How to Self-Publish Your Book and Position Yourself as an Expert in Your Niche

Presented by Mercedes Samudio, LCSW on 08-06-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 10:00 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. Eastern)

Writing and publishing a book is a significant accomplishment, and many mental health professionals have set writing a book as a goal for themselves. However, the journey to writing and publishing a book can feel daunting. You may wonder if you have the experience or expertise to craft a compelling book. You may feel that not having done enough research is a major barrier to writing the book you've always wanted to write. You may question whether you have the time to commit to the writing process on top of all the other tasks and duties you have in your life. Sifting through the self-publishing world may also feel intimidating.

In this 60-minute marketing webinar, Mercedes Samudio, LCSW will discuss her decision to write and self-publish her book, Shame-Proof Parenting, now an award-winning Amazon bestseller. She will share insights on selecting a topic, explore the experiences she encountered during the writing process, and discuss how to create a compelling book that both clients and clinicians may benefit from. She will also explain the potential benefits of hiring a book coach and share how this might help you publish a book you are proud of. Finally, Mercedes will discuss how to market your book, use it as a source for passive income, and how to use it to obtain speaking opportunities.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Plan how to narrow down a book topic and organize ideas.
  2. Explain the writing process from beginning to end.
  3. Discuss strategies for writing a book that will captivate an audience.
  4. Create a marketing plan that will help a book succeed once published.
  5. Recognize how to leverage a book for speaking opportunities. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

 CE contact hours will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a parent coach, bestselling author, and public speaker. She works to help parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships. Over the course of her career, Mercedes has worked with adoptive families, foster families, teen parents, parents navigating the child protective services system, and children living with mental health issues. 

Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement, and she also coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting. She uses both to bring awareness to and end parent shame. She recently published her first book, Shame-Proof Parenting: Find Your Unique Parenting Voice, Feel Empowered, and Raise Whole, Healthy Children.

Mercedes is a leading parenting expert and her following on social media allows her to reach the hearts of thousands of parents who feel heard and seen on their parenting journey. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, Woman’s Day, LA Parent Magazine, CBS LA, and Kids in the House. She seeks to empower parents to believe they are already great guides for raising healthy and happy children.

To learn more about Mercedes and her work, please visit

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