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LAST CHANCE for EARLY BIRD, Chanticleer Authors Conference

Last chance to get an early bird rate for the Chanticleer Author Conference. The Early Bird rate was supposed to end January 10th, but the boss is away for the weekend so the deal is extended for a few more days. Register before the error is corrected!

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.

Registration includes lunches & dinners (and our Awards Gala), and space for your books on the book fair sale tables in our fully staffed book room, open to the public.

Featured Speakers

  • Margie Lawson, Editor (psychologically based editing and character building)  and International Speaker
  • Eileen Cook, Author, Writing Consultant, Editor
  • Chris Humphreys, Author, Actor, Swordsman
  • Kathy L. Murphy, founder of the Pulpwood Queens, Timber Guys, Splinters (YA), and Pinecones (children’s books) Book Club Organization (611 chapters)
  • Shari Stauch, CEO of Where Writers Win
  • Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon, NY Times, WSJ Best-selling author – the undisputed king of legal thrillers
  • Diane Isaacs A-list Hollywood film producer

Session 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.
  • Kaffee Klatsches (KK) – Informal gatherings led by some of our speakers and guests.

Chanticleer Book Reviews: A Year of Contests

Cygnus Awards – Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel Awards Writing Contest – Deadline Jan. 31, 2017 – ENTER

Journey Awards – Narrative Nonfiction Awards Writing Contest – Deadline Feb. 28, 2017 – ENTER

Global Thriller Awards – Thriller & Lab Lit Awards Writing Contest – Deadline Feb. 28, 2017 – ENTER

Mystery & Mayhem (M&M) Awards – Cozy Mystery Writing Contest – Deadline Mar. 31, 2017 – ENTER

Dante Rosetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Writing Contest – May 30, 2017 – ENTER

Gertrude Warner Awards – Middle Grade Fiction Novel Writing Contest – May 30, 2017 – ENTER

Chaucer Awards – Historical Fiction Writing Contest (Pre-1750s) – June 30, 2017 – ENTER

Goethe Awards – Historical Fiction Writing Contest (Post-1750s) – June 30, 2017 – ENTER

Laramie Awards – Western Writing Contest – July 31, 2017 – ENTER

The Chatelaine Awards – Romantic Fiction Writing Contests – Aug. 31, 2017 – ENTER

Clue Awards – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Fiction Writing Contest – Sept. 30, 2017 – ENTER

Little Peeps Awards – Children’s Books Early Readers Writing Contest – Sept. 30, 2017 – ENTER

Ozma Awards – Fantasy Fiction Writing Contest – Oct. 31, 2017 – ENTER

The Paranormal Awards – Paranormal Fiction Writing Contest – Oct. 31, 2017 – ENTER IF YOU DARE

Somerset Awards – Literary, Contemporary & Mainstream – Nov. 30, 2017 – ENTER

Finalists and First place Winners announced as the judges send us their results, Grand Prizes announced at our Awards Gala April, 2018 at the Hotel Bellwether as part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference.

Prize: $200 Grand Prize, and eligibility for $1000 CBR Best Book and Overall Grand Prize. First in category winners receive book review package worth $345.

Entry Fee: $55

Women writers paid residency in Alaska

From Dana Stabenow’s blog: “…in 2017, Frederica Cabin at   Storyknife will host four women writers, one each in the months of June, July, August and September. The application period begins today, December 15th and runs through January 27th.”

Women writers can apply for a residency at the cabin outside of Homer, Alaska, with a $250 per week stipend paid at the residency’s end. The residency will be for one woman each month of June, July,  August, and September of 2017.  Applications close January 27, 2017 for the 2017 residency.

Go to her Storyknife Writers Retreat page for more detail, and to apply:


Holiday Promotions From Chanticleer Book Reviews

Hello Whatcom Writers!

cbr-500x489Chanticleer is an Editorial Book Review company based in Bellingham, WA. We also run several genre writing contests, have a yearly writers conference in town, and many other services for writers.

We have a couple of great promotions going on for the holidays, one for our editorial reviews, and the other for our Chanticleer Author Conference March 30-April 2, 2017.

The Chanticleer Author Conference #CAC17 is not your average author conference. The mission of CAC is to help authors sell more books. We have a focus on marketing and the business side of publishing for both indie and traditional authors.

More Bang For Less Bucks Book Review Promo Code

Now through midnight on November 30, 2016, we are offering you $75 off the cost of our Chanticleer Book Review for a limited time. (get a voucher for valid for one year after purchase if your book isn’t quite ready yet).

Purchase your book review with the code Thankyou75 before November 30th.

Last Chance for Super Savings on the Authors Conference

Now through midnight on December 31, 2016, we are offering $50 off the current Early Bird rate for the Chanticleer Author Conference for a limited time. 

Purchase your conference package with the code 50CAC1716 before December 31st.

We are truly grateful for your support, and we could not think of a better home for our business than Bellingham.

Your devoted book promoting allies,
The Chanticleer Book Reviews Team

Poetry Night Cafe

Welcome one and all to the South Fork Valley’s annual celebration of the rhyme and reason of the written and spoken word



Saturday, November 12, 2016, 7:00PM in the Van Zandt

Community Hall, 4106 Valley Highway, Deming, Wash. (corner of Highway 9 and Potter Road).

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Feel free to bring a potluck dessert dish to share.

Sponsored by: South Fork Valley Community Association (SFVCA) and Deming Library.

Poetry Night Café 2016

  • Support and enjoy local poets and storytellers as they recite from their works
  • Share a “groovy” time with your “beatnik” friends and neighbors
  • Partake of delectable edibles
  • Be the coolest cat on your block!


Media Contacts:

Erin Suda, Deming Library,, 360-592-2422

Matthew Thuney, SFVCA,, 360-305-6939 (voice/text)