Speakers Bureau

Many of our author members are experts in their field and are available to give presentations or do media interviews. Here, in alphabetical order, you'll find their Bio and Speaking Topics. 

If you are an SLPA member experienced in public speaking and would like to be featured in our Speaker’s Bureau, here are our GUIDELINES to submit your information.

Linda Austin
St. Louis , MO

Linda grew up listening to her mother's stories of childhood in Japan around the time of WWII and wrote Cherry Blossoms in Twilight to preserve those memories.

She is an advocate for life writing and encourages others to capture their own memories and those of their elders.
• Capturing Our Stories

• Publishing and Marketing Your Book

• Social Media for Authors

• Japanese Culture

Fee: Negotiable
Expense Reimbursement:


Bob Baker
St. Louis, MO

Bob Baker is a full-time author and independent publisher who has developed a successful niche writing and speaking about music marketing and self-promotion for songwriters, musicians and bands. He is serving his fourth term as president of the St. Louis Publishers Association.

Bob is also an active speaker, blogger and podcaster who is passionate about showing creative people how to make the most of their talents using the Internet and low-cost guerrilla marketing tactics.

His books include "Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook," "55 Ways to Promote & Sell Your Book on the Internet," "Unleash the Artist Within," and more.

• Guerrilla Music Marketing
• How to Publish & Promote Your Own Book
• How to Use the Internet and Social Media to Build a Brand Identity Online

Fee: Negotiable
Expense Reimbursement: negotiable
For musicians:
For authors: FullTimeAuthor.com

Bobbi Linkemer
St. Louis, MO

Bobbi Linkemer is a writing coach, ghostwriter, editor, and the author of 23 books. How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From Planning to Promotion in 6 Simple Steps was the basis of her long-running course for the Continuing Education Division of St. Louis Community College and her online courses for aspiring authors. She has guided 27 authors through the steps of writing, publishing, and promoting their nonfiction books and published many of them through her firm, LinkUp Publishing.

• All aspects of the writing, publishing, promotion process
• How to write a nonfiction book proposal that explains and sells your book to agents and acquisition editors
• How to turn your blog into an e-book
• Why every author needs at least one editor and how to find a right one

Speaking fee: negotiable
Expenses: negotiable

Lynnette Schuepbach 

Highland, Illinois

Whether she is speaking to students, parents, teachers or organizations, Lynnette's entertaining presentations encourage literacy and creativity.

She'll give information and facts or teach you hands-on projects in a way that keeps audiences interested as well as motivated to find their own way to fulfill a life's dream.

Puppetry Brings Books to Life (Hands-on)

Creativity Games
Taking Care of You - The Road to Creativity

Creativity! How Does Your Garden Grow?
Bring in the Creative Cavalry (Hands-on)

Illustrating - Pictures Tell the Story (Hands-on)

Speaking Fee:

Expense Reimbursement:


Edward F. Sylvia, MTS
Troy, Illinois

Philosopher/Theologian Ed Sylvia makes connections between the everyday and the extraordinary with a unique spiritual perspective. He challenges and inspires with startling concepts and sometimes a touch of humor. Ed attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and went on to a career writing for some of the world’s largest advertising agencies in New York, St. Louis and Chicago. He received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

Award-winning author of Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden, his newest book, Proving God, fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of Love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. Ed will tailor a presentation to any spiritual topic.

Sample Topics:
• Growing Your Inner Garden
• Love is the Ultimate Science
• A 22,000 Year Old Christmas Card
• The New Physics and The New Jerusalem
• Spiritual Beauty Tips
• Proof of God
• Living Forever

Speaking fee: Negotiable
Expenses: Reimbursed for travel outside of St. Louis metro area
Website: www.edwardfsylvia.com

Sue Sylvia
Metro St. Louis area

Sue designs all the books and marketing materials for Staircase Press. Additionally, she designs books and marketing programs for other small publishers. Sue also mentors authors and publishers on marketing and publishing while designing their books.

In addition to her "publishing life," she is an award-winning 30-year ad agency veteran and is currently the Copy Editing Supervisor at Momentum, a global marketing agency.

Sue speaks and offers workshops on a variety of design, marketing and publishing topics. She's always happy to customize a presentation to meet your needs.

Topics include:
 Lookin' Good on a Budget
 Marketing From The Inside Out
 How an Idea Becomes a Book
 Getting Your Book Into The Marketplace
 Designing Your Book For Success
• Marketing with your ISBN

Speaking fee:
Expenses: reimbursed for travel outside of the St. Louis metro area

Kim Wolterman
St. Louis, MO

Kim Wolterman is an author and owner of Provenance Publishing LLC. A member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Publishers Association, Kim also teaches a class on how to write, publish and promote non-fiction books. Additionally she conducts workshops on how to research the history of a home, the topic of two of her books.

book publishing
ebook publishing

writing a book proposal
turning your blog into a book

researching house history

Speaking fee:

Expenses: negotiable
Blog: www.writeformation.com

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