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Coach Teresa, How Do Writers & Authors Rebuild Their Lives?

June 28, 2011 was a delightful display of authors rebuilding their lives.

Birgit Soyka and I (Teresa LeYung Ryan) were the featured authors at our Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter event at BookShop West Portal in San Francisco.

Birgit Soyka and Teresa LeYung Ryan celebrate Rebuild Your Life Month at BookShop West Portal - photo by Teresa's sister Maria

Birgit Soyka rebuilt her life, leaving Germany and coming to California. Motorcycle racing there and motorcycle racing here – two different worlds. Read her book To Drink the Wild Air.

I, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, rebuilt my career after Love Made of Heart was published by Kensington Publishing Corp. New York.  I discovered that I had an eye as an editor–helping other writers identify the themes and archetypes in their stories, so, I became a manuscript consultant.  Then when my clients reported that agents and publishers passed them by because they (the writers) didn’t have platforms and fanbases, I became a writing career coach for them.  And, I published Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Neal Sofman, the owner of BookShop West Portal, had to rebuild his business. Remember A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books? Those bookstores were owned by Neal.  To survive hard times, he had to close those stores.  Closure of one dream, invitation to another dream. BookShop West Portal in San Francisco is thriving.

Neal Sofman & BookShop West Portal get support from WNBA's Teresa LeYung Ryan & Birgit Soyka--photo by Leigh Anne Lindsey

I thank everyone who stepped out on rainy June 28, 2011 to support BookShop West Portal, WNBA, Birgit Soyka and yours truly Teresa LeYung-Ryan. May everyone who wants to rebuild her/his life do it joyfully.

Thank you to Neal, Kevin, Loretta, Jose, Jess at BookShop West Portal, Leigh Anne Lindsey, Birgit, Birgit’s friends, my sister and my friends Jonathan, Paula, Michelle Tapia, Miss Lauren Jung, bookstore loyalists and everyone there that evening.

And, remember, “Reach out, not stress out, when building or rebuilding your platform and fanbase!”

Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan (who helps writers build their platforms and fanbases) celebrates "Rebuild Your Life Month" at BookShop West Portal photo by Maria


Lauren Jung and Michelle Tapia read scene from Love Made of Heart photo by Teresa LeYung-Ryan's sister Maria


Maria and Jonathan support BookShop West Portal



Paula, Michelle, Lauren, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Jonathan support BookShop West Portal photo by Maria



authors & publishers Leigh Anne Lindsey & Teresa LeYung Ryan cheer for Women's National Book Assn & BookShop West Portal



Neal Sofman & BookShop West Portal praised by Author & Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan photo by Maria


Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Manuscript Consultant

Writing Career Coach

author of Love Made of Heart

author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Dear Birgit,

I had so much fun celebrating “Rebuild Your Life Month” with you, my friends and yours at BookShop West Portal! I too blogged See you and Jacqueline on Thursday July 7, 2011 at San Francisco Public Library-main branch, Stong Conference Room 6:00-7:30pm for WNBA meet-up!

Cheers from Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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4 Responses to “Coach Teresa, How Do Writers & Authors Rebuild Their Lives?”

  • What a lovely, energetic and fun evening that was! So much fun meeting everyone and listening to both Teresa & Birgit.

    Birgit spoke about her life experience as a motorcycle racer and the fallout thereafter; how that led to her spirituality & philosophies.

    Teresa, you were terrific – a superb speaker about building an author platform and growing your reader base. What a teacher you are!

    Birgit is also a wonderful speaker. She will do well on the author circuit. I bought 2 of her books, ‘To Drink the Wild Air’! One for my mother and one for myself. We share books all the time, being the voracious readers we are, but this time I wanted us both to keep a copy!

    Thanks again for making sure I was aware of this event. It was well worth driving down in the rain from Sonoma county.


    Leigh Anne Lindsey
    Sci-fi writer & Indie Publisher
    Sebastopol, CA Sonoma County North San Francisco Bay
    Http:// (our first author)
    Author of ‘The Flaw in the Fabric, Book 1 of A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls’ historical fiction, fantasy romance set in Halifax Nova Scotia.
    Read his blog “Rowga – The Yoga of Rowing” exercise and meditation at Http://

  • What great photos too!

  • Congratulations to you and Birgit Soyka, and Neal Sofman and BookShop West Portal! I love independent book stores!

    Great to see your sister and friends at the fun WNBA event.


    Margie Yee Webb
    Author/Photographer, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings:
    Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life

    Past President (2007-2011)
    California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch
    “Serving The Greater Sacramento Region”

  • Looks like a gr8 event! I can attest to Teresa’s fabulous presentations. Go Girl!

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