Peter Bowerman - A Well-Praised Speaker!
“Not only are Peter Bowerman’s books a must-have for our members, his presentations at WIW’s 28th Washington Writers Conference could not have been better. Bowerman’s expertise, his interaction with the audience and his ability to instill fun made him one of our most popular speakers ever. When you contract Bowerman, you know you’re getting your money’s worth.”
Lisa Daniel, VP
Washington Independent Writers
(Now American Independent Writers)
Cecilia Sepp, Consultant & Writer
American Independent Writers
2007 Conference Co-Chair
Cecilia Sepp, President
American Independent Writers
Chairman, 29th Annual Conference
American Independent Writers
Anne B. Jones, PhD, Conference Director
A Writer’s Vision Quest Conference
Author, Gold Thunder, All Around the Track,
Brave at Heart, and Blackwater Rising
Cynthia Barnett, Executive Director (Frmr.)
North Carolina Writers’ Network
In The Company of Writers
Transform Your Writing Through Information, Inspiration, Publication
“Peter came highly recommended to our organization (www.stcrochester.org) as a keynote speaker for our annual 2007 Spectrum conference. In fact, some members had heard him speak previously, but were anxious to hear him again. His content was solid, his delivery was engaging, and everyone walked away with something uniquely enlightening. The ‘takeaways’ were different for each individual, which spells success for this diverse crowd.”
Amy Castronova, Administrative Council
Society for Technical Communication
Judith West, VP/Strategic Development,
Chicago Women in Publishing
Noel Griese, Principal, Anvil Publishers, Inc.
Editor, The Southern Review of Books newsletter
Producer, Spring/Summer Book Show Seminar Series
Aaron Levy, PhD
Kennesaw State University
Assistant Professor English/English Education
Co-Director of The KSU Young Adult Literature Conference
KSU College of Humanities Teacher of the Year
"I knew I needed Peter Bowerman on my show when I decided to do an episode on self-publishing. Peter is the expert's expert on this topic, having both done it himself successfully and documented clearly what he did and how he did it. So I invited Peter on for a full hour, and it was fantastic. We filled the time with specifics about self-publishing, the dos and don'ts, and he held nothing back; Peter's overview was comprehensive and his details and stories were illuminating. My listeners were left with a fast-paced interview they'll want to listen to again and again, and they got actionable advice -- as I did. I look forward eagerly to my next opportunity to treat my listeners to Peter's brilliance, knowledge and wit."
Tom Cox, Host
"Peter, I want to thank you again for being a guest twice on my show. You are such an incredible wealth of information that I’m sure my audience benefited greatly from having you here. You were not only professional and full of tips, but you were a pleasure to talk with before, during and after the show. I thoroughly enjoyed your books, your candor and for being willing to come back for a second visit. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!"
"I enjoyed your teleseminar yesterday. Thank you so much for taking the time to educate and inform SPAWN members. You truly have a powerful message for writers. We appreciate you taking time out for us and for being such a positive influence within the industry."
Patricia Fry, Executive Director
"Thank you so much for participating on the Wednesday evening panel, "New Directions, New Respect: Trends and Resources for Today's Self Published Author" co-sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. You were awesome and judging by the comments from the audience, everyone agreed. You offered encouragement to authors wondering whether or not to venture into the self-publishing world, provided valuable information and made it all fun."
Mickey Goodman, President
SE Chapter of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
"In private, when writers huddle and whisper over glasses
of wine, there seems to be one topic of conversation: 'What am I
supposed to do with publishing houses clamping down and advance money
drying up?' No question about it, our profession is in stomach-lurching
transition. For some, this is a time of high anxiety. But for others,
it’s nothing but sweet opportunity. Author Peter Bowerman is in the
opportunity camp. In fact, he might have pitched the first tent.
"Peter, thanks for your contribution in helping to make The First Annual 'Write the World' conference in Atlanta such a phenomenal success! Brazilians and Americans alike learned so much from you about self-publishing and freelance business writing in your informative presentations, which gave them hope that they, too, could be successful. It was a delight to work with you; you're both professional and congenial. We wish you and all the writers you coach continued success!"
Mardeene Mitchell & James McSill, Co-Organizers
"We at the Anhinga Writers' Studio (a mature conference in its 14th year) take our responsibility to our students seriously. We bring in top speakers from all over the country, and we choose people who are both fine writers and gifted teachers. When we learned that we could get Peter Bowerman to join us for our 2010 conference, we jumped at the chance. We also considered it an auspicious sign that two of our three board members were already proud owners of his books.
He worked with us beforehand to tailor presentations suited to our students, whose writing interests range from self-publishing to memoir to commercial freelancing to fiction. He provided practical and useful information on writing as a business, which was very welcome since we at the Anhinga Writers' Studio, like Peter, believe that a working writer should be well-fed. He gave a hands-on demonstration to attendees interested in commercial freelancing, showing them physical examples of writing that works and of writing that doesn't. And he took them on a tour of the changing face of publishing, giving them a glimpse into the possibilities inherent in self-publishing in print and in electronic form.
His personal generosity in interacting with students was notable, and we are already hearing from attendees who have successfully landed commercial freelancing jobs on the basis of his presentations. Motivating people to pursue their ambitions is my definition of a successful writers' conference. I highly recommend Peter Bowerman to anyone looking for a speaker who will help in achieving that goal."
"Professional, knowledgeable, engaging. Those are the words that come to mind when describing Peter Bowerman’s speaking style. His presentation at a special session of the Western Ohio Writers Association was not only well received, it was the first time members actually asked me when a speaker was returning to speak again before he’d even left the event. In addition to the presentation, I booked Peter on a local television news program to talk about the event and he did a fantastic job – cool, relaxed and well-versed in his subject matter. He’s a pleasure to speak with, eager to share his knowledge and always engaging. Peter is a welcome addition to any event and I’m looking forward to inviting him back to Ohio."
Updated testimonial (6/7/12) from Gery:
"Peter's books already inspire people, but his presentation to our December meeting of the Western Ohio Writers Association drew first-time visitors who have stayed on as members - many of whom are trying their hand at Freelance Commercial Writing. We are looking forward to having him speak again!"
Gery L. Deer
In Association With GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing
"East West Bookstore booked Peter for an event on his recent
tour to the West Coast. He was prompt, he talked about what he said he would
talk about, he filled the time with a focused presentation, and he was
interactive with the event attendees. Peter brought copies of his books to sell
so there were no late shipments or overstock returns, and the sales were double
the usual percentage for our turnouts. We found him to be generous with his
knowledge, adaptable to circumstances, and amenable to having his brain picked.
"Here's a guy who wrote a book about self-publishing (newly updated), covering everything you need to know from the trenches after slogging through them (successfully) himself. Talk about making a buck as you learn! This guy is a genius for finding creative ways to earn a "well-fed" living as a writer, and we're all lucky to benefit from his experience. Peter Bowerman is eager to guide others on the path to self-publishing, and in person, he makes the whole intimidating process seem doable. We would book him again, without hesitation.
Diane Holcomb, Book Buyer
"Peter spoke to our organization, Redwood Writers, at our regular monthly meeting. The topic was “Love to Write But Hate to Starve?
Joel Friedlander, President
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