My name is Stacy Dymalski and I’m a story editor, producer, publishing consultant, professional speaker, and busy mom of two sons. Any more than that and I’ll spontaneously combust.
I started my speaking career as a standup comic in college when I was just 19 years old. But after I graduated with a mathematics degree from University of California, Berkeley, I became a technical trainer and sales support engineer for companies like McDonnell Douglas, Computer Associates, Arthur Andersen, IBM, Adobe, and many others. By day I honed my corporate speaking skills, but at night I continued to do standup comedy in clubs like The Comedy Store, The Improv, and countless small clubs around the country.
Eventually I went to back to school at UCLA to study screenwriting and story structure. Today I perform humorous storytelling (think Will Rogers meets Carol Burnett—if you’re even old enough to remember who they are) at anything from big corporate events to small private parties. Plus, I speak in academia and the corporate world on writing your story and self-publishing.
In April 2016, I gave at TED talk entitled Prison: A Startling Path to Creativity in which I share how I mentored Federal prisoner David C. Taylor for two years to write his book JACUMBA CONNECTION. E-Magination Publishing released his book in June of 2016, and David's story has since been adapted into a screenplay and is in preproduction to be made into a movie. In June of 2018 I premiered a one-woman show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, entitled THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RAZOR RIBBON, in which I humorously and poignantly chronicle the journey of mentoring David to write his book. The show finished it's Hollywood Fringe run with a Producer's Encore Award and is in the process of booking future runs in L.A. and around the country.
STORYTELLER & PUBLISHING CONSULTANT
In 2011 I self-published my humorous book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom, and as a result I was all over the media nationwide that summer. Someone from the University of Utah heard me on the radio and asked if I’d be interested in teaching a self-publishing course as part of the university’s Lifelong Learning program. I said yes, but that meant I had to get organized. I researched self-publishing even further, stayed one step ahead of my students, developed my own curriculum, helped friends self-publish their books, who then referred me to clients. I added writing and storytelling to my course curriculum, and before I knew it I was a sought-after writing and publishing consultant.
My latest book is THE MEMOIR MIDWIFE:Nine Steps to Self-Publishing Your Book (Second Edition). And just like the title says, it walks you through every step required to self-publish a book. No fat here, just the facts. After you read it you will know if self-publishing is right for you, and if so, you’ll know exactly what to do to get the job done.
I also jotted down some of my favorite comedy routines, expanded them into essays and published them in a book called Confessions of a Band Geek Mom. The book went on to become wildly popular, probably because it’s a hilarious chronicle of an exhausted, but very funny and politically incorrect mom (that would be me) trying to get parenthood and career to coexist without somebody getting hurt. They seem to be polar opposites determined not to meet — sort like the north and south ends of two magnets. Yet we keep trying to bring them together; which is either a tribute to the human spirit or the revelation of human thickheadedness. I haven’t figured out which, but when I do I’ll let you know.
In addition to writing books, I also have several film credits as a producer, director, and screenwriter, including the dark comedy feature film Jupiter Landing, and the award-winning short film The Write Stuff. If you’re dying to know the rest of my film credits, feel free to check out my IMDB page.