Norwalk Inn and Conference Center
​99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT
September 7-9, 2018 

Barbara Samuel (also known as Barbara O’Neal) is the bestselling author of more than 40 books. In 2012, she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall Of Fame, and she has won seven RITA awards. Her books have been published in more than a dozen countries, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil, and Australia/New Zealand. One of her recent women’s fiction titles, The Lost Recipe for Happiness (written as Barbara O’Neal) went back to print eight times, and her book How to Bake a Perfect Life was a Target Club pick in 2011.

Whether set in the turbulent past or the even more challenging present, Barbara’s books feature strong women, families, dogs, food, and adventure—whether on the road or toward the heart.

Now living in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Barbara lives with her partner, Christopher Robin, an endurance athlete, along with her dog and cats. She is an avid gardener, hiker, photographer and traveler who loves to take off at dawn to hike a 14er or head to a faraway land. She loves to connect with readers and is very involved with them on the Internet.

Marketing Expertand Author Assistant

Mel Jolly

Friday, September 7, 2018  4-6 pm  Cost: $60

Newsletters: The Author’s Powerhouse Tool

Of all the various ways an author can connect with readers, the newsletter is often overlooked, even though it is among the most powerful and useful tools for reaching readers directly. In this workshop we’ll talk about the importance of a mailing list, how to develop one and keep it growing, and what kind of newsletters work best, as well as what not to do. We’ll also discuss how often to send a newsletter, and what kind of content engages readers and keeps them interested in having you in their inbox. As a special bonus, we’ll cover how to use free online tools to make eye-catching graphics for your newsletter and social media. Bottom Line: your newsletter can be a powerful tool for reaching readers without being complicated. If your newsletter (or lack of a newsletter) has ever caused you to feel stressed and overwhelmed, you don’t want to miss this workshop!

 About Mel Jolly:
Mel Jolly, Project Manager and Assistant for multiple NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors, has been "Keeping Authors Out of the Loony Bin Since 2009."  Mel started out as a Library Assistant in Young Adult Services where she specialized in outreach to at risk teens at juvenile detention centers and group homes. Mel has always had a true passion for connecting readers (and non-readers) to books and now enjoys channeling that energy into teaching all authors the tips and tricks she’s learned about how to thrive in the publishing industry through workshops and her weekly newsletter. Mel also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, which means she’s not afraid of a challenge, a crowd, or a little drama! If you want weekly tips and tricks on how to reach more readers and be less stressed, sign up for Mel’s newsletter at


Newsletters: The Author’s Powerhouse Tool

Friday, September 8, 2017  4-6 pm  Cost: $50

Fiction Fest 2018