COUP: Darren Stephens will be speaking at the Whitsunday Writers Festival this year.
COUP: Darren Stephens will be speaking at the Whitsunday Writers Festival this year.

Meet an Aussie success story

THEY say everyone has a book inside them. If Darren Stephens is involved, it could be an international best-seller.

The Australian entrepreneur was the marketing genius behind the global success of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, which has sold more than 50 million copies since its launch in 1993.

He will be sharing his tips-of-the-trade at the Whitsunday Writers Festival (from FriSeptember 18-20) at Cannonvale's Whitsunday Marine Club.

Festival communications director Deborah Friend said securing Stephens was a major coup.

"Darren is a self-made millionaire and is a real Australian success story, having started his first business in Mildura, Victoria, aged just 13," Ms Friend said

"He then sold his shop-fitting business for $15m, aged just 25 years old. He now travels the world speaking about creating business, personal and financial success and has written four best-selling books - we are very lucky to have secured him for this year's festival."

Ms Friend is predicting Stephens' workshop (How to Become an International Bestselling Author) and his talk (What Rich People Know But Desperately Want to Keep Secret) will both be sell-outs.

He will be joined on the speakers' podium on Saturday, September 19, by authors Blanche D'Alpuget, Jessica Watson, Mark Abernethy, David Reiter and Ryan Campbell.

Early bird discounted tickets are available until August 1 at www.whitsundaywriters festival.com.


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