What have you published in the past ten years? Books, stories, opinions? Ten books with traditional publishers, including Tyndale House, Howard Books, and Atria (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). My most recent book (EVERYTHING WE DIDN’T SAY) was a Book of the Month pick for October 2021, featured in People magazine, and is an Amazon Editors’ Pick.
Baart has appeared on radio, television, and podcasts to discuss writing.
Okoboji Writers’ Retreat Topics
- Make Your Prose Sparkle We all know that a gripping plot + likable characters + a great setting = the recipe for a good book. But if you want to make your writing really extraordinary you can’t forget the prose. In this workshop I’ll give you the tools you need to take your writing to the next level–and help you avoid the pitfalls over overwriting. Knowing how to spice your work with gorgeous prose is a skill you can learn and refine, and this advanced course is guaranteed to level up your writing.
- Marketing & Publicity 101 After writing and traditionally publishing eight books (and feeling at the mercy of a marketing and publicity department that I had little contact with), I decided to take matters into my own hands. In this workshop I’ll walk you through my “Year of Yes” and share the things that worked (and those that didn’t) on my path to publishing my breakout novel, Little Broken Things. Did my efforts land Little Broken Things in People magazine? Or was it all dumb luck? We’ll explore the things authors can do to promote their books and I’ll let you decide.
- Mistakes Aspiring Writers Make (& How to Avoid Them) Using information gathered from over 40 published authors, agents, and editors, I’ll share some embarrassing moments and serious faux pas that trip up new writers. We’ve made these mistakes so you don’t have to! This often funny (sometimes cringey) workshop will help you identify and avoid pitfalls on the road to publication.
Baart will also appear on panels related to Storytelling, Fiction, and Forming a Writers Group.
What Baart has found best about coaching beginners and professional writers?
Flexibility! Sometimes I have an entire presentation ready to go, and when I read the room I realize that my plan has to be completely scrapped. Writers come from so many different backgrounds and experiences, and it’s important to be able to go with the flow.