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Writer's Secret Sauce: What it takes to be a successful Writer
Writer's Secret Sauce: What it takes to be a successful Writer

Thu, Apr 28



Writer's Secret Sauce: What it takes to be a successful Writer

Join us with Laura Backes and Dani Alcorn as they talk about the basic elements of a Writer's Secret Sauce, which they have discovered after studying hundreds of successful authors.

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Apr 28, 2022, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT


About The Event

Have you ever looked at a successful author and thought: “Why isn't that me?”

Or, even worse, have you looked at that author and said to yourself, “That will never be me, why even bother?”

Stop.  Right.  Now.

The writing career you deserve – the career you were meant to have – is right here, within your grasp.

You just need to master the one thing that makes all the difference.

You need your own Secret Sauce, a mix of habits, attitudes, actions, and mindset that the most successful authors on the planet have in abundance. And the good news is that Writer's Secret Sauce is not some magical formula only available to a chosen few. It can be taught, and anyone can learn the path to success as a writer.


Dani Alcorn is the Chief Operating Officer at Writing Academy ( She's also a writing instructor, editor, and mentor. She trained in screenwriting at Northwestern University and worked as a professional medical writer before taking Writing Academy full-time. Dani now works with aspiring authors at all stages, from those just learning to structure their stories to those ready to get into print.

Laura Backes has worked in book publishing since 1986. In 1990 she launched Children's Book Insider, the Children's Writing Monthly, and, along with her husband Jon Bard, created In 2015 Laura and Jon developed the site, which houses online writing courses and webinars on writing, editing and publishing books for children and teens. Laura is a co-founder of the Picture Book Summit online writing conference (established 2015) and technical editor of Writing Children's Book for Dummies (Wiley).


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