Retreat Leaders


Dawn James, Writer Retreat Costa RicaDAWN JAMES

Managing Director, Publish and Promote & Business Strategist

Since 2010, Dawn James has helped over 150 authors fulfill their dream of becoming a published author. There’s nothing quite like seeing your name in print and Dawn cherishes the relationship she builds with each of her clients in their quest to become published.

Dawn is the Founder and Managing Director of Publish and Promote, a company dedicated to teaching you “the business of being a successful author”.

Before launching Publish and Promote, Dawn spent over 20 years working in the business sector in various senior management roles and was responsible for the strategic planning and execution for multinational corporations. She has worked in both the publishing and B2B market, allowing her to bring a wealth of experience to every Publish and Promote client.   Website.


Chief Editor, Publish and Promote, Proofreader, Social Media Manager

Christine Bode is a professional editor and proofreader who is articulate and has a keen eye for details. Christine understands how to create impact through written communication to engage audiences. Her experience is garnered largely from her former 20+ year career as an administrative assistant for lawyers, doctors, architects, and engineers. She has extensive knowledge of business, legal and medical terminology and has edited every type of document from legal and medical reports to liner notes for a CD; from press releases to websites; and Ph.D. theses to novels.

A social media manager and marketer through her business Scully Love Promo – and published author herself –  Her latest projects include non-fiction works entitled A Journey to Forgiveness: Disowning 3 Generations of Violence by Sanovia Haleemah Muhammad and When Women Talk: Empowering Each Other One Story at a Time, compiled by Brigitte Lessard-Deyell. Website


CEO, So It Is Written LLC.

Authors worldwide write better thanks to editorial guru and authorpreneur, Tenita C. Johnson. Perfecting manuscripts for hundreds of best-selling authors, she’s on a mission to end the prominent everyday abuse of the English language and rectify punctuation pet peeves. As the founder and CEO of So It Is Written, LLC, Tenita collaborates with industry professionals to take manuscripts to the marketplace, positioning authors for success in the literary world. Well known by many as a human spell check, noun nerd and grammar police, she proudly wears the badge of honor to correct and serve.

Dubbed the editor’s editor, Tenita hosts the annual Red Ink Conference to empower aspiring authors to write from the editor’s point of view to save time and money in the self-publishing process. She positions writers as experts in the industry, empowering them to create their own writing/editorial business and thus, develop multiple streams of income. Website