WHAT IS YOUR WORDS | YOUR WAY RETREAT?

YOUR WORDS | YOUR WAY is a Self Publishing, Marketing and Writing Retreat designed to help you craft the path to realizing your publishing dreams. There is so much information out there on how to self publish, market, grow your list, build your tribe and turn writing into a career but it is so confusing and overwhelming. Do you follow the trends and apply "tactics" to your work for quick sales or do you press on and insist on high-quality work? Or, do you combine the two approaches in a manner that best suits your work and message? Perhaps, you just get started, learn the hard way, waste time and money and become buried in unanswered questions and then promise yourself that 2019, 2020, or 2021 will be the year you publish your book instead?

I can help make it happen THIS year.


The YOUR WORDS | YOUR WAY Retreat has been designed so an intimate group of participants can learn how to set up an author platform so that they can  launch businesses, speaking careers, or a social movement with their books. Jennifer will save you years of heartache and wasted money by sharing her journey and her winning process for making it happen. 

The Retreat is designed for the writer who is ready to leap into the wonderful & exciting world of self publishing. We will discuss the pros and cons of self publishing and traditional publishing, so you understand which choice is best for you and your work. We will explore how to use Amazon's Self Publishing Platform and KDP to publish your books in both print and ebook format. We will explore other methods of distributing your work and what that might mean to your bottom line and your sanity. The Retreat has also been designed to give you time to incorporate what you learn about self publishing and marketing into your manuscript, even if your manuscript is only in rough outline form at this time.


WHO IS THIS FOR?
This Retreat is for you if:
 - you have a story that needs to be heard
 - you are a coach or practitioner who wants to increase your visibility and credibility with a book
 - you are interested in launching a speaking career with a book
 - you believe deeply in a cause that needs your voice
 - you have a character in your head that speaks to you, and he/she is begging to be heard by others, or 
 - you want to record a family history so your children will have all the details of their ancestry.


Whatever your topic, you have declared that 2018 will be the year you publish your book. You may not be sure where to begin in the process and you want some guidance, support, and mentorship as you move towards accomplishing this exciting dream. You need someone to ask questions of, knowing you will be honored and respected regardless where you are on this wonderful journey. And, you need time away from regular life to focus on what needs to be done. You want to be surrounded by others who are navigating this same process so you can learn from them as well.

Did you know over 80% of people want to publish a book? Did you know that very few actually do because the task seems too big, too scary and too overwhelming. This Retreat was designed so that people who want to write and self publish their work, can write and self publish their work AND still eat dinner with their loved ones.


LOCATION
The Retreat is held at the beautiful & inspiring Elk Ridge Resort in Saskatchewan. You can travel to Elk Ridge by car from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in approximately 2h and 15 minutes.  Surrounded by forest in a tranquil setting, you will have the luxury of focusing on what you have come here to do and when your mind tires and your ideas run dry, you are a few steps away from the creative inspiration and fresh energy that the earth can provide. We just don't get that kind of creative flow in the city... with the kids, or the partner, or the demands of the job, or stuck in traffic, or surrounded by commotion. This is a RETREAT, not the Days Inn.

The goal of this Retreat is to learn
- about self publishing and the many ways you can begin marketing your book AS you write it
- what things you need to establish an author platform
- how to get your readers invested in your book before you release it
- about the elements you can incorporate in your books to grow your list, tease your tribe and make your readers LOVE you (key to your building long term success).
Also, no writing retreat would be complete without some mention of the nitty gritty things like ISBN's, imprints, and formatting! And of course, time to write, reflect, share and grow as a writer! AND... FULL ACCESS to Jennifer to ask all your questions!

 
CURIOUS? LET ME TELL YOU MORE.
During our time together, we’ll be brainstorming, outlining, sharing, reflecting, and writing your book while learning about marketing and self publishing strategies that will help make your work flow less overwhelming.

You don't quite have your outline done? 
No problem, we can work on that together!
You almost have the entire book written?
Awesome. Let's get you some feedback and insight from other participants and then let's start incorporating some marketing strategies into your writing so you can turn your readers into fans and create a tribe! 
Having trouble making the time to actually write your book?
Easy peasy – you will have some time here to focus and get your rough ideas down on paper! 

Not a fan of actually writing but have a story to share?

Oh la la! I can help you with that too! I will share with you how my daughter wrote her entire book without her pen!
You have written lots but have some specific questions that you need help with?
Awesome! We can address those in the evening mini-masterminds where smaller groups meet to discuss their specific needs while the others have time to write.

Are you thinking, "This is great but what about when I get home and I need help?"
We will be able to chat and ask questions in the SPECIAL RETREAT PARTICIPANT FACEBOOK GROUP before the Retreat so everyone knows what to expect before they arrive. This group can also be used to find a partner to share accommodation and travel should you wish to share costs.  We will meet after the Retreat as a group on a video Zoom call to troubleshoot and move you along in your personal journeyPlus, I give you free access to STOKE Publishing's Book Promotion Facebook Group. As a member of this very elite retreat, you will have the OPTION of having your book published under the STOKE Publishing Imprint. This means you can essentially sit on the fence between "Do It Yourself" Self Publishing and Traditional Publishing.  In a nutshell, this means you can have me as your book consultant and you have someone managing (and in some case) doing the preparatory work for your book launch and marketing so you don't have to!  Details to be discussed with individual authors.

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN US?

- ELK RIDGE is the perfect place to feed your soul, nourish your mind and allow creative flow to build!
- Doing this writing thing alone can be totally defeating and uninspiring!
- A mentor can help you bypass half the agony of being lost in the self publishing vortex!
- A little accountability and focus go a long way to getting things done!
- Investing in yourself and your dreams makes you a more awesome person! 

And... when your mind gets weary and flat, you will have time each afternoon to explore the forest ... or should you be so inclined ... nap and write, rinse and repeat. I cannot explain what happens when you have been focusing hard on your work and then ... you fade and hit a snag. At YOUR WORDS | YOUR WAY you can step away to replenish yourself in nature ... the creative abundance that follows is where the magic is made! A mix of focus and exploration is critical.



MEET YOUR HOST, JENNIFER SPARKS

Jennifer began her writing/self publishing career in 2014. She is the creator of the STOKE Publishing Imprint and a bestselling, self published author of over seven books.  Jennifer's journey has been full of adventures and opportunities to learn. She is excited to greet each one of you and support you as a writer & published author!

She is also a speaker, teacher, Ironman triathlete, certified life coach and personal trainer. She approaches the task of self publishing from a very hands-on practical perspective. For the second time, she will be sharing everything with an intimate group of people who are ready to to become published authors! Jennifer is also a teacher librarian and holds a Masters Degree in Children's Literature from Texas A&M University.
 
Jennifer is a straight shooter. She insists that her clients understand they must show up, deliver and stand behind the power in their work and that being self published does NOT mean you have to compromise on quality or impact.
In fact, it means you can control them both!

AGENDA

Your Writing Adventure Awaits
Three days packed full of writing, beautiful scenery and more! (schedule subject to change)

Friday, Nov 24th: Day 1

  • 3pm-6pm: Plan travel to arrive at the resort sometime between 3-6pm. Get settled in your room and then enjoy a Group Welcome Dinner.
  • 6pm-8pm: Group Welcome Dinner in the Dining Room (included in fee)
  • 8pm-9pm: Table Talk over Tea - Let's get a grip on where we are all in the process and talk about our book ideas!

Saturday, Nov 25th: Day 2

  • 8:00am: Breakfast on your own
  • 8:30- 11:30: Sessions & Writing Time
  • 11:30-12:30: Lunch on your own
  • 12:30-2:30: Sessions & Writing Time
  • 2:30-5pm: Rejuvination Break/Writing Time
    Forest Trails/ Explore/Take in the Spa (Pre-book and not included), Nap or ... Write.
  • 5pm-7:00pm: Dinner on your own/groups - We can meet for casual pub meal.
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm: Scheduled Mini Masterminds in Small Groups/Writing Time
    Questions answered in smaller group sessions (3 people/30 minutes or 6 people/60 minutes). While one group Masterminds the other group writes, then switch. This will take place in the WhiteTail Room - it's casual but effective. Very specific questions to YOUR needs are discussed. Shorter one-on-one's may be availible depending on group size.

Sunday, November 26th: Day 3
8am: Breakfast on your own
8:30- 11:00: Sessions & Writing Time
11:00 - 11:30: Unstructure appliation & integration time (Check out)

11:30-12:30: Lunch on your own
12:30-2:30: Sessions & Writing Time
2:30: 30 min break

3:00-5pm: Final sessions/topics based on needs and Q & A

Depart for home around 5 PM. 

Don't Miss The YOUR WORDS | YOUR WAY Self Publishing, Marketing and Writing Retreat!

Reserve your spot before we're sold out! 

VENUE

ELK RIDGE Resort 

Box 130
Waskesiu Lake Saskatchewan
S0J 2Y0
Canada Toll Free (Canada): 800.510.1824
Phone: 306.663.4653
www.elkridgeresort.com

Elk Ridge Resort is Saskatchewan's premier all season resort. Located in a friendly luxurious setting in the heart of the boreal forest. Championship Golf, Fine Dining and outdoor experiences are abundant at Elk Ridge and in the surrounding areas of the Lakeland region and Prince Albert National Park. Awarded with TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence and Recognized as Reader's Digest Top 9 Must See Canadian Winter Destinations. Year round we are your perfect getaway for the Family, Wedding, Corporate meeting and more.

More about the venue

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE?

Because Elk Ridge Resort is set away from the city, I have done my best to make the Retreat as affordable as possible while still allowing for some time to decompress and explore the local area on your down times. Afterall, this IS a retreat!

Welcome Dinner on Day 1
Sessions from 8:30am-11:30am and 12:30-2:30pm on Day 2
and extended until 5 pm on Day 3
Rejuvination Break 2:30-5pm Day 2  
Evening Mini Masterminds/Writing Time from 7-10pm on Day 2 
All handouts/ Resources/Facebook Community
Zoom Group Call: one post retreat
Option to publish under the
STOKE Publishing Imprint so that your book gets done!

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

Your hotel rooms - you must book them!
Your meals (Except the welcome dinner in the dining room)

Your travel to & from the resort
(fuel, car rental, airfare, travel insurance and cancellation insurance)
Transportation to the resort if arriving by air, bus, etc
(rental cars avail from Saskatoon airport and can be shared with others arriving around the same time - you can use the Facebook Group to arrange group rides)
Any extra curricular activities (spa, shopping, etc).
 

YOUR INVESTMENT
What if all this did was give you time and focus to finally finish your book. Would it be worth it?
You will enjoy 3-days of writing, learning, resting, laughing, brainstorming, eating, and writing some more. If you want to get some writing done, learn about self publishing, and get some relaxation in a peaceful location -- then The YOUR WORDS | YOUR WAY Retreat Is For You!
Plus, you get open access to pick Jennifer's brain the entire time so that you leave here with your publishing plan all set AND you have the option of publishing under the STOKE Publishing Imprint.

ARE YOU READY?

RETREAT APPLICATION

$497+GST
Transferrable but non refundable.

 

  • ZOOM Group Call Post Retreat
  • Welcome Package
  • Welcome Dinner Day 1 & Table Talk
  • All Day Sessions Day 2
  • Mini-Mastermind PM  Day 2
  • All Day Sessions Day 3
  • Access to Self Publishing 101 Video Course
  • Handouts / Resources / Private Facebook Community
  • Option to Publish Under STOKE Publishing Imprint