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 authors: Jack Canfield, Libby Gill, Christine Comaford, Shela Dean, Andrea Goeglein, Monica Garaycoechea, Catherine Palmiere, Kelli Richards, plus a long list of entrepreneurs and corporations. She is a sought after writer, Youtube Coach and BlogTalkRadio Producer. Mary Agnes also led the coaching team at Christine Comaford’s 2010 Business Summit and believes that social media will be the core to a new American economy.
|Kate Siegel Bandos
Founder and President
55 Honey Creek NE Ada, MI 49301-9768
www.ksbpromotions.com & www.ksblinks.com
|Kate Bandos has worked with hundreds of publishers and authors, and dealt with a wide array of media people during her nearly 40 years in publishing. Since the formation of KSB Promotions in 1988, she has primarily helped independent publishers garner media exposure. Prior to the formation of KSB Promotions, Kate was publicity director for M. Evans & Company (NYC), Globe Pequot Press (CT) and Pelican Publishing (LA). Handling national, regional, and local and carefully targeted campaigns, Kate and her husband/partner Doug work with non-fiction titles only, specializing in travel guides, parenting, gardening, cookbooks, home how-to, consumer health, select children's books and other general lifestyle books.|
|Pratip Banerji is a Product Manager for Google Books, with specific focus on integration APIs with retailers, web affiliates, and device partners. Google Books has the goal of making the world's books more accessible online. Prior to joining Google, Pratip worked as a senior product manager at Akamai Technologies and a management consultant at Bain & Company. He has also held several senior engineering roles at Cisco Systems and OpenTV, where he built products for voice, video and gaming services.
Pratip received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and an M.Eng and BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the MIT.
President, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.
PO Box 249, Valley Falls, NY 12185
Phone: 518-753-6642, Fax: 518-753-6648
|Len Barot is the president and publisher of Bold Strokes Books, Inc, one of the world's largest independent LGBTQ publishing companies. Every title in Bold Strokes Books' diverse catalog of general, genre, and young adult fiction is available in traditional print and multi-eBook format. An early adopter of e-book technology in 2004, she brings over half a decade of experience in producing and marketing eBooks to a world-wide readership.|
Red Rock Press
331 West 57t. Street, Suite 175, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-362-8304; Fax: 212-362-6216
Ilene Barth is Creative Director of Red Rock Press whose lifestyle and arts
books have won design commendations. Red Rock Press also publishes illustrated children's books under its Red Pebble imprint.
Before starting Red Rock Press a decade ago, Ms. Barth was a Senior Editor of Newsday, responsible for the editorial, news content and design of
several section. She also was a Newsday columnist and book critic.
Turner Publishing Company
200 4th Ave. North, Ste. 950, Nashville, TN 37219
|Todd Bottorff is a graduate of Harvard University, author, editor, and award-winning publisher. He has edited or published hundreds of titles in varying subjects including creativity, history, and literary fiction. He has served as the President and Publisher of Turner Publishing since 2002. Through Todd’s leadership, Turner has been named as one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the nation by Publishers Weekly for the last two years. He serves as a board member of Nashville’s public television station, WNPT, the Humanities Tennessee and is an Alumni Board member of Montgomery Bell Academy. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two children.|
Manager, Hopkins Fulfillment Services
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-6961, Fax: 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.|
119 South B St., Suite A, San Mateo, CA 94401
|Christoph Brem combines the technical expertise of an engineer with the solution oriented mindset of a consultant. After receiving his MBA and MSE from the University of Washington in Seattle, he joined Ernst & Young in its Management Consulting Group and delivered technology solutions to global clients in various industries. Through various subsequent start up experiences he built account management and sales organizations, dealing with many industries that faced paradigm shifts just like Publishing does today with the proliferation of digital media. Since 2010, Christoph is responsible for Global Sales at Attributor, located in New York.|
Jon Brewster has spent most of his career starting new businesses for HP in both consumer and commercial products. For the last many years these have including various digital publishing efforts, experiences, and incubations in Books, Magazines, and Newspapers for Home, Retail, and Commercial settings. Since HP is both an IT company and a printer company, it makes digital publishing quite a fun endeavor for him.
Jon's first job for HP was customer support for calculators in 1977. This time taught Jon to listen to customer needs and build solutions that matter. Jon has driven hardware and software products, including full end to end eService driven solutions. These days, Jon spends time as both Director and Architect taking either role as needed. Currently Jon is operating as Chief Architect for the Retail Book Printing on Demand solution recently being piloted by HP.
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development
Lightning Source, an Ingram Content Group Company, Inc.
|Mr. Brewster, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the Ingram Content Group Company, is responsible for strategic partnerships and planning for the company. Mr. Brewster is one of the founding executives of Lightning Source, an Ingram Content Group company, leading its initial startup, establishing and growing LSI's key partnerships, and overseeing its operations.
Mr. Brewster has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. After graduation he spent 14 years with IBM where he held several executive positions including Business Unit Executive of marketing operations for IBM Tennessee, CFO for IBM Tennessee operations, and Marketing Manager. He was then founder and CEO of an entrepreneurial venture specializing in marketing consumer technology, financial, and communications products. Mr. Brewster is married with three daughters.
Bethany Brown is the President of Cadence Marketing Group, a company dedicated to helping publishers and small presses maximize exposure in the marketplace. She started her publishing career in 2001 at Adams Media. She then served as the Senior Editor and Editorial Manager at Sourcebooks, Inc. in charge of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, the Sourcebooks’ bestselling parenting book program and several other branding and publishing initiatives. Bethany now manages The Cadence Group’s award-winning packaging programs, consults with small presses on list development and management and manages the talented marketing team at The Cadence Marketing Group.
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.|
Eric Burger began with Barnes & Noble 16 years ago, fresh out of college, and has since served the company in a number of different job positions: 4 years in the stores, 2 years as Administrative Assistant in the Small Press Dept., 5 years as an Account Manager in Co-op Advertising & Promotions, and 5 years as a Regional Buyer. He began working in his current position as Vendor Manager in January of 2011.
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.|
Roy M. Carlisle
Roy M. Carlisle is Acquisitions Director for scholarly books at the Independent Institute. Mr. Carlisle has been Senior Editor at HarperOne, West Coast Senior Editor at The Crossroad Publishing Company, Editorial Director at Circulus Publishing Group. He has also served as Chairman of the Board at New College Berkeley and is the Founder of the Academy of Christian Editors. Mr. Carlisle holds a B.A. in philosophy from Whitman College and M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and taught publishing courses at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he serves on the national Board of Directors of the Independent Book Publishing Association (IBPA).
Integrated Book Marketing
PO Box 321, Kings Park, NY 11754
|Sharon Castlen, Book Marketer, works with small presses and independent publisher clients across the country to develop the unique marketing strategy for each book. She then puts it into action for cost and time effective results. With thirty years experience in marketing and media, she focuses on promotion and distribution for the niche markets at the national, regional, and local levels. She believes strongly that integrating your marketing effort with excellent distribution and strong promotion generates greater success and increased sales. Her work focuses on non-fiction and includes health, parenting, children’s, Christian, and business titles.|
Africa World Press, Inc. & The Red Sea Press, Inc.
541 W. Ingham Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08638
|Kassahun Checole is the founding publisher of Africa World Press, Inc. and The Red Sea Press, Inc., two of the major publishing and distribution houses for books on and about Africa and African American issues. Before launching the presses almost 25 years ago, Checole was a professor of Sociology and political economy at Rutgers University and at El Colegio de Mexico, in Mexico City.|
Founder and CEO
15951 Los Gatos Blvd., Ste 16, Los Gatos, CA 95032
|Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, an ebook distributor serving nearly 20,000 indie authors and small presses around the world. In three short years, Smashwords has helped authors and publishers around the world release and distribute over 45,000 ebook titles. Smashwords distributes to the Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony, Barnes & Noble, and the Diesel eBook Store, and to mobile apps including Stanza and Aldiko. Mark is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, where he blogs about e-books and the future of publishing. He also blogs at http://blog.smashwords.com and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/markcoker.|
The Cadence Group & New Shelves Distribution
103 Remsen Street, Suite 1, Cohoes, NY 12047
|Amy Collins is the President of The Cadence Group and New Shelves Distribution, a sales, distribution and marketing service provider for the publishing industry. She was the Specialty Sales Director for F&W Media and has a long career as a National Sales Rep for large and mid-sized publishers. In 2008, The Cadence Group launched New Shelves Distribution, a full-scale book warehousing, sales and fulfillment company selling publisher’s books directly to the national chains and independent bookstores in North America.|
|Susan Danziger is the Founder and CEO of DailyLit, the leading publisher of serialized books in digital form and selected the #1 Book Website by The Sunday Times. She is also the founder of The Publishing Point, a community of publishing professionals excited by industry transformations and sharing ideas about the future. Danziger was named one of the 25 Most Influential Business Women in New York City on Twitter. She was on the lead team for digital books at Random House, graduated with majors in art history and comparative literature from Cornell University, and has a J.D. from New York University.|
|Tom Dever |
VP of Marketing
TLC Graphics and Narrow Gate Books
Austin, TX; Phone: 512-669-5744
|Tom Dever is the VP of Marketing for TLC Graphics and founder of its Narrow Gate Books division. In business for more than 13 years, they are a complete solution for the small publisher with big dreams—guiding manuscripts through editorial, design, and printing to provide beautiful, salable books. They also provide marketing, PR, e-book conversion, fulfillment, and distribution. TLC Graphics and its clients are the recipients of more than 90 national and regional awards. Tom presents seminars on successful small publishing across the country and resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Tamara, and two children.|
Cardinal Publishers Group
2402 N. Shadeland Ave., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46219
|Tom Doherty has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. Sixteen of those years involved in distribution with Time-Warner, The Hearst Corporation and for the past eight years as president of Cardinal Publishers Group; a full service national book distributor serving independent publishers of adult non-fiction books. Tom is also the publisher of Blue River Press, which publishes New York Times bestselling authors James Alexander Thom and Jack D. Hunter as well as category non-fiction and regional series books.|
|Jon P. Fine is director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon.com, coordinating outreach to the author and publishing communities, including the company's grant program, which supports a diverse range of not-for-profit author and publisher groups dedicated to fostering the creation, discussion and publication of new writing and new voices. He joined the company as associate general counsel for media and copyright in January 2006, and subsequently led business development for Brilliance Audio following its acquisition in 2007. Previously, he directed legal affairs for Alfred A. Knopf, as well as Random House of Canada; and served as media counsel for NBC, handling content and associated issues for NBC News, "Saturday Night Live," and other programming.|
PR by the Book
PO Box 6226, Round Rock, TX 78683
Phone: 512-501-4399, Fax: 512-532-6170
|Marika Flatt, owner of PR by the Book, LLC, has been in book publicity for 13 years, following a few years in the media (TV and newspaper). She launched PR by the Book in 2002 and they have since worked with many bestselling authors and major publishing houses, including in 2009-2010: The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Farrah Gray Publishing’s inaugural author Ky-Mani Marley (Bob Marley’s son), and Zondervan Publishers. Flatt was awarded a Gold Bulldog Award for a publicity campaign that generated exposure in over 700 media outlets. Flatt, a past-president of the Association for Women in Communications, is the recipient of the Austin Public Relations Society of America Outstanding Mentor Award and the Anne D. Robinson Creative Initiative Award. She lives Austin, Texas with her husband Doug (co-owner) and 3 kids.|
Associate Director of Marketing/Publicity for
|Shelly Francis is the Associate Director of Marketing/Publicity for Sounds True, an independent multi-media publisher in Boulder, Colorado, where she is involved with trade marketing efforts, author relations, and publicity. Sounds True’s social media presence includes Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, among other experiments in sales, branding, and online community development. Sounds True has over 1,000 titles in books, spoken-word audio, music, DVDs, interactive learning kits, and online courses. Shelly has been with Sounds True for four years, and previously ran her own website design company for healthcare and small-business clients. Her degree is in Technical/Specialized Journalism from Colorado State University.|
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.|
President, Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 746-6850, Fax: (612) 337-5050
Judy Galbraith is founder and president of Free Spirit Publishing, the home of the award-winning Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® books and learning materials. In addition to being one of the country’s leading independent publishers, Galbraith is a nationally recognized speaker and the author of The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under and When Gifted Kids Don’t Have
All the Answers.
Future Horizons, Inc.
721 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76013
Phone: 817-277-0727; Fax: 817-/277-2270
|A graduate of Goucher College in Maryland, Kelly Gilpin began as an intern at Future Horizons in Arlington, Texas and was swiftly promoted to Editorial Coordinator, then Editorial Director, and now Creative Director. Eighteen titles published under her directorship have been recognized by prestigious award programs such as the Benjamin Franklin Awards, ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Independent Publisher Book Awards, National Parenting Publications Awards, and several others. In recent years Ms. Gilpin has been focusing on revising and repackaging backlist titles, which has resulted in dramatic sales increases for those titles.|
Senior Vendor Relations
|Ami Greko manages vendor relations in the US for Kobo ebooks. She is a founder of Book Camp NYC, an unconference for publishing types and readers, and co-curates and hosts the Ignite-style lecture series 7x20x21. A member of the PAMA and DBW advisory boards, Greko also presents regularly on digital marketing, including at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the LA Times Book Festival, and New York University. You can find her online on Twitter and on Tumblr as ami_with_an_i, and in real life probably in a bookstore in Brooklyn.|
P.O. Box 1080, Flagler Beach, FL 32136-1080
|Frank Gromling brings over 30 years of business executive experience to Ocean Publishing, which has produced 21 titles since its start in 2003. He served on the Board of Directors of IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly PMA), and is a past-president of the Florida Publishers Association. Frank is a frequent speaker and keynoter at conferences and seminars. Ocean Publishing specializes in nonfiction books on nature, marine life, environment and conservation.|
The Hartsock Agency
828 Lazy Lane, San Marcos, TX 78666
|Nettie Hartsock launched her website in 1996. The Hartsock Agency is a full service online strategy firm. Nettie is a member of Social Media Today, WOMMA and ONA. Nettie’s clients have seen millions in YouTube views, features on DailyKos, Daily Candy, Huffington Post, NYTimes, MSNBC.com, Entreprenuer, Pink Magazine, Inc.com, Allbusiness.com, Wall St. Journal, and BlogCritics. Her client base spans best-selling authors from publishers including Harper Collins, Penguin, Wiley, Random House, Berrett-Koehler, and Simon&Schuster.Nettie is the author of Kiss Your Publicist Goodbye (July, 2010 Widener Books).|
Google Book Rights Registry
Michael Healy has worked in the book industry for more than 25 years and has spent most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing. For much of his career, he has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade, and is particularly associated with standards for metadata, product information and electronic commerce. Michael has led many international standards groups. He has been Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13.
Until October 2009 Michael was the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a New York-based non-profit membership body dedicated to improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of the U.S. book industry through the development and maintenance of standards, research, education and information.
In March 2009, it was announced that Michael Healy would become the first Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry (BRR). The BRR, established by the Google Book Settlement, will be the lead body in the administration of the Settlement’s benefits and will represent authors and publishers in the management of their digital assets. Michael began work full-time on the preparations for the establishment of the BRR in October 2009.
Director of Publishing Services
630 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
Phone: 908-219-0081; Fax: 908-219-0098
|James Howitt serves as Director of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he oversees the client relationship of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel reaching annually over 40,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers. For the past year, he has been involved with a team of researchers on a three-year initiative for the BISG to study consumer attitudes toward e-devices and digital content. This long-term trended study looks at consumers purchases on a quarterly basis as it seeks to understand the rate and shift to digital content. In addition to being involved in the consumer research panel, he oversees sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and trade book markets for Bowker. Before his current position James served for Nielsen BookScan UK and US managing client relationships with Point of Sale data.|
|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.|
Midpoint Trade Books
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10011
|Eric M. Kampmann has worked with independent publishers since 1981, first as the president of Kampmann & Company, then as one of the architects that engineered National Book Network's growth in the early 1990's. Mr. Kampmann has worked at Viking Press, St. Martin's Press, and Simon & Schuster where he held the position as vice president, director of sales. Eric is president of Midpoint Trade Books, a leading sales and distribution company for independent publishers. He the author of The Book Publishers Handbook: The 7 Keys to Publishing Success published by Beaufort Books, Inc in May 2007.|
Director, Author Relations
Copyright Clearance Center
222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923
|At Copyright Clearance Center, Christopher Kenneally is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of authors of all backgrounds, from academics to freelancers. Among other activities, he is host and moderator for an ongoing series of writing conferences called, “Beyond the Book” (www.beyondthebook.com). The programs are frequently broadcast nationally on C-SPAN's Book-TV and in Canada on BookTelevision; the series is also now a podcast, available from iTunes.com. In addition, Kenneally's articles on such topics as blogging, search engines, and the impact of technology on writers have appeared in the Boston Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, and BookTech Magazine, among other publications. An award-winning journalist and author of Massachusetts 101, a history of the state “from Redcoats to Red Sox” (www.mass101.com ), Christopher Kenneally has reported on education, business, travel, culture and technology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent of London, and many other leading publications. He also has reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio and WGBH-TV (Boston).|
Author and Publishing Attorney
Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch
1880 Century Park East, Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-785-1200, Fax: 310-286-9573
|Jonathan Kirsch is a publishing and intellectual property attorney based in Los Angeles, an expert witness on publishing industry matters, an Adjunct Professor on the Faculty of New York University’s Professional Publishing Institute, a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, and the author of twelve books, including two books on publishing law and seven books on the Bible as literature and the history of religion. His most recent book is The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God (HarperOne).|
|Daphne Kis is CEO of SheWrites.com, an early-stage startup that is building a publishing 2.0 platform where writers maximize engagement and profit from audiences. Most recently, she served as a strategic advisor to ContentNext Media, a Guardian UK company; Cerego, a Japan based adaptive learning platform company; and Startl.org, a MacArthur and Gates funded organization that is seeding innovation in the technology and education arena.
Kis spent over 17 years as the president & ceo of EDventure Holdings and as publisher of Release 1.0, the information technology’s premier monthly report on emerging trends. Kis is a board director at iPerceptions and ApplyWise, and previously served on the boards of About.com and Affinity Labs.
Neil Levin is the president and founder of EverPub LLC. He was formerly Senior VP at National Book Network. Prior to that he held senior sales, marketing, publishing, and operations positions at Time Life, Grolier, Chilton, Chelsea House and his own company, Publisher Marketing Group. His current company, EverPub, provides website strategy and development for publishers. EverPub's websites include all of today's powerful marketing tools—Direct Marketing, SEO, and Social Media—within one easy-to-use package. EverPub websites also include unique cost-saving features such as author access to their own book pages and instant additions or edits of new titles and most of the webpages. In addition to managing EverPub, he continues to offer sales, marketing and operations consulting to a wide range of publishers.
PassPorter Travel Press
PO Box 3880, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: 734-332-7801, Fax: 734-332-7806
|Dave Marx is the Publisher at PassPorter Travel Press, and co-author of several of the company's guidebooks. PassPorter guidebooks have received over a dozen awards, including IBPA's Bill Fisher Award and several more Benjamin Franklin Awards, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year awards, and an ABA BookSense Pick. PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook consistently ranks among BookScan's top 50 travel titles. He's spent 35 years in the media—print, broadcast, music, and online. Dave also serves on the IBPA Board of Directors. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and partner-in-PassPorter, Jennifer, and their four year-old son Alexander.|
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 B. Mettee
The Write Thought, Inc.
Sanger, California 93657
Phone: 559-876-2170, Fax: 559-876-2180
|Stephen Blake Mettee, founder of Quill Driver Books and The Write Thought, 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 on the board of Independent Book Publisher’s Association. He regularly consults on and teaches writing and publishing. During his time at the helm, Mettee shepherded two Quill Driver Books titles into Book-of-the-Month Club selections and one onto the New York Times bestseller list. In 2008, Mettee sold Quill Driver Books but still acts as acquisitions editor and, as such, is always in the market for exceptional nonfiction manuscripts. Mettee has published scads of nonfiction articles and is working on a book on fund-raising.|
The Alexander Hamilton Society
16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-688-8779, ext. 309, Fax: 609-688-1027
|Mitch Muncy is executive director of the Alexander Hamilton Society and is in his second term on the IBPA board. Previously, he served as chief operating officer of the Institute for American Values in New York, and as executive vice president of Spence Publishing Company in Dallas, where he founded and directed its communications division, Spence Media. He and his wife live in Princeton, New Jersey, with their six children.|
Satya House Publications
POB 122, Hardwick, MA 01037
|Julie Murkette has been involved in publishing for over 25 years. With a degree in Communications Media, she founded Womanchild Press, publishing poetry chapbooks and anthologies printed on letterpress. Technology beckoned and she became an early adopter of desktop publishing and more recently, e-books. Since 1994 she has been a book packager and marketing consultant for self-publishers. In 2007 she bought Satya House Publications, with two books in print. Today Satya House is a growing boutique publisher of strong niche-market titles, last year introducing the award-winning I See the Sun series of bilingual multicultural children's books into the mix.|
|John Mutter is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Shelf Awareness, the daily e-mail newsletter. Earlier he had worked at Publishers Weekly for more than 20 years, most recently as executive editor for bookselling. He has also written for the Bookseller, Australian Bookseller & Publisher, and Boersenblatt. John serves on the board of IBPA.|
|Richard Nash is founder/CEO of Cursor, a platform that will power the world’s next 50,000 independent publishers, the first of which, Red Lemonade, launched in May 2011. For eight years, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which he was awarded the AAP’s Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. Books he published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times and on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and Mashable.com picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing.|
Patron Saint Productions, Inc.
Adjunct Professor, Internet Public Relations, Tulane University
741 St. Philip Street #241, New Orleans, LA 70116
|Steve O'Keefe is a serial entrepreneur, writer, professor, and Internet pioneer. He wrote the bestselling book, Publicity on the Internet, in 1996. He teaches Internet PR at Tulane University and is co-founder of the International Association of Online Communicators. Steve ran the AuthorViews Project (2004-2008) producing hundreds of author videos free of charge. He is Executive Director of Patron Saint Productions, a consulting firm specializing in online marketing campaigns, strategy, and training. Since 1994, Steve has launched online campaigns for over 1,000 books and several of the largest publishing brands, including Dr. Seuss, ...For Dummies, RealAge, and Wiley InterScience.|
Concierge Marketing & Publishing Services Inc.
|In 2004, the name Concierge Marketing was chosen for Lisa’s company so she could focus services just like a concierge does – getting authors and small publishers into places they can’t get themselves. She helps develop books and create micro-publishing companies as she guides authors through the publishing process from setting up their company, to initial book concept, editing, design, setting up whatever hybrid distribution system, to publicity and marketing, rights deals, and events. Her clients participate in coop marketing activities and events; and 80% of CMI clients have received prestigious international, national and regional awards in publishing, but also for outstanding products from outside the publishing community. Lisa teaches writing and publishing classes, and speaks to groups across the nation.|
Ingram Book Company
One Ingram Blvd., La Vergne, TN 37086
|Craig joined Ingram Book Company in 1992 and serves as the senior manager of supplier services, supporting Ingram Book Company's purchasing department. He manages the new vendor program, including Ingram's relationship with Lightning Source Inc. Craig also manages Ingram's Publisher ipage functions, the International Sales Plan program, and the tracking of Ingram's wholesale coop related activities. He has worked as an independent bookstore manager, served multiple terms on the BEA board, is a founding member of the Miami Book Fair International, and chairs several committees for the Southern Festival of Books.|
|David "Skip" Prichard
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ingram Content Group, Inc.
One Ingram Blvd., La Vergne, TN 37086
Skip Prichard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Content Group Company, Inc. Ingram Content Group provides books, music and media content to over 35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in over 200 countries. More than 21,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Under his leadership, Ingram Content Group has improved its financial position, expanded its international locations to continental Europe and Australia, strengthened its digital offerings and integrated its multiple companies and acquisitions into a unified service offering.
Vice President of Business Development
The BookMasters Group
30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Tony Proe is a veteran salesman with broad expertise in bringing books to market. With roots in general retail and college stores, he has special strengths with the small and medium publishers. Proe formed the commissioned sales group Proe & Proe Associates in 1991 to cover the traditional trade, but transformed his organization into a multichannel sales force bringing the smaller presses onto the same playing field as the larger houses in the non traditional accounts.
Ingram Publisher Services
One Ingram Blvd., La Vergne, TN 37086
|Leah Rex is Acquisitions Director, Ingram Publisher Services. Leah joined Ingram in May 2010, and has extensive knowledge of the book industry with experience in retail and distribution. Leah has worked in national account management, category management and in buying and has experience in books, multimedia, and games. Prior to joining Ingram, Leah was a category manager for Borders Music Group, and the fiction and romance category buyer for Borders. Leah is based at Ingram Content Group headquarters and works with publishers globally introducing the benefits of the full service content distribution solutions that Ingram Publisher Services offers to the supply chain.|
Rock’n SR Publishing
PO Box 415, Sheridan, WY 59749
Phone: 406-842-7150, Fax: 307-358-0515
|Reid is rancher, fourth generation land and cattle owner, and quickly becoming a noted historical western romance author. More than thirty five thousand copies of his first book titled, Threads West: An American Saga are in print since it's late 2010 release. It has enjoyed multiple #1 best selling positions in numerous categories and genres including Western, Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Western, Family Saga, Historical Romance, and more. His work has been compared to Centennial and Lonesome Dove by readers and reviewers alike. The book has won seven national awards from USA Books, Indies, IPGA and International Publishers— including two Bests (Winners) in Romance and Western, and five finalists in Romance, Historical Fiction and Cover Design.|
Harvard Common Press
|Adam Salomone is the Associate Publisher of The Harvard Common Press, a Boston-based independent focused on cookbooks and books on pregnancy/childbirth. Related to these verticals, Adam oversees the company’s digital strategy across individual book/author brands as well as across the entire organization. Digital initiatives currently underway include exploration of enhanced ebook and mobile platform applications to development of new business partners online involving content distribution and partnership. He has been involved in a number of outreach efforts related to digital innovation, having written for the IBPA Independent, participated in IBPA webinars, and also seminars at both Digital Book World and BISG’s Making Information Pay 2010. He holds a BA in Communications, with a specialization in writing and publishing, from Emerson College in Boston.|
Content Acquisition Account Executive
Ingram Content Group Inc.
14 Ingram Blvd., LaVergne, TN 37086
|Bio to come.|
Square One Publishers
115 Herricks Road, Garden City Park, NY 11040
Phone: 516-535-2010, Fax: 516-535-2014
|Rudy Shur began his publishing career working for Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company and later William C. Brown Publishing Company. In 1976, he cofounded Avery Publishing Group, where he was responsible for the acquisition of over 1,000 nonfiction titles, many of which became bestsellers. By 1999, the company had grown into one of the largest alternative health publishers in the US. In that year, Avery was purchased by Penguin Putnam. The following year, Mr. Shur founded Square One Publishers in Garden City Park, New York, where he currently heads the editorial program. For the last four years, Square One has been selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest growing independent publishing houses in the US. He is also the author of How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book. Mr. Shur continues to lecture extensively on the topic of publishing at universities, colleges and professional workshops throughout the country.|
Whole Person Associates, Inc.
210 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802-1908
Phone: 218-727-0500, Fax: 218-727-0505
|Carlene is owner and CEO of Whole Person Associates, a publishing company based in Duluth MN that publishes training resources in the areas of stress management, wellness promotion, mental health, and healthy lifestyle. Carlene started her publishing career at Whole Person Associates twenty-seven years ago. She served as marketing director of both Whole Person Associates and its imprint Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers. Later she became publisher of Whole Person Associates and eight years ago she purchased the company from its founders. IBPA has played an important role in the development of Carlene’s publishing career. She was proud to serve on the IBPA board for four years and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.|
|Marcella got into the business over 30 years ago in Washington, DC, where she began working in an independent bookshop. Since then she has worked in and managed two other bookstores, been a sales rep for St. Martin's Press, a marketing manager at Simon & Schuster, and the director of small press and vendor relations for Barnes & Noble, Inc. She. She is a former member of the board of directors for Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA, formerly PMA), and sits on the Small Press Center's Advisory Council.|
|Danny O. Snow
Unlimited Publishing, LLC
PO Box 99, Nashville, IN 47448
Phone: 415-632-3538; 812-988-7109
|Harvard graduate Danny O. Snow is a senior fellow of The Society for New Communications Research (SNCR.org), a Palo Alto based nonprofit global think tank dedicated to the advanced study of new and emerging media. He has managed Unlimited Publishing LLC, “The Professional POD Book Publisher™,” since 2000. Snow also works as a consultant to fellow authors and publishers, as a public speaker, and as a journalist who has been widely quoted by major news media about new publishing and communication technologies. In 2009, he signed with Wiley & Sons as a contributor to its upcoming book titled Print on Demand Book Publishing for Dummies.|
Author and Publisher
Beach Chair Diaries
52 Rowland St. Marblehead, MA 01945
|Janet Spurr published Beach Chair Diaries, Summer Tales from Maine to Maui through Lightning Source in June 2008 which has sold over 5,100 copies. Last November, Island Heritage published a new Hawaiian edition, which leads Janet to Hawaii to wear flip flops while doing book signings. She also teaches workshops on How to Promote Your Book. For over 25 years, she has been a manufacturer's rep selling women's accessories to gift shops, boutiques, museums and catalogs throughout New England and has developed her own accessory line. To hear the sounds of the sea, go to: www.janetspurr.com.|
Ingram Book Company
Ingram Book Group, 14 Ingram Blvd, LaVergne, TN 37086
|Nancy Stewart, a 30-year veteran of the book industry, holds the position of lead buyer at Ingram Book Company where she oversees the buying and operations of a wide variety of publishers. Previously she was general manager of Mills Bookstores, an independent bookstore group in Nashville, Tennessee. Nancy is past president of the Women's National Book Association and currently serves as WNBA representative to the United Nations. She has served as volunteer and book sales director for the Southern Festival of Books and president of the Nashville Area Booksellers Association.|
Independent Publishers Group
814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-337-0747 ext. 209, Fax: 312-337-1807
|Mark Suchomel has been with Chicago Review Press, Inc./Independent Publishers Group(IPG) since 1986, and president of IPG since 1998. He began his career in publishing at Contemporary Books. Based in Chicago, IPG represents high quality, commercial book publishers and is one of the largest distributors of trade books in North America. IPG sells to the book trade as well as teacher supply stores, museum shops, mass merchandisers, gift shops, and other specialty wholesale and retail accounts. In 2007 IPG added the Trafalgar Square Publishing list, made up of most of the UK’s major publishing houses as well as the best independent publishers in the UK. In 2009 IPG started the Small Press United division to provide high level distribution to small and start-up publishers.|
American Booksellers Association
|Matt Supko has worked for the American Booksellers Association since 2008. During this time, he helped create IndieBound.org, a local-focused, community-based web site which connects consumers with independent bookstores, as well as a related iPhone app. Since 2010, he has served as ABA's Technology Director, overseeing the IndieCommerce program, which provides turnkey ecommerce web sites based on the open source web platform Drupal to approximately 300 bookstores. Matt also directed the integration and launch of Google eBooks on the IndieCommerce system. Prior to joining ABA, Matt worked as a bookseller in Birmingham, Alabama. He has Bachelor's degrees in English, Computer Science, and Russian from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia.|
9415 Burnet Road, Suite 306, Austin, TX 78758
|Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002. He is an acknowledged expert on the Kindle and ePub formats, and his book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most thorough explanation of the Kindle format available. Joshua founded eBook Architects, his eBook design and consulting business, in 2008, providing services to both publishers and authors, with a focus on complex projects and enhanced eBooks. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops about building and designing eBooks, and he is a vocal advocate for accessible, well-designed eBooks. Joshua resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. He can be found online at www.ebookarchitects.com and on Twitter @jtallent or @ebookarchitects.|
Monkey C Media
1731 31st Street, San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: 619-955-8286, Fax: 619-923-9230
|Jeniffer Thompson is an Internet Marketing specialist and Web site strategist. Having begun her publishing career as the Marketing Director of a San Diego publishing house more than 12 years ago, she discovered the power of the Internet. She has since taken her marketing prowess and passion for publishing and has helped hundreds of authors establish their presence on the Net. Mrs. Thompson is also a freelance lifestyle writer, author, and speaker.|
|Joe Upton is Vice President, Sales and Marketing, and co-owner of Malloy Incorporated, a full-service, family-owned book printer in Ann Arbor Michigan. Joe has worked on the sales side of the business for over 25 years, where he helped Malloy become one of the preeminent service organizations in the book industry.
Joe has a B.A. in History from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan during his early years at Malloy. He is currently on the board of PubWest, and an active member of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute.
Senior V.P. Marketing and New Business
1700 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Director, Collection Management & Technical Development
Baker & Taylor
1120 Route 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: 908-541-7043; Fax: 908-541-7868
|Martin Warzala, MA, MLS, is the Director of Baker & Taylor’s Collection Management Group. He is responsible for the professional staff, technical resources, and information system development supporting B&T's Collection Management Services for School, Public, a universe of Academic libraries, and libraries outside the United States. An active professional, Martin has published articles and performed conference presentations on collection development related topics. Prior to his 25 years of employment at B&T, he worked in acquisitions and collection development in public and academic libraries.|
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc
|A partner at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. (JVNLA for short), Jennifer Weltz has sold books domestically, internationally and for film for nearly two decades. She has coordinated international one day lay-downs for Jean Auel's books as well as almost 2000 deals around the world. She represents writers such as C.W. Gortner, Wendy Webb, Anne Easter Smith, Sandra Worth, Frances Wood and Iza Trapani. To find out what Jennifer is doing to help promote her authors, feel free to follow her on Twitter @JVNLA and the web site www.jvnla.com.|
18 Cherry Street, Suite 1W, Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 876-9790, Fax (203) 876-9803
|Deb Werksman has been an acquiring editor and editorial manager for Sourcebooks for the past twelve years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the country's foremost editor of Jane Austen-related fiction, and acquires single title romance in all subgenres, as well as historical and women's fiction. Sourcebooks is the country's largest woman-owned independent publishing house, and we're known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors' careers.|
LongTale Publishing & READ3Zero
13039 Mossy Ridge Cove, Houston, TX 77041
|Melissa Williams, children's author, is the owner of LongTale Publishing and Founder of the Literacy Non-Profit—READ3Zero, which gives publishing opportunities to children in grades 3rd-8th. During graduate school for professional counseling, Melissa applied her learned experience to the writing of her chapter books for kids, Iggy the Iguana, and the newly released book series, TurtleTown. Today she speaks on topics related to publishing, literacy, and creative writing for children and adults. Melissa has been a guest and presenter at various literacy and school organization events including the Texas PTA Leadership Conference, the Texas Book Festival, and the Texas Library Association Conference. Melissa holds specialized workshops in her hometown, Houston, Texas.|
|Richard T. Williams
List Development Manager
Small Press United
Independent Publishers Group
814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
|Richard T. Williams has been with the IPG sales department since 2005, and has managed the Small Press United program since its inception in May 2009. With IPG, he helped develop the special sales department, working closely with publisher clients to find unique sales opportunities for books outside of the book trade. Prior to IPG, he was the operations manager for a local Chicago independent publishing company for eight years. His current position at SPU draws from his experience in both the publishing and distribution sides of the book industry.|
Cross River Publishing Consultants, Inc.
3 Holly Hill Lane, Katonah, NY 10536
|Currently President of Cross River Publishing Consultants, Katonah, NY, Woll has over 25 years of senior-level publishing management experience including: VP & General Manager, John Wiley & Sons, Professional & Trade Division; VP & Publisher, Rodale Press; Publisher, Storey Communications; VP & Publisher, Beaufort Books; VP & General Manager, Vanguard Press. Former member of Independent Book Publishers Association's (IBPA, formerly PMA) Board of Directors; Chairman of AAP’s Smaller Publisher’s Group. Woll is also an Adjunct Professor of Publishing at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and on the Advisory Board of the Small Press Center in NYC. Author of Publishing for Profit: Successful Bottom Line Management for Book Publishers (Chicago Review Press, 3rd edition 2006) and Selling Subsidiary Rights: An Insider's Guide (CRPC). Columnist, Book Business Magazine.|
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
Phone: 317-577-1321, Fax: 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.|