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january 13, 2022
Book Bingo (New Year, New Reads): a Virtual Adventure with Amery Area (Wisconsin) Public Library
This free event features presentations by book club favorite authors: B.A. Shapiro, Keisha Bush, Carol Van Den Hende, Caroline Leavitt, Heather Webb, and Wendy Voorsanger, an interactive virtual game of bingo, and fun prizes. All you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well) to learn about these great new reads!
Carol’s signature workshops
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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 she applied them to award-winning Goodbye, Orchid.
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.
Carol used these principles on her novel Goodbye Orchid, which won the Royal Dragonfly Award for Best Cover Design (one of nine awards). Her insights on book cover design have been featured in Pen to Print, Creative Indie, and the Writescast podcast.
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 now the largest generation in the US. Find out 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 discuss applying these insights to reaching or writing 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!”
Nov 20, 2021
RWA Annual Conference
Boonton Books & Beyond Festival
Nov 6, 2021
Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference
Zibby Books launch and awards event
Oct 2, 2021
Hoboken Public Library Booktoberfest
Sept 28, 2021
Interview with Mary Oyediran
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