Join us for the 25th episode of Answering the Call with Natalie Obando, the Founder of Do Good Public Relations and the President of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). The WNBA was founded in 1917 by a group of female booksellers who banded together to fight for equality for women. Natalie will talk about her goal to create equity in the publishing world through the WNBA Authentic Voices program. We will discuss the obstacles that women of color from marginalized communities face when it comes to storytelling, writing and publishing, solutions to bringing authentic voices to the table, and the importance of hearing, reading and experiencing their stories. You can learn more about the Authentic Voices program here, and make a donation to support underrepresented writers here. Find zoom login info below, or catch us on WMSLO Facebook Live.

About Natalie Obando
Natalie Obando is the founder of Do Good Public Relations and the author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book. Her writing has been featured in national news outlets for her various clients and her most recent pilot and concept for a scripted one hour dramatic series has been optioned by Cinema Giants.

She is the current president of the Women’s National Book Association’s (WNBA) overseeing all chapters nationwide. WNBA has been around for over 100 years, before women had the right to vote, in support of women in the publishing world. Her goal with this organization has been promoting diversity in publishing via grassroots efforts and scouting women of color to take roles of influence and decision making on various boards.

Natalie graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Journalism, an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor concentration in Creative Writing. She started working in the PR industry in 2008 and her love for books, writing and PR transpired into the career of her dreams as a literary publicist. She has since been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry including the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, The West Coast Writer’s Conference and the Central Coast Writer’s Conference as well as conferences that center on diversity such as Centering on the Margins. Natalie is has been a judge for several book awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. Natalie is passionate about writing, diversity in the literary and entertainment landscape, media and making a difference. She actively volunteers with organizations that help feed the homeless and help the working poor and is also involved with various animal rescue groups.

In her off time you can find her working with different animal rescue groups, writing, or combing through the shelves at her favorite bookstore or library.

About WNBA Authentic Voices Program
With a goal to create equity in the publishing world, the WNBA Authentic Voices program supports voices that have been overlooked or stifled in the publishing world. We will select seven applicants to mentor through a four-month process of writing, editing, marketing, querying, and publishing. It is free for those who are selected, and we are also providing a stipend and publishing the writers’ work. All may submit, but priority is given to writers who are part of marginalized communities in the publishing world.

Full details about the program can be found here.

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Topic: Answering the Call with Natalie Obando
Time: Jun 16, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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