October 22, 2020



We would would love to meet you at any of the following upcoming events. For inquires on scheduling Blue Cottage Agency for your upcoming conference or workshop please click here.


Upcoming Events and Workshops:

August 29, 2020 Amplify your Work: A PR Primer for Artists 


March 24, 2020  Book Publishing 101

June 17-28, 2020 Western Writer’s of America National Convention

April 2019 Write your Life Workshops with Angela Foster

October 2020 Women Writing the West National Convention, Colorado

June 2019 Western Writers of America National Convention

October 2019 Women Writing the West National Convention




Get Your Dream on Paper: Book Publishing 101

Do you dream of writing a book? Learn about today’s book industry, publishing options, first steps to publication, and what to expect once your book is published.

When: To be announced

Time: To Be Announced

Instructor: Krista Rolfzen Soukup, Owner Blue Cottage Agency

Cost: $20

Where: Forestview Middle School, Baxter Minnesota

Room 1717

Offered by Brainerd Community Education

Register Here


Previous Events and Workshops:


Master Class Workshop

Publicity and Marketing for Authors

24th Annual Women Writing the West National Convention
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla, Washington

Learn the basic elements necessary to showcase your author brand, amplify promotional opportunities and market your book successfully Whether you are traditionally published, Self-published, non-fiction or fiction, you will learn about the essential tools needed to get readers to find you and buy your book. Presented by Krista Rolfzen Soukup of Blue Cottage Agency.



Brainerd Community Education Class

Get your Dream on Paper: Book Publishing In Today’s World

WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2018 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Forestview Middle School, Baxter Minnesota
Brainerd Public School Community Education presents this class. 
Cost: $20

Do you dream of writing a book? Learn about today’s book industry, publishing options, first steps to publication, and what to expect once your book is published.  Presented by Krista Rolfzen Soukup, Literary Publicist and Owner of Blue Cottage Agency.



Springboard for the Arts

Writer’s Path to Publishing FREE Workshop

When: February 10, 2018

Where:  Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Ready to get your writing out in the world, but not sure where to start? Stumped on how to know if your writing is ready for publishing, or how to connect with an agent? Get tips directly from regional authors and publishers on writing and publishing, and network with other writers and brush up on your writing skills to get closer to your publishing goals.


Date: Saturday, February 10, 1:00pm – 7:00pm (see full schedule and details below)
Location: Roosevelt Education Center, 340 Friberg Ave., Fergus Falls, MN, 56537
Presenter: Regional authors and publishers, Springboard staff
Tuition: Free. If you have questions, please call 218-998-4037 or e-mail dominic@springboardforthearts.org.

Full schedule:

Author Candace Simar

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Getting Started: The Building Blocks of Story.
writing workshop with Candace Simar

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Networking Break: Make new connections with other writers and learn about local resources.

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Reflecting on the Journey: Regional Authors’ Panel
with writers Chrissy Kolaya, Vernal Lind, Gerald Anderson & Candace Simar


Krista Rolfzen Soukup

Krista Rolfzen Soukup

4:00 – 5:00pm: Finding Your Path: Publishers’ Panel
with Krista Soukup (Blue Cottage Agency), David Unowsky (Springboard for the Arts), Nayt Rundquist (New Rivers Press), & Gerri Moeller (MN Writes, MN Reads)

6:00 – 7:00pm: Open Mic Reading hosted by the Fergus Falls Writers’ Network

PLUS! One-on-one 45-minute career consultations with David Unowsky or Krista Soukup
Appointments available from 10:00am to 4:00pm, 10 slots are available.
Consultations are $45. Limited scholarships available. Register when you sign up for this event.

Click here to read more about Springboard’s career consultations.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, with additional sponsorship from the Lake Region Arts Council, Victor Lundeens Company and Fergus Falls Community Education.




Get your Dream on Paper: Book Publishing

When:February 13, 2018

Where: Baxter, Minnesota

Instructor: Krista Rolfzen Soukup

Do you dram of writing a book? Learn about today’s book industry, publishing options, first steps to publication, and what to expect once your book is published.

Class #4002W Community Education

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  www.isd181.org

Forestview Middle School 

1 session, $20, 6-9 p.m.


Christopher Newport University

When: May 4-5, 2018

Lifelong Learning Society 37th Annual Writers Conference of Christopher Newport University. 

Newport, News, Virginia

Krista Rolfzen Soukup: Panelist and 20 minute One-on-One Sessions with aspiring writers.


October 26-October 28, 2017

23rd Annual Women Writing the West Conference “Set in the West: Cultures Old and New” LINK

Friday, October 27, 2017 2:50-3:50 p.m.

“Saddle Up and Find Your Fans” (Book Marketing)

Presented by:

Lynn Wiese Sneyd (LWS Literary) and Krista Soukup (Blue Cottage Agency)


March 14 and 15, 2015

Tucson Book Festival

Scheduled events:
The Inside Scoop from Book Marketing Pros
Peel back the curtain to reveal the secrets about marketing your book in a crowded marketplace.Integrated Learning Center Room 140 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)
Sun, Mar 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Book/Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  panelists: Lisa Dietlin, Krista Soukup, David Henry Sterry
Moderator: Grael Norton
Workshop: The Author as Speaker
One of the most effective ways to sell your book is to speak about it. Learn what makes a dynamite book presentation, regardless of your speaking experience.Integrated Learning Center Room 137 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)
Sun, Mar 15, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Book/Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  Panelist: Krista Soukup

Novel in Progress Bootcamp: LINK

WHEN: May 17 to 23, 2015

WHERE: The Cedar Valley Center & Spa

Located 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, near West Bend, Wisconsin.

The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp is sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association, co-sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association, and receives additional support from our Creative Co-Sponsors.

Thursday, May 21
1 p.m. – Guest Speaker
Followed by Panel Discussion on “Today’s Blossoming Publishing Market: Traditional Agent/Publisher, Small Publisher, Self-Publishing, Opportunities on the Internet” (Krista Soukup, Blue Cottage Agency) 4 p.m. – Pitch writing practice, if time permits
Friday, May 22
1 p.m. – Advice on queries, pitching techniques & and best practices for winning over agents & editors, followed by Pitch Sessions with literary agents (Krista Soukup, Blue Cottage Agency)


Western Writers of America National Convention LINK

When:June 23-27, 2015

Where: Overton Hotel Lubbock Texas

Agent, Publishers and Publicist Panel followed by one-on-one sign up sessions.


When: February 2015, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Arts Center, Crossing Arts Alliance
Classes: February 3: Publishing, February 10: Social Media, February 17: WordPress, February 24: Publicity for Writings


When: February 21, 2015
Where: Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood Street Brainerd
Featuring 21 Minnesota Poets , Reading, Exhibit and Reception.
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