in Category winners and announce the Grand Prize Genre Winners and the Overall Grand Prize Winner of the  2017 Chanticleer International Writing Competitions Book Awards! 

And even more…

Now due to popular demand are Master Classes will be held on SUNDAY, April 22, 2018.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 20 – 22, 2018

Story. Production. Beyond.

Chanticleer Authors Conference

Our conference package offers:

  • Rob Slater & Sara Stamey show off blue ribbonsSessions with a special focus on the business of being a working writer on topics such as marketing, publicity, platform, sales tools & strategies, publishing, production, distribution, organization, storycraft, editing, and more.
  • An amazing lineup of presenters and faculty.
  • A staffed book room where ALL attendees may have their book for sale all weekend, culminating with our book fair on Sunday, an all out author fest meet and greet for fans and open to the public.
  • Lunches and dinners throughout the conference, plus tickets to our Award Gala on Saturday.
  • A fantastic community of like-minded authors for all the support and sharing of experience and advice you could ever ask for
  • Vendors and businesses invested in your success. Gifts from sponsors, like The Writer magazine, who will be handing out free copies of their publication to attendees and free subscriptions to the grand prize winners of our writing competitions.

Click here for CAC15’s Photos – see what you could be missing if you don’t register today!

Previous attendees had this to say:
“You made me, a first time author, feel like a writer. In addition, I found the conference unique, focused, and an amazing learning experience.” Nancy Adair, Bellingham
“Thanks for an amazing conference. It was a blast to meet so many talented people, and I learned a ton. I came home bursting with ideas for new stories as well as ways to better market and sell the ones I have. It was more than worth the cost of attending.”
Scott Smith, author of AN OUTCAST STATE, Hawaii

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Chanticleer Conference Tracks:

  • Marketing, Publicity, Platform (MPP) – Social media savvy, author websites, branding, driving discoverability, cultivating readership and gaining exposure in today’s market.
  • Sales Tools & Strategies (STS) – Sales Facilitators: Covers, Reviews, Early Readers, Pre-sales, etc. Applying business sense to sales strategies. Currency Exchange: Dollars for exposure.
  • Publishing, Production, Distribution (PPD) – Form & Design. Pitches & Concepts. Working with booksellers. Current Publishing Trends. New Digital Media. And More.
  • Story, Editing, Development (SED) – We’re writers. Naturally, we’re gonna talk about writing.
  • Organization, Motivation, Self-help (OMS) – Get your mind on the right page.
  • A Touch of Hollywood (ToH) – It wouldn’t be the West Coast without it.
  • Networking & Fun (NetFun) – Special events and networking opportunities.
  • Kaffee Klatsches (KK) – Informal gatherings led by some of our speakers and guests.

Sessions will focus on how to help authors achieve their publishing goals with sessions on:

  • Book Marketing Tips & Tools
  • Engaging Readers and Building a Fan-base using Leadership Communication
  • Understanding Distribution and Sales Channel
  • Book Distribution and Trade Show Representation
  • WattPad – Book Discovery and Building a Fan Base
  • Publishing Avenues – the latest options
  • How to Design a Cover that Sells Your Book
  • Promotions Checklist and Promotional Strategies for Your Books
  • How to Access Book Clubs and Reading Groups
  • Secrets to Increasing Your Readership
  • The Best Services for Selling Your E-Pubs
  • Reviews – How to make yours work harder for you
  • Libraries – an insider shares her tips
  • Author Branding & Internet Identity
  • Social Media Strategies & Savvy
  • E-pub Avenues & Tactics
  • Discoverability Tools & Strategic Planning for Heightened Visibility
  • Audio Books – Perfect for Today’s Busy “Readers”
  • The Business of Being a Writer
  • Collaboration & Networking to Expand Web Presence
  • Branding & Platform Building
  • Pricing Strategies

You do NOT have to be a published author to attend this conference!  Aspiring authors, and writers of all levels, will benefit immensely from this conference. We will also offer “writing concept” classes to get you on your way!


*Refunds are available until January 20th, 2018 with a $25 deduction for administrative costs. Please email: to request a refund of conference fees.
**Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018 reserves the right to cancel or change speakers and program at anytime.

Meet other members of the Chanticleer Community of Authors and Readers at this fun and informative event featuring:

  • CBR Awards Banquet–You don’t have to be a CBR winner to attend this exciting event! 
  • We will have a Book Room for attending authors that will be open to the public
  • Conference with workshops/social media sessions/marketing lessons
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Prizes and Drawings
  • Single Day Passes and Multi-Day Passes are available
  • Companion passes for dinners and cocktail parties are available

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The Chanticleer Awards Banquet and Conference will feature:

  • Three full days of classes, sessions,  author events, and a book fair
  • Coffee, tea, & snacks daily
  • Luncheons, Cocktail Parties, Dinner and the Awards Gala & Banquet
  • Presenter opportunities for attendees, please submit your class proposal asap, time slots limited
  • The Chanticleer Awards Gala & Banquet honoring our 2016 contest winners & naming the best books of the year
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Exhibitors: Publishers, Author Services, Platform Services, Author/Reader Apps, etc.
  • Book sale opportunity for conference attendees and presenters
  • Book Room: OPEN to the PUBLIC on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
  • Book Room:Author Signings & Panels, Door Prizes & Drawings Sunday

CAC18  Exhibiting Space, Advertisement, and Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email for more information.

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