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I shape aspiring writers into successful authors.

Going to speech and drama camp as a teenager taught me two things. One, I’m a terrible actress. And two, I adore writing and authors.

My love for authors and their words drives me to motivate and encourage them to grow. Let me share my passion with your audience to help them get unstuck so they can write their best book and share it with the world. 

Whether it's unraveling the mysteries of self-publishing, coaching on the art of storytelling, or explaining the hottest trends in book marketing, I can help every member of your group find a new level of confidence as an author. 

Keynotes. Panels. 
Workshops. Webinars.

I love helping authors, so if your local writers' group needs guidance on self-publishing or your annual conference is in need of a keynote speaker, I entertain while educating. I can speak with your group on any of the following (live or digital):

  • Bump Up Your Book Sales with Email Marketing — Watch your book sales soar with this in-depth discussion on list building.

  • Don't Be Bamboozled by a Bad Book Editor — Everything your group needs to know about working with a book editor and how to avoid a bad experience.

  • Your Book Marketing Recipe for Sizzling Sales — From social media to your website to an email list, I'll cover everything you need to know so you can create an authentic platform and do the author thing forever. (This is my most popular class!)

  • Self-Publishing Class: Become an A+ Indie Author — We'll follow the Pre-Publishing Checklist all the way to indie success.

  • Wherefore Art Thou, Finished Novel? Fall in Love with Writing Again — How to get out of your slump and conquer that novel. More words written, no poison necessary.

  • Un-Bottle Those Emotions: Strengthening Dialogue with Simple Tricks — We'll use The Emotion Thesaurus as our guide in this interactive session.

  • Writing Wickedly Good Villains — What's your antagonist's trigger? Should I root for the antagonist? What makes an unforgettable villain? We'll learn all of that and more.



What Others Are Saying

"When you hear Shayla Raquel speak, you’ll know she truly loves authors. You’ll also learn she’s hilarious, direct, and wise. Whether it be a keynote, workshop, or panel, Shayla will bring a unique and authentic energy to your audience." —Mike Loomis, Author & Brand Marketer

"Shayla is a dynamic presenter who leverages her knowledge of consumer behavior to increase businesses’ online presence." —Dr. Markel D. Quarles, LVC Entrepreneurs Group

"Shayla Raquel was a great addition to our event. She is knowledgeable about her subject matter and was a joy to listen to. She speaks more as a friend than a lecturer, creating a fun and supportive environment." —Diana Haslet, Enid Writers Group

"So many times, the expectations placed on an author when it comes to promoting their upcoming book can be paralyzing, but Shayla’s talk on marketing and PR was refreshing, inspiring, and totally took the pressure off. She combined broad recommendations with detailed suggestions, and I took a lot away from her presentation." —Shawn Smucker, Author of The Day the Angels Fell

"Our church (Living Victory Church, Bakersfield, CA) has an Entrepreneurs Group. This group consists of business owners in our community. We invited Shayla to conduct a webinar on the topics of marketing and social media for small businesses. I have always had great results from Shayla's work, but she somehow exceeded our expectations. Her presentation was informative and clear; her presentation style was articulate and welcoming. Anyone would benefit greatly from Shayla's services." —Dr. Dwayne Cantrell, Senior Pastor, Living Victory Church



Recent Engagements

Dwayne Cantrell's Entrepreneur Group

Enid Writers' Club — Enid, OK

WORDFest, Writers' Organizations 'Round Dallas — Hurst, TX

Writers' Retreat, God's Whisper Farm — Radiant, VA

WORDFest 2.0 — Hurst, TX

Self-Publishing Advice Conference (Virtual) 

Yukon Writers' Society, (Hosting) The Business of Being a Writer — Yukon, OK 

Dallas Fort-Worth Writers Conference — Hurst, Texas

Writing Workshops Dallas — Dallas, TX 

Dallas Nonfiction Authors Association — Dallas, TX

Yukon Writers' Society Conference, Writer Olympics (Hosting) — Yukon, Oklahoma

Granbury Writers' Bloc — Granbury, TX — October 22, 2018

Upcoming Engagements

February 24, 2019: Self-Publishing Class: Become an A+ Indie Author (Dallas Writing Workshop)

March 23, 2019: WORDFest (more info coming soon)

March 24, 2019: Your Book Marketing Recipe for Sizzling Sales (Dallas Writing Workshop)

April 7, 2019: Writing Wickedly Good Villains (Dallas Writing Workshop)


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