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M&M Conference Speakers

Nicki Salcedo

GRW Featured Speaker

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Nicki Salcedo has a degree in English and

Creative Writing from Stanford University.

She is a past President of Georgia Romance

Writers, a two-time Maggie Award recipient, and a Golden Heart Finalist. She is the author of "All Beautiful Things" and three books of essays. Her writing career has led her to opportunities on stage, podcasts, and the radio. She teaches creative writing across the country including the writing certificate program at Emory University Continuing Education. She is also freelance writer, movie reviewer, and journalist. Nicki lives in Decatur with her husband, four kids, and cats. She loves connecting with writers and readers. You can find her on social media or her website

RaeAnne Thayne

Readers' Afternoon Tea Speaker


RaeAnne Thayne is the New York Times,

USA Today and #1 Publishers Weekly

bestselling author of more than seventy books.

Her books have been described as “poignant and sweet,” with “beautiful, honest storytelling (that) goes straight to the heart.” She finds inspiration from the beautiful northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her family. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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Shirley Jump

Half-day Craft Workshop Speaker:

Shirley will be providing an in-depth

workshop on brain mapping. This

workshop will take your characterization

to the next level! 



Shirley Jump is an award-winning,

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and USA Today bestselling author who has published more than 80 books in 24 countries. As the owner of JumpStart Creative Solutions,Shirley also does book building, content editing, ghostwriting, and author coaching. She has worked with celebrities from The Today Show, HGTV, White House advisors, and former NFL players to craft their stories in a unique and compelling way. She has spoken all over the world about the power of narrative and how to create compelling books. A former reporter and communications director for a marketing agency, she uses her diverse background to help clients create impactful content that opens up new revenue streams.

Elana Johnson
Half-day Marketing Workshop Speaker:
Elana travels around the nation sharing

her amazing marketing skills that have

landed her a 7-figure income for

multiple years. 


7-figure, USA Today Bestselling, and Top 10 Kindle Unlimited All-Star Author Elana Johnson writes clean and wholesome contemporary romance, usually set on the beach or within the vicinity of the beach. Unfortunately, she lives in a landlocked state and must travel to the beach to get her fix, which her husband gladly accompanies her to do a few times each year. She also writes contemporary romance and women's fiction under the bestselling names of Liz Isaacson, Jessie Newton, and Donna Jeffries.

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