Spring 2019 #SelfPubCon
Organizers and Speakers
Novelist, Poet, Founder of the Alliance of Independent AuthorsOrna Ross is an award-winning and bestselling independent novelist and poet who is also on a mission to empower other authors and creativepreneurs to succeed in digital publishing and creative business. Founder-Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors and The Creativist Club, she has repeatedly been named “one of the 100 most influential people in publishing” (The Bookseller).
Presentation Title: Creative Self-Publishing: How To Increase Your Influence, Impact and Income. The Creative Way
Author, Developmental Editor and #SELFPUBCON Conference ManagerSacha Black is a bestselling and competition winning author and founder of the Annual Bloggers Bash event. She is the author of the popular YA Fantasy ‘Eden East’ novels and a series of non-fiction books that are designed to help writers develop their craft. Sacha has been a long time Resident Writing Coach for Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi on the award-winning website Writers Helping Writers. Sacha is about to launch her own critique and developmental coaching service in January 2019.
She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and son.
Presentation Title: How To Superbad Your Villain
Spring 2019 Presenters
AuthorWith more than a million books sold to date, Adam Croft is one of the most successful independently published authors in the world, and one of the biggest selling authors of the past year. Following his 2015 worldwide bestseller Her Last Tomorrow, his psychological thrillers were bought by Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. Adam has been featured on BBC television, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Bookseller and a number of other news and media outlets. Adam presents the regular crime fiction podcast Partners in Crime with fellow bestselling author Robert Daws.
Presentation Title: Mastering The Indie Author Mindset
AuthorJane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Jane’s newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly wrote that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing.
Presentation Title: Funding Your Writing Career: A Guide To Bursuries and Grants for Authors
Author, Speaker and Consultant
Presentation Title: Market your book efficiently
Mark Leslie Lefebrve
Author, profesional speaker and booksellerMark Leslie Lefebvre is an author, professional speaker and bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling. He has been involved in self-publishing since 2004 and has fully embraced a hybrid publishing approach that incorporates his understanding of the business of publishing and bookselling. A former president of the Canadian Booksellers Association, a former board member of BookNet Canada, and the former Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo, Inc., Mark is currently the Director of Business Development for Draft2Digital, sits on the Professional Advisory Committee for Sheridan College’s Creative Writing & Publishing Degree program and independently supports authors at multiple stages of their writing careers. Mark shares his insights and ongoing learnings about the business of writing and publishing on his weekly podcast, Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing, which started in January 2018.
Presentation Title: The Three Steps to Finding Your Target Readers
Presentation Title: I Watched My Ads Closely for 50 Straight Days…Here’s What Happened
Dave Chesson is the guy behind Kindlepreneur.com, a website devoted to teaching authors about book marketing and the digital world. His works on keywords, and sales optimization have been featured and promoted by Amazon itself. Dave is also the creator of KDP Rocket, a software that helps authors see what’s really going on in the book market, and thus pick better keywords and categories to help them sell more books. Having ben a consultant for multiple publishing companies and NYT bestselling authors, he’s seen both sides of the writing world. When he’s not running Kindlepreneur, he’s usually lightsaber dueling with little Jedi, and sipping tea with princesses.advocate.
Presentation Title: The Art and Science to Getting Your Book Discovered on Amazon
CEO, PublishDriveKinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, an ebook publishing platform to help authors sell more books globally. She was named as one of the Forbes Top 30 entrepreneurs under 30, and one of the Top 100 female founders. In 2017, Google invested in PublishDrive as part of its Launchpad Accelerator program. Kinga is a true advocate for smart publishing with new technologies such as blockchain or AI. Besides, she encourages young women to start an entrepreneurial career.
Presentation Title: TBC
Director of IngramSpark, Ingram Content GroupRobin Cutler leads the development of IngramSpark, an independent publishing platform for indie authors. She has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press and as CEO and founder of her own trade imprint, Summerhouse Press. Robin previously worked for Amazon/CreateSpace. She has broad knowledge of indie, academic, and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation, distribution, on-demand models, and author strategies. Follow Robin on Twitter (@rcutlerspark) and be sure to check out IngramSpark’s publishing blog and podcast at www.ingramspark.com.
Author, YouTuber, CyborgJenna Moreci is a Silicon Valley native and YouTube sensation, dominating the AuthorTube community with her straightforward and hilarious writing channel. A lifelong storyteller, Jenna specializes in crafting thrilling adventures with heaping doses of bloodshed and romance. When she’s not writing or ‘Tubing, Jenna enjoys angry music, potent wine, and laughing until her face hurts with her goofball fiancé.
AuthorDerek Murphy has an MA in Harry Potter and a PhD in Paradise Lost; studied fine art in Florence and philosophy in Malta; and has been featured in CNN for running writing retreats in medieval castles. Derek changes countries every month, seeking out inspiration and adventure while exploring productivity hacks and motivational strategies to avoid procrastination and create work that matters (it’s a constant battle). He writes nonfiction books about creativity and young adult scifi and fantasy, and also helps authors writers with publishing and book marketing resources.
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Writer, Speaker, Creative Entrepreneur
AuthorLibbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is the author of more than thirty novels, including the two-time Amazon #1 and Washington Post bestseller The Ragged Edge of Night.
CEO Access CopyrightRoanie Levy is an internationally recognized champion of creator rights. Strategic and forward-thinking, she bridges the worlds of intellectual property law, content rights management and exponential technologies to represent and advocate for creators and rightsholders. Roanie serves as CEO and President of Access Copyright, a collective that distributes millions of dollars annually in licensing royalties to creator and publisher affiliates. She also leads Prescient, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Access Copyright dedicated to exploring the future of rights management and content monetization through Blockchain and other technologies. Prior to joining Access Copyright, she held key positions on major policy files at Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada and served as a private sector management consultant for Fortune 500 companies. An Intellectual Property lawyer by vocation, Roanie has been called to the bar in Ontario and Quebec. She is fluently bilingual.
European Manager Kobo Writing LifeAs Kobo Writing Life European Manager, Camille Mofidi’s role is to help independent authors make their publishing journey with Kobo a true success. Whether it’s answering author questions about the Kobo Writing Life portal, or helping authors promote their books in Europe, Camille’s knowledge of digital publishing and international markets is key in her relations with authors. Camille began her publishing career as an editor within the Hachette Book Group in Paris for 10 years, before becoming the French Publishers’ Association Digital Counsellor. She has an MA in publishing from ESCP in Paris and her favourite book is Romain Gary’s “La Promesse de l’Aube”.
Dean Wesley Smith
AuthorConsidered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith has published almost two hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.
At the moment he produces novels in four major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the old west, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, and the superhero series starring Poker Boy.
His monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly, consisting of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and is at issue #44, with over 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.
Author and Musician
Joseph Alexander is one of the most prolific writers of modern guitar tuition methods. He has sold over 350,000 books that have educated and inspired a generation of upcoming musicians. His uncomplicated tuition style is based around breaking down the barriers between theory and performance, and making music accessible to all.
Educated at London’s Guitar Institute and Leeds College of Music, where he earned a degree in Jazz Studies, Joseph has taught thousands of students and written over 30 books on playing the guitar. He is the managing director of Fundamental Changes Ltd – a publishing company whose sole purpose is to create the highest quality music tuition books and pay excellent royalties to writers and musicians.
Joseph has acted as a consultant to many other self-published authors and is now focusing his efforts on helping others via Self-Published.co.uk.
Joseph has been honoured to be a guest of Amazon for several years running as part of an expert panel of advisors to self-publishing authors.