Speakers and Industry Guests
Just a sampling – watch this space for additions!
Liz Scheier, Editorial Director, Digital Content, Barnes & Noble.com.
After a decade as an editor at Random House and Penguin, Liz Scheier is now the Editorial Director of Digital Content at Barnes & Noble.com. She creates new kinds of text-based, enhanced, and cross-platform content in the digital space, and works on special projects and promotions around e-books. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions across the country, and teaches workshops on craft, marketing, and new media.
Thubten Comerford is CEO of WePost Media (WePostMedia.com), a leading provider
of social media services. Thubten, author of the upcoming book, Social
Potency (http://SocialPotency.com), is numbered among the "100 most
connected people on LinkedIn," and is an acknowledged leader in the
field of social media. Thubten guides his clients with the Five "A"s
of Social Media: Attention, Attraction, Affinity, Audience and Action.
Get their attention. Attract their interest. Generate affinity. Once
you have their affinity they're your audience and it's time to take
Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to change the way books are published, marketed and sold. He believes Smashwords holds the promise to
make publishing more enriching for authors, readers and publishers. In the three years since its launch, Smashwords has grown to become the leading ebook publishing and distribution platform for indie authors and small publishers. Over 13,000 authors from around the world have published more than 30,000 books at Smashwords. Mark is a contributing columnist for the Huffington Post, where he writes about ebooks and the future of publishing. In June, 2010, The Wall Street Journal named Mark one of the "Eight Stars of Self-Publishing."
Don Weisberg is President of Penguin Young Readers Group, the children's book division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Mr. Weisberg oversees nearly a dozen juvenile imprints including Dutton Children's books, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Dial Books for Young Readers, Razorbill, Puffin, and Viking Children's Books. These houses publish some of the most revered children's literature in the world and are home to characters and brands
such as Winnie the Pooh, Madeline, The Little Engine That Could, The Very
Hungry Caterpillar, and Spot. Prior to being named president, Mr. Weisberg was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Random House North America. Prior to that, he spent 28 years with Bantam Books, Bantam Doubleday Dell and Random House. Mr. Weisberg began his career in 1980 as a telephone sales representative for Bantam Books.
Carolyn Pittis is Senior Vice President, Global Author Services of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. In this role, she is responsible for building marketing and information tools and services to increase authors’ reach and revenues in the digital marketplace. In addition, she oversees the
HarperCollins Speakers’ Bureau. Pittis speaks frequently at industry conferences and educational programs, including the the Columbia and Yale publishing programs, on a variety of marketing and business related topics of relevance to the book business. Throughout her career, she has focused on how information technology can add speed and scale for authors and their work. One product she created is Author Assistant, a proprietary digital platform that speeds the collection and distribution of author content. In 2009, Pittis was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Book Publishing by Book Business magazine.
Tracee Gleichner is the Founder and CEO of Literal Exposure. In this role, Tracee coordinates all aspects of Virtual Book Tours, including compiling the tour, writing and submitting press releases, book trailers and daily promotion on multiple social networks. Literal Exposure offers a wide range of services including: website design, press releases, ghostwriting, editing and proofreading, book trailers and virtual book tours. Tracee is available for private consultations on virtual book tour and other author services. She can be reached at 920-626-1214 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Quinton is the Associate Publisher and VP of Marketing for Tor-Forge and Starscape books, imprints of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. Linda started her publishing career in the 1980s working with booksellers from multiple channels of distribution including independent retailers, national chains and the wholesalers who service them. Quinton sold books for Pinnacle and Avon before joining Tor in 1986, to develop a marketing team for the expanding company. Throughout the last two decades Linda has held many sales and marketing positions at Tor-Forge and Starscape books, a successful publisher of entertaining fiction and nonfiction works. In her current position she works closely with the editorial and marketing teams. Tor's science fiction/fantasy imprint has been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in the genre for the last 22 consecutive years. Many authors of the Tor and Forge lines have won honors as diverse as the World Fantasy, Hugo, Nebula, Edgar, Spur, Tiptree, Stoker and Western Heritage Awards.
David Wilk is a publishing industry veteran with broad experience in book
publishing, sales, distribution, marketing and digital technologies. He operates
Creative Management Partners, providing content creators and owners with a full range of publishing services, including editorial development, print and digital
production, sales and marketing strategies, all with a deep commitment to connecting content with consumers. Wilk’s ongoing projects include www.booktrix.com (book marketing and consulting), www.livewriters.com (video sharing for authors and books), www.writerscast.com (author and book industry interview podcasts), www.prospectapress.com (author driven print and digital publishing), and he is working with the Stamford, Connecticut Innovation Center to create a digital publishing incubator and think tank called Publish the Future. He writes and speaks about book industry matters, and servces as the Director of Marketing for Good Business International www.good-b.com.
Angela James is Executive Editor of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first
imprint, and veteran of the digital publishing industry. James has enjoyed a long and varied career in digital publishing, including launching and serving as executive editor for Samhain Publishing. She’s a well-known advocate for digital publishing and frequently travels to regional, national and international writing conferences to meet with authors and readers, and present workshops on publishing in the digital age, brand management and self-editing. http://ebooks.carinapress.com/34E18CC4-01A1-48E0-8114-5BA5C536BEA3/10/134/en/Default.htm
Joan Schulhafer, Publishing & Media Consulting, has spent her career working independently and as a key executive at Avon, Bantam, Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Books, Silhouette Books, and Kensington Publishing. Joan was instrumental in the launch of new genre and literary imprints including the prestigious science fiction/fantasy line Eos. Her experience targeting the romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction/fantasy, African American and GLBT audiences contributed greatly to a network of contacts that benefit her clients today. Through the years, Joan has worked with fiction and nonfiction titles in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, mass market and now e-books. Fiction in all formats is at the core of her business. http://www.joanschulhafer.com/
Lou Aronica, Publisher, The Story Plant, spent twenty years at publishing houses, serving as Deputy Publisher at Bantam before becoming Publisher at Berkley and Avon. During this time, he edited and published numerous New York Times bestsellers. A NYT bestselling author himself, Aronica has written two pseudonymous novels and coauthored eight works of nonfiction. He will once again head up Ninc’s End of Conference free-for-all, no-topics-barred closing session on Sunday morning. Never, never-never-never, make transportation arrangements that will force you to miss this most honest and important session. http://www.thestoryplant.com/
Linda Parks, Co-owner, Fireside Books and Gifts, located in Forest City, North Carolina, has found a way to remain viable as an independent bookstore, building on customer service and a diversity of in-store activities geared to the community. Using expertise gained through a career in business management and sales, Linda now manages all aspects of the bookstore, working with publishers, vendors, authors and advertisers. She also serves as the administrator of numerous book related social networking and media sites. http://www.firesidebooksandgifts.com
Tonya K. Wilkerson, CPA, is an owner of Varney & Associates, CPAs, LLC, a full service firm dedicated to providing high quality accounting, tax, financial planning, computer technology, management advisory, and attest services. Tonya, is also NINC’s brilliant Central Coordinator, and is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She specializes in tax compliance, research and consulting, and handles tax compliance issues. A CPA who understands writers and their needs — what could be better! http://www.varney.com/
Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor, MIRA Books, established in 1994 a division of Harlequin, focuses on mainstream fiction. MIRA has seen a near doubling of sales since 2005, concentrating on debut authors, established names, and a strong reputation for crime fiction. http://www.mirabooks.co.uk/
Christopher Kenneally is Director of Author & Creator Relations at the Copyright Clearance Center, where he is responsible for programs that address the business needs of authors of all backgrounds, from academics to freelancers. He is host of an ongoing series of writing conferences called, “Beyond the Book,” which are frequently broadcast nationally on C-SPAN’s Book-TV and in Canada on BookTelevision. Before joining CCC in October 2001, Kenneally was a corporate communications consultant to foundations and emerging businesses. http://www.beyondthebook.com
Deborah Werksman, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks, Inc., has been with Sourcebooks for over 12 years, before which she owned her own publishing company. For the past five years she has been building Sourcebooks' romance and Jane Austen fiction lists, and also acquires historical fiction and commercial women's fiction. Sourcebooks is the world's largest woman-owned independent publishing house and we are known for our sales and marketing. We publish authors, not books, and are committed to innovative publishing, and to getting our authors' books to the largest possible audience, anytime, anywhere, and in every format. http://www.sourcebooks.com/
Barbra Vey, Contributing Editor, Publishers Weekly, is the creator of the popular Beyond Her Book blog. From her entertaining “Drive By Videos” to reader feedback on books with WW Ladies Book Club and Your Turn Friday, BHB continues to grow into a must read daily adventure. An avid reader, Barbara consumed a book a day before taking on the glamorous life of a roving reporter, traveling all over the United States to conferences from Romance to Thrillers, Mysteries to Horror, Historicals to Comic Con. http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/beyondherbook/
Rebecca T. Crowley, Publicist, began her career at Penguin Group, USA, specifically in the Berkley/NAL imprints. In July 2004, Rebecca founded RTC Publicity, a boutique PR and marketing firm located in the heart of NYC. With a decade of experience in Public Relations with a specialization in books, Rebecca has had an eclectic client base, allowing her to pull from many different areas of her vast experience in the industry. http://www.rtcpublicity.com/
eBook Prep is the brainchild of Nina Paules, an experienced business entrepreneur and award-winning writer in her own right, Nina founded eBook Prep in 2010. Headquartered in New Freedom, PA -- the last stop to freedom on the Underground Railroad -- eBook Prep connects e-reader savvy readers with their favorite authors' backlists and authors with a bright new source of royalties.
Sheila Clover English, Marketing and Multimedia Specialist, Circle of Seven Productions.
If you’re wondering who began the book trailer revolution (and then trademarked the term!), meet Sheila Clover English. She has worked with top authors and publishers since 2002. She serves as Chair of the Social Networking Committee for International Thriller Writers, and is a member of the Silver Telly Council, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Association of Downloadable Media, and the Internet Conent Syndication Council. She is the author of The Book Trailer Revolution: Book Marketing and Promotion Through Digital Video and the white paper on The Residual Marketing Effect, and been a speaker at Book Expo America. http://www.cosproductions.com/
Marc Milot, President, Radiator Music, (just spoke at Harvard!) holds a Masters Certificate in Production and Music Technology from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has over 20 years cumulative experience as a studio musician, performer, songwriter, producer and project manager. Marc, along with Radiator Music CEO Billy Hume (a Grammy-nominated Gold and Platinum selling music producer), and Johnny St. Ours (filmmaker; one of his films was featured at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival), have collaborated on numerous songwriting projects and music productions. Check out his website for an example of how Radiator Music is reimagining book promotion in a big way: http://www.radiatormusic.com/
Barbara Samuel is a multiple RITA award-winning author with more than 38 books to her credit in a variety of genres. She now writes women’s fiction about families, dogs, and food as Barbara O’Neal. In addition to the RITAs, Barbara has been honored for her work with other awards, among which are: the Colorado Center for the Book Award (twice); Favorite Book of the Year from Romance Writers of America, and the Library Journal’s list of Best Genre Fiction of the year, among many others.
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