The Journey To Becoming An Author Summit!

How Your Story Can Become Your Message By Becoming A #1 Best Selling Author.

Meet Our Speakers


"The Journey to Becoming An Author"


April 24, 2021

Virtual Event

The 2nd Annual Book Publishing Academy Summit is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a book. You will learn first hand the steps to get started and learn from published Authors on their personal journeys toward becoming authors.


Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the book publishing process, and learn what it takes to get their book project off the ground. We want to support you, encourage and inspire you to tap into your vulnerability and share your story.


Event Details:

1:00-1:15: Opening remarks with Janine Hernandez, Founder of the Book Publishing Academy

1:15-1:45: Jackie Morales- Ready, Set, Shift

1:45-2:15: LaFrieda Smith- Building Your Author Brand

2:15-2:45: Book Brush- Sponsor Feature Presentation

2:45-3:15: Walt Mckinley- Finding the Warrior Within ... 4 keys to Living an Extraordinary Life

3:15-3:45: Panel Discussion with Edison, Javante, SJ and Tammy

3:45-4:15: Marcus James- Overcoming Author Self Limiting Beliefs

4:15-4:45:Janine Hernandez- Book Publishing 101

4:45-5:00: Closing remarks with Janine Hernandez

Meet The Speakers

Janine Hernandez is a #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker and Book Coach. Janine has been interviewed nationally on Television, Radio and has been seen on major media networks such as CBS, NBC, and Fox News.


With over 20 years experience as an Author, it was a no brainer for her to start coaching and teaching writers to self publish their books. She now coaches many authors and has led them to Best Sellers and National Media Coverage. Her Book Publishing Academy received a proclamation as "Book Publishing Academy Day" by the City of Phoenix.


Janine has a gift of helping writers be vulnerable and share their story. On her spare time she enjoys hosting women's retreats, acting, producing, and helping other to do the same.

Jackie Morales is most known for her energetic voice throughout the Valley airwaves. With over 19 years of radio experience in the Phoenix

Market, Jackie is an on air Midday host for Mega

104.3. Throughout her radio career, Jackie has been

recognized for her talents by being nominated and

winning the 2015 Stylos Award for Best Radio

Personality and 2016 Arizona Foothills Magazine Best

Midday Personality. While Jackie loves working on air

she is also very passionate about building relationships

and using her platform to serve and help those in need

throughout the community and more. Since 2010,

Jackie has served and continues to serve on the

walking committee for The National Kidney

Foundation of Arizona and hosts their yearly walks.

Other foundations Jackie serves for are Making Strides

against Breast Cancer, Arizona Hygiene for Hope, and

Seeds to Inspire. You can also catch Jackie on Mega

104.3 & 101.1 The Bounce for Community Circle

every Sunday morning!

Walt McKinley is an Inspirational Speaker, Trainer, and #1

bestselling Author of “Monsters In My House, A True

Story”, who delivers memorable keynote presentations,

focused on creating a positive mindset, healing trauma,

and unlocking a life of abundance.


Walt is passionate about speaking life into the world

because of his own childhood journey that included;

extreme abuse, fourteen childhood moves, homelessness,

and an attempted teen suicide all culminating with

testifying against his father in court at 16. His comeback

story is one for the ages and reminds us life is truly

limitless.


Walt is a retired Naval Intelligence Officer and former

Fortune 300 Corporate Executive who’s led high

performing global teams for over 25 years. He curated a

heart centered, uplifting, and empowering leadership style

that built top performing organizations who achieved

record breaking results around the world.

Marcus James grew up in Miami Fl before moving to Scottsdale Az to finish High School, and the University of Wisconsin for College. He began his journey in Motivational Speaking 9 years ago after leaving corporate America to become an Entrepreneur in Nutrition and Fitness Coaching. As former College Basketball player with a Bachelors and Masters in Science Psychology degree Marcus’ life purpose is working with people who are seeking personal success and happiness.


Marcus began his growth journey by focusing on healing his personal traumas and uncovering the root cause of his limiting beliefs. What he found was by creating inner peace he no longer allowed past pains to distract from present experiences, which would inevitably detour for future successes. On this journey he uncovered his purpose teaching others the power of accountability and intentional growth through Nutrition, Fitness, and Mindset. He is currently working on his debut eBook.


Post Pandemic Marcus has created virtual channels to continue living his mission of positive impact through personal coaching in Nutrition, Fitness, and Mindset. He offers one on one sessions for life coaching, and Personalized Nutrition and Fitness programs for any healthy active lifestyle. All of this to launch into the next level of his life’s mission; to inspire positive change and loving people better than he finds them.

Edison A. Jaquez “Never let your Past Determine your Future.”

Mr. Jaquez was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 7. He graduated from Perth Amboy High School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Berkeley College.


He is currently employed with The Passion Care Center, where he serves as a Mentor and Drug & Alcohol counselor. In addition to his current position, Mr. Jaquez is the CEO of B-Men, Co-Founder of BYOUtiful. All mentoring organizations designed to enhance the lives of today’s youth. Mr. Jaquez is also a motivational speaker traveling throughout the state sharing his story and reaching many audiences young and old.


He is a self-published author of his own memoir/biography titled “A Second Chance; Life Lessons Turned into Living Dreams.” and a self help book title “Turning A Mess Into A Message as well as a children’s book “Believe In Your Dreams.” Mr. Jaquez has appeared in various newspapers & radio stations for his work in the community and with the youth. He was recently named the 2016 Alumni of the year from his Alma matter Berkeley College. and the 2017 Vale La Pena award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Kathleen Sweeney is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Book Brush. She has over 19 years of marketing experience. She thoroughly enjoys working with authors and helping them create eye-catching images.


She lives in central Illinois with her husband, three busy boys and two handsome cats. Her hobbies include eating tacos and turning socks right side out.

Tammy L Stanley is a motivational speaker and CEO of Prevailing Queens Organization. Tammy’s mission is to provide a platform which allows women to live their lives without fear or limitations. She is providing a cure to those that are facing trauma in their lives with motivation and inspiration. Tammy is an author, she released her first book August of 2020.


She speaks monthly at the Haven House Domestic Violence Shelter in Atlanta where she shares her story and provides women with resources to step into their full potential despite life’s circumstances. You might have heard Tammy on Fox Trap Radio Station in Atlanta. She is currently attending University of Phoenix earning her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Business. Tammy was born and raised In Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Atlanta Georgia.


LaFrieda Smith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and resides in sunny Florida. She is a mom of 3 adult children and is a devoted wife to her husband of over 20 years. She has a strong social media presence as an influencer and as a speaker who m motivates women to be the best version of themselves while inspiring those looking for encouragement to start over midlife.


As a woman who has had to begin her life again through various trauma circumstances, she has been able to overcome and cope with many obstacles and limited resources.


She is the author of 2 books published in 2021, Buying and Selling and Beautiful Flowers. She is in the process of working on her first children's book starring her son who is on the Autism Spectrum.

Javante Battle is a Husband, Father of 4 and a Reiki Master Teacher who together with his wife, are the hands behind UniverSoul Healing.


In November 2020 they released their first ebook titled “Velicious: Plant Power on a Budget”, a simple easy-to-follow recipe book filled with delicious meals made from Plant ingredients.


They continue to empower their community to live a healthier & holistic lifestyle through their sacred offerings.

SJ Stephens is a Mentor, 5x Author and Business Coach based out of St. Louis, Missouri. In 2020, she launched SJS. Business Building and More which helps businesses (non and for-profit) obtain funding through her Grant Writing services. From there she expanded to include Business Plan preparation, and business start up packages. In November of 2020, SJ released her 1st self published book, Business Affirmations for Bosses and in December of that same year, released her Amazon best selling collaborative project-Blacks in Nonprofit: The Grant Writers Edition. Since then she has gone on to release three more projects (August, September and October 2021) and started SJ Stephens Grant Writing Academy and SJ Stephens Book Writing Academy. SJs passion is helping people as evident in everything she does personally and professionally. She has helped secure over 2 million dollars in funding since starting her business and helped 16 individuals become 1st time Authors.

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