Faculty & Topics

C3=V is an online course created to help pre-pubbed, debut, and multi-published authors and illustrators enhance visibility in the marketplace through the practice of authenticity , sincerity, and reciprocity.

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carol cox: What is a signature talk and why you need one for visibility

Carol Cox is the founder of Speaking Your Brand, which helps high-performing, purpose-driven women entrepreneurs and professionals shape their business and personal brands, share their message, and become recognized as influencers in their field. Carol is a podcaster, TEDx speaker, and sought-after presenter and trainer on public speaking, branding, and leadership for women. Carol teaches business and marketing classes at a university and during election seasons serves as a political analyst on TV news. She is based in Orlando, Florida, and works with clients both locally and virtually around the world.

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amber Peterson: A content-focused plan for pinterest marketing

Amber is the CEO of the Cheers Consulting Group. Her solid marketing background began when she graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a BA in Public Relations in 2003. In 2007, she earned a Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. During graduate school, she held an internship with the Chicago Merchandise Mart. After graduation, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she accepted a Marketing Director position. Amber passionately feels that Pinterest is the most effective platform to create a steady stream of clients into a business.


Dianne White: connecting your core message with the school visit

Dianne White is the award-winning author of BLUE ON BLUE (S&S/Beach Lane Books), illustrated by Caldecott medalist, Beth Krommes, GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), WHO EATS ORANGE, illustrated by Robin Page (S&S/Beach Lane Books), and the forthcoming, GREEN on GREEN, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Beach Lane Books, 2020). She holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential and a master’s degree in Language and Literacy. In 2007, she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. After 25 years teaching students of all ages, Dianne now writes full-time from her home in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. Visit Dianne online at diannewrites.com.


Kat Kronenberg: Thinking big! the outstanding adventures of an indie author

Kat Kronenberg is a mother, best-selling author, and a born-and raised Texan who believes that children grow strong and successful by dreaming big and developing skills to reach those dreams. Kat’s “Big Dream” whooshed into her life ten years ago while attending a symphony with her husband: to write a book about a smile that would encourage people to live their best life filled with connection and kindness. Over time, she developed the concept of CATCH-M to represent hope and act as a guiding light through the extremes of chasing a dream. Kat realized her dream in January 2017 with the publication of Dream Big, which she hopes will inspire two-leggers (people) of all ages, all around the world to chase their wildest dreams.


Debbie Gonzales: aligning your core content with academic standards

Debbie Gonzales is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator, adjunct professor, and once served as a SCBWI RA for the Austin Chapter. Deb currently devotes her time to writing middle grade novels, crafting educator guides with Guides by Deb, producing The Debcast (a podcast dedicated to the empowering spirit of the female athlete) and various freelance projects. She’s the author of six “transitional” readers for New Zealand publisher, Giltedge, and the forthcoming non-fiction picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019). Deb currently serves as board member for the Michigan Reading Association. She earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.