Announcement: Death in the Family

Over the last several months, it’s been my intention to start classes back up and also to run my radio show, and if you’re a follower of this site you know it hasn’t happened.
I wanted to let you know the reason, and also to let you know we are going to get things up and running again, but possibly not until fall.

Many of you know that my 22 year old son, Anthony, has been fighting cancer for the last three years. He underwent 3 different sessions of cancer – the first for 6 month, the second for 8 months and third for 9 months. He also had a total of 4 operations, including one to remove most of his colon, a second to remove part of his liver and the tumors, and then he also did a couple sessions of radiation treatment.

Each time, the doctors pronounced him cancer free, and each time, a month or so later, the cancer came back, harder and more destructive than before.

Last summer (2013), after consulting with two oncologists and a surgeon, and finding out that more surgery and more chemo were on their plans – but that neither was expected to work, based on what had been going on, Tony made the decision to stop being what he called a ‘science experiment’.

He chose to live his life on his own terms, for however long that might be. He created a kind of ‘bucket list’ of things he wanted to do in his life, and he set out working on those things. But the most important choice he made was to be present in the lives of the people he cared about the most. Many of his friends didn’t know he even had cancer, in fact, it wasn’t unti December that an acquaintance “outed him” by posting a photo of him on Facebook and talking about his courage.

However, that, in the long run was a blessing, because it opened the door and space for those conversations Tony didn’t know how to start, and it helped his friends to get closer to him, and meant he didn’t have to spend any energy explaining what he had been going through.

And I was privileged to get to spend my time with him, helping him and walking this last part of the journey with him. So, although my intentions to keep classes open and continue running my radio show were good – in the end, my priority was being with my son.

My son gave up his struggle in this life two weeks ago. And now, I’m picking up the pieces of my life, and starting to decide what I want to focus my energy on, and where I want to spend my time.

I believe in the Writer’s Business Academy and the mission and values it was founded on. I believe that every writer can make a good living from their writing – and should be able to support themselves as a freelance or independent writer, if that’s their goal.

I believe that together we can get rid of the ‘starving artist’ mentality that keep many writers and authors making less than $10,000 a year, and being forced to work at another ‘job’ to support their families and their passion for writing.

I believe that the Writer’s Business Academy can give you the tools, the education and the support you need to build the ‘business side’ of your writing business, to make your dreams of being a full time writer or author – and bieng able to support yourself doing it – are entirely possible and within your grasp.

But I am also going through the process of grieving for my son… Which is strange, because I know with every fiber of my being that he lives on, just on another plane of existence… In any case, if it’s possible to be both devestated and joyous at the same time, that’s what I’m feeling right now, as I right this post.

Which is why I’m going to be taking things with the Writer’s Business Academy slowly. I will be setting up courses, finding additional experts to interview, and also to provide courses or workshops, but it will be at the pace it is meant to be, for my – and all of ours – highest good.

I also want to let you know that i’m in the process of deleting the current database of subcribers from this site. I will be setting up a sign up page if you want to continue to get notifications, if you want to find out more about being a student and if you want to take classes, listen in to interviews – or even if you’re interested in teaching a workshop. The notification list will ensure you get the latest information about what’s going on.

And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us, using the contact form.

Thank you for your understanding, your support and your emails and comment on Facebook. They have all be read and appreciated.

Have a great summer…


Cheryl Antier


Business Breakthroughs Radio Starts February 4th, 2014!


microphone on airAre you ready to make 2015 YOUR year? Are you looking for a breakthrough in your writing business this year?

Then mark your calendar for February 4th, because the Writer’s Business Academy is bringing back Business Breakthroughs radio!

And this year, we’re going to rock your world – and your writing business – with our lineup of guests and superstars!

You’re going to learn how to add additional streams of income to your writing business…

How to find high paying clients…

How to get your book written – and published this year…

How to build a following…
How to market your boooks, your business and your services…

How to decide what niche is right for you…

How to become the ‘go to’ specialist in your niche… even if you’re just starting out…

And much, much more!

To find out who is going to be interviewed, sign up so you don’t miss a thing. (The form is on the top right hand side of this page!)


Winter 2014 Registration Opens February 8th!

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Watch the site for a full list of available classes fr this quarter, including:

Google+ for Authors and Writers

Understanding Facebook for Authors and Writers

SEO Basics for Authors and Writers

Using YouTube to Promote Your Books or Writing Business

Promotion Strategies with Pinterest

Creating a Successful Book Launch

Publicity 101 for Authors and Writers

How to Get Media Interviews for Your Book or Writing Business

Understanding Copyright 101

How to Market Your Writing Business

Building the Business Side of Your Writing Business

List Building for the Author or Freelance Writer

WordPress Basic Training for Authors and Freelance Writers


Sizzlin’ Summer Guest Today at Noon ET: Diane Dennis

Callingall authors: Learn how to get media intervews!


Today’s Sizzlin’ Summer Brown Bag Lecture guest is Diane Dennis!
Diane is the founder and president Diane Dennis lends her extensive experiences and skills in television, radio and print to the organizations that Inspired Media Communications serve. Diane created Inspired Media Communications from an unmet need she saw in the marketplace for razor sharp messages that resonate with audiences, customers and community members.

Founded in 2005, Inspired Media Communications has served an impressive group of companies who have met their goals in creating more community awareness and increasing customers. Inspired Media Communications customers have been featured on television segments, prime time news shows, magazines and newspapers.

If you’ve got questions for Diane, you can call in live to the radio show here: (213) 559-2986



New Classes for Fall Quarter

We are putting together new classes and new teachers for the fall quarter, and we think you’re going to be very excited!

  • Copy writing 101 – Learn the basics of copy witing. Ramp up your own copy or learn what to do to write for clients.
  • Publishing Your Book to Kindle - learn the ins and outs of publishing your book to Kindle, including reviews of the different software available on the market, Amazon rules and best practices. if you’ve got a book ready to publish, you will get it uploaded to Amazon’s kindle program by the end of this course.
  • Fiction Writing 101 -  want to write fiction, but not sure where to start? Workig on a fiction book, but stuck? Ficting writing 101 will teach you about characterization, plot, genres and more
  • Business Success 101 – Learn the basics about setting up a writing business. Individual modules include bookkeeping and taxes, setting up your office,  marketing and advertising, productivity, writing faster and more…
  • Book marketing 101 – Learn how to effectively market your book, using the techniques and strategies that are working now. Curse includes modules on online and offline book marketing.


Check out our new Facebook Group!

Hey everyone- if you’re a member of the Writer’s Business Academy – or you’re a fan… please request to join our brand new private Facebook page…

Some of the benefits of joining…

  • You – and the other members – get to choose the topics – and the people you’d like for me to interview. Which means if there’s someone you’d really like to learn more from, you let me know, and I”ll do my best to book them…
  • Free resources, toolkets, checklists and more
  • The ability to ask questions and share your own expertise
  • Let us know when your book is coming out and ask for reviews, likes, and help in promoting it
  • Open Q & A
  • Find out first about new classes, workshops and hangouts
  • Monthly challenges with optional weekly check-ins and/r accountability partners

Here’s the lin to join: Writer’s Business Academy Facebook Group

Join now while the group is getting started – we want your input and participation!  All requests are manually added, so click the link and request your entrance now..




Call for Writer Lecturers for Summer Brown Bag Series

The Writer’s Business Academy is looking for guest writers, authors and lecturers for our Sizzlin’ Summer Series of brown bag lectures.

Have you had success with a book? Do you have a process or expertise in any area that would be of interest to the students of the Writer’s Business Academy?

I’m looking for people to interviews for our “Sizzlin’ Summer Brown Bag Lecture Series”…

Each interview will be 30 minutes long and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon ET. starting on July 3, 2013.

Each interview will give you the latest tips about building your writing business, getting productive, publishing to Kindle, choosing a niche, and more!

So if you – or someone you know – please feel free to get in touch with me. You can email me by clicking this link: Interview Requests

I’m looking forward to giving the latest information about what’s working right now and helping you to get your book written, published and build the business side of your writing business this summer!


Business Breakthroughs Radio interviews author Stephanie Chandler 3-19-2011 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Toulon, Fr. January 16, 2011. The Writer’s Business Academy Presents Radio Show “Business Breakthroughs” with guest author, speaker and entrepreneur Stephanie Chandler on Friday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. ET

Stephanie Chandler is an author of several business and marketing books including From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money with Books, eBooks and Information Products (John Wiley & Sons) and LEAP! 101 Ways to Grow Your Business (Career Press).

Stephanie is also founder and CEO of, which specializes in custom book publishing and marketing services. She is a frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, and many other media outlets.

“Stephanie began her career in the fast-paced Silicon Valley, and she reaped the rewards of the Dot Com Boom, and more importantly, she was one of the few who survived the turmoil of the Dot Com Bust.” said Antier. “And then, when she developed an ulcer before her 30th birthday, she knew it was time for a complete lifestyle change – and she had the courage to do it.  Many people feel that way, but not everyone will follow their dream.”

Chandler fled corporate America in 2003 and opened a 2800-square foot bookstore in Sacramento, CA. She began studying online marketing strategies and the techniques she used quickly put her store website in the top three on Google, giving her business a competitive edge. And according to Chandler, “My passion for internet marketing was born.”

Chandler launched, a directory of resources for entrepreneurs in 2004 and began writing business and marketing books. After building her bookstore into a successful operation, she sold the business and later launched Authority Publishing, a custom publishing and marketing company.

Stephanie is joining Business Breakthroughs host Cheryl Antier, a professional book ghostwriter and Director of the Writer’s Business Academy to share her experiences and some tips for  authors about breaking through the ‘starving artist’ mentality and build the business side of their writing business and earn a full-time income as a writer.

Authors and writers are encouraged to call in to Friday’s show to ask Stephanie questions they have about using ebooks and info products, as well as how to market themseles and their books.

Cheryl Antier is a professional book ghostwriter, author, director of the Writer’s Business Academy and entrepreneur.  Her ghostwriting clients include doctors, lawyers and CEOs.

The Writer’s Business Academy is an online learning academy that teaches real life business building skills to writers and authors.

To listen to the live show and be able to ask Stephanie your own questions about writing a book and running a successful writing business, the Call-in Number is: (323) 657-1491

Or check out the web site at:  The show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 19, 2011.


Business Breakthroughs Radio Interviews Ann Convery

Toulon, FR 2-10-2011 – International speaker, seminar leader, trainer and author Ann Convery will be interviewed on Business Breakthroughs Radio on Friday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. E.T. by Writer’s Business Academy director Cheryl Antier.

Convery, who has prepared top professionals for Oprah, CNN, 60 Minutes, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media outlets will be answer questions and giving listeners’ advice about how they can use their words to build their businesses and make more money.

“I’m thrilled to have Ann on the show!” said Cheryl Antier, the host of ‘Business Breakthroughs Radio’. “I’ve listened to her presentations before, and I always walk away with something new that I put into use in my own business and writing.  “Plus, Ann’s got absolutely fabulous skills and has worked with international clients to get them on Oprah, CNN, 60 Minutes, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media outlets.  This is a chance for writers, authors and small business people to really learn what they need to know. If anyone can help dispel the ‘starving artist mentality’ that I’m determined to break with these interviews, it’s Ann.”

In addition being the author of the best-selling book, “Speak Your Business in 30 seconds or less”, Convery has delivered over 125 speeches and trainings for corporate and private groups in Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and California.    Clients call her from all over the U.S., Europe, the U.K., Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Business Breakthroughs Radio airs every Friday night at 6:00 p.m. ET. Guests can call in with questions during the show at (323) 657-1491, or they can listen to the ‘on-demand’ shows anytime they want.

The Writer’s Business Academy is an online learning center for writers and authors who want to build the business side of their Writing business. The site can be found at:

Ann Convery can be reached at:

Cheryl Antier can be reached at:
U.S.888) 228-8923
France: 011 33 04 94 22 3033


Step One of Building Your Author Platform

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When it comes to building your author platform, many authors and writers start with a blog or Website, and then create a Facebook Page and open an account on twitter or LinkedIn.

Some will take the next steps and build a newsroom or media page.

Others will go a little further and join a writer’s association, group or site.

And a few will even work on setting up interviews, getting a little publicity and doing book tours – virtual or on location.

But too often, when I’m talking to students at the  Writer’s Business Academy – or authors I’m interviewing on my show, or to authors who email me, asking for advice, that’s usually where it stops.

And a few months after their book is published, they fade into the background – either because they’re working on a new book, or because they’re just not sure what to do next.

What about you?

Where are you at with your author platform?

If you feel stuck, or that the ‘wheels of publicity’ have rolled over you and left you behind, I invite you to sign up for my 5 Part Course on “Building Your Author’s Platform” -it’s free, and is an excellent introduction to the full course “Author Platform Building 101″ which will be opening to new students on Tuesday, January 18.