|Maria Jesus Aguilo
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
235 Montgomery St., Ste. 650, San Francisco, CA 94104
|Maria Jesus Aguilo, a native of Spain, moved to California in 1993 after completing a professional publishing course at the University of Barcelona and an internship with Antonia Kerrigan Literary Agency. In 1996 she joined Berrett-Koehler Publishers, where she is in charge of its subsidiary rights program. She attends several international book fairs a year, including Frankfurt, London, Guadalajara and Beijing, and over the years has negotiated and signed over 1,000 subsidiary rights contracts.|
630 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
|Rebecca Albani, Publisher Relations Manager at Bowker, has been working in the publishing industry for the past 7 years on both the book publishing side and the metadata side. She currently assists publishers with making their data more discoverable to customers and therefore helping them increase their sales. She has presented webinars on behalf of Bowker for quality bibliographic data to both self publishers as well as the larger publishers. She was also a presenter for the BISG webinar series on ONIX.|
|In the past year Bella Andre's independent publishing company, Oak Press, has sold more than 450,000 ebooks by Bella Andre (contemporary romance), Lucy Kevin (chick lit and "sweet" romance), and Paul Ramage (children's picture ebooks). All of Bella Andre and Lucy Kevin's independently published titles have been Top 20 bestsellers at the major online retailers, with From This Moment On hitting #2 on Amazon.com in December 2011. In 2012, Oak Press began translating and publishing titles in five languages with great success at the Amazon retail sites in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The Washington Post has called Bella Andre "One of the top digital writers in America" and she has been featured on NPR, Forbes.com and in The Wall Street Journal. www.LucyKevin.com|
|Mary Agnes Antonopoulos
Social Media Strategist
CEO, Rockaway Writer
New York, New York
|Mary Agnes Antonopoulos is a well known social media strategist with 25+ years as a freelance writer. She’s designed 50+successful social media / branding campaigns for a variety of clients, including many New York Times & Amazon Bestselling authors: Jack Canfield, Libby Gill, Christine Comaford, plus a long list of entrepreneurs and corporations. She is a sought after writer, Youtube Coach and BlogTalkRadio / Podcast Producer. Mary Agnes also teaches one of the most popular social media classes for authors & writers, graduating over a thousand since it began in 2005.|
Jim Azevedo is the marketing manager at Smashwords, a leading distributor of ebooks serving independent authors, publishers and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped over 37,000 authors around the world publish and distribute more than 100,000 ebooks. For the last 11 years, Jim has been the drummer and promoter for the San Jose-based hard rock band, Rivals.
Sr. Online Marketing Manager
HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
353 Sacramento St, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94111
Molly Birckhead is the Senior Online Marketing Manager at HarperOne where she has worked since 2009 on increasing the online visibility of HarperOne books. She takes an experimental approach to her work, continually trying to find the right marketing mix to ensure that HarperOne books can be found wherever readers spend time online.
12022 SW Surrey Street, Wilsonville, OR 97070
T: 503.542.3551 • F: 503.536.6875
|Shannon Bodie is Art Director and Partner at Lightbourne, Inc., and has been working in graphic arts for over 18 years. After study as a fine artist, she joined Lightbourne in 1994 and became partner in 1999, where she continues Lightbourne's reputation of outstanding service and award-winning design. Shannon specializes in creating the entire package for publishers: from cover and interior layout, to marketing and branding, ebook editions, and websites. Shannon has a particular interest in the growing multi-media publishing world and utilizing digital methods to embrace green publishing.|
Book Industry Study Group
370 Lexington Ave. Suite 900, New York, NY 10017
Angela Bole was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) in March 2009, having previously served two years as Associate Director and two years as Marketing and Communications Manager. Working closely with members and non-members alike, she has been instrumental in furthering BISG’s mission of creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain for both physical and digital products.
Angela has English Literature and Gender Studies degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and a Masters Degree in Book Publishing from New York University. She is an active member of the Women’s Media Group, a New York-based nonprofit association of women who have achieved prominence in the many fields of media. She also serves as Treasurer on the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF’s) Board of Directors.
3713 Stonewall Circle, Atlanta, GA 30339
T: 770.438.7200 • F: 815.366.1160
|Peter Bowerman, a veteran commercial writer, is the self-published author of the three award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (www.wellfedwriter.com), how-to “standards” on lucrative commercial freelancing—writing for businesses for $50-125+ an hour. He chronicled his self-publishing success (65,000 copies of his books in print and a full-time living for ten-plus years) in the award-winning 2007 release, The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living. www.wellfedsp.com. He’s had 300+ articles published, speaks regularly on writing and publishing, and is a professional coach for commercial freelancing and self-publishing ventures. Check out his book titling service at www.titletailor.com.|
|Peter is Director of the BookServer Project at Internet Archive. He is also the co-founder of the Open Book Alliance, an organization dedicated to ensuring an open market in digital book access. He is a contributing editor at Publishers Weekly, and is on the Advisory Board for Project Muse. With support from O'Reilly Media, and Safari Books Online, he convenes the Books in Browsers conference, the leading 3–5 year time horizon publishing meeting on the future of book design and interaction.|
Manager, Hopkins Fulfillment Services
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
T: 410.516.6961, F: 410.516.6998
|Davida Breier is the Manager for Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS), the distribution division at Johns Hopkins University Press. She’s worked for National Book Network (NBN), where she was the Marketing Director and oversaw NBN Fusion, a digital publishing and distribution initiative. Prior to that, she was the Sales and Marketing Director for Biblio Distribution, managing over 500 independent presses. She is also a board member for the non-profit publisher, No Voice Unheard and is a contributing writer and photographer for their new book Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs.|
Jonnie Bryant, the Executive Director of Marketing and Sales at McNaughton and Gunn Incorporated has been serving the book publishing industry for more than 20 years. McNaughton and Gunn is an award winning manufacturer of books with their headquarters in Michigan and offices in Chicago and California. Jonnie has been a leader in the company that has supported publishing throughout the country by producing the books of over 1,000 authors and publishers.
She started her career at McNaughton and Gunn as an account representative mastering the art of customer service then transitioned to sales and marketing where she now manages a large team. Jonnie's knowledge and expertise of the printing industry enables her to guide publishers through the book manufacturing process. She is an active member of the Book Industry Environmental Council while being involved in her community.
71 West 23rd St., Suite 1608, New York, NY 10010
|Cevin Bryerman is Publisher of Publishers Weekly, the leading international trade magazine for book publishing. He is a member of the advisory board for Books for a Better Life, Pace University, and Green Press Initiative. He has been a guest speaker at Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Columbia University on book and magazine publishing. Cevin is a former member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of IBPA.|
V.P. Sales-Field, PGW/Perseus
1700 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
|Elise Cannon is vice president, director of field sales at Publishers Group West, the most successful exclusive distributor of independent publishers in North America. She has worked at PGW for 16 years, representing over 125 exceptional presses, including best-selling publishers Grove/Atlantic Monthly, New World Library, Counterpoint, Soft Skull Press, McSweeney's, MacAdam/Cage, Shelter Publications, Ulysses Press and Gallup Press. She also oversees independent bookstore sales for the Perseus Books Group. A former PMA/IBPA board member, she believes that up-to-date marketplace knowledge is one of the cornerstones of success for independent publishers.|
|Otis is the Founder & CEO of Goodreads, home of more than 7 million members who have added more than 250,000,000 books to their virtual shelves He is a software engineer at heart and loves tinkering on the site to make it the best product possible. Before founding Goodreads, Otis was a Software Engineer and Product Manager at Tickle.com. Monster Worldwide, the leading purveyor of online jobs, purchased the company in 2004. Otis graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Along with a passion for building websites, he’s also a voracious reader.|
11230 Gold Express Drive, #310-413, Gold River, CA 95670
T: 877.800.1097 • F: 916.848.3732
|Stephanie Chandler is the author of several books including Own Your Niche: Hype-Free Internet Marketing Tactics to Establish Authority in Your Field and Promote Your Service-Based Business, Booked Up! How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book to Grow Your Business, and From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money with Books, eBooks and Information Products. Stephanie is also CEO of AuthorityPublishing.com, a custom publisher of non-fiction books, and BusinessInfoGuide.com, a directory of resources for entrepreneurs. A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and Wired magazine, and she is a blogger for Forbes.|
Founder and CEO
15951 Los Gatos Blvd., Ste 16, Los Gatos, CA 95032
|Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, an ebook distributor serving over 35,000 indie authors and small presses around the world. In four short years, Smashwords has helped authors and publishers around the world release and distribute over 100,000 ebook titles. Smashwords distributes to the Apple iBookstore (32 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and the Diesel eBook Store, and to mobile app platforms including Blio and Aldiko. Mark is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post huffingtonpost.com/mark coker, where he blogs about e-books and the future of publishing. He also blogs at blog.smashwords.com and tweets @markcoker.|
Manager, Content Acquisition
Ingram Content Group Inc.
14 Ingram Blvd., LaVergne, TN 37086
|Robin Cutler joined Ingram Content Group in 2011 as Manager of Content Acquisition. At Ingram she leads a team assisting independent publishers in making their digital content available to retail partners throughout the world. Ms. Cutler began her career in publishing over 30 years ago at a university press designing her first book in linotype and letterpress; a year later she was designing on a Mac SE. After many years of university publishing in South Carolina and Wisconsin, she started a trade imprint, SummerHouse Press in 1997. Ms. Cutler most recently worked for Amazon Digital Services. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California.|
PO Box 1123, Santa Monica, CA 90406
Eric DelaBarre is an award winning filmmaker, speaker, and ghostwriter (Random House/Harmony Books) who began his career with Dick Wolf and NBC’s mega-hit drama, Law & Order. Eric is a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America and his work has been showcased on HBO, NBC, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz/Encore, and the USA Network.
He is past president of the Boys & Girls Club Council of Santa Monica and the author of the ‘tweenage’ adventure novel, Saltwater Taffy. Endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year, Saltwater Taffy is an adventure novel that not only entertains its young readers, but also educates them on their potential in life.
Most recently, Eric served as Writer/Director on a film about John E. Fetzer, the enigmatic owner of the Detroit Tigers who left behind an $800 million dollar fortune to research the power of love and forgiveness on the planet. Eric is currently writing the screenplay for Saltwater Taffy, which goes into production this summer and will hit theaters July 4, 2013. Eric lives and works in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Julie DelaBarre and their 8 month-old daughter Emery!
270 Lafayette St., #806, New York, NY 10012
|Sarah worked as a Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Director for seven years at the Nicholas Ellison Agency, part of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, before joining Odyl in Summer 2011. Odyl is a social marketing technology company, focused on the unique needs of book publishers and authors. Odyl’s audience development platform provides a proven way for publishers--including all of the “Big Six” and many independent publishers--and authors to find, engage and grow their audience, leveraging the reach and sharing power of Facebook. Odyl enables deep connections between readers and the authors who inspire them, and builds real-world sales.|
Little Pickle Press LLC
PO Box 983, Belvedere, CA 94920
|Rana has written her way through life—as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an award-winning author and publisher of children’s media. In 2009, Rana founded Little Pickle Press, a 21st century publisher of high quality, high impact media for children. Little Pickle Press is dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading nonfiction and children’s books, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, present, and safe.|
Cardinal Publishers Group
2402 N. Shadeland Ave., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: 800.296.0481 • F: 317.352.8202
|Tom Doherty has been president of Cardinal Publishers Group since 2000 and publisher of Blue River Press since 2004. Prior to Cardinal Publishers Group Tom worked in publishing for nearly 20 years including eight in book distribution with Time-Warner and The Hearst Corporation. During his time at Cardinal Publishers Group, a full service distributor, Tom launched more than fifty new imprints. As publisher of Blue River Press he published notable New York Times bestselling authors James Alexander Thom and Jack D. Hunter as well as category non-fiction and regional best sellers.|
425 Boardman Ave., Traverse City, MI 49684-2562
T: 231.933.3699 • F: 231.933.3899
|Julie Eakin is Editor-in-Chief of ForeWord Reviews, which has been advising librarians and booksellers on great titles by independent presses for fourteen years. She is a former Executive Editor of Architecture and Cite magazines and the author of Salons and Spas: The Architecture of Beauty. Her freelance writing has appeared in Business Week and the New York Times. Eakin holds degrees from Columbia University, The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and the University of California at Berkeley.|
13909 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230
|Brian Felsen (President, BookBaby / CD Baby / HostBaby): Mr. Felsen helms BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works of independent authors, poets, memoirists, and publishers, making their eBooks available to digital retailers worldwide (including Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble.com, Sony's Reader Store, and Amazon.com). He also is the President of CD Baby, the world's largest online distributor of independent music. Previous activities include founding and running one of the largest independent music conferences in the world, composing several classical music works, creating art photography, poetry, and plays, and producing an award-winning documentary film about Turkish military coups d’état. Twitter:@brianfelsen.|
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
|Cynthia Frank, president of Cypress House, has 20 years experience in writing, publishing, editing, and teaching. She is on the education committee for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and has presented workshops for the IBPA Publishing University, the University of Denver Publishing Institute, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of Science Writers, California Poets in the Schools, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. She received an “IPPY Award” as one of Ten Outstanding Women of Independent Publishing. In her “spare” time she conducts the Mendocino Women's Choir.|
369-B Third Street, #572, San Rafael, CA 94901
T: 415.460.1959 • F: 415.460.1959
Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) is an award-winning book designer, a blogger, and the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish. Joel is the proprietor of Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California, a publishing services company where he’s helped launch many self-publishers since 1994. He also writes a popular blog on book design, book marketing and the future of the book at www.theBookDesigner.com and is the creator of the new online training course, The Self-Publishing Roadmap.
Avalon Travel and Seal Press
Donna Galassi is Vice President of Avalon Travel and Seal Press, members of the Perseus Books Group. As Associate Publisher, Donna's area of responsibility is marketing. She has experience in brand management, niche channels, the use of digital products and social media as marketing tools. With more than 25 years in the publishing industry, Donna has experience with small independent publishers and various publishing categories.
Vice President, Publisher Services
New York, NY
Kelly Gallagher serves as VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he manages the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel reaching over 40,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers. For the past year, he has been leading a team of researchers on a three-year initiative for the Book Industry Study Group to study consumer attitudes toward e-devices and digital content. This long-term trended study looks at consumer purchases on a quarterly basis as it seeks to understand the rate and shift to digital content. In addition to managing the consumer research panel, he oversees sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and religious book markets for Bowker. Beyond his role at Bowker, Kelly also serves as Research Chair for the BISG.
Stone Bridge Press
PO Box 8208, Berkeley, CA 94707
T: 510.524.8732 • F: 510.524.8711
|Stone Bridge Press president and publisher Peter Goodman is a graduate of Cornell University and lived in Tokyo, Japan for ten years, where he worked as an editor for English-language publishers Charles E. Tuttle and Kodansha International before returning to the United States in 1985. He has served as in-house editor, ghostwriter, translator, and project manager on nearly 200 Japan- and Asia-related titles. Peter established Stone Bridge in 1989. He is past president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (formerly MSPA). Stone Bridge Press specializes in books about Japan in English and, along with its children's and crafts imprint Heian, has over 150 titles in print. Distributed by Consortium Book Sales of St. Paul, Minnesota, Stone Bridge exemplifies the small and independent press with access to a national market.|
Business Development Manager
Greenleaf Book Group LLC
PO Box 91869, Austin, Texas 78709
T: 512.891.6100; F: 512.891.6150
|Tanya Hall is a seasoned media veteran, recognized in the fields of business development, distribution and publishing. In her current role, Tanya drives Greenleaf's business development efforts, working with authors to develop their publishing programs and developing strategic partnerships to grow Greenleaf's reputation as a leading independent publisher. Prior to her current role, she built Greenleaf's distribution organization, working directly with retailers and wholesalers to develop one of the fastest growing distribution businesses in the industry. Before joining the publishing industry, Tanya worked as a television producer for Extra! and E! Cable Networks. Tanya regularly speaks at various events, including the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Publishing University, AuthorSmart, and the Publishing Business Expo.|
|Brian is an author, book-marketing consultant and television host. He created 'The Promotional Bookstore' special-sales catalog and is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books (Square One Publishers) and Beyond the Bookstore (a Reed Press title). Brian is the editor of an ezine on special-sales topics. With Oracle Corporation he developed the Special-Sales Profit Center, the web-based, targeted-marketing system. Brian is the host of the television series The Book Authority. He wrote and published seven titles on career transition that are distributed internationally. He is co-founder of the Publishing At Sea seminars held on cruise ships around the world.|
Director, Business Development & Author Relations
Copyright Clearance Center
222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923
|At Copyright Clearance Center, Christopher Kenneally works with his Business Development colleagues to help the company attract new customers and achieve greater penetration in existing markets. He has forged partnerships with technology providers, professional associations, and media organizations, among others. In addition, Kenneally is host/producer of CCC’s weekly podcast series, “Beyond the Book,” and for OnCopyright Education, CCC's Educational Services brand, he presents a variety of programs on copyright and intellectual property issues.
As a freelance journalist, Christopher Kenneally reported on education, business, travel, culture and technology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Independent of London, among many other publications. He also reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio, and WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston). He is author of Massachusetts 101 (Applewood Books), a history of the state From Redcoats to Red Sox (www.mass101.com).
Community Outreach Product Manager
|Thom has worked within the independent publishing industry for over six years, initially working to develop editorial service offerings for aspiring authors. After working to refine customer experience for CreateSpace, Thom joined Amazon with CreateSpace as the Community Outreach Manager responsible for independent publishing brand building and awareness expansion. He has been actively involved in the developing rise of independent publishing throughout his career.|
Bright Ring Publishing
PO Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228
T: 360.592.9201 • F: 360.592.4503
MaryAnn Faubion Kohl began Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. 27 years ago in 1985 with her first book, Scribble Cookies. Bright Ring has published seven award-winning art education books for children, parents, teachers, and child care providers; she has also written twelve titles for Gryphon House, Inc. (international rights in over ten languages). Kohl’s best selling titles are Great American Artists for Kids and Discovering Great Artists.
Scribble Cookies revised as Scribble Art continues to sell briskly after 27 years in print. Bright Ring’s books are represented nationally by IPG in Chicago. MaryAnn presents seminars internationally, writes for parenting magazines and numerous blogs, consults for educational groups as well as for companies including The Jim Henson Company, Blues Clues, Discount School Supply, and Fisher-Price. Recently MaryAnn has added the job of literary agent specifically to the education genre to her career in the publishing world.
MaryAnn and her husband, Michael have two grown daughters in theatre, and reside in Bellingham, Washington at the foot of a steaming volcano.
Hut Landon is executive director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA), a position he has held for 16 years.
The NCIBA is a trade association representing the interests of nearly 200 independent bookstores in the region. As such, the NCIBA provides ongoing education programs and marketing materials for its members, serves as a spokesperson for independents, and advocates for fair industry practices, most notably with regard to sales tax collection in the state.
In 1999, under Hut’s guidance, the association created Book Sense, a regional branding effort for independent bookstores that eventually became a national marketing campaign. Out of Book Sense grew IndieBound, a socially-conscious movement in support of independent businesses and shopping locally, starting with indie bookstores. Hut and NCIBA were early and active proponents of IndieBound and its many tools for raising awareness about the value of localism.
Hut also serves as executive director of SFLOMA, the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchant Alliance, which was created in 2006 by local merchants. Both SFLOMA and NCIBA work actively to promote locally owned independent businesses, and under Hut’s stewardship, they jointly commissioned the San Francisco Retail Diversity Study, which quantifies the economic value of local merchants in the city.
Hut has worked in retail as well, as owner of an independent bookstore, Landon Books in Mill Valley, for 14 years. Prior to that, he was assistant publisher and managing editor of the award-winning Marin weekly newspaper, Pacific Sun, for 10 years. He graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from UC Berkeley and has lived in San Francisco for 30 years. He is married with a 16-year-old son.
Karen Leland is the best-selling author of six books and a freelance journalist whose work has been published in Entrepreneur, Inc, The Los Angeles Times, Self, Allbuiness.com, Spa, The Huffington Post and others.
The President of Sterling Marketing Group, Karen works with authors, experts, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies on building stronger brands through modern marketing. Her clients have included AT&T, American Express, Marriott Hotels, Apple Computer and Johnson & Johnson, among others.
She is also a popular speaker for business groups including the Young Presidents’ Organization, American Management Association and Direct Marketing Association. Karen is a frequent guest of the media and has been interviewed for her career and workplace advice on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC and Oprah.
Maggie Lichtenberg, PCC, is a book publishing coach, an award-winning independent author, and publisher at Open Heart Publishing. She was a former editorial, marketing and sales publishing company executive for twenty years in New York and Boston (Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove Press, and Beacon Press). Maggie mentors new and experienced authors and author-publishers to create a step-by-step process to strategically complete, publish, market and distribute their books while saving them time, energy and unnecessary spending.
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
235 Montgomery St., Ste. 650, San Francisco, CA 94104
David Marshall is vice president of editorial and digital at Berrett-Koehler Publishers. He is responsible for 35–50 new business, personal development, and current affairs books per year, as well as 5–10 new digital products and marketing apps. Berrett-Koehler’s digital publishing program includes e-books, rich-media enhanced e-books, self-assessments, games, animations, webinar archives, mobile apps, online training, service directories, social networking initiatives, and viral marketing Internet movies. David is also a bestselling coauthor of prompted journals that foster family communication, including The Book of Myself, The Book of Us, and What I Love About You (cumulative 650,000 copies sold).
Ron Martinez is the founder of Aerbook, an eBook design and development company and publisher. He’s authored, designed, or developed entertainment, educational, and information titles in formats ranging from paperback book to massively multiplayer online game, and also spent a number of years heading up the global IP Innovation group at Yahoo!
American West Books, Inc.
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
Joshua Blake Mettee is the owner and CEO of American West Books, a wholesaler specializing in regional and niche titles. In 1993, the summer after he graduated from high school, he took over a then defunct book company by the same name. That same year he began work on a marketing degree at California State University, Fresno, immediately applying the lessons he learned from his studies to the business. During spring and summer breaks, Mettee would hit the road selling books to museums, gift shops, tourist locations, and other retailers. Many nights were spent in the back of his Blazer camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or on California’s coast since campsites were cheaper than hotel rooms. Today, American West Books continues to sell to accounts in Central and Northern California, but it also sells a wide range of titles nationally to the major wholesale clubs and the national bookstore chains.
|Stephen Blake Mettee
The Write Thought
1254 Commerce Ave., Sanger, California 93657
T: 559.876.2170 • F: 559.876.2180
Stephen Blake Mettee, founder of Quill Driver Books and The Write Thought (TheWriteThought.com) is the author of The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal which has been adopted for use in university courses.
He serves as chairman on the board of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association and regularly consults on and teaches writing and publishing.
During his time at the helm of Quill Driver Books, Mettee shepherded two titles into Book-of-the-Month Club selections and one onto the New York Times bestseller list. Currently, The Write Thought is publishing about 20 books a year—delivered in all ways digital.
Avalon Travel and Seal Press
Jane Musser, senior production director at Avalon Travel and Seal Press, began at the company 11 years ago as the print buyer. Times have changed and her focus is increasingly on digital production of content, including print books, print-on-demand products and ebooks. She has directed the production of three sets of travel apps, with very different outcomes. One set of apps was featured by Apple in their “There’s an app for that” ad campaign. Another set never made it off the ground. And a third app has just been released, though she’s having trouble finding it in the App Store.
|Allen Noren is VP Online at O'Reilly Media. He's been with the company since 1992 when one of his first jobs was to maintain the O'Reilly Gopher site. He was a founding member of the GNN team that built one of the first commercial web portals, and was part of the group that created Safari Books Online, the O'Reilly ebook program, and online events platform. Allen is in charge of oreilly.com, the company's ecommerce, news, and marketing portal.|
Patron Saint Productions, Inc.
644 Greenville Ave. #234, Staunton, VA 24401
Steve O'Keefe is co-founder and chief operating officer of SixEstate Communications. Steve is a serial entrepreneur, writer, professor, and Internet pioneer. He wrote the bestselling book, Publicity on the Internet, in 1996 and has taught Internet PR since the mid-1990s for IBPA Publishing University, Tulane University, and the Stanford Professional Publishing Program, among others.
Steve is co-founder of the International Association of Online Communicators. He was president of AuthorViews (2004-2008), and executive director of Patron Saint Productions (2001-2011), where Steve launched online campaigns for over 1000 books and many of the world's largest publishing brands.
T: 760.753.2279 • F: 760.753.1194
|Karla Olson, founder/president of BookStudio, a publishing strategist and book packager, has been in the industry for over 25 years and has created and developed hundreds of books representing traditional and custom publishing and packaging. Before founding BookStudio in 2005, she was the Creative Director of Tehabi Books; principal of Via Press, a publishing consultant; Editorial Director of The Michael Friedman Publishing Group; and Assistant Editor at Putnam Publishing. Olson is the President of Publishers and Writers of San Diego (www.publisherswriters.org), an affiliate of IBPA, and Founder and President of Read Local (www.readlocal.org), a marketing coalition for authors.|
Vice President and General Manager
Ingram Publisher Services, Inc.
14 Ingram Blvd., LaVergne, TN 37086
Mark Ouimet joined Ingram Publisher Services Inc. as Vice President of Client Acquisitions in 2007 and became Vice President and General Manager in June of 2009. He is located in the Ingram Publisher Services Inc. office in Berkeley, California. Prior to joining Ingram, Mr. Ouimet served as the Associate Publisher and Director of Sales and Marketing at North Atlantic Books. He was the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Publishers Group West before North Atlantic Books. Mr. Ouimet holds a bachelor of arts degree from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of IBPA.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
Amit Pande, Lead Product Manager on Google eBooks has 10+ years of experience in software industry building world-class software & working on cutting edge technology. He has worked in various industries—Music, Video, Mobile application, Games and most recently started working on eBooks. Amit recently moved to California from Seattle where he worked for Microsoft Corp for 7+ years as a Senior Manager in Xbox division. Amit is an entrepreneur at heart and very active with local charities focused on education. Amit has a Masters in Computer Science from University of Southern California and Bachelors in Computer Science from Mumbai University.
Co-founder & Director of Technology, SachManya
Creators of KiteReaders eBooks & Apps
Aarti oversees all the technical aspects of Kite Press, a cloud-based, fixed-layout eBook creation service as well as fixed-layout eBook & app development at SachManya.
She is a veteran software engineer with fourteen years of software development and systems engineering work experience. She has developed cutting-edge Internet, mobile, advertising, healthcare and real-time streaming products for market leading companies such as McKesson, Yahoo, Commerce One, TechRx and more. She has bachelor's in electrical engineering with honors from Cleveland State University and has successfully completed graduate computer science courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon Universities.
Founder & CEO, SachManya
Creators of KiteReaders eBooks & Apps
Chintu Parikh is the CEO & Founder of SachManya, the creators of Kite Readers—interactive children’s eBooks and apps creation and distribution platform. SachManya has developed a set of proprietary technologies that make the creation and distribution of mobile apps and eBooks faster and cost-effective for the publishers.Previously at Yahoo as the business lead for emerging advertising businesses, Chintu led successful launches of a niche publisher ad-network and a mobile advertising platform globally. He brings ten plus years of professional experience backed by an MBA, Enterprise Award with Distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University and graduate and undergraduate degrees with high honors in engineering.
Aaron Patterson wrote his first novel in 2008 in the evenings and in his spare time. He worked construction for 11 years and is now a full time writer living in Boise, Idaho. His first novel Sweet Dreams held the #1 spot in three categories on Amazon for almost 2 years, and he now has 4 novels with 2 more to release in 2012.
In November of 2009 he started StoneHouse Ink and designed a publishing house that puts authors first. StoneHouse now has over 40 authors and 10 bestsellers like Vincent Zandri, Bill Myers, Allan Leverone, Melody Carlson, Les Edgerton, and Robin Lee Hatcher. StoneHouse publishes everything as eBooks first and print second. Dealing with back-list titles, digital shorts, UNCUT editions, and double eBooks, make for new and exciting possibilities for fresh and also more experienced authors. Aaron also Co-Founded the Idaho Book Extravaganza and StoneHouse University. He speaks all over the country about eBooks, publishing, social media, and the changing book market. You can find him on Twitter @Mstersmith and on Facebook or follow his blog, TheWorstBookEver.blogspot.com.
President, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104
|Steven Piersanti is president and publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., a leading independent publisher of progressive books on current affairs, personal growth, and business and management. Berrett-Koehler pursues its mission of “Creating a World That Works for All” by publishing groundbreaking books that promote positive change at all levels—individual, organizational, and societal.
Steve received the “Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance Award” from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) in 2003. The five previous annual recipients were Jack Welch of General Electric, Thomas Stewart of Fortune Magazine, Robert Galvin of Motorola, John Chambers of Cisco, and Fred Smith of FedEx.
Prior to founding Berrett-Koehler in 1992, Steve served as president of Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, a publisher of books and periodicals on business and management, education, health care, public administration, the nonprofit sector, and the behavior sciences. He began his career at Jossey-Bass in 1977 as a promotional copywriter, then served as marketing director, editor, editorial director, and executive vice president before becoming president in 1989. He founded the Jossey-Bass Management Series, which became the company’s largest and most profitable publishing program, and he helped develop the Health Series, Nonprofit Management Series, and Public Administration Series.
Previously, Steve worked for short periods as a magazine advertising sales representative and door-to-door book salesperson. He graduated with Highest Honors from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in University Studies. While in school, he founded, published, and edited a university student scholarly journal.
PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118
T: 805.968.7277, F: 805.968.1379
|Dan Poynter is an author (100+ books), publisher (since 1969), speaker (CSP). His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in The New York Times. The media come to Dan because he is the leading authority on book promotion. A professional speaker, he travels more than 6,000 miles each week to share his book plan. Dan is a past vice-president of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA, formerly PMA). He lives in Santa Barbara.|
Law Office of Lloyd L. Rich, P.C.
1163 Vine St., Denver, CO 80206
|Lloyd is a Denver, Colorado attorney specializing in publishing, intellectual property and Internet law. He has more than 30 years of publishing experience as a publisher and attorney and his practice focuses upon publishing contract preparation, review and negotiations; product development contracts; licensing of subsidiary rights and distribution contracts; online publishing matters; acquisitions and divestitures; intellectual property management and protection; and copyright and trademark matters. Lloyd represents a wide range of print, electronic and multimedia publishing companies and authors.|
PR by the Book
PO Box 6226, Austin, TX 78683
T: 512.501.4399 • F: 512.532.6170
During her tenure as a literary publicist, Stephanie Ridge has secured smart media placements for all kinds of authors—from children’s to true crime, first-timer to bestseller. She enjoys being on the forefront of generating headlines, and specializes in planting stories. Whether it’s a New York Times tech reporter or a burgeoning foodie blogger, she provides them with the elements necessary to craft headlines with staying power. In an age when traditional book reviews are hard to come by, Stephanie works closely with authors to find a variety of placements, often developing timely, original articles for a content-hungry marketplace, accompanying them on tour, and occasionally whipping up a social media campaign to build buzz from the ground floor to the national arena.
|Christopher Robbins is a husband and father of nine children. He is real and is not, contrary to those who meet him for the first time, a storybook character. He holds a BA in English and an MBA with an emphasis on Marketing from Brigham Young University—a perennial top 20 football program. He has been in the magazine and book publishing fields for 20 years. He currently chooses which 80 hours he works each week as CEO of Gibbs Smith, which just celebrated its 42nd year as an illustrated lifestyle publisher. Christopher enjoys dates with his wife, playing with his children, cooking, fly-fishing, playing his cello, and backpacking the backcountry of the western United States. His favorite movie is What’s Up, Doc! and his favorite book is Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.|
Lindsey Rudnickas serves as the "Digital Concierge" for NetGalley, an innovative and easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers and professional readers. NetGalley’s catalog currently includes new titles from over 140 publishers, and galleys can be read securely on all major reading devices and tablets. Over 50,000 reviewers, librarians, media professionals, booksellers, bloggers, and educators use NetGalley for free to request and download galleys from publishers.
As the Digital Concierge, Lindsey helps publishers maximize their NetGalley experience, by supporting them using the NetGalley site, helping them incorporate digital galleys into their promotional campaigns and directing their existing media/reviewer contacts to their titles, and connecting them with new professional readers who may be interested in reviewing their books. In many ways, she’s a liaison between the NetGalley publisher community and reader community. She also helps professional readers use NetGalley effectively and connect them with content. A former publicist at Da Capo Press (part of the Perseus Books Group), she holds a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College and resides in California with her family.
Free Range Librarian blog
|Bio to come.|
Content Acquisition Account Executive
Ingram Content Group Inc.
14 Ingram Blvd., LaVergne, TN 37086
|Janice Schnell is a Content Acquisition Account Executive for Ingram Content Group. Janice joined Ingram in January 2007, and has extensive knowledge of book publishing and offset and print-on-demand book manufacturing and distribution. In addition to Janice’s traditional book experience, Janice is well versed in digital content solutions for publishers. Ms. Schnell currently sits on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Janice received her bachelor’s degree from Furman University and earned her master’s degree from Belmont University.|
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
T: 510.549.4270 x16
|Sarah Serafimidis has been a publishing professional for twelve years. Hired at North Atlantic Books in 2000, she held several positions before taking over foreign rights licensing in 2004. Through establishing an ever-expanding list of publishing partners worldwide, representing North Atlantic at the major book fairs, and licensing titles in more than 30 languages, Sarah has grown foreign rights from a once-neglected area into a respectable secondary income stream for the company and its authors.|
Bookshop West Portal
|Neal ran ‘A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books’ for 31 years, and he has been on the board of the ABA and NCIBA, as well as a long-time instructor at the ABA Bookseller schools in the 1980's and 1990's. He was also on the ABA Publisher Relations committee for 5 or 6 years.|
The Publicity Hound
P.O. Box 437, Port Washington, WI 53074
T: 262.284.7451 • F: 262.284.1737
|Publicity expert Joan Stewart, aka The Publicity Hound, shows you how to use free publicity to establish your credibility, enhance your reputation, position yourself as an expert, sell more products and services, and promote a favorite cause or issue. As a former newspaper editor, she accepted and rejected thousands of story ideas, and she knows EXACTLY what the media want and how to deliver it to them. She is the author of four ebooks on publicity and is quoted in more than 60 books on marketing, public relations and small business. Joan is a prolific blogger at PublicityHound.net. She also publishes the popular ezine, "The Publicity Hound's Tips of the Week."|
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd.
195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, ON, Canada L3R 4T8
T: 905.477.9700 ext 211 • F: 800.260.9777
|Bio to come.|
|Jon R. Tandler
Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite
1700 Lincoln Street, Ste. 3500, Denver, CO 80203
|Jon Tandler is a Shareholder of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona, and specializes in corporate, intellectual property and publishing law. Jon serves as outside counsel and provides transactional and business support services for business enterprises, professional service firms, non-profit institutions and individuals engaged in many industries as to corporate governance; legal and business arrangements among business owners; acquisitions; and other commercial projects. Jon also practices intellectual property with an emphasis on publishing law. Having worked extensively in the publishing industry for over 20 years, Jon is regarded as a legal expert in this field and represents publishers, packagers, agents, trade associations, university presses, authors and others as to transactions; rights analysis and counseling; dispute resolution; and other matters germane to publishing in print and online. Jon serves on the faculty of the University of Denver Publishing Institute and teaches regularly for trade associations and continuing legal education about copyright and publishing law.|
Monkey C Media
3011 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92102
T: 619.955.8286, F: 619.923.9230
Jeniffer Thompson is an Internet Marketing specialist and Web site strategist. She has more than 15 years experience working in the publishing industry and holds a Bachelor’s in Communications/Journalism from SDSU.
Mrs. Thompson is the author of Web Site WOW: Turn Your Web Site Into Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool and the creator of the popular Web Site WOW seminar series. She uses her marketing prowess and passion for publishing to empower authors around the country. Her passion for Internet Marketing shines through in every class she teaches—attendees walk away feeling empowered, inspired, and armed with the know ledge they need to take their Internet presence to the next level.
She is a board member of PWSD (an IBPA affiliate) and Read Local San Diego. She is the co-founder of Monkey C Media, a full-service design house offering author services—including author websites, book cover design, branding development and Internet Marketing strategies.
Ben Todd joined Firebrand in 2008 after serving in various marketing roles across several industries ranging from market research, new product development, account management and internet marketing. Since joining Firebrand, Ben has worked with numerous clients to implement Firebrand solutions from Title Management to website development.
Ben holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Vanderbilt University and a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University.
Ben, born and raised in Texas, now calls Franklin, TN home. He is husband to Tara and Dad to four growing children. When not working, you will find Ben coaching / watching / participating with his kids playing soccer, swimming, biking, or just having fun. Tara and Ben find time occasionally to enjoy their favorite pastime, college sports, or any one of the many music venues near Nashville, TN (home of country music).
|Margie Scott Tucker
|Margie Scott Tucker is a co-owner of Books Inc. and currently oversees marketing, events and human resources. She has been with Books Inc. since 1997 and has 30 years retail marketing experience.|
18340 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, CA 95476
T: 707.939.9212 • F: 707.938.3515
Consultant to a wide variety of publishers, Simon has a twenty-year background involving every aspect of the publishing trade, from publisher to bookstore owner, author and publicist. A well-respected publishing consultant, he founded Warwick Associates in the early 1990s, and has directed the successful publishing, distribution, sales and publicity activities of both well-known and lesser-known publishers and authors.
In his last corporate position, Simon was Senior Vice-President of Marketing for the third largest master distributor in the United States, where he developed and implemented strategic marketing plans for dozens of publishers.
Michael Wolf is a Vice President at GigaOM, where he helped create and launch the next-generation research product in GigaOM Pro. In addition to helping launch a premium paid content service, Wolf also writes for GigaOM on the topics of e-books, digital publishing and consumer technology. He is also responsible for GigaOM's eBook efforts.
Wolf has been quoted in New York Times, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Business Week, Wolf has also served as commentator for such outlets as CNBC and Bloomberg TV on technology market trends, and is a former columnist for Network World and the author of a book for Pearson on consumer technology.
Wolf is also the founder of BSTSLLR.com, a new e-book imprint publishing original mystery fiction by well-known writers taking the leap into the world of digital books. He also runs the Elitzr.com podcast which features conversations with those leading the revolution in digital publishing and reinvention of the book.
Independent Book Publishers Association.
627 Aviation Way, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
|Terry Nathan, Executive Director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly PMA), located in Manhattan Beach, CA, began his career in the world of book publishing at the ABA Show in Anaheim, CA in 1992. At that time, the association had reached a plateau with 900 members and the world of independent publishing was just beginning to explode. Over the past 18 years, Terry has played an integral part in helping the association grow to its current level of 3,200+ members. Under Terry’s leadership, IBPA continues to offer cutting edge educational programs and low-cost marketing programs, keeping close to mind IBPA’s motto of “Helping Each Other to Achieve and Succeed.” Terry also advocates for the rights of independent publishers, helping to level the playing field for small and mid-sized publishers.
Terry grew up with his five brothers in Hermosa Beach, CA, enjoying the Southern California lifestyle. He moved to San Diego in 1984 where he received his MBA from National University. Terry resides in Southern California with his wife and two beautiful young children. When he is not working, Terry enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
|Florrie Binford Kichler
Independent Book Publishers Association
PO Box 752, Carmel, IN 46082
T: 317-577-1321, F: 413-215-8030
Florrie Binford Kichler is president of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest trade organization of independent publishers in the United States. She also serves as President of Patria Press, Inc., the publisher of the award-winning Young Patriots Series for children.
Independent Book Publishers Association.
627 Aviation Way, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
|Hired by Jan Nathan and Publishers Marketing Association (now IBPA) in 1998, Lisa has been a sounding board and advocate for independent publishers for the past 13 years. She was previously contracted for West Coast publicity by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books and Disney/Hyperion.|
|Chris Kahn joined IBPA early this year to manage vendor relations, advertising, sponsorship and media partnership opportunities. He has known what was then PMA since 1995 as Western Advertising Director for Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and loves (in no particular order) listening to his wife Beverly play the ukulele, reading biographies, police procedurals and English ‘cozies’, wine (especially ones old, French & red), Los Gigantes de San Francisco, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin describing on the Tour de France, the beaches in Kaua’i, his cats Penny and Hector, Baja California and Puerto Vallarta, MX.|