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TO SWEETEN YOUR DAY!
July 18, 2023 5.30pm ET
Bermuda Book Club
Rebecca Roberts hosting
Virtual private event
Aug 23, 2023 1-2pm and 3-4pm EST
Caldwell Public Library 1-2pm
Marian Manor 3-4pm
Reading and talk
Join us to hear about the award-winning Goodbye, Orchid series
Aug 24, 2023 4pm PDT/7pm EST
Adventures by the Book
Fall into Reading Pitchfest
Book clubs, libraries, and readers are welcome to join us for this fun event, in which you’ll hear 5 minute “elevator pitches” for Fall and Winter 2023 reads, including ALWAYS ORCHID.
Aug 28, 2023
KG Book Club
Monday, Aug 28th 2023 7pm ET
Return visit to discuss Orchid Blooming with Marci Ober’s book club
ALWAYS ORCHID Launch Events
October 17, 2023 6-7pm EST
West Caldwell Public Library
IN-PERSON Book talk and signing
Join to hear about the explosive series finale: ALWAYS ORCHID
October 18, 2023 7pm EST
Uncorked Wine & Library Lounge
IN-PERSON Launch Party! Refreshments, libations and book signing…Feel free to dress NYC or Beijing-themed, be media-ready!
650 Union Blvd Totowa NJ
RSVP for headcount purposes (973) 782-4780
October 21, 2023 11am ET
Thunder Road Bookstore
1108 3rd Ave, Spring Lake, NJ
Come get personalized copies of Carol’s 3rd novel, Always Orchid!
October 24, 2023
Always Orchid release day!
Watch this space for bookstore visits, events and signings
Hasty Book List Oct author interview, Lynn Lok-Payne newsletter, Ann Dayleview newsletter, Jeannee Sacken
Arcadia Consulting Olly Woodhead, Alison Grieve/Emma Management Dynamics interview, Kyle Schickner interview, The Bookworm Bernardsville, NJ; Annie McDonnell Write Review author-on-author interview with Jeannee Sacken, Sarena Straus along with Linda’s Book Obsession and Read More Books (with Betty Taylor). Holly Manor Jennie@genesis. All Things Book Marketing podcast Smith Publicity
October 25, 2023 7pm ET
Chester Library book launch!
All are welcome to join for a book talk and signing
Come hear the story behind the story, learn about wounded veterans and secure a personalized copy of the series finale (can be read as standalone): ALWAYS ORCHID
October 26, 2023 7-9pm
Boutique Calia book signing
Join for a launch event and signing
80 Morristown Rd #13, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Sunday October 29, 2023 1-4pm ET
Barnes & Noble Easton PA Always Orchid launch event!
4445 Southmont Way Easton PA
Come learn about Carols 3rd novel, Always Orchid!
November 17, 2023 8.30am-4pm
Rutgers Business School Marketing Summit
Marketing Panel: Analytics & Insights
Professor Mark Burgess, Brooke Simmons
November 18, 2023 11am
NJ Romance Writers workshop
In-Person Persuasion, Presence & Planning: Help Readers Fall in Love with Your Books
With writers increasingly meeting readers at bookstores, book clubs and events, there are more and more opportunities to interact in-person. As an author, have you ever wondered how to engage, what to say and how to present your books? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the 1-2-3 Reader Engagement Framework, the 3 Tenets of Good Presence, and the components of the pre-event planning checklist. You’ll walk away from this workshop with custom ideas for your own pitch and actionable insights to increase your effectiveness at bookstore signings and more!
January 12-14, 2024
Pulpwood Queens Convention
Readers and writers gather to celebrate literature including 2023 International Book-of-the-Month Orchid Blooming and 2024 Book of the Month Always Orchid
Join me for panels and to see me crown the new Hair Ball Queen!
May 1, 2024 – open to the public, call for registration info
Wayne Public Library 20th anniversary Book Club
It’s an honor to celebrate Wayne Public Library’s milestone anniversary by discussing award-winning Goodbye, Orchid
Wayne Public Library (461 Valley Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470)
More to look forward to…
Podcasts: Sylvia@becker-hill.com (June)
Fall 2023 Zena Bookclub
Dec 2023 Azine Press Board meeting
2024 Patti Sesso from Literary Libationists to host mother-daughter book club
Spring 2024 Betty Koval book group discussion
2024: Golden States Romance Writers workshop
Kansas City Book Club
Full Orchid trilogy: Orchid, Blooming, Goodbye Orchid, Always Orchid
Shelley from the Lake Forest IL book club will be hosting me!
Carol’s signature workshops
VIEW SAMPLE WORKSHOPS VIDEO BELOW
Brand Land: What is Author Brand and Why Readers Care
Marketing doesn’t have to be daunting. In this insightful session, Carol will demystify what it means to have an author brand, how it’s much more than a logo and web presence, and why it’s foundationally important to do the thinking behind what you want to stand for. We’ll discuss how to apply archetypes to define your unique brand and the components of an author’s brand framework. We’ll also walk through some real-life examples to show the importance of consistency in visual branding.
Design as Art: 5 Principles to “SPARC” Brilliant Cover Design
Book cover design is a powerful tool to break through the clutter and communicate meaning. Learn about principles of design from a marketing professional. Find out which design elements are most important to keep consistent and why, how to start from your design objectives, and practice assessing design within the right context.
Carol will teach five truths to SPARC great design and share how to apply them to your books:
Truth One: Simplicity breaks through, so don’t stuff everything onto the cover. Focus!
Truth Two: Prioritize your communications hierarchy.
Truth Three: Assess designs against the brief, not personal taste.
Truth Four: Real-life…assess design in situ.
Truth Five: Consistency, consistency, consistency.
Craft Marketing Plans like an Author-preneur
Marketing is the art and science of finding and connecting with your audience. In this hands-on session, Carol will demystify how professional marketers devise marketing plans. As with most success, it starts with setting quantifiable objectives. Carol will cover five principles, along with examples and how to apply them to your book launch:
- Readers have options, so authors need to relentlessly pursue a near perfect product
- Entrepreneurs recruit more promoters than detractors
- Reach then convert
- Plan early; then test, learn and adjust
- Marketing is an act of creativity. Approach with an open mindset
Millennials: Apply Generational insights to your writing
Millennials are the largest generation in the US. Find out how they’re defined and insights that can help you write Millennial characters. This session is for you if you’ve ever wondered what events have shaped this cohort, how they’re affected by the weight of college debt, how they’re the most technologically-dependent and diverse generation, and how they’re still fighting the “me, me, me” stereotype. Come to this hands-on workshop to discover insights to help you write authentic characters from this important generation.
Marketing as Mindset: Discover your superpowers
To market your work, you need an author brand, visual identity and well-crafted marketing plans. After the hard work of writing a book, why do these marketing tasks seem daunting? Come to this workshop to learn from 20+ years of marketing and strategy experience. Find out why marketing isn’t manipulation. Overcome the most common marketing blockers using four simple mindset shifts. Join us to experience why one author said after Carol’s workshop: “You inspire me and fire me up every time. I can’t wait to market my book and my why!”
Persuasion, Presence and Planning: Help Readers Fall in Love with Your Books
With writers increasingly meeting readers at bookstores, book clubs, and events, there are more and more opportunities to interact in-person. As an author, have you ever wondered how to engage, what to say, and how to present your books?
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the 1-2-3 Reader Engagement Framework, the Three Tenets of Good Presence, and the components of the pre-event planning checklist. You’ll walk away from this workshop with custom ideas for your own pitch and actionable insights to increase your effectiveness at bookstore signings and more!
June 28, 2023
Nobody Reads Short Stories
“You hit a home run.” -Lex Gillette, World Record Holder, Paralympian, Speaker
June 21, 2023
Trend Hunter Future Fest NYC
“Thank you for bringing your expertise and sharing your light to inspire others.” -Derya Turan, Trend Hunter
June 14, 2023
Consumer Goods Technology League of Leaders
“You were so articulate and driven in your approach to sustainability and where we need to head in our conversations…as we think about a true North Star. Thank you for your guidance” -Amanda Jones, Senior Vice President for Thinx
June 10, 2023
Passaic County Book Festival
Wonderful book festival sponsored by paterson public library and publishing panel facilitated by shabree henry (from manuscript to bookshelf). Thanks to sean hopkins, joan nixon and tracy francese for coming to visit and the readers who bought all my paperbacks!
June 6, 2023
Pulpwood Queen June International Book of the Month
Pulpwood queen kathy l. murphy outdid herself with a wonderful orchid-themed interview and painting inspired by my goodbye, orchid series. she even chose always orchid as one of her 2024 books of the month!
June 3, 2023
Harmony Brookside Author Signing
Thank you for hosting ella slayne. Great seeing kimberley ash, larry walsh, nadja springer, maryanne mistretta-christiano, edwin aponte, anthony, marissa, amalia, melissa rawley-payne, melanie tweedie, celia green, sylvia jorgenson, kristina pasko and many more!
May 30, 2023
Rockin’ Readers Brandon MS Pulpwood Queens
A wonderful evening with Karen Reed, Gloria Harvey, GiGi Sinyard, Nancy Branton and the rest of the Rockin’ readers!
The book club even prepared ORCHID BLOOMING inspired food!
May 6, 2023
IBPA 40th Anniversary Conference
Innovative Publishing models panel
It was a joy and honor to speak alongside Brooker Warner, Jared Kuritz, Thad McIlroy about publishing models. Attendees said they were inspired to hear about B Corps (more info in my interview, here).
May 4, 2023
Bay Books Coronado, CA
Sold out book signing
Thanks to Maria, Gina, Nancy and all the readers who came and bought 100% of the store’s copies of Goodbye, Orchid and Orchid Blooming!
May 2 and 9, 2023
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Panel
Mars Snacking HQ Newark NJ
April 30, 2023
Brook Hollow Winery Book Signing
April 23, 2023
Literary Libationists Book Club
uncorked lounge totowa, nj
April 18, 2023
Lake Forest Book Club
lake forest, IL
April 13, 2023
Peninsula Book Club
April 1, 2023
Liberty States Fiction Writers’ Conference & Book Fair
March 25, 2023
Golden States Romance Writers
5 principles to spark brilliant cover design
March 23, 2023
West Morris Junior Women’s Spring into Success
Thank you to Holly, Melissa, Liza, Lauren and all the volunteers and readers!
March 9, 2023
Summit NJ Book Club
great Orchid Blooming discussion with Marian Davies, Lisa, Kara, Marie-France, Traci, Leigh, Dominique, Dawn
March 6, 2023
Leonia Public Library panel
Discussion with Ruth A. Casie, Miriam Allenson, Tracey lyons, moderated by terri brisbin
Feb 28, 2023
Red Penguin Books Launchpad: Countdown to Writing Your Book
#1 Amazon New Release in Fiction Writing Reference
Feb 18, 2023
Barnes & Noble Kahului, Hawaii
Feb 12, 2023
Brook Hollow Winery
Valentine’s day book signing
Feb 9, 2023
L.A. Talk Radio
Interview with Jim Bell & Bobbi Jean Bell
Jan 16, 2023
Dec 18, 2022
Buffalo Street Books
Wonderful book signing at Buffalo Street Books. I met lovely readers and sold out of Orchid Blooming and Goodbye Orchid! Here’s a selfie with one of my favorite books!
Nov 19, 2022
Golden States Romance Writers
Thanks to Morgan Moore for inviting me to present this foundational workshop!
Nov 12, 2022
Bookycon Mega Metaverse Conference
Thanks to Nicole Talbott, brant menswar and the readers who joined for a great interview!
Nov 5, 2022
Virginia Romance Writers
Brand land: what is author brand and why readers care
Thanks to Moni Boyce, Kathryn Murphy and the VRW Chapter for a great session!
Nov 1, 2022
Parsippany Public Library
Thanks to Jean-Marie, Dee Ernst, Kimberley Ash and the Parsippany Public Library for a fun event!
Oct 15, 2022
Hoboken Book Festival: Author Talk and Book Signing
Thanks to Ethan, Julie Pu and the Hoboken Public Library for a fun event!
Oct 8, 2022
ASCEND-NJ Inspiring Across Generations Conference
Thanks to Sandip Mehta, Alok Goel and Helen Ahn for welcoming me and Sabahat Khan to speak on the Belonging panel. It was inspiring to share examples of creating space for belonging at work and personally; how intersectionality can amplify our voice; and both challenges and enablers to creating space for inclusion.
Oct 2, 2022
Barnes & Noble Bethlehem / Easton PA
Oct 1, 2022
Liberty States Fiction Writers
Sept 30, 2022
Bridgewater Book Club
Sept 24, 2022
Barnes & Noble St Pete’s Beach Fl
Sept 22-23, 2022
Novelists Inc Conference
Sept 10, 2022
Thunder Road Books launch party
September – October, 2022 (Various times)
Podcasts, Interviews and more:
Storyblender with Steven James 9/20 12pm
Rockin Book Reviews
KOBO Writing Life 9/6 1.30pm ET
DIYMFA podcast 9/1 3pm
Human Potential@Work 9/8 12pm
Story Hour 9/8 4pm
Desideratum 8/30 6pm
Boonton Library Tea Time
Overflowing Bookshelves/Thriving Authors 9/15 4:30pm
Remembering Shanghai blog 9/13
Books Live Forever 9/7
Arell’s Angels FB Group 9/18 7pm
Bookycall launch 8/31
WriteOn! September Spotlight
Steve Sears journalist Mid-Oct
The Storytellers (Dec 12 2022)
IngramSpark Beach Reads Insta
In conversation with hosts Steven James, LuAnn Worley, Rachel Wharton, Lori Walker, Debra Ruh, Kamie Lehman, Kathy Ramsperger, Theresa Bakken, Lotte Newlin, Dallas Woodburn, Claire Chao, Arell Rivers, Grace Sammon and more!
Join me on my launch tour as we discuss extending Goodbye, Orchid into a trilogy, the good/bad/ugly in launching a B Corps (benefits corporation), and how fiction can shine a light on disability awareness. These podcasts and events are captured in the Orchid Blooming media kit!
Sept 7, 2022
Happy to Help Podcast
June 11, 2022
Warren County Parkfest @ Breadlock Park
Bread Lock Park 2627 Rt 57 Stewartsville, NJ 08886
June 4, 2022
Passaic County Book Fair
Novel Thoughts: Fiction Writers Talk about their Inspiration with Aleks Brittain, Youth Services Librarian Ringwood Library
Get to Know the Author: Carol Van Den Hende in conversation with Eleana Cordova, Wayne Public Library Adult Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian
May 21, 2022
Women Who Write Annual Conference
“How to be interviewed for the media and podcasts”
May 17, 2022
Pulpwood Queens Bonus Book-of-the-Month: Goodbye, Orchid
April 21, 2022
Independent Book Publisher’s Association Publishing University
March 26, 2022
Lehigh Valley Book Festival
March 15, 2022
Lake Forest Book Club
March 9, 2022
Peninsula Book Club
February 26, 2022
Thunder Road Bookstore
February 14, 2022
Veterans Breakfast Club
January 13, 2022
Adventures by the Book and Wisconsin Public Library
January 8, 2022
Washington D.C. RW
Nov 20, 2021
RWA Annual Conference
Nov 13, 2021
Boonton Books & Beyond Festival
Nov 6, 2021
Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference
Oct 4, 2021
Zibby Books launch and awards event
Oct 2, 2021
Hoboken Public Library Booktoberfest
Sept 11, 2021
Brand Land: What is Personal Brand & Why Readers Care
aug 7, 2021
Brand Land: What is Personal Brand & How to Craft Yours
june 29, 2021
Personal Brand and How to Craft Yours
may 15, 2021
Women Who Write 10th Annual Conference
may 7, 2021
Junior League of Morristown Luncheon with Authors
february 10 and 20, 2021
The Second Line show with Nola Nash and Write Review interview with Annie McDonnell, JD & Lorie Bridges
febryary 14, 2021
Valentine’s Day celebration
january 26 and Feb 3, 2021
Book Stores: Bethany Beach and Hockessin Book Shop
january 11-12, 2021
“Book Clubs: KG Survival Group and Sparta Book Club”
january 4, 2021
“The Hidden Why Interview with Leigh Martinuzzi”
December 29, 2020
“National Hero Day” Interview with Bronze Star of Valor combat-decorated Doc Jacobs
DECEMBER 16, 2020
“WWW Goodbye, Orchid Book Club”
Women Who Write
DECEMBER 11, 2020
“Tea and Conversation with Cary Memorial Library”
Fun chatting about the inspiration behind Goodbye, Orchid, the writing process and what’s next.
“Now I can’t wait to read this!” – Christine.
DECEMBER 8, 2020
“Harness your Marketing Mindset Superpowers & Craft Marketing Plans like an Author-preneur”
International Womens’ Writing Guild
After this double-header 3-hour hands-on workshop, authors left with a plan, and felt more confident to market like a pro.
“Inspiring and motivating. Wheels turning”
“I feel that I have a plan now”
“Extremely helpful. I feel excited and ready to face marketing.”
“Thanks, Carol, so informative and inspiring.”
“Thanks, Carol! Very well done!” Details Here
DECEMBER 4, 2020
“The Joan Hamburg Show” Interview with the First Lady of Radio
Joan shares her thoughts on Goodbye, Orchid and asks Carol about her Chinese-American background The Joan Hamburg Show
“Publish This! Over Lunch” Interview with David LeGere
PodcastCarol and Dave discuss what’s inspiring in the literary world, how we source ideas from our own experiences…and not, and how Goodbye, Orchid can inspire optimism and empathy . Click here to listen: https://www.instagram.com/woodhallpress/
OCTOBER 27, 2020
International Women’s Writing Guild
Millennials: Applying Generational Insights to writing
“DIYMFA” Podcast Interview with Gabriela Pereira
PodcastVirtual Event Gabriela Pereira and I discuss the three pillars of author marketing, and how Koehler Books and I applied these principles to launch award-winning Goodbye Orchid. https://diymfa.com/328
SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
“She’s Invincible” Podcast Interview with Kamie Lehmann
Carol will be featured on Kamie Lehmann’s entrepreneur podcast, “She’s Invincible” on September 21st. Click here to subscribe to the podcast and listen: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/shes-invincible/id1500146975
Interviews with Jen Lowry, Cari Marquette, John Raab, Jeff Ayers, Steven James, Dorris Burch, r.r. campbell
Discussing award-winning Goodbye Orchid with
Sept 18 Steven James The Storyblender Podcast
Sept 19 Jen Lowry Youtube Interview
Sept 23 Cari Marquette Homemade Sidedgig Podcast
Sept 30 Dorris Burch New Fab You Podcast
Oct 16 r.r. campbell Writescast podcast
Oct 17 John Raab, Jeff Ayers Suspense Magazine interview
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
Carol VanDenHende and Caroline Leavitt Launch Party
Mendham Borough Library
Launch event with New York Times best-selling author Caroline Leavitt
Caroline loves Goodbye, Orchid and says “What do we really owe the ones we love? How far will we go to protect ourselves at the cost of a relationship? When a traumatic accident near-tragically derails a man’s life, can he dare to trust that the woman he adores will stick by him, despite all he’s hidden from her? A richly detailed story of star-crossed lovers that we root for, all told with unforgettable heart and insight.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You, Cruel Beautiful World and With or Without You
SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
World Premiere “Wine and Words: Passion to Reality”
AUGUST 12, 2020
Polka Dot Powerhouse
“Ben Salem Chapter”
Guest speaker: reinvention over three careers
june 6, 2020
Rutgers Writers Conference (COVID cancelled)
“Marketing as Mindset”
New Brunswick, NJ
april 24, 2020
NECRWA Annual Conference (COVID cancelled)
“Brand Land: What is Author Brand and Why Readers Care”
april 4, 2020
Liberty States Fiction Writers Annual Conference (COVID cancelled)
“Design as Art: 5 Principles of Assessing Book Cover Design”
NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Valley Forge Romance Writers
“Craft Marketing Plans Like an Authorpreneur”
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA
OCTOBER 19, 2019
Put Your Heart in a Book Conference
“Marketing as Mindset”
Renaissance Woodbridge Iselin NJ
JUNE 5, 2019
Kimberley Ash “Forget Me” Book Launch
Mendham Boro Library, Mendham NJ
Enjoy a fun-filled, lively evening as Kimberley discusses her background, her books, and her process with Carol Van Den Hende. Wine and light refreshments, as featured in her book “Forget Me,” will be served.
MAY 18, 2019
NJ Romance Writers
“Marketing as Mindset”
Sheraton Edison Hotel, Edison NJ
To market your work, you need an author brand, visual identity and well-crafted marketing plans. After the hard work of writing a book, why do these marketing tasks seem daunting? Come to this workshop to learn from 20+ Years of marketing and strategy experience. Find out why marketing isn’t manipulation. Overcome the most common marketing blockers using four simple mindset shifts. Join us to experience why authors say “You inspire me and fire me up every time!”
MARCH 30-31, 2019
Liberty States Fiction Writers’ 10th Annual Conference
Renaissance Woodbridge Iselin NJ
BRAND LAND: Applying Best Practices in Branding to your Writing Career
In this fun, fast-paced session, Carol will demystify what an author brand is. You’ll learn why branding is important, how to define your own brand, and the most important principle when translating your brand into a visual world (hint: think consistency!)
Chocolate and Books from Around the World
Come take a trip with your favorite stories from around the world and beyond, with chocolate and treats to accompany your visit.
Travel from Italy to France, China and even beyond the stars by exploring favorites like Da Vinci Code, Toujours Provence to newer titles like Crazy Rich Asians and The Martian…
in a multi-media experience accompanied by Italian desserts, chocolate croissants, Chinese candies and MILKY WAY Bars!
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
“Applying Best Practices in Branding to Your Writing Career”
6:00-8:00 PM | The Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave. at 10th Street) New York, NY
What’s more mysterious than marketing yourself as an author? In today’s busy world, attention spans have dropped and it’s tough to break through. So what’s one way to make every marketing investment work harder? Know your brand, translate it into a visual identity and keep the key aspects consistent over time. In this fun, fast-paced workshop, you’ll learn why brand is important, how to use professional marketing tools to define your brand, and the most important portions to keep consistent. means to have an author brand, how it’s much more than a logo and web presence, and why it’s foundationally important to do the thinking behind what you want to stand for. We’ll discuss how to apply archetypes to define your unique brand and the components of an author’s brand framework. We’ll also romp through some real-life examples to show the importance of consistency in visual branding.
SATURDAY: OCTOBER 13, 2018
“Building an Author Platform & Brand: Marketing Books”
Oyster Point Hotel Red Bank, NJ
This presentation will cover the essentials of building and growing a platform and marketing books; what is a platform, who needs one and why, with a focus on branding and promoting. As the necessity for author platforms continues to grow, our goal is to help Authors be able to bring their projects to their readers and increase their visibility so that they sell more books and continue to reach new readers.
AUGUST 10-12, 2018
“Millennials: Applying Generational Insights to Your Writing” and “Applying Best Practices in Design to Your Book Covers”
New York Hilton; New York, NY.
Writing Tips from Writer’s Digest Conference, including: “Be a great collaborator if you are working with a designer. Knowing what you want helps you determine whether you like the design you get and work with the designer to achieve a shared objective.” – Carol Van Den Hende
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