Session:  Get Noticed! Write a Book (and learn How to be a Happy Writer) with  Ann Douglas

Writing a book is a powerful way to make your message heard. But what can you do to ensure that your book (and you) get noticed? In this practical, hands-on session, bestselling author Ann Douglas will walk you through the steps involved in bringing a book to market.

  • You’ll learn
    – how to come up with a winning idea for a book (a project that is highly saleable, uniquely you, and in synch with your personal and professional goals)
    – how to package that idea so that it becomes irresistible to publishers and other potential partners
    – how to leverage the exposure your book generates into other types of opportunities (and how to distinguish between opportunities and non-opportunities)
    – your book launch roadmap and timeline: practical strategies and need-to-know information for any would-be author.

Expect an inspiring mix of industry updates and insider advice from this respected and high-energy speaker — and be prepared to walk away with a game-plan for getting that book out of your head and on to bookstores shelves.

Ann’s Biography


Ann Douglas is the creator of the bestselling The Mother of All Books pregnancy and parenting series (over half a million copies sold in North America to date) and the author, most recently, of Parenting Through the Storm: Handling the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between (HarperCollins Canada, January 2015). Ann has taught writing courses at Trent University and Fleming College, has delivered writing workshops on behalf of The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Professional Writers Association of Canada, and has guided a number of first-time authors through the process of bringing their first book to market. In June 2013, Ann was awarded a lifetime membership by the Professional Writers Association of Canada in recognition of her contributions to the writing profession.

Tell us about your business?

I am an author and speaker whose books, articles, and presentations spark conversations about parenting and health. I also work one-on-one with first-time authors who are pursuing their dream of book publication.

How are you hoping to connect with conference attendees?

I am hoping to connect with other writers who are eager to change the world — and who are looking for practical advice on developing a social and creative enterprise that is in synch with their personal values and goals.

What advice would you give conference attendees?

I believe that writers have the power to tell stories and share ideas that can fuel social change. It is both an extraordinary privilege and a daunting responsibility. It also requires focus and discipline. You have to be clear about what you are trying to achieve and you need to be deliberate about creating the types of opportunities that are right for you.


The Summer of the Book:

Work one-on-one with bestselling author Ann Douglas to turn your book project into a reality this summer.

Make 2015 the summer of the book — or, more specifically, the summer of your book: the year you switch from dream to action mode when it comes to your book project. During this three-month period (June, July, and August 2015), you will work with Ann Douglas to refine your book concept, create a comprehensive book proposal in support of that project, and to craft three sample chapters that can be used to market your project to a book publisher and/or to other potential partners. The programme is structured around a series of practical, hands-on worksheets and inspiring coaching sessions (conducted face-to-face, via telephone, or via video conference, depending on your geographical location and the technology that is available to you). Ann will also conduct a detailed line edit of your book proposal and your three sample chapters as you complete them over the course of this three-month period.

Regular price for a three-month mentorship programme, including six one-hour coaching sessions, supporting worksheets, plus evaluation and line edit of book proposal and sample chapters: $2150. Special price for the first six conference attendees to sign up: $950.


Find out more about our conference

With an incredible lineup of passionate speakers, the Social for good conference will evoke conversations, initiate ideas and inspire creative solutions to help you make a difference in your community.  We will help you explore the important need or  “cause” in your business and assist you with creative ways to market your services.  Let us help give you the tools as a business owner to create a positive impact today! The 1.5 day conference will give you the courage and skills to take your business to the next level.

We asked you want you wanted more of last year…. What we heard was the opportunity to connect with fellow business owners MORE and we have built this in our agenda.

New this year is we will be honouring women across the country making positive impacts in their communities with the SocialforGood Awards – please consider applying or nominating someone you admire who is making as positive impact through their business activities. With our pay-it-forward option even new startups can afford to attend with our pay it forward offer of only $70 for two tickets – that’s only $25 a ticket –  click here to register – we would like to extend this offer to you as returning guests! (Regular prices are $149 during early bird).  Stay downtown in the lovely St. Lawrence Market Area for only $159 at the Novotel Hotel. The conference location – Telus House is a beautiful and inspiring location with roof top gardens that you can explore over lunch and breaks. It is a short walk from Union Station. 

Topics include:

  • Creating a Mission is the Key to a Thriving Business
  • Building a brand and developing a Winning Business with a mission
  • How to Bring More Purpose to your Business
  • How Creating a Mission Driven Business Creates a New You
  • Purpose Driven Networking for Sales
  • What’s Your Why? How Your Story Becomes Your Mission
  • Group Mentoring Challenge
  • Developing a Winning Formula: Passion, Profit and Purpose
  • Why the World Needs to Focus on Women and Girls to Strengthen the World
  • Be Awesome: Bringing Authenticity and Integrity in Business
  • 10 Steps To Create Your Profit Path
  • Share your Message Through Social Media
  • Getting over Your Fear of Video – Why being on Camera Lets Your Goodness Shine
  • Be a Trendsetter – Start a Podcast
  • Amplify your Voice – Public Speaking & Events
  • Get Noticed! Write a Book

Having a business with positive social impact is good for business – here’s why:

  • 67% prefer to work for socially responsible companies
  • 55% will pay extra for products and services made by companies committed to positive social and environmental impact
  • 52% made at least one purchase in the past six months from one or more socially responsible companies

#Socialforgood Conference speaker line-up includes:

  • Helena Kameka, a musician, artist and comedian from Toronto, Ontario. Her career in music includes performances on numerous radio and television shows including “Good Morning America“, the “Canadian Country Music Awards“, and several Canadian national television specials.
  • Jody Steinhauer is the President and CBO (Chief Bargain Officer) of the Bargains Group. A winner of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and a PROFIT W100 Recipient.
  • Krista Jefferson is a professional photographer who after finding herself in Uganda with her camera launched JustOne a fair trade organization that offers world changing fashion.  Each purchase directly supports people around the globe struggling with poverty and brings awareness to their needs.
  • Ann Douglas is the creator of the bestselling The Mother of All Books pregnancy and parenting series (over half a million copies sold in North America to date).
  • Jeff Pulver is an Internet pioneer and TEDx speaker known for his work in growing the VoIP industry. A globally renowned thought leader, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur.
  • Meghan Telpner is growing a global tribe of vibrant living advocates and her bestselling and award-winning book UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health is creating a revolution in how people think about their health.
  • Marissa McTassey is the founder and President of Moxie Trades Ltd.; a company that is a threat in the safety footwear industry. The company’s first product was the Iconic Pink Work Boot. Today, Moxie Trades offers a complete line of safety footwear, apparel and hardware accessories made exclusively for women and distributed throughout North America.
  • Gillian Barth is Executive Vice-President of CARE Canada overseeing a wide range of programs, including water, health and environment, resource development, monitoring, human resources and external relations.
  • Dev Ramsumair is Founder and CEO of Omni-Media and Entertainment, having been a creative force in the fashion industry for over 14 years. Dev’s latest project is The Global Change Initiative the first ever global summit on social justice, innovation and social enterprise. Taking place at Toronto City Hall Council Chamber, this global summit is supported by The City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, The United Nations, UNESCO among many others.
  • Click here to see additional speakers such as Jennifer Beale, Erica Ehm, Shelagh Cummins and more!

Join us on May 25 and 26, 2015 at Telus House and add your voice to the conversation! #SocialforGood 

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WIBN is also  offering free childcare if needed, taking that stress away so you can get the most out of the conference! Don’t delay in registering as we are capping registration at 112 spaces. This will allow for amazing interactive sessions and opportunities that you can’t find at large scale busy conferences.