“I really enjoyed the
accessibility of all the speakers.”
is the marketing director at Smashwords, the leading
distributor of ebooks serving over 70,000 independent authors,
publishers and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped
authors around the world publish and distribute more than 230,000
titles to retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes &
Noble, Sony and Kobo, as well as to libraries throughout the United
States. Prior to Smashwords, Jim served as a publicist and marketer
within the high-tech industry of Silicon Valley for 18 years. By
night, Jim is the drummer for Rivals, a popular San Francisco Bay
Area independent rock band that has been entertaining audiences for
13 years. Jim is also the author of the forthcoming ebook, How to
Get your Band out of the Garage
Robert Lee Brewer
is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest
Writing Community, which includes editing books (including Writer's
), managing websites, blogging, writing a column for Writer's
magazine, leading online education, and
speaking on writing and publishing around the country. Also a poet,
Brewer was the 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere and expects his
debut full-length poetry collection Solving the World's Problems
53) in late August. He also curates an "insta-poetry"
series for Virginia Quarterly Review
. He's married to the poet Tammy
Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four
boys and one princess). To learn more, visit his website at www.robertleebrewer.com
or follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
Dwayne Buttler, J. D.
Buttler holds a faculty appointment as professor
with University Libraries. Much of his work and research focuses on the
complex relationship of copyright law and licensing to the activities at
the core of the university and library’s mission of teaching, learning
and scholarly communication.
Buttler works with individual faculty members, librarians and
administrators to address copyright and scholarly communication issues
at U of L and elsewhere. He also teaches mass communication law and
intellectual property courses at U of L.
As a presenter at regional and national conferences, Buttler helps
raise awareness of copyright law and advocates for the preservation of
crucial user rights — including the fair use exemption — within U.S.
copyright law. He has made presentations that address copyright,
licensing and preservation activities at national conferences of the
American Library Association and the Associations of Colleges and
At the core of Buttler's research are new user needs that will
require legal reform in an increasingly digital society. Those needs
include such activities as digital preservation, online learning,
electronic publishing and open access to scholarship.
C. Hope Clark
is author of The Carolina Slade Mystery
Series, to include Lowcountry Bribe
to date. Her third book, Palmetto
, is expected in early 2014.
Hope was born and reared in the South,
from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. Hope
holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’
experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Lowcountry Bribe has won numerous awards including
the Phillip Mangelsdorf Award, awards from the Alabama Writer's Conclave
Competition, Writing Show Chapter Competition, top three finalist Daphne du
Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, semi-finalist status (top 100
out of 10,000) in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest and Lowcountry Bribe
won The Silver
Falchion Award at Killer Nashville Conference for mystery writers. It also won
in the EPIC e-book awards for best mystery.
Hope manages FundsforWriters.com
a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches 35,000+ writers. Writer's
has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for
Writers for 13 years.
She’s published in The Writer
, Writer's Digest
, Writer’s Market,Guide to Literary Agents
, Next Step Magazine
, Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
, TURF Magazine
and other publications. She speaks at several
writers’ conferences each year. Hope is a member of Sisters in Crime, EPIC,
Mystery Writers of America, and MENSA.
started her career in the book industry as the book buyer for Village
Green Books in Upstate, New York. In 1996, she “hopped the desk” and thoroughly
enjoyed working as a National Account Rep for Prima Publishing. In 2001,
Amy was named Director of Sales at Adams Media in Boston and quickly rose to
the Special Sales Director for parent company, F+W Media. Over the years,
Amy has sold to Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Borders, Wal-Mart, and all
the major chains as well as helped launch several private label publishing
programs for bookstore chains and stores such as PetSmart and CVS. In February
2006, Amy started a private book marketing firm which quickly turned into the
fastest-growing book distribution company in North America, New Shelves Distribution,
where she now offers her sales experience to small publishers and
self-published authors. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
book is not your baby…your book is your business.” Peggy DeKay
is an award winning author and freelance
writer, blogger, podcaster, publisher, and book coach. As a book coach she has helped
hundreds of authors self-publish their books through direct coaching, her
podcast, live seminars, and the Business of Writing International Summit
—a two-day writer’s conference to help writers and authors focus on
the business, marketing, and promotional aspects of their careers.
Her podcast, The Business of Writing Today
helps authors and would-be authors achieve
their dream of becoming full-time writers by approaching their writing as a
business. The podcast is heard in over 70 countries around the world and
throughout the United States.
She is the author of Self-Publishing for Virgins: The
first-time author’s guide to self-publishing
published by Darby Press.
DeKay is an adjunct instructor for several
universities. She teaches book marketing, self-publishing, e-books, and other
topics. A popular speaker, some of her
2013 presentations include The Writer’s Workshop in Asheville, MidSouthCon in
Memphis, Florida Writers Assn. Conference, Kentucky Women's Writers Conference
in Lexington and The Business of Writing International Summit in Louisville.
A former newspaper columnist and past director of
Women Who Write, DeKay has been published in several anthologies, is an On Angels
magazine creative non-fiction
award winner, and is a contributing writer in the 2014 Indie Publisher’s Guide,
which will be released this November by
F & W Media, Inc.
Sheila Clover English has worked in the publishing industry for ten years. She is the CEO of Circle of Seven Productions, the company credited for the book trailer® market and Sheila owns the trademark to the term “book trailer®”. She has produced over 1000 book videos, both viral and commercial. Sheila has been awarded more prestigious awards for book trailers than anyone in the United States. Sheila is an international speaker on the topic of marketing and multimedia. She has published an online book called The Book Trailer® Revolution and several white papers regarding marketing and multimedia and her new book entitled Book Marketing, Book Trailers® and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell, co-written with Barbara Vey of Publisher's Weekly, was #3 on Amazon for business books.
adapted his love of
reading, writing, and gymnastics to become a
published author of more than 60
books, reports, and CD’s on the sport and
business of gymnastics as well as a
book coach, book cover designer, and
promotional expert for aspiring
authors. He has been traditionally published by McGraw-Hill for his book Gymnastics:
A Guide for Parents and Athletes
, but then opted to start his own publishing company
in 1994 called Richardson Publishing, which uses traditional, print-on-demand,
and digital publishing technologies. Rik holds a Bachelor of Arts
in Writing & Literature from Vermont College of Norwich University.
He is currently a columnist for
AllExperts.com answering questions in two categories; Publishing / Self
Publishing, and the sport of Gymnastics. Rik works with authors and
self-publishers as a book coach, marketing coach, and publishing consultant.
He has spoken at
numerous writer’s conferences and seminars across the Southeast. Rik is the author of Writing Books for Fun,
Fame, & Fortune!
, Editing Basics for Authors and
, and is finishing two new books, Publishing Books
for Fun, Fame & Fortune!,
and Book Marketing Success
for Authors on a Budget
is a full-time
website developer, podcaster and instructor, who creates awesome
content for the internet. Dustin has been creating websites for clients
since 2008, educating a world wide audience with his podcast since 2010
and in 2013 began teaching how-to courses to entrepreneurs about
websites. His passion is teaching others how to create great looking
websites with WordPress. WordPress is a platform to create great looking
websites and blogs without any special software installed on your
computer. If you can get to the internet and can edit a Google Document,
you can manage your own website.
When he's not behind his computer he enjoys biking, hiking and traveling with his wife Melody.
Michelle Hummel - I’m a passionate Internet Marketer with 10+
years of successful online business development, sales and marketing
experience. I also hold a valuable Internet Marketing Degree - however
with the ever changing world of online marketing I strive to learn
something new every day.
I travel Nationwide to share my wisdom and provide social media keynotes
with in-depth training. I’m a current contributing editor to The Social
Media Monthly Magazine and writing a book titled, “The Social Media
Magnet: everything you need to know to attract customers with social
media”, sharing my best kept secrets to success. I’m available for
interviews via email, telephone, Skype video, news segments on location
and more. Just let me know how I can help!
Specialties: Social Media Training and Strategy, SEO, SEM, Blogging,
Public Speaking, Article Marketing, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Web
Design and Development, HTML, Team Training and Mentoring, Mobile,
Video, PPC, CPL, CPC, CPM and CPA.
is a New
Bestselling author who has made her mark by studying the constantly
changing trends in today’s publishing world. As Treasurer for the Nebraska Writers Guild, she
has helped educate its membership about self-publishing options. As a blogger,
show guest, panel member and speaker, Vicki’s candor has made her a favorite
with audiences worldwide. Her willingness to share her successes, regretted
decisions and insights provides a valuable experience for those seeking
commercial success with their genre fiction.
Victorine self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April 2010. In
March 2011, the novel hit the New York
Times Best Seller’s List, where it remained for six weeks. To date, she has
sold nearly 150,000 copies, most in eBook form. Victorine is represented by
literary agent Jason Ashlock of Movable Type Literary Group, and turned down an
offer from a traditional publisher to self-publish her second novel. Her latest
work, How to Find Success Selling eBooks
gives valuable advice to authors wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction
founded Savvy Communication LLC in 2010 to provide smart
communication services to authors, publishers and others. Services
include writing, editing, proofreading, media relations and publicity,
and promotional and marketing services.
Lindsey’s work has been published in local, national, and corporate
periodicals, and in two anthologies. She regularly speaks at seminars
and conferences, and has conducted corporate training on writing,
newsletter production, editing and media relations. Her work has been
honored with local and regional communication awards.
Lindsey has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Pacific Lutheran
University and has been accredited in public relations (APR) by the
Public Relations Society of America. She is director of Louisville-based
Women Who Write, and a member of the American Copy Editors Society, the
Editorial Freelancers Association, the Talking Story writers’ group,
and numerous historical and genealogical societies. She is based in
Dave Mattingly founded BlackWyrm Publishing in 2003. As of early 2012, the company has produced over 50 novels, mostly in the speculative fiction genres. Never wanting to turn away a good book, other genres have crept in since then, including mystery, romance, historical, inspirational, and others. As an early adopter of technology, BlackWyrm makes sure that all of the printed books are available in the various popular ebook formats.
Besides his credentials at BlackWyrm, Dave is the vice president of the Christian Gamers Guild, and organizes church services at Origins, GenCon, and other conventions. As a former atheist that converted to Christianity late in life, he merges his geek life with his Godly life. He regularly speaks at Toastmasters, and has earned his DTM, the highest achievement possible in that organization.
Professionally trained as a computer programmer, database administrator, and scrum master, Dave has worked for a vast array of employers such as NASA, id Software (Wolfenstein 3d), Homeland Security's bio-terrorism division, and as esoteric as oriental rug design software.
Barbara Vey Sheri L. Wright
is a Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee and the author of six books of poetry, including her most recent, The Feast of Erasure
. Her publishing credits include New Southerner, Out of Line, Chiron Review, Clark Street Review, Darkling and Earth's Daughters, Crucible and Kentucky Monthly Magazine. She works as a free-lance editor in a variety of genres ranging from poetry to fiction. She has won awards with Jesse Poets, Green River Writers and the Kentucky State Poetry Society. Ms. Wright has taught poetry workshops for Women in Transition, the Kentucky Young Writer’s Connection and The Kentucky State Poetry Society, judged poetry for the Virginia Writers Club, Women Who Write, Literary LEO and for Green River Writers. She has served as regional chair for the Kentucky State Poetry society and co-chair for their adult poetry contest for 2011. Ms. Wright was the host of From The Inkwell, a one hour radio show dedicated to all things literary on CHRadio 1650am. Ms. Wright is the founder and host of the Stone Soup Poetry Series. Wright’s award-winning visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review, The Single Hound , THIS Literary Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Blood Lotus Journal and Subliminal Interiors. In 2012, Ms. Wright was a contributer to the Sister Cities Project Lvlds: Creatively Linking Leeds and Louisville. Her photography has been shown across the nation and abroad.
Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker, whose literary works include the epic-scale urban fantasy series The Rising Dawn Saga, and the epic fantasy Fires in Eden Series. He has six novels and several short stories published, including the Harvey and Solomon steampunk adventures. As a filmmaker, Stephen's film credits include the supernatural thriller feature Shadows Light, the horror short film The Sirens, and his latest as a director, Swordbearer, a medieval fantasy short film based upon the H. David Blalock novel Ascendant.