The Book Catalysts

The Book Catalysts’ Webinars & Virginia’s Publishing Workshops

In 2011, Virginia teamed up with Lynda McDaniel, writer/editor/coach and a long-time colleague and close friend. Together, they created The Book Catalysts, a book writing coaching service that specializes in teaching their Fast-Start/Strong-Finish Method to break through the barriers and write a first draft fast.

Together they’ve presented writing/publishing webinars for individuals and for associations and organizations, too, including a multi-session series for IMC (Institute of Management Consultants).

We believe that with the right tools, techniques, & tips, you can create Book Magic.


Catapult into Your Book, a six session class Lynda and Virginia designed to focus on their Fast-Start/Strong Finish book writing method. Using examples, stories, and “tricks of the trade,” you’ll learn to carve out time to write, increase productivity, silence the inner editor, and end up with a first draft in less time than you ever imagined.

“I followed your plan & wrote a book! I not only started, but I finished my how-to book on garden crafts. Thanks for all your great tips!” – Cindi LeRoy, author of The Twisted Garden

Check out for the latest specials, free resources, reports, news, and upcoming events—and to sign up for The Catalyst, their regular newsletter. Plus, take a look at their Book Breakthrough Strategy Session.

Lynda and Virginia were part of our expert panel at “Connect-Love-Thrive” and they were one of the most dynamic duos we had! Their information was direct and actionable and their presentation style was high-energy and connecting. Listeners were energized and enthusiastic about starting their books thanks to the Fast Start Techniques they laid out for us. Thank you Lynda & Virginia for sharing your gifts with our group. — Donna Burick & Marjorie Walker, Holistic Success Catalysts,

 Praise for The Book Catalysts’ Bay Area Retreat

On October 28, 2011, Lynda McDaniel and I held a one day writer’s retreat, “Roll Up Your Sleeves and Write!” at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California. Our participants each took advantage of a thirty minute consultation with each of us. At the end of day, our participants gave us a standing ovation.

“My experience at the retreat was wonderful!  Lynda and Virginia provided me with fresh and valuable information that, even after earning an MFA degree, I’d never heard before.  They spent their time listening to each and every one of us.  I left there feeling inspired and proud of my writing.”

Sadie Dolcini

I am really enjoying and benefiting from what Lynda and Virginia do. The combination of information, inspiration, and setting realistic standards and goals is very powerful. Rock on!” — Dr. Terry “Doc” Dockery

“The workshop was beyond description of how wonderful it was. Lynda and Virginia have an excellent balance and could answer any writing question. I so loved the time to get into my passion and then receive insightful answers to my pressing questions. You added prizes (like you weren’t enough) and passed on valuable techniques. The other participants added more information, too. Delightful. What a perfect way to spend a day!”

Jackie Zoccoli

Praise for Virginia’s Book Publishing Workshops

In July 2013, Virginia presented her workshop, A Nose for Love: the Romance Writer’s Guide to Smell and Taste, at the annual national conference of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), held in Atlanta, Georgia. She also offers two online workshops, Six Keys to a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal and The Joy of Independence: 10 Minutes to a Fulltime Writing Business, recently presented at a retreat for writers sponsored by Written Dreams, a one-stop service for independent authors, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Virginia has spoken about writing-related issues to many professional groups, including the National Association of Physician Broadcasters. She is available to speak and present  and online seminars and workshops on writing, publishing, and one of her favorite topics, the writer’s life.