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Jack Phillips with Business Writers Conference 2016

“So You Want to Write a Book”

July 27-29 • Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Young Harris, GA

Many professionals are interested in writing books. We have written or edited over 125 books since 1983. We work with all the major publishers, including the top three in the world. We have 46 books with one publisher. Our books have won awards and we have built a business around them. We know how to write a book and we know how to write book proposals that attract the interest of publishers. More importantly, we know how to build a business around a book.




Jack Phillips / ROI Institute, Inc.

Most professionals have very much expertise and knowledge and they want to share it with the rest of the world. This is particularly true for those individuals who have a considerable amount of experience in the corporate world. According to the New York Times, 81% of professionals want to write a book. Unfortunately, the vast majority will never do it. The problem is that they have a mental block when it comes to writing the book. They don’t know how to do it and how to make it work in their busy schedule. Business Week has reported that 3,000 business books are published each year. The bad news is that most will fail miserably. This session will be a very lively discussion about why books fail and how this trend can be prevented. We will describe our Writer’s Conference, where we offer access to the experts and resources, and provide inspiration to learn how to write a book, how the publishing business functions, and how to develop a business around the book.



Kim Hall with Totally Running and Walking and Terri Lawson with Frazier and Deeter


Kim Hall / Totally Running & Walking  Twitter Facebook

Kim Hall is owner of Totally Running & Walking, a specialty running, walking and fitness store located in Cumming, GA.

After a short career in hospital administration, she decided to leave work due to a high risk triplet pregnancy and started running. Running changed her life and became her passion.

In 2012, the marathon running mom of triplets became a self-taught event organizer and started a company called Triple Fun Racing.

Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a BS in Neuroscience.

Terri Lawson / Frazier & Deeter Twitter Facebook Linkedin

Terri Lawson is the Partner-in-Charge of Tax at Frazier & Deeter.  She specializes in estate taxation and planning, fiduciary, gift, and individual income tax. She is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst specializing in divorce planning, cash flow analysis, settlement structuring and evaluation of divorce settlements.

Terri joined the firm after graduation in 1988 as a junior staff and has more than twenty years of experience in preparing and reviewing complex tax returns for individuals, estates and trusts. Client assistance is also provided in the areas of tax, estate, gift, succession and divorce planning. She is also responsible for training and supervising staff accountants on tax engagements.



Roger Quillen with Fisher Phillips and Cleaven Stargill with United Tax and Business


Roger Quillen / Fisher Phillips Twitter Linkedin Facebook

Roger Quillen is the full-time Chairman and Managing Partner of Fisher Phillips. He is effectively the CEO of an organization with 350 attorneys and an additional support staff of more than 300 people. Roger has continuously led the firm for 15 years. The firm has tripled in size under Roger’s leadership and is consistently recognized as one of the country’s elite labor and employment law firms. Fisher Phillips has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers as the “Law Firm of the Year” for Labor and Employment Litigation in 2015 and as the “Law Firm of the Year” for Labor Law – Management for 2016.

The firm has implemented many innovations, including the development of the award-winning Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Leave Calculator App that has been widely praised in the media. Roger has emphasized client service and personally visits 15 clients a year, to hear first-hand about how the firm is performing and to learn if the clients need anything. Roger also helped to develop internal programs to ensure that attorneys and staff across the firm deliver first-rate services to all of the firm’s clients.

Roger has been named one of “The Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resources Executive Magazine every year since 2009.

Cleaven Stargill / United Tax and Business



Michelle Thompson with Thompson Legacy Law


Michelle Thompson / Thompson Legacy Law Linkedin Facebook

My desire to work with individuals and families seeking estate planning and asset protection comes from a very personal place. In my last year of law school, my mom passed away unexpectedly. Losing her was the most disorienting experience of my life.

While experiencing an enormous amount of grief and loss, I was also faced with resolving the complicated legal mess created by the person she trusted with her goals and wishes – her estate lawyer. Even though my Mom had taken steps to get an estate plan in place to ensure her wishes would be fulfilled, the lawyer she had trusted hadn’t taken the time, or perhaps didn’t care enough, to create a plan that would accomplish her goals.