Thank You for Coming on a Literary Journey with Us

The recent Toastmasters educational panel at our Annual Conference, Just One More Page, Embark on Your Literary Journey, moderated by Ramdeo Seepaul, was a resounding success. Featuring Francine Juhlin, Colette Smith, Kenneth Remsen, and Margo Thomas, the event provided attendees with invaluable insights into the publishing industry.

Wrapping up our panel discussion, I feel like I’ve been given insider access to the publishing industry’s tips, tricks, and shortcuts. From Margo’s take on niche subjects and self-publishing to Colette’s inspiring stories of overcoming adversity, and from Francine’s creative approach to engaging young readers to Kenneth’s savvy marketing strategies, I’ve learned so much about writing and publishing from a diverse range of perspectives,” said Seepaul.

Margo Thomas emphasized the importance of niche subjects and self-publishing, empowering writers to explore this path. Colette Smith shared personal stories of overcoming adversity, inspiring writers to persist despite challenges. Francine Juhlin discussed innovative methods for engaging young readers, offering practical techniques for targeting this demographic. Kenneth Remsen provided savvy marketing strategies and insights into effective promotion and writing partnerships.

The panelists also discussed traditional and hybrid publishing routes, offering a balanced view of the industry. Their collective knowledge left attendees feeling empowered and ready to tackle their own writing and publishing endeavors.

On behalf of the entire Education Team, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed panelists and all attendees. Your participation and enthusiasm made Embark on Your Literary Journey an impactful and memorable event. Thank you for joining us and contributing to its success. And, if you decide to take action on your own literary journey, be sure to share with us so we can celebrate you!

Dr. Maria Martinez, 2023-24 Education Chair

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