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Steve began his career covering the Cape Cod Baseball League and other
sports for what was then called the Cape Cod Standard-Times and later the
Boston Globe. He studied the craft of writing with Robert Lowell, Kurt
Vonnegut, Monroe Engel and Carter Wilson, and served as Fiction Editor of the
Harvard Advocate. In 1999, Steve founded a small independent publishing
company, which has produced niche bestsellers, and has had exceptional
success with the Kindle publishing platform. Steve is a member of the Boston
chapter of the National Writers Union. His career includes that
of author, publishing executive, bookseller, marathoner, and
Website: Kindle Nation.
April L. Hamilton is an author, author services provider, blogger, Technorati BlogCritic, leading
advocate and speaker for the indie author movement, and founder and Editor in
Chief of Publetariat, the premier online news hub
and community for indie authors and small imprints. Her most recent book
is The Indie Author Guide:
Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use.
Website: April Hamilton
Beth Kallman Werner
has been a professional editor since the age of 20, when she launched PAPER
MAKEOVER to help ESL students. She later spent years in b2b magazines, gaining
practical training and first-hand experience in consultative selling, Fortune
500 customer relations, and integrated marketing strategies.
has counseled some of the world’s largest companies on product launches, brand/platform
development, event production and multi-media promotions. She came to book
publishing in 2008 as Director of Marketing & Sales for Kirkus at Nielsen,
working with Random House, Penguin, Scholastic, Chronicle and many other
publishers as well as countless indie authors on book marketing programs and innovative
2010 Beth launched Author Connections, LLC, to help educate, encourage and
empower authors. Her professional mission is to support high quality content
for hungry readers. She is the author of Travels
of an Independent Woman (#readtiw).
Website: Author Connections
Ron obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Illinois (major: history; minor: English literature) and a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.
He became a public-service attorney representing indigent and disabled adults and abused and neglected children. During his career as a lawyer, Ron spent most of his time writing arguments for of his client appearing in the trial courts as well as the higher appeals courts. This bred a deeper interest and desire to write.
in Chicago with his partner of many years. He’s currently writing a four-book
series of novels set in prehistory, just before the invention of writing and
the dawn of history and civilization. He asks whether ethnic and religious
rivalries and the wars they led to could have been left behind. The first three
novels in the series—Promised Valley
Rebellion, Promised Valley War,
and Promised Valley Conspiracy—have
won numerous awards for LGBT, historical, literary, and action fiction.
Website: Promised Valley
Tom Chalmers set-up Legend Press in 2005, a book
publisher focused predominantly on mainstream literary and commercial fiction,
as well as publishing a small number of non-fiction titles. Chalmers has been
shortlisted for UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year, UK Young Publisher of the
Year, UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year, and longlisted for the
Enterprising Young Brit Awards.
In 2008, Chalmers acquired a further publishing
company, Paperbooks Publishing, run from the same office, and at the start of
2010 launched Legend Business, a business book imprint. Legend Press has also
launched successful self-publishing and writer workshops ventures, now separate
companies New Generation Publishing and Write-Connections respectively. In
2011, Legend Press was shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year.
In 2012, he launched new venture IPR License,
the first global and digital a platform on which to list and license literary
rights. Chalmers also speaks regularly on publishing and business and is an
Enterprise Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
Website: IPR License
Leigh K. Cunningham, Executive Director/Counsel
is a lawyer with a career as a senior executive for a number of public
companies in her home country of Australia. She has master’s degrees in law and
commerce, as well as an MBA (International Management). Her first two
children's books, The Glass Table and its sequel, Shards
are recipients of silver medals from the Mom's Choice Awards. Her primary area
of writing though is for the adult (fiction) market including her novel, Rain,
a multi-generational family saga set in provincial Australia in the early
sixties. Rain was named the winner in the Literary Fiction category at the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards, and silver medalist at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Regional Fiction: Australia/New Zealand category. Leigh's latest title, Being Anti-Social won gold at the 2012 Reader's Favorite Book Awards and gold at the 2013 Reader Views Literary Awards.
Website: Leigh K Cunningham
Kev C. Webb
Born in Kent, England in 1963, Kev immigrated to Australia in 1971 with
his parents. The family settled in Brisbane, where he has lived ever since. He
is a qualified tradesman, but writing is his passion. Kev completed his
first book, Dream Raider: A Johnny Marsh Adventure, at the age of thirty-three and knew immediately that
this was what he wanted to do. He has not stopped writing since.
Website: Johnny Marsh
After 15 years of writing and editing articles for other people, Fiona
switched to being an author following alife-changing trip to Egypt that
inspired her first novel. Fiona still writes articles when she is not working
on the next two books inher "Chronicles of the Stone”series.
She isdeeply concerned with issuesof child literacy, especially in
her home country of South Africa where many children still cannot read.
Website: Fiona Ingram